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Here are a few engine tunes available - they all void the warranty, and that much of a power increase can't easily happen without enhancing the cooling and ensuring the clutch will hold. But fun to think about:


Who's going to be first?
I think the small tune of the +34HP & +63ft/lbs of torque would he ideal for most I would think... nothing too crazy, but enough to make the gain beneficial power wise... But like you said, thays pending the transmission could handle it being the key thing...

does anybody know if the 1.6 has any kind of intercooler to it??? I would think so and that its not a "hot air" car like the Buick Grand National was in the first 2 years of production... If it does have an intercooler, I would think and hope thay the little additional gain would still be sufficient to cool the intake air coming into the engine...
 

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I think the small tune of the +34HP & +63ft/lbs of torque would he ideal for most I would think... nothing too crazy, but enough to make the gain beneficial power wise... But like you said, thays pending the transmission could handle it being the key thing...

does anybody know if the 1.6 has any kind of intercooler to it??? I would think so and that its not a "hot air" car like the Buick Grand National was in the first 2 years of production... If it does have an intercooler, I would think and hope thay the little additional gain would still be sufficient to cool the intake air coming into the engine...
If you buy the more expensive package, it includes all of the lower stage tunes.

I'd be surprised if the Seltos has an intercooler. I don't know because I don't have one and I didn't look when I was at the dealer. I also didn't look for an oil cooler. Plumbing in an intercooler might be easier than an oil cooler if there isn't access to oil flow. Maybe something that sits between the engine and oil filter in the worst case but the amount of cooling that would provide would be minimal.

I'm with you though - minimal but still significant power increases to provide occasional extra power without stressing the thermal capacity of the motor and the clutch. 210 HP and 260 ft-lb sounds great!
 

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If you buy the more expensive package, it includes all of the lower stage tunes.

I'd be surprised if the Seltos has an intercooler. I don't know because I don't have one and I didn't look when I was at the dealer. I also didn't look for an oil cooler. Plumbing in an intercooler might be easier than an oil cooler if there isn't access to oil flow. Maybe something that sits between the engine and oil filter in the worst case but the amount of cooling that would provide would be minimal.

I'm with you though - minimal but still significant power increases to provide occasional extra power without stressing the thermal capacity of the motor and the clutch. 210 HP and 260 ft-lb sounds great!
I'll have to look once I get mine and see if there is any kind of intercooler in there or not. I would imagine there is, since the history of Turbo cars & trucks have shown that having the intercooler drops the temperature of the charge air going into the engine to burn more efficiently...
 

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According to a Kia parts site, the Seltos SX does have a small intercooler, and an oil cooler mounted between the block and the oil filter which seems to have both an input and output feed that are capped and unused. I like the idea of an extra oil cooler but the challenge will be to find a way to adapt a thermostat controlled unit which can be mounted in some protected airstream.


 

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According to a Kia parts site, the Seltos SX does have a small intercooler, and an oil cooler mounted between the block and the oil filter which seems to have both an input and output feed that are capped and unused. I like the idea of an extra oil cooler but the challenge will be to find a way to adapt a thermostat controlled unit which can be mounted in some protected airstream.


I was gonna say, I DID see a small intercooler in the front on the bottom, but I didn't know about the oil cooler... thats good to know as well!! And I would think that the main thing would be where to mount an auxiliary cooler to run those inlet and outlet connections to... it looks kinda tight in the front behind the grill, but then again, I didn't really try to see how much room is back there for certain...

I'm getting another Aeroforce Interceptor scan gauge delivered early this week for my truck, so I'll see what readings I can get, and hoping to scan intake air temps before and after the intercooler, as well as boost/vac pressure... I'll make a post about it and reply here with findings...
 

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I was gonna say, I DID see a small intercooler in the front on the bottom, but I didn't know about the oil cooler... thats good to know as well!! And I would think that the main thing would be where to mount an auxiliary cooler to run those inlet and outlet connections to... it looks kinda tight in the front behind the grill, but then again, I didn't really try to see how much room is back there for certain...

I'm getting another Aeroforce Interceptor scan gauge delivered early this week for my truck, so I'll see what readings I can get, and hoping to scan intake air temps before and after the intercooler, as well as boost/vac pressure... I'll make a post about it and reply here with findings...
As far as the oil cooler, something pretty small should be effective enough for all but extended high boost and high RPM operation. Even something like a lititle two-row cooler more typically used for transmission fluid. Too large of a cooler can create its own problems in colder climates where the engine oil takes forever to get warm enough to go full throttle. The first non-thermostatically control oil cooler I mounted on my sports car made it so that during the winters, oil temps would never get to 150 degrees F. unless I was going slow or in stop and go traffic, and even during the summer would take a good 15 miles of driving to get the oil temps high enough. On such a small motor where the turbo is probably active a fair amount, I'd want the oil to get warm relatively quickly.

I don't know what the flow rate on the turbo is but I'm assuming it's fairly small to minimize the time it takes to spool up. Sometimes smaller turbos can't generate the flow necessary to pressurize a larger intercooler and the entire intake tract, and they spin beyond their efficient RPM range trying, creating turbulent flow and a lot of extra heat. The flip side is that if tuning can make this motor generate an extra 50+ horsepower, it's likely the turbo is fine pushing through a larger intercooler. What might be the best of both worlds is to see if the 2.0 liter motor's turbo would fit. You'd trade a little bit of extra lag for potentially a cooler compressed airflow without changing the intercooler, so you might be able to make more power with lower pressures or make more power at the stock pressure limit.

