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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

    32.6%
  2. LT-Light Tip in

    34.0%
  3. SLT-Super Light Tip in

    28.1%
  4. WifeTip-Stock tip in

    5.3%
  1. Oct 10, 2021 at 8:55 AM
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    DanoTay

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    $300 or so for what you get in terms of increased low end torque is good value for $ spent. OTOH if spending $ on Android Auto is your kind of tunes....:notsure:
     
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  2. Oct 10, 2021 at 9:53 AM
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    codenomics

    codenomics Vashta Nerada

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    Dunno what otoh means but, I am not saying it is not worth it, I was kidding.
    AA is actually important to me. As much time as I spend driving music and on screen navigation is very important to me.
     
  3. Oct 10, 2021 at 10:00 AM
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    wiljayhi

    wiljayhi I’m not a mortar forker I’m a mortar forker’s son

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    On The Other Hand :)
     
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  4. Oct 10, 2021 at 11:18 AM
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    DanoTay

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    I have my music on a thumb drive that I plug into the usb port and listen to my music that way. I also have a portable Garmin Navigator that while it has a small screen it is better at finding stuff and giving directions than the stock Tacoma nav. system.
     
  5. Oct 11, 2021 at 12:07 PM
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    PapaRee

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

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    Check our 1st post and PM a Pro tuner to get tuned or PM me (@PapaRee ) for tune files to DYI

    KDMax
    Tune

    Available for Auto and Manual Transmission 2016-2021 V6 Tacoma Trucks

    -Aggressive/linear Throttle
    -Predictable, smooth shifting, including regular Cruise Control
    -Proper/safe air-fuel ratio for power and MPG's
    -Custom Tire, Gear and AGM battery settings
    -Tune-Packs for Custom Throttle and Octane settings (8 different tune files)
    -Great Reviews by real customers
     
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  6. Oct 11, 2021 at 1:42 PM
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    TWTaco

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    The first of 2 patch designs came in today! These are Velcro backed. This first patch will be $6.50 + shipping PM @TWTaco for your patch before they are gone!
    The 2nd patch design should be coming in the next 10days!

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  7. Oct 11, 2021 at 1:51 PM
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    SCHNUGGS

    SCHNUGGS Thy Sauceynezz!

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    Dibs!
     
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  8. Oct 11, 2021 at 2:34 PM
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    PapaRee

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

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    Nice Dave!
    Patches with velcro backing are the best!
     
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  9. Oct 11, 2021 at 2:42 PM
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    SCHNUGGS

    SCHNUGGS Thy Sauceynezz!

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    … For a second gen!
     
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  10. Oct 11, 2021 at 8:56 PM
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  11. Oct 11, 2021 at 9:58 PM
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    This is my review of the KDMAX/LT tune installed on my 2017 Tacoma Off Road, with a K&N Performance Air Intake System and Flowmaster FlowFx Extreme Cat-Back exhaust. The tune was configured for 87 octane gas. My Tacoma is NOT a daily driver and includes about 400 LBS of added net weight modifications including a hidden winch, cab rack, bed rack, lighting, 270 awning, water tank and shower attachments. It’s running Toyo Open Country LT265/75R16 M/T tires with a 2” lift. Wind resistance at speed is a factor. Here’s a pic of my truck:

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    The tune was installed by a local tuner (a real nice guy), identified by KDMAX for the DC/VA/MD region. The cost of the tune was $450, which included an add-on for higher voltage battery charging by the local tuner. I tested the tune on local roads for about 200 miles, then on a 1,500 mile trip on the I-95 from DC to SC and back to DC, during October 2021 using 87, 89 and 93 octane gas. The roads were mostly level, with only slight grade changes on hills and bridges.

    The first video is an example of the truck merging on the I-95 in NC from a rest stop. I was on the accelerator, about half depressed with slight increasing pressure during throttling, and a slight let-up as it passed 75 MPH (after which the transmission shifted to a higher gear). Watch how the truck holds the gear through 4,000 RPM during constant acceleration and approaches red-line. This is common behavior by the KDMAX/LT tune, holding gears and providing much better acceleration performance.



