mcalvert39 wrote:Hi everyone.
Now I know that to most this post maybe boring, useless or even obscene to some but here we go.
I would love to know if anyone has actually done any serious modifications to their PHEV or just plane ol outlander. I have seen the rally versions and a kitted up jap version but nothing else really.
Has anyone done any suspension (lowering or raising)
Motor tuning for performance / economy
I can maybe think of a few problems that may occur in changing the wheel / suspension setup but if anyone has any experience it would be nice to know.
I have also heard of the OBD plug in device which can give some gains.
I realise that it is still a relatively new vehicle and may mostly be used as a family run around so not really thought of as being modified in these ways.
However I'm not a family man and would like to change a few things if possible.
Any pics would be really handy or links to any parts etc that may be out there.
Hello Matt, I'm quite in the middle of it, and obviously no thousand-horsepower-mods here... but here we go:
- Test winner year-round tyres are arriving soon, going up slightly in size from the factory default: 235/55 r18's will be installed (little wider but as well a few millimeters higher sidewalls, getting closer (albeit mildly) to the 'optimum' 4x4 vehicle tyre size.
- Going to install an auto door locking system (my own design but going to do what it's supposed to...hopefully) (Hate to leave the car open...happens a few times at the mall! - closing the motorized boot lid.... you can't lock the car until it's finished...by this time I just forget to lock and leave the car without
- Have installed carbon fiber foil pillar posts and boot opening-rear bumper protection sill - this latter would probably be replaced with an ABS bumper protector made for the PHEV (after the re-spraying of the bumper because of some damage I gained lately)
- Will install (ordered) market leader maximum brightness xenon bulbs (150%)
- Installed 4x Philips 360 LED W5W bulbs - number plate lights, parking lights in headlamps
- Have installed 65W HB3/9005 Narva "Range power white" xenon look halogen hi-beam bulbs (later to be replaced by 10400 Lumen active cooled LED bulbs)
- Plan on buying the PHEV Box to gain some extra range, no ICE start at takeovers and no (or less..) ICE for the heater
- Plan on buying real carbon fiber number plate holders (no rationale behind.. but look so right in my opinion, however 150 quids a piece)
- On the online market for long for getting the OEM LED DRL's to replace the halogen fogs (but being reluctant since to fork out 300 quids for the new ones...)
- Using petrol stabilizer for the gas not to disintegrate in the tank (this conserves the fuel for up to 1 year - I'm using the PHEV 99% EV only. Remember additives, especially E85 ingredient make today's fuels unstable - the dissolved petrol can do horrible things to the fuel lines, engine parts etc in the long run)
- Lastly, not a mod, but using the Remote CTRL for optimizing charge timing (no full charge for next day if there's no need for full range (avoiding li-ion battery full state for as long periods as possible thus preserving battery life), no charge in minus degrees at night...instead charge in the morning hours if possible (I have an unheated garage)
...And OK, I'm a family man!!!