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   HOW TO MODIFY:                                                Words: Neil
                                                                 Photos: Gerard Hughes




  FORD KA
   Ideal first fast Ford? Check.
   Loads of tuning potential?
   Check. Bit of a girl’s car? Not if
   you modify it the right way...
   THE             Ka is an ideal first fast
                   Ford — it’s cheap to buy,
   insure and maintain. There are loads
   of different limited-edition models to
   choose from, and, well variety is the
   spice of life. Ignore all the jokes about
   it being a girl’s car, and with the right
   mods it can be more manly than
   Arnie in an arm wrestling contest.
       The Ka first hit the streets back in
   1997 as a quirky bug-eyed hatch for
   a new era in New Edge Fords. OK,
   so it wasn’t exactly a fire-breathing
   monster but it was functional, and
   depending on your budget you
   could soon upgrade its image.
       For what it lacked in power, the
   Ka gained in handling. Straight out
   of the box Ford got it spot on, with a
   great chassis and nimble cornering
   ability, but that’s not to say it can’t
   be improved further. And as it’s
   been around for a while now there
   are plenty of aftermarket kits and
   styling products to add just a few
   personal touches or transform it
   into a real head turner.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            RST motor’s a tried
       So no excuses — get out there               The top Ka on the right is                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and tested swap that
                                                   the handiwork of this bloke.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gives damn good bhp.
   and start modding.



    ENGINE
    Packing just 60 horses and 77 lbf.ft of    that should help release around 10 bhp.    help free up the
    torque, the Ka’s asthmatic Endura-E        For £290.40 Collins Performance            gasflow, add more
    1300 motor is in no danger of putting      Engineering can supply a Mongoose          power, raise your rev
    anyone else’s power figures to              cat-back system with a neat 3.5 inch       limit slightly and give
    shame. But, don’t despair it can be
    beefed up to help you make full use of
                                               rolled in pipe.
                                                  To aid breathing ESP Design has K&N
                                                                                          that all important deeper
                                                                                          exhaust bark.                                                                        ENGINE SWAPS
    the crisp handling of the chassis.         filter kits for £67.59 or the more pricey      For more power and to help
       To start with there is the tried and    Viper induction kits from £199-£249,       take advantage of any mods you’ve                                                    This is for deep pockets and the          asking for. So it is possible to get real
    tested exhaust and air filter combo         fitting any of these combinations will      already carried out on your Ka, you’ll                                               hardcore only, but it’s the easiest way   performance motors in there. Hungry
                                                                                          need to opt for a management chip.          pipe work,                               to get big power from your Ka. First      for more? Well, then its turbo time.
                                                                                          Superchips can pop one of its Bluefin        hoses and turbo for a reasonable         you need to decide whether you want          The good old CVH turbo has been
                                                                                          chips in for £299. They help to give a      £1000 plus VAT or £1500 plus VAT for     to go naturally-aspirated or down the     done before with great results,
                                                                                          better throttle response and an all-        a drive-in, drive-out conversion.        turbo route. We’ve seen it all here at    bringing the option of a real 200-plus
                                                                                          round smoother drive with the added            For those not keen on turbo           Fast Ford and a surprising amount of      bhp into play. If you want even more,
                                                                                          bonus of upping power by around 5           power and want a more traditional        blue oval motors can be shoe-horned       how about cramming a steroid fed-2.1
                                                                                          bhp and an increase of 10-15 per cent       increase in power there aren’t many      into the tiny Ka’s engine bay.            ZVH under the bonnet? We spoke to
                                                                                          torque on a standard car.                   options out there for you. Specialised      Pumaspeed can slot a 1600 Zetec S      Pumabuild who told us that anything’s
                                                                                             From here you’re into the more           Engines can sort you out with some       or a 1700 Puma engine in no problem;      possible if you have the cash...
                                                                                          serious side of tuning than just bolt-on    fancy head work for £350 plus VAT        the Puma engine, which seems a               Fitting a 2.1-litre won’t be a cheap
                                                                                          kit, and the biggest gains are in turbo     and a Piper T2 cam for £175 plus VAT.    popular and solid conversion, weighs      option, but if your pockets are deep
                                                                                          charging. Van Aaken Developments               Pumabuild will send the engine for    in at around £3000 giving 125 bhp as      enough you could be looking at having
                                                                                          can fit your Endura with a T15 Garrett       a full treatment to get it up to Ford    standard. From there you can up the       400-plus bhp in a car that weighs
                                                                                          which gives a juicy 65-85 bhp increase      Racing-spec including a new crank,       power further still by adding cams,       roughly the same as a wet cigarette
                                                                                          and a hefty 73-100 lbf.ft of torque, the    pistons, headwork and a Bluefin to        exhaust and manifold to get on the        packet. And don’t forget nitrous oxide —
                                                                                          firm can supply the full kit including all   get it to around the 105 bhp mark.       right side of 150 bhp, giving the Ka      you can always add a sniff of laughing
                                                                                                                                                                               the kick up the backside it’s been        gas if you’re after more grunt.
                                          1300 Endura-E motor is                                                                                                                                                                                                     Zetec SE motor from Puma
                                          based on the old crossflow.                                                                                                                                                                                                 or Fiesta works a treat.
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                                                                                        Race-look or limo-style,
                                                                                        anything goes on the inside!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       This Ka is low and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     aggressive-looking:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   just how it should be.