    The second video is the truck cruising on the I-95 in NC and SC between 70 and 80 MPH. I’m using manual mode in drive (no cruise control), cruise control in drive, then synchronized shifting in 5th gear and manual mode (no cruise control). The video shows the RPMs and speed, with the shift behavior of the truck after the KDMAX/LT tune install. Watch how the truck still has issues while using cruise control, specifically by shifting down to 4th gear, then up to 5th, then 6th, then back to 5th in a narrow speed range with only minor changes in road grade elevation.



    So, let’s wrap this up. Do I like the KDMAX/LT tune? YES, I do. It offers significant improvement in throttle control and shift points. But, is it a perfect fix? NO, it’s not. Especially using cruise control, for my truck and set-up package. I found it worked much better using synchronized shifting in manual mode (no cruise control) between 4th and 5th gears to set acceleration and power ranges while cruising. When in drive, and by simply tipping to synchronized mode between 60 and 75 MPH, the truck dropped to 4th gear and provided plenty of power for passing. Please remember, my results may differ from others, because of my modifications.
     
  12. Oct 11, 2021 at 10:15 PM
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    PapaRee

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

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    Your Cruise Control should be better than that. You need a reset and re-flash. I know mine (nearly same setup) will shift back to 5th or 6th after an incline and hold 6th on a flat road.
    Im glad you are liking it, but it is better and I think you need a reset and re flash.
    Thanks for the feedback and review. Reach out to your tuner and have him contact me if he needs instructions or a custom tune file.
     
  13. Oct 11, 2021 at 11:11 PM
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    This tune is flat awesome. I had it installed on Ginger a few months ago and I'm in love with my truck now. Its just soooo fun to drive after the tune. Thanks for creating such awesomeness!20200305_165037.jpg
     
  14. Oct 12, 2021 at 4:36 AM
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  15. Oct 12, 2021 at 5:39 AM
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    I have been running the SLT for ~500 miles and I really enjoy it.
    I was wondering if driving with the ECT on is the same as if I was driving with the LT tune?
     
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  16. Oct 12, 2021 at 6:23 AM
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    Ok there is so much here to actually read. I have some interest in the tunes since before buying my truck and hearing about the OV tunes. My old Jeep Liberty CRD lived most of its life with the Green Diesel engineering ECO performance tune so tuning I've done before.

    For my SR5 v6 4x4 with stock everything but 265/75R16 Cooper discoverer AT tires What tune version would I see any benefits in driving and MPG from? I use my truck as a daily driver for a commute under 10 miles. I don't go off road much and if I do it not anything rough. I tow a pop up camper with it when I go on trips. I'd like to stay with 87 fuel too. I might lift in the future but it will likely be something moderate like 5100's on clip 3 if I do it

    I see there is someone in Ellicott City, Baltimore area about an hour from me who does the tunes. I'm just trying to figure out what I can expect for the $ out of getting this done.
     
  17. Oct 12, 2021 at 6:54 AM
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    This concerns me. Is there actually a need to re-flash occasionally? Can the truck “lose” the tune?
     
  18. Oct 12, 2021 at 8:11 AM
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    Can’t say your experience will be the same as mine but I’m in a 2016 stock TRD OR with 265/70/17 KO2s. I was averaging 16.5mpg prior to the tune and now I’m @ 19mpg. Mostly a daily driver equal amounts of around town and hwy miles. Any off roading is light duty. Dave in Elliott City tuned my Tacoma, great guy, good communication and I couldn’t be happier with the tune (LT). It’s important to note, mpg’s wasn’t my motivation for the tune. For me it was about getting the shift points right so it held gear longer before shifting up/down and having a more responsive throttle input. Night and day difference from stock.
     
  19. Oct 12, 2021 at 8:26 AM
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    A better throttle response and shifting better would be excellent. knowing that you did see some mileage improvement is nice.
     
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  20. Oct 12, 2021 at 9:33 AM
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    Ovtuned

    I’ve been curious about this also. I’ve seen reports of people saying that it can show old behaviors.
     
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