Stage tuning is an important term, used by tuning companies. But many people are not familiar with it and do not know the meaning of Stage 1, Stage 2 or Stage 3 remap.

That is why, in this article, we will explain to you what are the stages of remapping and what are the differences between them. Let’s see how Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3 tuning upgrades are classified!



When it comes to chip tuning and ECU remapping, there are different stages of stage tuning. A stage is a set of vehicle upgrades and modifications. Each stage involves different typical changes that are applied to the ECU (electronic control unit). There are 3 main stages of stage tuning – Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3. As you might expect, Stage 2 means more tuned vehicle than Stage 1, etc.



Stage 1 tuning, also called Stage 1 remap or Performance tuning is a good choice for standard and unmodified vehicles, because it does not requires any other upgrades. It provides better fuel economy, enhanced overall performance and is convenient for daily use. Those upgrades are made as keeping the vehicle within the manufacturer’s safety parameters and standards. In addition, the modifications of Stage 1 tuning (Stage 1 remap) do not require any additional hardware.

The modifications of this type of stage tuning can include induction kits, sports exhausts, blow off valves / diverters, panel air filters, fuel pressure regulators, etc. Stage 1 remap is the perfect foundation for future modifications and it is the most cost-effective ECU remapping solution for performance increase.

Benefits of Stage 1 tuning (Stage 1 remap):

  • Impressive performance
  • Increased power
  • Better torque
  • Improved fuel efficiency and fuel economy
  • More responsive drivability
  • Reliability
  • Smooth acceleration
  • Fast road camshaft
  • Better boost levels




Stage 2 tuning (Stage 2 remap) is the ideal solution for those who want to upgrade their vehicle with more modifications than Stage 1 tuning. It includes reprogramming and optimization of the exhaust and inlet (intake) system, but turbos should also be tuned. Stage 2 tuning (Stage 2 remap) often requires some hardware upgrades in advance, so the tuning can be applied reliably. Stage 2 tuning allows for modifications of turbos, hybrid turbos, exhaust and induction kits, intercooler, downpipes, etc.

This stage of our stage tuning gives the opportunity the best results to be achieved and the real potential of your vehicle to be unleashed.

Benefits of Stage 2 tuning (Stage 2 remap):

Stage 2 remap offers a bigger increase in power and torque, but not as much fuel efficiency than a Stage 1 remap. After a Stage 2 tuning, power will come on lower down in the rev range. The overall performance and reliability will also increase. In addition, you will enjoy the great and responsive drivability of your vehicle.



Stage 3 tuning or Stage 3 remap is the ultimate upgrade for your vehicle. It is only used for race, motorsport and competition vehicles and it pushes your car to its limits. This means that the engine emissions come to illegal categories, there is more smoke and particulate emission filters can be removed. So, Stage 3 tuning is not suitable for everyday vehicle road use.

Stage 3 remap includes upgrading of many vehicle parts and components – large or hybrid turbos, stronger crank, better flowing exhaust and intake, turbocharger, etc. Some modifications are needed for better reliability and others for achieving more power. Like Stage 2 remap, Stage 3 tuning also requires up-rated hardware.

Benefits of Stage 3 tuning (Stage 3 remap)

  • Reveals an optimal performance
  • Unleashes the full potential of the vehicle
  • More than 100% increase in power
  • Increased power throughout the entire RPM range
  • Instant passing turbo power without downshifting




Effective Tuning has more than 10 years of experience in the field of chip tuning and ECU remapping. We know in detail all the characteristics and specifics of stage tuning. Our Stage 1 tuning, Stage 2 remap and Stage 3 tuning solutions include high-quality custom-made chip tuning files, so they meet all of your needs and requirements. We know exactly how to tune your vehicle for optimal outcomes!

In addition, our tuning engineers are available 24/7 to offer you professional support and help you with any questions or issues you might have. Our chip tuning file service is really fast, so you can get your tuning files ready in 30-60 minutes remotely. And the best thing – we, at Effective Tuning, offer the best prices for stage tuning in the worldwide market, without sacrificing the quality. Learn more about our prices.

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