Vehicle Tuning

Today, the term chip tuning can be misleading, as people will often use it to describe ECU tuning that does not involve swapping the chip. Modern electronic control units can be tuned by simply updating their software through a standard interface, such as the vehicle diagnostic plug (OBD) or directly through the ECU using a boot device manager (BDM). ECU re flashing is the most common form of vehicle tuning these days, it is also the most cost effective option for tuning because it doesn’t require use of the dyno as the file has been already been developed through rigorous R&D on the same vehicle on the dyno. Both options when performed by Torque Performance, are non evasive and no soldering is required when re-flashing to prevent ECU damage.

Generally with ECU re-mapping the vehicle becomes more sensitive to fuel types and environmental conditions, so it extremely important that the tune is developed to suit the fuel used and where the vehicle will be operated. All of Performance Brothers’ tunes have been developed and tested for South African conditions and fuels. Our re-flash tunes are also developed to suit factory vehicles or vehicles fitted with upgrade packages designed by us, so we always recommend vehicles modified beyond this to be custom tuned as there are too many variables that will require additional adjustments.

To find out what performance increases we can offer for your vehicle, please contact us with your vehicle details and budget and will reply with prices and performance figures. If you want to go ahead with booking your tune, you can either contact us or make your booking online through our online booking system.


Performance tuning can be done on the majority production cars, bakkies and vans. This kind of tuning is definitely for the performance fanatic, as performance tuning is an upgrade that will allow you to utilise your vehicle to its utmost potential for the modifications it has which will increase acceleration, KW and torque (NM) by up to 35% with this one simple upgrade. In some case we have DOUBLED the engine output!!!

Advantages of Performance Tuning

  • Increased power & torque
  • Smoother torque curves
  • Increased acceleration
  • Better throttle response
  • Reduced turbo lag
  • Wider range of power
  • Improved towing ability

With this upgrade, it will be your driving style which will play an important role in your fuel usage. Generally you use more fuel the first two tanks of fuel as you can’t stop enjoying the extra power but once you calm down and drive normally again you begin to receive a better fuel consumption than what you originally had.


Eco Tuning is an ECU Re-flash with a file that has been developed using our experience in tuning. We modify certain values and parameters of the factory tune in the ECU, depending on if its petrol or diesel, from throttle response, turbo mapping to injection duration and ignition timing, plus many other parameters, with the focus of improving fuel millage and emissions.

Eco Tuning brings a more efficient way to operate the vehicle. In theory, the improvement in fuel economy comes at no cost to the horsepower and dynamic abilities of the vehicle. And in most cases,it brings about slight horsepower and torque improvements.

One tip we recommend customers is to avoid any plug’n’play solution for fuel economy or power improvements. While these units are convenient, as they give the user the ability to easily remove from the vehicle and some have the option for switching on and off, they do have the potential of damaging the your vehicles electronics as some need to be wired into the existing vehicle looms, or they effect the operation of sensors they are plugged into. They also can not make a varied changed to the operating elements of the engine and generally add a set percentage to what a sensor reads, to confuse the ECU into doing something else. These generic changes can effect emission control devices. fuel injection, turbo operating dynamics and many other elements of your engine which cause additional wear to important parts.

If you are looking for better economy in your vehicle, please contact us and we can advise costs and the estimated fuel saving benefits we can can make to your vehicle.

DPF Delete

DPF’s become problematic when driving conditions do not allow for the burning of accumulated soot particles. Resulting in a clogging up of these particles which in turn, restricts drive-ability as the vehicle goes into what is known as “limp” mode. Two solutions have been identified by key dealers; firstly a forced regeneration, which is either static (for example Fords) or next available (for example VAG group vehicles).

While this route will temporarily clean the DPF, this is not a permanent solution as it will simply become clogged again. It is also necessary to consider that forced regeneration can only be completed a limited number of times (usually 3) before a replacement is necessary. The second option identified is a replacement, the cost of which ranges from R16000 to R35000 and there is also no guarantee given that the DPF will not clog up again should driving conditions remain unchanged.

The only permanent solution is remove the DPF from your vehicle completely. This is a two stage process; firstly, the trouble codes will be deleted from the engine management system permanently. The second stage of the process includes the physical removal of the DPF from your vehicle which is situated on the exhaust pipe.

No more DPF, no more problems!

In conjunction with a eco tune, fuel savings of 10% to 35% can be accomplished!



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