     INTERIOR
     Most of the Ka range have a very             Although if you’re looking for the   Momo handbrake cover and
     basic interior which verges on being      traditional Ford look then the RS       Alcantara gaiter for £45.10.
     almost boring. To breathe a little life   Turbo Recaros can be made to fit,           It never hurts to refresh
     into your cabin and make it that          and why not opt for a leather retrim    your dashboard with a
     more personal it’s time to get busy       to add a little luxury.                 Lockwood dial kit. Expect
     with the spanners.                           Moving on around the cabin the       to pay around £30 from
        The quickest way to make a big         boring plastic steering wheel has to    ESP Design, and it stocks more than
     impact is to dump the bland factory       go. For a more sporty feel Sparco       just white.
     seats and bag a set of racing seats.      offers a lovely suede clad three-          But if you live and breathe the
     Demon Tweeks has loads to choose          spoker for £74.64, available through    whole motorsport theme, you could
     from ranging from OMP fixed back           Demon Tweeks. You can then              strip it out and grab yourself an OMP
     seats starting as low as £94 each, up     compliment that with a matching         roll cage also from Demon Tweeks
     to Sparco Monzas for £410.08.             Sparco gearknob for £25.70 and a        for £242.09.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ka may be a radical design,

                                                                                                                                                                            EXTERIOR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    but it’s crying out for a kit.



                                                                                         WHEELS & TYRES
                                                                                                                                                                            When the Ka was first released it
                                                                                                                                                                            was a revolutionary design but now
                                                                                                                                                                            it seems to just blend into any high
                                                                                                                                                                            street or town centre, if you want to
                                                                                                                                                                            stand out from the crowd it’s a
                                                                                                                                                                            question of how do you want to go
                                                                                                                                                                            about doing it?
                                                                                                                                                                                You could try tarting up the rear
                                                                                                                                                                            using some Lexus-style lights for
                                                                                                                                                                            £70 or the more original LED
                                                                                                                                                                            afterburner kit at £289 plus VAT,
                                                                                                                                                                            available from Quadconversions.
                                                                                                                                                                                For the front you can get lamp
                                                                                                                                                                            brows or the lovely and very moody
                                                                                                                                                                            looking Morrette triple lamp
                                                                                                                                                                            conversion for £301. Many people




