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KDMAX Performance Tune by @PapaRee and @TWtaco

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by PapaRee, Mar 22, 2021.

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Which throttle setting do you like best?

  1. Regular Aggressive throttle

    31.9%
  2. LT-Light Tip in

    32.8%
  3. SLT-Super Light Tip in

    30.7%
  4. WifeTip-Stock tip in

    4.6%
  1. Jul 22, 2021 at 9:16 AM
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    PapaRee

    PapaRee [OP] And now I'll do what's best for me

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    I am going through all the tunes to make new vfc files with the new software. While doing that, I am looking at all the changes to find ways to make it better.

    Every driver expects something different from their truck. So the best way to get a “better” tune is to tell me what you want.
     
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  2. Jul 22, 2021 at 9:28 AM
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    wiljayhi

    wiljayhi Sunshine capital of Canada

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    Kreg, the custom tune you made for my truck needs no improvement from my perspective. I would only be looking for the 8 way map switching to be incorporated into my tune when it’s released. Keep up the great work.
     
  3. Jul 22, 2021 at 3:18 PM
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    shotgunbilly420

    shotgunbilly420 Well-Known Member

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    As of now kdmax 6.0 is my go to performance tune and when I'm dd I'm on @TermLimits vr. What would be sweet is have the ability to switch tunes on the fly or even have your tune for ect and vr for normal mode
     
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  4. Jul 22, 2021 at 6:48 PM
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    Chainsaw_TT

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    Hello all,

    Got KDMax about 5,000 miles ago. Thoroughly enjoyed it so far. Used all 8 of the files (normal, slt, lt, wife) across reg and premium.

    The only issue I have had is a heavy foot on the normal tune in Florida summer rain. Tends to loosen up a bit off the line, which is my fault because I tend to lean on the pedal pretty hard.

    Most of the issues I have had with the truck going to a low gear and not changing back to high gear (AT) are corrected. Only time it isn't is when the downhill is a slight grade. Not sure there is much I can do there. I live on Merritt Island FL, the biggest hill I usually reach is a bridge in the way to work in Orlando.

    Great job on the tunes. Thank you for your time and hard work KDMax team. If you need a tester in the future let me know.
     
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  5. Jul 23, 2021 at 3:46 AM
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    Truky!

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    Hey Chainsaw,
    Who did your tune, I'm in Satellite..
     
  6. Jul 23, 2021 at 3:49 AM
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    Chainsaw_TT

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    I did my own tune. I went ahead abs bought the OVTune and cable, then reached out to Paparae.
     
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  7. Jul 23, 2021 at 6:37 AM
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    Truky!

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    Dam, that's definitely something I don't understand, you might as well tell me a magician waved his wand over the truck and now it's better....
     
  8. Jul 23, 2021 at 7:02 AM
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    Chainsaw_TT

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    It isn't that bad. I admit, there may be a bit more behind it when you bring in Techstream. But it isn't bad.
     
  9. Jul 23, 2021 at 7:27 AM
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    Agreed. I started doing it on my own due to the distance I had to travel for a tune or a tune update. The first time was a bit nerve racking, but if you follow the detailed instructions, both here and from VFTuner, it’s a piece of cake. I have techstream, but have not yet updated my ecu on my 2021 to 04c21. The ECU update seems to have more potential to cause issues, which makes me nervous. I will have to do it eventually, but for now I am happy with what I have.
     
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  10. Jul 23, 2021 at 7:41 AM
    #2350
    Razor24

    Razor24 OV Tuned,4" lift/w 33"s, S&B cold air intake

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    Been away for a while, I have OVTune flash kit. What do I need to do to try KDMax 6.0 ? Thanks
     
  11. Jul 23, 2021 at 7:52 AM
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    bulalo

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    Pm @PapaRee
     
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  12. Jul 23, 2021 at 8:47 AM
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    Razor24

    Razor24 OV Tuned,4" lift/w 33"s, S&B cold air intake

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    Copy…. Thanks
     
  13. Jul 23, 2021 at 10:20 AM
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    I am looking into a tuner/throttle response upgrade on my truck and have been skimming the pages here. Seems like Tacomaworld heavily recommends vF tuner by OVT as I have not found anything else. The main reason I am looking is to increase mpg. right now I’m floating around 15.5 in the city and about 14-15 on the highway. I live in Tucson, AZ. Just wondering without looking through the 118 pages plus the other pages on the other forums if this has a minor bump to mpg. People seem to like this KDMAX tune but I’m not sure what’s going on. Thanks
     
