TUNING STAGES

TUNING STAGES 1, 2 and 3

If you want to improve the performance of your car, ZIP Tuning offers you a short summary of potential changes through tuning Stages 1, 2 and 3. Bear in mind that your car should be thoroughly tested, in order to get the optimal benefit from each change. Also, you can get all the tuning stages for both petrol and diesel engines. Take your time and choose what’s best for your ride.

Please note that ZIP Tuning offers calibrations for all sorts of octane levels of fuel. Compared to lower octane, higher octane fuels support more ignition timing advancement, higher boost levels, and leaner air-to-fuel mixtures. Your tuning files will be calibrated for the requested fuel quality and the difference in fuel will determine how the car is tuned.

WHAT IS STAGE 1 TUNING?

For, let’s say, more moderate changes, opt for Stage 1 ECU remap. Stage 1 tuning files are designed on a vehicle with stock hardware and no aftermarket parts at all. All Stage 1 calibrations are developed on a 4WD dynamometer and are data logged and extensively tested to make sure the modifications are perfect.

In order to preserve the safety of your parts, we tailor the torque output in the tuning file to suit the type of transmission you have. In addition, we respect most of the limiters for component protection and anti-jerk function will also be kept original. If a vehicle is downgraded, we remove unnecessary factory limitations, as well as fuel cut off and unwanted torque limitations.

Remapping is designed with optimized ignition, boost, and fuel targets for enhanced performance and responsiveness on a car with mainly stock hardware. Our tuning files for sport models will be calibrated standard for RON 98. Normal models with petrol engines are calibrated standard for RON 95, of course, unless our customers have a different desire.

WHAT DOES STAGE 2 TUNING INVOLVE?

Stage 2 tuning files are developed for engines with small modifications to the intake and exhaust and this is what makes them a step up in terms of tuning stages. Although this tuning stage is generally about those hardware changes, a small advancement of software usually also takes place to make use of the added hardware parts and better breathing of the engine. The hardware that can be changed during the Stage 2 tuning process includes things like sports filter, intercooler, downpipes, sport cats and similar.

The hardware modifications performed in Stage 2 tuning can result in, for example, better sound, while a change in software gives us some extra power. Not only do these changes improve driving experience, but they are also a great precondition for some more serious changes in Stage 3 tuning.

STAGE 2 TUNING FOR PETROL ENGINE

All Stage 2 tuning files are calibrated for standard high octane values RON 98-102. The examples of parts that can be modified are a bigger intercooler, downpipe, sport exhaust, air intake, etc.

STAGE 2 TUNING FOR DIESEL ENGINE

Some changes that can be made on diesel engines are similar to those on petrol engines: bigger intercooler, downpipe, sport exhaust, air intake, with the addition of diesel-dedicated services such as DPF removal.

STAGE 3 TUNING FOR MAXIMUM POWER

Stage 3 tuning files are developed for maximum power. We remove all limitations from the ECU and change the parts to the ones that can sustain the extra stressa and/or provide better performance. If there are different aftermarket performance parts installed in the car, a lot of different configurations become possible.

For a proper Stage 3 tuning, the client should provide complete data logs. Bear in mind that if you want to use Stage 3 tuning files, it is crucial to have all the necessary tools and knowledge, or industry-leading experts to guide you. If not, you can damage the engine beyond repair.

STAGE 3 TUNING FOR PETROL ENGINES

Stage 3 tuning for petrol engines might involve changes such as bigger turbo, intercooler, downpipe, race cats, fuel pump, injectors, intake and exhaust valves, springs, bigger MAF or MAP sensor, race-clutch…

STAGE 3 TUNING FOR DIESEL ENGINES

In diesel engines the changes in this stage might include a bigger turbo, intercooler, downpipe, fuel pump, injectors, bigger MAF or MAP sensor, race-clutch and more.

BACK TO BASICS

  • Remapping has three main stages with better performance as the ultimate goal
  • ZIP Tuning can lead you through the entire tuning process and show you how your very own car can benefit from these improvements
  • Tuning stages can be applied on cars with both petrol and diesel engines
  • Our Stage 1 tuning files are developed for use in a car with original parts
  • The other two tuning stages introduce new hardware parts, where Stage 3 tuning involves more extreme changes