Hi, Im new here. I live in Australia and came across this forum a few times over the last few years but never had a reason to sign up until now.
I recently brought a black 2012 Kia Rio SLS. Not sure what they are called outside of Australia but its the 3door Rio with the bigger 1.6 engine. Not sure if they are available yet in other countries but Australia and Asia have only just got them in the last few weeks. I have been wanting to get one since late last year when they first came out in 4door form and got one this year.
What I have planned for it is just one thing; supercharger. I want to turn the little Kia into an alternative to the VW Polo GTi. The little Kia is my second project car and its one of three project cars I want to do; all of them being supercharged. Unlike my other car, the Kia is more sleeper than anything else. Visually the car is best straight from factory, I hated the wheels it came with so they quickly went.
Little Kia now looks like this:
I went with Osaka Pro Sprint wheels in 18" and a slightly different tyre set up. There is a brand of tyres I have had on my other car that I wanted to get on the Kia as they never failed me until I had worn them out. They were Takuma Avanza Sport tyres. With my other car the tyres made a huge difference in handling and road manners and when time came to get new wheels on Kia they were what I wanted. It didnt quite work out that way. What we did was use two different profile of tyres for the front and the back. I got the Takuma's up the back in 225 profile and for the front the guy recommended going with Sumitomo's HTR ZIII in 215 profile as I would have had a few issues getting the Takuma's at the front.
Just about all the issues I had with the handling of the Rio went after the tyre upgrade. Floaty feeling had gone and it holds like anything. More feeling in corners and more response. For FWD cars the best upgrades you can do to them are changing the tyres to ones that your comfortable with. It changes the car so much but its something many will overlook until much later on down the track.
I also have a 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer that is also another project car of mine. Working on the Lancer has taken a few years and in short has been just short of a nightmare.
I like to work with cars that are not staples of modding (Evo, WRX, Type R and so on). The transformation is not as big as what it could have been using a lower specced car or a non performance car. I like to change cars from what they once were into something completely different.