  14. Jul 23, 2021 at 10:28 AM
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    TWTaco

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    We have a tuner in Phoenix contact Eddie he will help get you tuned up.
    - Eddie @Edge48- Phoenix, Arizona-
     
  15. Jul 23, 2021 at 12:12 PM
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    JAL

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    Ashton,

    it depends on your driving style concerning MPG, and the KDMAX is not billed as a tune to increase MPG. But in many peoples testimonies it seems to be the case.

    It has increased mine by approximately 1.5 to 2.0 MPG in mixed driving. Having had a strictly Highway trip to test at this point. My current average after 5 tanks is 21.6 MPG (using reading from Entune).

    Just makes sense since the gear shifting is more linear and smoother.
     
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  16. Jul 23, 2021 at 5:28 PM
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    AshtonG11

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    Okay thank you all!
     
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  17. Jul 23, 2021 at 7:48 PM
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    ToyodaSun

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    I've put on 4,000 miles with the KDMAX LT Premium tune. Fuel has been 91 ethanol free and 93 ethanol free. The truck runs and drives how I it want to. What more is there to say? Thanks @HCFR TACO22

    Spending more $$$ on fuel for this truck is not an issue as it it not my daily driver. With the OEM tune and regular gas I was getting 16-17mpg, now I get 21-22.5mpg regularly. Trips under 5 miles will yield bad gas mileage. Trips over 5 miles yield the best gas mileage.

    Hopefully the better fuel saves the cats...I had a 2005 Taco and the cats went bad, boy are they expensive.
     
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  18. Jul 23, 2021 at 8:20 PM
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    I didn’t see the different throttle settings. But good to note. Thanks for the advise my commute to work is about 12 miles both ways city driving.
     
  19. Jul 24, 2021 at 9:04 PM
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    Another satisfied client after experiencing what the KDMax Performance tune can deliver.
    • Improved Throttle Response
    • Smoother Shifting
    • No more Gear Hunting
    • Throttle Response tailored to the clients liking
    • Gear Ratio Changes
    This and more can be achieved in your Tacoma, so stop throwing $$$ at mods that continue to disappoint.

    Do your research and see what a custom or turnkey calibration can do for your truck today.

    Give us a call to find out more.

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  20. Jul 25, 2021 at 2:21 PM
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    Unsunghero

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    As someone with the Tune now close to 500 miles in, in terms of MPG, initially I saw a slight decrease, but only in the first few miles. I also noticed a very slight stutter in the engine in the literal first few miles of test driving it. This stutter completely went away very quickly, within the first 10 miles. The engine shifting smoothness continued to improve to the point where it was seamless, you almost can’t even detect the shifts, a noticeable contrast from the OEM. The MPG also continued to improve but leveled out fairly early on, within the first 200 or so miles

    In terms of MPG now at 500ish miles into the Tune, I get around 19.6-19.8 in the city and 20.0-21 on the freeway. This is slightly better, maybe 0.5 MPG better than I had with the stock tune. My mpg has always been partly helped by the fact that I have the stock-sized off road tires it came with, and zero heavy mods installed like rideplates, and my truck is only 2WD Off Road so lacking the slight extra weight from a 4WD setup

    The thing is, when it comes to MPG, it is worth mentioning that when the truck becomes much more fun to drive and significantly faster on the low end, you WANT to drive fast everywhere. Even someone like me that normally drives like a putz, I have been giving it the beans much more often. And this will always result in lower MPG tune or no tune. I have the MPG display up at all times, and despite how fast I drive, I can’t get the MPG to tank below 19.0 MPG. Although with the way @Edge48 tuned mine, I have the midrange version of the tune and the ECT button bumps it up to the aggressive version. I still haven’t tried this yet but I’m assuming flipping on the ECT and punching it would probably be the thing that puts me to 18 MPG or lower

    The big expectation to have shouldn’t be MPG benefits, but significant low end power and shifting smooth as butter

    Overall the truck is an absolute blast to drive, and now all I can think about is getting a cold air intake on there next lol
     
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