Rover 214si, tune ups???

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Rover 214si, tune ups???

#1 Post by stringy » Sun Sep 02, 2007 1:36 am

Right as some know i have a rover 214si (wedge shape) and i'm wanting more power, what tune ups can i get to increase power?? Just want gains on accelerating (maybe top end aswell) cheap ones, we're not talking engine swap or turbos!

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#2 Post by Clawjaw » Sun Sep 02, 2007 8:48 am

I have a 220 GTi with an K&N induction kit, full Magnex stainless steel exaust with a Magnex cat by-pass that i recently bought and will add on Monday after i get an MOT pass :wink: New plugs i hear can help with performance but to be honest its performance a computer would have trouble finding as its that low :?

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#3 Post by whiskeyonesix » Sun Sep 02, 2007 10:20 am

Agree with the induction kit and exhaust setup. What about these "drivability" chips you can get? Althought ive heard a few horror stories about them.

A few years ago, I built an old LandRover for rallying - not having much money, I reasoned that the less weight the vehicle was carrying, the faster it would go, so most of the interior went, the steel wheels were changed for alloys (lighter), all of the soundproofing went, and I cut several non-important pieces out of the chassis.

I`m not suggesting you go to these extreme measures, but it worked for me :)
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#4 Post by E_T_V » Sun Sep 02, 2007 7:13 pm

Which version of the 214 have you got? Is it 8v or 16v is it Carb, single point injection or multi point injection?

In general if you have a 16v MPi, then there isn't a lot you can do easily and cheaply. You can add a free flowing air filter and perhaps a performance exhaust but you won't get much more power out of it.

Ditching weight is a good plan for a track car etc but not very practical for day to day use. Also insurance companies won't like it.

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#5 Post by Clawjaw » Mon Sep 03, 2007 7:39 am

Nitrous :*laughs*:

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#6 Post by stringy » Mon Sep 03, 2007 9:55 am

E_T_V wrote:Which version of the 214 have you got? Is it 8v or 16v is it Carb, single point injection or multi point injection?
It's the 214si 16v, injection (dunno if it's mpi or spi??)

ROFL @ the nos idea!

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#7 Post by Cemo » Mon Sep 03, 2007 1:01 pm

Its more than likely an MPi, is there four plastic pipes coming from the back of the engine block?
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#8 Post by The R8 Man » Mon Sep 03, 2007 9:51 pm

I'd suggest doing what I'm going to do when my SPi K finally dies....

Fit a standard 1600k, it should go straight in and give you a useful amount of extra hp and torque. My 214 is still having work carried out on it at the moment, cam belt and a new HG, but as long as the bottom end is in good nick and the engine does not burn oil at an alarming rate its staying put.
1600K's are about the same price as 1400 ones and if given a Land Rover head gasket should last for years. A good S/H engine should set you back what, about £350, tuning parts will quickly mount up so in the long run fitting a larger engine sould be the better bet, as a tuned 1400 might not be as strong as a standard 1600k putting out the same amount of power.

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#9 Post by stringy » Tue Sep 04, 2007 12:44 am

yea i might look into that, but i'm thinking if i'm gonna put a new lump in it, i might aswell go a get a 620 turbo lump!!!!

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#10 Post by The R8 Man » Fri Sep 07, 2007 5:01 pm

I've often thought of doing that, but the amount of parts needed would mean finding a 420/220 and stripping that, I think the subframes are different for a start...
The 1.6 should go straight into a 1.4, even the gearbox is identical so just a new clutch, 1.6 ecu and away we go.

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#11 Post by Gibbo214 » Tue Sep 11, 2007 6:07 pm

i am currently looking for an elise s2 1.8vvc k-series engine/loom/ecu. anyone know of any implications what might be involved in fitting that into a 214 wedge? as i have been told it'll be a doddle, and am sure it will be.

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#12 Post by E_T_V » Tue Sep 11, 2007 6:14 pm

Why not just get one from a vi or another 1.8vvc car. They'll be a lot easier to find thasn an elise one will aqnd more likely to fit too.

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#13 Post by Gibbo214 » Tue Sep 11, 2007 6:17 pm

indeed.. but i have also been told that the internals of an s2 engine are somewhat lightened and balanced compared to that of a rover engine... plus the whole 'lotus engine in me rover' will just be don

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#14 Post by Smithy » Tue Sep 11, 2007 7:26 pm

For the cost of an elise engine I bet you could puchase a VVC strip it. lighten the crank, flywheel, put emerald on it and still have change over.
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#15 Post by Gibbo214 » Tue Sep 11, 2007 7:30 pm

*laughs* how come u havent replied to my pm's... but ye, when u say lighten the crank for instance... how would u go about that.... or do u mean replace with a lightened crank? and whats emerald? or u could just add me on msn n we could chat n go into more detail :D

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