Still, voiding that ten year warranty is pretty daunting.
 

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I have a few things that I bought for mine, but need to wait until the weather gets warmer before I can get most of the stuff on it... The stuff for the exterior I got so far are:
*AVS Vent Visors set
*Kia 3.0 Lexus style "K" logo emblems. I initially bought a full 7pc set (Front, Rear, steering wheel & all 4 wheel center caps), but I am getting overlay ones for the front, back & steering wheel emblems. I didn't wanna pull the original ones out of the steering wheel, or break the rear emblem screw mounts, hence the overlays...
*2x Kia & Hyundai "T" Turbo GDI grill emblems. I removed the screws on one and applied 3M automotive double sided tape to put one on the tailgate. This will go on once I pull the original emblems and lettering off the tailgate...
*A pair universal stick-on fender vents. I've seen a few others in here & in a few of the Facebook groups that have them on their Seltos, and it makes the truck not only look sportier, but gives it a bit more of a Range Rover kind of look...
*I have a new set of wheels picked out for my summer set to keep the stock wheels for winter... I'll reveal which ones once I get them...

Interior has been pretty minimal... there really isn't much I wanted to get and do with the interior because it's pretty much complete as it is...So for the interior, I got the following things:
*Aoneparts black non-slip dash cover from Amazon. I'm a little unhappy with it because it's a little short on the sides... the sides just slightly cover the very outer edges of the vents on the dash... So I will be seeking a new one at some point so it fits right.
*WeatherTech F & R floor liner set. But it turns out, the truck already had the front floor liner set in it from the original owner! I'm gonna order the cargo area liner at some point...
*Screen protector for the infotainment system...
*Salusy center console organizer tray from Amazon. The layout of the tray I liked better than most of the other ones, so I bought the one I liked best and am happy with it.
*Aeroforce Interceptor scan gauge, mounted in a Glow Shift universal gauge mounting pod. I've used this gauge in the last 2 vehicles (an '07 Impala SS w/ the 5.3L LS4 V8, and the '12 Buick Regal GS Stage 1...) with great results, so it was a must for the Seltos.

The Interceptor gauge is a plug & play unit that plugs into and reads the ECM to display other parameters like battery voltage, boost/vac pressure, throttle percentage, intake air temp, and a bunch more. The amount of parameters it can read on Kia/Hyundai models isn't nearly as vast as what it can read on GM vehicles, but what it can read is still critical and is accurate - unlike a lot of other similar scan gauges, which tend to have a signal delay or not read things like your turbo boost pressure readings accurately... Plus, it can read & clear Check Engine codes too! So if you ever get a check engine light while your out and about, now you can instantly read the code(s) & have the dealer more prepared to accurately fix your vehicle by knowing ahead of time whats wrong with it by the codes it throws...

If your interested in learning more about the Interceptor gauge, details can be had here:

I'll post more and better pics of the dash when everything is on and lit up, to show where & how I mounted the Interceptor in my Seltos, but the attached one will give you an idea on what I think is the best spot for it... I put mine in a spot that partially covers the tachometer, but allows the rest of the dash & center display screen to stay unobstructed. The tach still shows the 0-4,000RPM range, as well as the P/R/N/D on the right side of the tach. It may not look it from the pics because of the angle of the pics, but again, I'll get more pics once everything is on and lit up to show it better...

i will also put the links where I got the stuff I put in and on my Seltos when I get and take better pics once the rest of the stuff in and on the truck, so you can get the same stuff if you like it and want to get it for yours...

So here's a quick shot of the dash on my Seltos and an idea of where I mounted the Interceptor scan gauge. And stay tuned for more as I can get it done in the near future!!

 

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Speaking of rear cargo trays, you have to buy two different kinds, correct? One for when the package shelf is even with the folded down rear seats, and a second smaller one for when the shelf is dropped down to on top of the spare?
 

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Speaking of rear cargo trays, you have to buy two different kinds, correct? One for when the package shelf is even with the folded down rear seats, and a second smaller one for when the shelf is dropped down to on top of the spare?
I think there's only one... and it's generally like the WeatherTech one, for when the back seat is up. And the floor is down covering the spare...
 

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So here's a pic of the dash with everything lit up, including the Interceptor gauge. It's hard to get the exact angle of where the Interceptor sits from where I see it so it's not obstructing the temp gauge, or the PNRD area just to the right outside edge of the tach, and how it's showing up to 4k on the tach clearly... But this will give you an idea...
 

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I think there's only one... and it's generally like the WeatherTech one, for when the back seat is up. And the floor is down covering the spare...
Oh, okay! I thought there was one for when the rear package shelf was at its higher position, which would be level with the rear seats when they are folded down. Then, if you lower the package shelf to its bottom-most position right on top of the space saver spare, I thought there was another tray that just fits the lowered opening. If there's only one, then we don't have to make that decision.
 

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I was wondering if anyone has bought any of the few things available for the 2021 Seltos? Like the fake exhaust pipe or the kick covers that go on inside of the doors... Trying to think of Christmas presents to ask for! Lol Of course id love something for the new whip but there's not much to pick from.. Any info would be appreciated? Good or 👎...even aftermarket floor mat/cargo reviews...thanks yall! Have a blessed
I did some small cosmetic upgrades to my 2022 seltos. They really sparkle in the sunlight. Also did the AWD emblems. Now it’s my bling mobile.
 

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