Curious about our Tune Staging System? It’s quite simple, but slightly differs from our earlier nomenclature (pre-2018). Keep in mind that the minimum requirements for each stage are a little loose, as each tune is specific to your modifications and is not just a generic, pre-programmed chip. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please do not hesitate to send us a message!

What is a “STAGE”? A Stage is the modification level of your vehicle. As the modification level (Stage) rises, the amount of work and time involved with creating the software and tune for your vehicle increases. Therefore different Stages are made available dependent upon the components of the vehicle being tuned.

What Stage should I choose? You should choose the Stage that best reflects the modification level of your vehicle.

I want to go with a higher Stage than my vehicle’s modifications reflect! That’s fine, but you will get the same tune either way. All tunes provided are specific to your modifications, not just generic off-the-shelf tunes that you’d buy elsewhere. However, we always appreciate tips!

Staging System Cheat-Sheet

This cheat-sheet will help you quickly decide which Stage to choose. Keep scrolling to read a more detailed description of each Stage.

Standard Stages

  • Stage 0.5

    This Stage is intended for stock vehicles and offers a modest increase in performance and economy.
    Minimum requirements: none
    Recommended modifications: aftermarket intake (filter or complete)

  • Stage 1.0

    This Stage is intended for mostly-stock engines with minor bolt-on modifications.
    Minimum modifications: aftermarket intake (filter or complete) + aftermarket exhaust
    Recommended modifications: aftermarket exhaust manifold + hi-flow catalytic converter

  • Stage 1.5

    This Stage is intended for mostly-stock engines with both bolt-on and minor internal modifications.
    Minimum modifications: Stage 1.0 + camshaft
    Recommended modifications: exhaust manifold + valvetrain (rockers, valve springs, etc) + aftermarket intake system

  • Stage 2.0

    This Stage is intended for internally upgraded engines, but retains all daily comfort and safety features.
    Minimum modifications: Stage 1.5 + upgraded compression and/or displacement (crankshaft, pistons, rods, etc)
    Recommended modifications: lightweight flywheel + port-and-polish + injectors + exhaust manifold + valvetrain + aftermarket intake system

  • Stage 2.5

    This Stage is intended for majorly upgraded engines only.
    Minimum modifications: Stage 2.0 + valvetrain + injectors + aftermarket intake system
    Recommended modifications: lightweight flywheel + port-and-polish + cooling system

  • Stage 3.0

    This Stage is intended only for totally upgraded engines only, with high compression, high displacement, and advanced internal components. This means weight reduced rods, custom pistons, high-strength/lightweight head components, etc. If you have upgraded every last engine component, this is your Stage.
    Minimum modifications: Stage 2.5

  • Forced Induction (Turbocharger or Supercharger)

    This Stage is intended for vehicles on forced induction. A specific tune for each customer is tailored to specific mods. Please CONTACT US before ordering a F/I tune.
    Minimum modifications: forced induction conversion such as turbocharger or supercharger

Special Stages

Special Stages are additional requests that can be made (in the “notes” section on your tune’s product page, or by contacting us directly). Any Standard Stage can have a Special Stage applied (e.g. Stage 1.5 Endurance; Stage 3.0 Economy; Stage 1.0 Race).

  • Economy

    This tune is versatile and can be made for nearly any setup.
    Minimum modifications: none
    Recommended modifications: intake system or drop-in filter + exhaust manifold + a well maintained engine

  • Endurance

    This tune is intended specifically for endurance racing vehicles and has a balance of economy and power, with a focus on safety for extended periods of running while maintaining peak power. Can be setup for any number of vehicles, please reference the Standard Stages for staging information on endurance tunes.

  • Race

    This tune is intended specifically for race-only vehicles and has a focus on peak power. This Special Stage will provide a tune that is designed for maximum power with less emphasis placed on engine longevity and reliability. The people that opt for this tune are likely replacing or rebuilding their engine at the end of each race season, or every other season.