                                                                                                                                    18 inch rims will go on, but
                                                                                                                                    17s are the sensible limit.
                                                                                                     Embarrassing. That’s the          The 17s will catch the arch liner
                                                                                                      best way to describe the     on full lock if your mates are
                                                                                                      standard 13 inch steels,     blagging a lift or you have a heavy
                                                                                                      or 14 inch alloys. They’re   load, so expect some rubbing. Other                                                                               tend to stick to simple touches such
                                                                                                      never going to get the       than that there’s no hassle and no                                                                                as body-coloured bumpers, de-locking
                                                                                                     respect your Ka deserves.     need to do a chainsaw massacre on                                                                                 the doors and maybe some new
                                                                                                    So it’s time to whip them      the arches. 18s have been done                                                                                    mirrors for that smooth Euro look.
                                                                                                     off and bolt on some          before but unless you’re adamant                                                                                     For the more wild and extrovert
                                                                                                     arch-filling alloys.           about having the biggest wheels                                                                                   modifiers out there the world’s your
                                                                                                       You can squeeze 16s         around town you’d be wise to stick                                                                                oyster. Options range from the Ka
                                                                                                    on, but if you want to go      with 17s for driveability.                                                                                        Tornado kit available for £400 from
                                                                                                   bigger give R-Tec Auto              Ford sells a steering rack limiter                                                                            Essex Racing, right through to the
                                                                                                Design a call as the brake         to allow the fitment of large wheels                                                                               ultimate K9 kit. As you’d expect this
                                                                                           hoses will need moving to one           for around £60 (Part No. 5052322).                                                                                isn’t cheap as they weigh in at a hefty
                                                                                         side. R-Tec recommends Falken 512         It’s also worth noting that if you’re                                                                             £1100 direct from ESP Design, but one
                                                                                         tyres as they are so skinny they’ll       jumping from 13s to 17s, your                                                                                     of these is guaranteed to draw a
                                                                                         help keep scrubbage to a minimum.         speedo will need recalibrating.                                                                                   crowd down at the local cruise.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Triple-lamp conversion
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                                                                                                                                                                                     Still think it looks
     BRAKES                                                                                                                                                                            like a girl’s car?          SUSPENSION
     Whether you’ve added a simple air            serious stoppers get on the phone to    £520 for the 285 mm size, the                                                                                             Straight out of the box the Ka’s         adjustable kit for £477.50 or a set
     filter or shoe-horned a new engine in         Hi-Spec Motorsport as it has various    300 mm costs around £795.                                                                                                 chassis is impressive, but if you’re     of coil-overs weighing in at a
     place, it’s literally a life saving mod to   options for your Ka, depending on          Hi-Spec also caters for those                                                                                          increasing the power or have a more      reasonable £537.95. The coil-overs
     upgrade your brakes. Standard are            your budget.                            after a rear disc conversion using a                                                                                      enthusiastic driving style then it’s a   will give you more options for
     fine for doing the weekly shop, but if           Firstly there’s the Big Disc kit     275 mm disc, priced at around £539.                                                                                       good idea to uprate the suspension.      tweaking the ride and allow a little
     you’re still on standard brakes and          which contains all the nuts, bolts      Bear in mind though, when                                                                                                    Lowering the Ka is the first step.     more clearance for those of you
     you put a bit of heat through ‘em            and brackets and some hefty discs in    fitting larger discs to any car                                                                                            A healthy drop will lower the car’s      intent on fitting big alloys.
     they’ll fade away quicker than Vanilla       285 mm and 300 mm. Then there is        you will have to consider                                                                                                 centre of gravity and reduce body           From here it’s the little things what
     Ice’s rap career.                            the Billet four-pot kit. These babies   the size of your                                                                                                          roll in the corners. Jondel Motorsport   will make a big difference, to stiffen
        The most common thing to do is            could stand the tiny Ka on its nose,    wheels beforehand                                                                                                         can do you a set of Eibach lowering      the chassis further you’ll need to
     upgrade the pads and discs for a little      the kit includes aluminium mounting     to ensure you have                                                                                                        springs for £132.50, giving the little   treat the Ka to a set of polyurethane
     more bite. If you want some more             bells and is available from around      enough clearance.                                                                                                          Ka a nice 30 mm drop.                   bushes fitted throughout the car. Try
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There’s more to it than just ride      Super Flex who should be able to sort
          Big brake kits are out there                                                                                                                                                                                 height though, stiffening the         your Ka out.
          to fill those monster rims.                                                                                                                                                                                    damping is a wise idea as it will       The icing on the cake will be a set
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         help keep your tyres in contact     of front and rear strut braces; Demon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         with the road and will further      Tweeks stocks OMP braces for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          help in eliminating roll. Jondel   £54.41, which will help stiffen the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          can hook you up with a full AVO    car’s wings when cornering hard.




