Unleashing the Amarok 2.0 TDI

The VW Amarok 2.0 TDI is a rugged and versatile vehicle built for adventure. If you’re an adventurous driver looking to take your Amarok to the next level, have a look at these performance upgrades by Custom Tuning.

In this blog, we’ll explore how a Stage 1 or 2 ECU Remap and our Performance Upgrades will enhance your Amarok’s capabilities and take your off-road adventures to new heights.

  1. Stage 1 or Stage 2 ECU Remap for Power Boost

Advantage: Significant power and torque gains.

One of the most impactful upgrades you can make to your Amarok is a Stage 1 or Stage 2 ECU remap. This involves recalibrating the Engine Control Unit (ECU) to optimize various engine parameters. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Stage 1 Remap: A Stage 1 remap is a mild upgrade that provides noticeable improvements in power and torque without compromising engine reliability. It optimizes the fuel and air mixture, ignition timing, and boost pressure, resulting in a significant power boost. This upgrade is perfect for those who want more performance for daily driving and occasional off-road adventures.
  • Stage 2 Remap: If you’re craving even more power, a Stage 2 remap takes things a step further. It typically includes hardware upgrades such as a Freeflow Exhaust and/or a larger intercooler to complement the ECU changes. With a Stage 2 remap, you can achieve substantial power and torque gains, making your Amarok a true powerhouse on and off the road.

Adding a Stage 1 or Stage 2 ECU remap to your Amarok complements the other performance upgrades, resulting in a well-rounded and exhilarating driving experience. It’s essential to have the remap performed by professionals who understand your vehicle’s specific needs to ensure optimal performance and reliability.

    2. Blanking the EGR for Improved Engine Efficiency

Advantage: Enhanced engine efficiency and longevity.

The Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system in your Amarok helps reduce emissions, but over time this also causes carbon buildup and reduces engine performance and reliability. By blanking the EGR, you can prevent this buildup, resulting in improved engine efficiency, reduced maintenance costs, and a longer engine life.

Unveiling the Benefits of Blanking the EGR Valve in Your Car

    3. Remove the CAT for Enhanced Performance

Advantage: Increased power and responsiveness.

Removing the Catalytic Converter (CAT) can significantly improve exhaust flow and reduce backpressure. This modification leads to increased horsepower and torque, making your Amarok more responsive and powerful, especially when tackling challenging terrains or towing heavy loads.

     4. Optimize Gearbox Mapping for Seamless Transitions

Advantage: Smoother gear shifts and better performance.

Mapping the gearbox involves fine-tuning the transmission’s shift points and behavior to match your Amarok’s upgraded performance. This ensures smoother gear shifts and improved acceleration, allowing you to conquer various driving conditions with ease.

     5. Fit an Oil Catch Can for Engine Health

Advantage: Cleaner combustion and extended engine life.

An oil catch can is a simple yet effective addition to your Amarok. It captures oil vapors and contaminants before they enter the intake system, preventing carbon buildup and maintaining cleaner combustion. This results in a healthier engine, reduced maintenance, and a longer-lasting vehicle.

Oil Catch Cans

     6. Off-Road Control

Advantage: Unleash your Amarok’s true off-road potential.

If you’re an off-road enthusiast, these upgrades are a game-changer. The increased power and optimized gearbox mapping make conquering challenging terrain a breeze. From rocky trails to muddy paths, your tuned Amarok will shine as you navigate the great outdoors.


Enhancing your Amarok 2.0 TDI with performance upgrades like EGR blanking, CAT removal, gearbox mapping, and an oil-catch-can will transform your vehicle into a powerful and reliable off-road companion. These modifications not only improve engine performance and efficiency but also extend your Amarok’s lifespan. Remember to consult with one of our trusted team of technicians at Custom Tuning, and get ready to embark on even more thrilling adventures with your Amarok.

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