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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

    10 vote(s)
    2.5%
  2. 2 (MT)

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

    3 vote(s)
    0.7%
  4. 4 (MT)

    16 vote(s)
    4.0%
  5. 5 (MT) - best mod, hands down

    37 vote(s)
    9.2%
  6. 1 (AT) - meh

    21 vote(s)
    5.2%
  7. 2 (AT)

    8 vote(s)
    2.0%
  8. 3 (AT)

    21 vote(s)
    5.2%
  9. 4 (AT)

    74 vote(s)
    18.4%
  10. 5 (AT) - best mod, hands down

    210 vote(s)
    52.1%
  1. Jan 4, 2019 at 5:53 PM
    #241
    Melmantaco

    Melmantaco Well-Known Member

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    So ive had my 2016 trd o/r access cab with m/t with no tire pressure monitoring or sensory for 3 years now. Ive approx 100k in km driven. Ive 265/75r16 ko2's some mild creature corfort mods and lots of tedious maintenance. 3" single mbrp exhaust and factory intake. No lift as of yet. Ive struggled for years with the factory tune. For 3 years i fealt like a teen learning to drive a stick again. The throttle was a conundrum.... Yet!! I absolutely love my tacoma and have from day1!
    I have run 91 octane only (truck has only ever seen 91 and never once tasted ethonal) ive found several oversights from toyota on my truck with the final product. Diff fluids quite low, Ubolts on diff loose, driveshaft ujoints never greased. Etc
    Ive had ovtune version 104r (91) for approx 4 weeks now. To start i feel that it has made the truck fun to drive!! Its predictable! Takes some time for the system to balance out as is to be expected. I anticipate the latest version that is supposed to be an aggressive refinement that is intended to be the basis for a number of custom tunes.
    Although intimidating to initiate the process. Patience yeilded results. Toyota has a truck that was beautifully engineered but needs refinement. Ive discovered refinement with ovtune

    Thank you Mat for the dedication!
     
  2. Jan 5, 2019 at 7:56 AM
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    Dave Gervais

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    Typical mod’s, tint, clear bra, remote starter, Bakflip Cover, Bedslide. 2.5” BDS Level kit. New tires on stock rims are next....
    Hey Guys,
    Great info. For those in Canada, what was the end cost (~) for the delivery with the exchange and any boarder taxes.

    Thanks
     
  3. Jan 6, 2019 at 11:20 AM
    #243
    maytime

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    Date purchased/date installed: 1.04 circa 9/1/18, TSB on 12/31/18, 1.05 on 1/5/19.

    Version / transmission of the calibration you're running currently: 89663-04B04 (post-TSB and 1.05)

    Star rating you give it: 5

    Any mods that would impact (tires, gears, exhaust, etc.,): Stock

    Overall feedback of:
    Shifting - 1.05 is absolutely spot on at all speeds. Stock sucked, 1.04 was a large improvement but rough around the edges, the TSB I think was slightly better than 1.04, but 1.05 is perfect to me.

    Throttle - I can more predictably select a position for my foot that will produce a given acceleration. I no longer have to hunt the proper accelerator position to coax the transmission into doing what I want the truck to do.

    Power - I'll be honest I don't feel much extra oomf with my butt dyno, even on 91. I trust it is there, I just don't think I can detect it myself.

    Fuel economy - Stock I was getting around 18mpg combined. 1.04 I was getting around 16mpg, which I think was due to the majority of driving below 35mph and it liked to be in a lower gear than stock at those speeds. The TSB, through about 200 miles, got me about 17mpg. The jury is still out for 1.05, I need to put more miles on it, but I imagine it will be like the TSB with the way it shifts at lower speeds.
     
  4. Jan 11, 2019 at 8:43 AM
    #244
    bryontro

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    New memeber looking at the OV tune closely. Have a 19 OF AT with around 6k miles. Initially, I began hating driving the truck during this learning process that is spoke of often. So bad in fact I was very much thinking about taking the hit and trading for an eco boost F150. However, the truck has settled now drivability wise which I've happy about. I do tow a 3k lbs Ropd rv. Recently towed it on a 1600 trip to visit family. It towed pretty good as I left the truck in S4 (1:1) which put me at 3k ish on the interstate at 70 mph (10 mpg avg). Without cruise it did pretty good. WITH cruise, it would shift down to 3rd often because of heavy throttle responses so I left it off.

    My questions:

    - Are there any OV tune people towing that has imput on any pros or cons of the tune while towing?
    - Is there feedback on the manual auto option in relation to towing? I believe I would really like this option as a way to reduce the 4,500 rpm kick downs to 3rd when not really needed.

    Thanks.
     