                                                                                                                                        IB5 gearbox means close-
                                                                                                                                        ratio Puma gearset goes in.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Coil-over kit needed to get
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             it on dropped on the deck.


                                                                                                                                 TRANSMISSION
                                                                                                                                 The Ka uses an IB5 which is a tough      Pumaspeed offers five-paddle              casing (also found in the Ka Rally        chaps at Pumaspeed, who have used
                                                                                                                                 little box. It’s more than capable of    clutches for around the £250 mark,       Championship cars).                       it to great effect on conversions
          The front and rear
       bumpers are from the                                                                                                      handling what the Endura engine          which is its speciality.                    The MTX75 box can be adapted to        they’ve done.
        popular K9 body kit.                                                                                                     can throw at it, but if you’re chasing      The IB5 is also used in the Puma,     fit but its box is not the best way            To make full use of whichever
                                                                                                                                 more power then it will definitely        but the Puma’s box is fitted with         forward as you’d need to get mounts       gearbox you choose, don’t forget a
                                                                                                                                 need uprating in certain areas.          closer ratio gears to help rip through   fabricated for it. When going down        quickshift kit is available from Burton
                                                                                                                                     A clutch that can handle the         the revs quicker, thankfully the big     the CVH or ZVH route an Escort diesel     Power, they’re a great mod for
                                                                                                                                 extra grunt is never a bad idea.         cat’s cogs can be fitted into the Ka’s    box comes recommended from the            slamming through the ratios.



