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POLL: OVTune Reviews (3rd gen)

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by bshammer0, Feb 25, 2018.

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How would you rate OVTune? (1 lowest, 5 highest)

  1. 1 (MT) - meh

    8 vote(s)
    2.9%
  2. 2 (MT)

    2 vote(s)
    0.7%
  3. 3 (MT)

    3 vote(s)
    1.1%
  4. 4 (MT)

    11 vote(s)
    3.9%
  5. 5 (MT) - best mod, hands down

    27 vote(s)
    9.6%
  6. 1 (AT) - meh

    12 vote(s)
    4.3%
  7. 2 (AT)

    5 vote(s)
    1.8%
  8. 3 (AT)

    12 vote(s)
    4.3%
  9. 4 (AT)

    44 vote(s)
    15.7%
  10. 5 (AT) - best mod, hands down

    156 vote(s)
    55.7%
  1. Nov 12, 2018 at 2:45 PM
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    Hijynx

    Hijynx Well-Known Member

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    so far I'm in for 3 tunes.
    1. '16 offroad (totaled)
    2. sister's '17 offroad
    3. my '19 offroad
    and I insisted the insurance company reimburse my ovtune dollar for dollar!
     
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  2. Nov 27, 2018 at 8:22 AM
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    Justin85

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    Did they?
     
  3. Dec 3, 2018 at 8:55 AM
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    tazmoto1526

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    2018 Taco off road, auto,Tune 1.04 87...I feel the OVTune is a great investment for the driveable of this truck.Yes it's not cheap but it's well worth the price compaired to my F250 4x4 parts and mods.
     
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  4. Dec 3, 2018 at 7:22 PM
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    Tig3r_Bit

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    OVTune easy installation?
     
  5. Dec 4, 2018 at 4:28 AM
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    tazmoto1526

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    The OVTune is a simple install.Checkout his instructions which make the procedure easy.I had excellent customer service and quick response to emailed materials for the tune.
     
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  6. Dec 4, 2018 at 5:41 AM
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    MLee

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    OV 1.04
    I installed 1.04 last week. Throttle response is much improved as is shifting. I'm using the 91 tune and the difference in power is also noticeable. Mileage may/may not be a little better. Traffic patterns, wind, etc all have an effect the comparison, as well as it's just more fun to drive so my foot may have become a little heavier as well. Installation was as described in the instructions and the turn around on emails was excellent. Sent the request for a registry file on the Wednesday before thanksgiving, received the file back ON Thanksgiving, sent my ECU info mid afternoon on the 24th and had the tunes back the morning of the 26th. If 1.05 has the improvement over 1.04 we are anticipating it makes the investment much more valuable, especially when calculated over the life of the truck. The initial cost is a hit on the cash flow but $770 over 5 years = $12 a month, for the fun factor alone?

    No brainer.
     
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  7. Dec 4, 2018 at 8:34 AM
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    Hijynx

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    yes they did!
     
  8. Dec 5, 2018 at 6:35 AM
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    AV8R Paul

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    I ordered the OV Tune the week of Black Friday. I have yet to receive my tuning kit.
     
  9. Dec 6, 2018 at 5:20 PM
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    kapn

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    Ordered mine the beginning of Black Friday week, had it Friday. Decided to get a Cambrio tablet from Walmart to use specifically for this instead of an old laptop or work computer. The piece of mind of not screwing with a work computer or leaving software on it was worth the $100. Didn’t realize I had to send emails back and wait a few days, but the time passed quickly. 87 1.04 is what I loaded and it’s changed the truck’s personality. I drive like a granny most of the time and I didn’t realize how I’d been massaging the pedal to keep it from shifting all crazy until I just started driving normally now with the tune.
     
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  10. Dec 6, 2018 at 6:27 PM
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    I finally got mine. Kapn goo to hear you got yours loaded, I need to go get a laptop or tablet, read the instructions, and send an e-Mail.
     
  11. Dec 7, 2018 at 10:32 AM
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    Hank_Mille

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    Installed 1.04 (91) - a solid improvement, but I was used to my SSP keeping the revs up in a lower gear for around town (35~40 mph) driving.

    I've since started using ECT and no longer need to use the SSP (will probably sell it or give to a buddy).

    I'm looking forward to 1.05, especially if it helps with towing a toy hauler having a total weight of around 3,800 lbs,
     
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2018 at 10:57 AM
  12. Dec 8, 2018 at 3:37 PM
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    I am on the fence about this. It definitively seems like a way safer and better alternative to the Pedal Commander. I'd love to wake up the truck and actually get better throttle response with my 6MT, but also don't want to ruin anything.

    My main concern is warranty, I read on OV's site the tune is untraceable. Can anyone confirm that? Also, is it totally worth it for a 6MT that's mostly stock?
     
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  13. Dec 8, 2018 at 5:17 PM
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    MOC221_

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    Well, several OVtune owners have been back to the dealer for various reasons and to date I've not heard of any problems. Mat has stated several times that the tune is untraceable at the dealer.
    As far as being worth it, it definitely was before Toyota came out with an updated M/T calibration in July of this year (from a driveability standpoint). I'd suggest you look into having your truck updated to 04B13 ('16/'17 models) or 04A71 ('18s). If you're still not satisfied or want the extra giddy up that comes with the 91/93 Ovtune files - well giddy up and get OVtune!

    Here's a link to the M/T software update thread:

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/software-update-for-the-manual.562550/
     
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  14. Dec 9, 2018 at 10:38 AM
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    Not to hijack this thread but i just ordered a 19’ OR A/T. I am expecting delivery in a few weeks. Now I’m reading about all these shifting problems with the 3rd gens. I hope that there have been factory improvements made on the 19’s A/T.

    Does OVTune help or compensate for larger tires? 285/75/17. If so, Is there a specific tune for that??

    Would gears (4.88/1) be a better route? Or have people done both with good results?

    Disclaimer: i haven’t read the entire thread yet (obviously) but it’s long so i figured I’d ask direct questions

    Thanks

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  15. Dec 10, 2018 at 3:34 PM
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    Sub’d
     
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  16. Dec 10, 2018 at 8:17 PM
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    In the alpha thread, he states it’s in the works got tire size.

    It’s going to make more power, but it’s stoll much larger tired than stock.
     
  17. Dec 11, 2018 at 9:00 AM
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    dspec

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    Are there any material differences in the Tacoma 3.5L Custom ECU/TCU Tuning package that's $770 vs. the other ECM/TCU software package outside the ones listed below?

    If I read it correctly, the tuning package has live data logging capabilities and then a map is tailored specifically for the truck? Also includes a Rev3 Flash Cable and custom ECU/TCU tuning?

    I'm assuming MT trucks wouldn't necessary need a TCU tune. I'm leaning towards the Software package since my truck is relatively stock and MT.
     
  18. Dec 11, 2018 at 9:47 AM
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    firejims

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    Question for the guys that have installed the OVtune already. I just recently received the tune files. One for 87 and one for 91 octane, but I was also sent a third file labeled "original". Is this file the TCU that I am supposed to flash after I flash the 91 Octane for the ECU?
     
  19. Dec 11, 2018 at 9:59 AM
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    Original is the stock tune if you want to go back.

    There is only one file on the new tune (Should have been verbiage to ignore ECU/TCU instructions in email)
     
  20. Dec 11, 2018 at 9:59 AM
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    MLee

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    That would be your original if you ever want to get rid of the tune and go back to what you had. Just Flash either the 87 or 91.
     

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