  5. Jan 17, 2019 at 7:38 PM
    #245
    Brent2014

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    Anyone have a verdict on whether the auto transmission relearns its old ways?
     
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  6. Jan 18, 2019 at 7:51 AM
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    PhogDog

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    I know Mat said he couldn't eliminate all the learning, some has to happen. I have about 1000 miles on 1.05 and it is still great. Some learning has happened...for the better, things smoothed out. So my opinion is even if some learning happens, it is still WAY better than stock. I do not have a need to 'reflash" to get performance back. Just my opinion and experience.
     
  7. Jan 18, 2019 at 7:54 AM
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    Brent2014

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    Did you have it before the new update as well?
     
  8. Jan 18, 2019 at 7:55 AM
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    PhogDog

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    Yes, I felt 1.04 degraded some but it was still better than stock.
     
  9. Jan 18, 2019 at 7:59 AM
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    What would you say the biggest benefit is? I’ve read through all of these reviews and it almost seems too good to be true. I went to the ford dealership last week to test drive an f150 with the eco boost because I was fed up with the tacos performance. That f150 made me realize how sluggish this truck feels. If it weren’t for this stupid shutdown I probably would have bought a brand new truck that day.
     
  10. Jan 18, 2019 at 8:29 AM
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    I think you will get different opinions from the differences people use the truck. I HATED my truck on the highway and I'm stock. Now, I can drive and not be thinking, wtf is my truck in 4th, when it should be in 6th?!? I just get in and drive and it acts like I expect. I can now drive on the highway using mostly 6th at 75 mph (even in a head wind). If it has a reason to downshift, like elevation, it does it smoothly and predictably. Here's a pic of my doing a 50 Mile commute at 75 into a headwind, it was in 6 the gear the entire way, except a couple of times for a few larger overpasses. <Sigh>, finally enjoyable on the highway. I was also ready to get rid of it too before ovtune.

    20190109_215928.jpg
     
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  11. Jan 18, 2019 at 8:34 AM
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    bryontro

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    I feel the same way on the performance difference. We have an 3.5 ECOboost in our fire dept EMS vehicle with almost 50k miles on it. I have to say I feel emergency response environments have to be some of the most severe duty situations. 911 alarm goes off, we get in the truck, engine cold, and put our foot in it. To date the eco has been troublefree. I like the tacoma a lot but the eco does impress.
     
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  12. Jan 18, 2019 at 8:35 AM
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    Brent2014

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    Thanks for the responses. You may have sold me. Thanks!
     
  13. Jan 18, 2019 at 8:42 AM
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    bryontro

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    Good info, Thanks.
     
  14. Jan 18, 2019 at 8:43 AM
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    PhogDog

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    If you are not stock (lifted and bigger tires), you may want additional opinions. I'm stock, and don't have that experience.
     
  15. Jan 18, 2019 at 8:46 AM
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    bryontro

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    I'm stock too. Bigger tires take away my gears and I tow so thats a no go in my case. Your input is perfect for my case.
     
  16. Feb 14, 2019 at 6:06 AM
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    LostHusker

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    Ok so those who have it and are running the 87 load, do you all utilize the 91 octane, if so how is the response? I only ask is I were to drive somewhere that 91 is not available then it shouldn’t be a big deal. Have been running 91 for some time now as I wanted to know if it really made a diff to the wallet, I’m currently getting about 17.8 mpg now, running 285/75/16 and have had tsb updates. I recently picked up a used time but need to buy license yet.
     
  17. Feb 19, 2019 at 7:50 AM
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    Cptcloud

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    I ran a test without the tune 0-70mph then I repeated on the same road same condition with the 87 tune no change to time. I then, after that tank was empty, filled up with 93 and installed the 93 tune. After about 100 miles on the tune I ran it again. No change in time the same as stock. I ran that tank out and refilled with 93 and ran it again. No change. Am I missing something?
    I do like what it has done for my trucks shifting and throttle response. But I can't tell any difference in power. I am changing back to 87 today.
     
  18. Feb 20, 2019 at 7:25 AM
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    OVTune

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    probably because you are only testing the Base tune for 04A60, when the performance A60 tune releases you will see a very big difference.
     
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  19. Feb 20, 2019 at 3:35 PM
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    Crimson Flam3s

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    Is this performance increase going to be limited to 93/91 only?

    My truck shifts fine with the TSB so my interest in the tune has always been regardings the acceleration improvements but so far all the vids I have seen posted don't show any.
     
  20. Feb 20, 2019 at 5:47 PM
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    Cptcloud

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    I don’t understand stand what you are talking about. I received files for 87,91,and 93 octane.
     

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