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     MINE ALL MINE...
     If you want a good example of how to           With the Ka starting to look the
     do things properly then check out Matt      part and turn a few heads, Matt
     Percival’s RS Turbo-powered Ka.             turned his attention to the interior,
         Matt’s the South East Rep for the Ka    one of the more neglected areas on
     Klub and his dedication to modding is       most modified motors.
     second to none. For this Ka, bought by         “Me and my dad did all the leather
     Matt nearly five years ago as a bog          retrim and ICE install ourselves on the
     standard runabout in a dull purple          drive,” he reports. As you can see from
     colour, it’s been a steady quest to         the pictures it’s a very classy job too.
     improve upon what Mr Ford produced.         Now most people would be happy to
         As Matt says: “It started not long      leave it at that and admire their handy
     after I bought it, with the wheels and      work, but oh no, not Matt, and what                Matt built up his manic Ka
     a drop in ride height, but then it was      fast Ford is complete without a few                with the help of his Dad.
     just crying out for a kit, and it sort of   engine upgrades.
     snowballed from there.” Something              As you can see he’s not a lad who
     most fast Ford owners can relate to.        does things by halves so rather than       everything else we did ourselves,           drive, and what we’ve done has turned
         “I just wanted some wheels to           mess about with the Endura engine          Mum’s been a big help too, putting up       it into one hell of a car.”
     smarten it up,” he continues. So, after     he’s binned it in favour of the very       with all the madness over the last              Proof of this is Matt’s BMW-driving
     squeezing the 17 inch BK240 chrome          tuneable RS Turbo lump. Once again the     couple of years,” Matt says.                boss who’s known this car from
     wheels and a set of Gaz coil-overs          Percivals got busy with their spanners          With this sort of power the Ka is      standard and seen the transformation.
     under his Ka, Matt got well and truly       on the driveway.                           officially capable of mixing it with the         “He always had a mickey taking
     bitten by the bug, pushing him further         The spec is very well balanced for a    big boys, but power is nothing without      comment ready, I was driving along on
     to turn his little pocket rocket into one   1600 CVH, the usual suspects like the      control. Matt soon added a set of Hi-       a stretch of road (private of course,
     of the most complete and tastefully         exhaust and air filter are in attendance    Spec grooved discs and callipers to the     officer) and he came up behind me, I
     modified Kas on the scene today.             along with a T2 cam and a T3 hybrid        front and an RS rear disc conversion        dropped a gear and soon got shut of
         Next came the kit. “With the help of    blower, giving a very usable 200 bhp.      was fitted to the rear to help haul the      him,” Matt laughs.
     my dad we added the kit, I chose the K9        Everything on the car, with the         little hatch to a standstill.                   As far as more modifications go, you
     front and rear bumpers with some MSD        exception of paint, the port and polish,        So do people say it’s a girl’s car?    guessed it, Matt and his super handy
     skirts, along with the front and rear       engine mounts and the unique charge        “Well yeah, you always get comments         dad will be on the driveway again soon.
     lights, we plumped for an Evo bonnet        carrier, was carried out by the father     wherever you go, mostly good but            Ripping all the ICE out in favour of a
     vent,” Matt explains. The vent is a great   and son team.                              occasionally some character might           new fibreglass install is next. We reckon
     mod that adds a bit of aggression and          “We used Blacke Creations for help      shout out roller skate as I’m blasting      this won’t be the last we see of him and
     helps to keep the bonnet temps down.        with the mounts and carrier but            past, but I always say it’s all about the   the lovely Dairy Milk purple Ka.



                                                                                                                                           SPECIALISTS
                                                                                                                                           Burton Power 020 8554 2281
                                                                                                                                           www.burtonpower.com
                                                                                                                                           Demon Tweeks 01978 6674466
                                                                                                                                           www.demon-tweeks.co.uk
                                                                                                                                           ESP Design 0870 7518000
                                                                                                                                           www.espdesign.co.uk
                                                                                                                                           Jondel Motorsport 0800 7313934
                                                                                                                                           www.jondelmotorsport.co.uk
                                                                                                                                           Pumabuild 01213 562638
                                                                                                                                           www.pumabuild.co.uk
                                                                                                                                           Pumaspeed 01924 871421
                                                                                                                                           www.pumaspeed.co.uk
                                                                                                                                           Quadconversions 01132 504527
                                                                                                                                           www.quadconversions.com
                                                                                                                                           R-Tec Auto Design 01727 790100
                                                                                                                                           www.r-tecautodesign.co.uk
                                                                                                                                           Superchips 01280 816781
                                                                                                                                           www.superchips.com
                                                                                                                                           Super Flex 01749 678152
                                                                                                                                           www.superflex.co.uk
                                                                                                                                           Specialised Engines 01375 378606
                                                                                                                                           www.specialisedengines.co.uk
                                                                                                                                           Van Aaken Developments
                                                                                                                                           01344 777553 www.vanaaken.com

                                                                                                                                           TYPICAL PRICES
                                                                                                                                           Lowering springs             £69.27
                                                                                                                                           Induction kit                £67.59
                                                                                                                                           Uprated brake discs          £77.55
                                                                                                                                           Uprated brake pads           £35.44
                                                                                                                                           Performance exhaust          £290.46

                                                                                                                                           CLUBS
                                                                                                                                           Ka Klub: www.kaklub.co.uk

                                                                                                         Matt’s Ka kicked up               THANKS
                                                                                                       a storm at this year’s              Thanks to Ian B and Andy T @ Ka Klub
                                                                                                       Ford Fair. Good work!


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