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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

    15 vote(s)
    2.8%
  2. 2 (MT)

    3 vote(s)
    0.6%
  3. 3 (MT)

    9 vote(s)
    1.7%
  4. 4 (MT)

    20 vote(s)
    3.8%
  5. 5 (MT) - best mod, hands down

    45 vote(s)
    8.5%
  6. 1 (AT) - meh

    33 vote(s)
    6.2%
  7. 2 (AT)

    15 vote(s)
    2.8%
  8. 3 (AT)

    32 vote(s)
    6.0%
  9. 4 (AT)

    98 vote(s)
    18.5%
  10. 5 (AT) - best mod, hands down

    260 vote(s)
    49.1%
  1. Feb 26, 2019 at 5:48 PM
    #261
    dwillhere1

    dwillhere1 Well-Known Member

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    I don’t know how old this post is? Looks like yesterday. I am new to this forum and coming from a 2011 F150 5.0 with the OZ tune and prior to that, the 5star tunes. I bought my 17 TRD off-road without even knowing what I was buying. Barely even test drove it. Needed to consolidate my car and truck for 1 vehicle, I knew I wanted a Tacoma with 4x4. Long story short, here I am. Ok. After having the OZ tune on my F150, going to this Tacoma was very difficult. I immediately started researching tunes. I see that really the only tune available is the OV tune. However it is Very expensive and a bit more complicated to install. Not extremely but not having it on a (handheld) tuner a bit disappointing. I can’t speak for how great or not the OV tune is because I don’t have it. However I know after having a tuned vehicle, the electronic approach is MUCH better than spending a ton of money on exhaust, intake etc.. Best bang for buck! What I can testify to for people that want to get rid of the sluggish pedal and some of the shifting especially with oversized tires is the Pedal Commander and Hypertech Speedo calibrator. With an all in price of $460 through Amazon, I am VERY Pleased! I see a ton of people talk about the pedal Commander being a joke or, same as pushing harder, I disagree. These 2 items fulfill about 90% of what I would expect out of a (tune) spending $300 less. I’m running 295/70-17’s averaging 18 mpgs on the highway with stock gears and very happy with the feeling of the pedal commander. You can’t drive the vehicle as smoothly and quickly without mashing the pedal without the pedal commander. I could ramble for hours. Lol but just wanted to let everyone know that yes I’m sure the OV tune is (awesome!), but if it’s just not in your budget or tech ability, the pedal commander by itself or paired with the Hypertech Speedo calibrator is another very good option. Don’t let some of these guys talk u out of it. Just some options that I have tried and experienced first hand. Maybe should of started my own topic, sorry if I’m out of line but wanted to put this somewhere. Take care everybody and Happy to be a new member of this group!!
     
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  2. Feb 28, 2019 at 7:48 AM
    #262
    hossler1788

    hossler1788 Well-Known Member

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    Waiting till the performance tune comes out then ill jump on this wagon. hurry!
     
  3. Feb 28, 2019 at 9:43 AM
    #263
    Melmantaco

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    Is there going to be a tow mode? Or is it expected we use performance tune for towing (im ok with this)
     
  4. Feb 28, 2019 at 9:50 AM
    #264
    St.Germain

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    there is indeed a heavy truck file coming soon for 04B13 MT trucks. Mat said this week. so, soon. DL via FM upon release if you have that ECU base.
     
  5. Feb 28, 2019 at 9:58 AM
    #265
    Melmantaco

    Melmantaco Well-Known Member

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    Sweet! Thats the ecu i have!
     
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  6. Mar 16, 2019 at 4:09 PM
    #266
    navin r

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    So far I'd say the tune is a waste of time and money. 17', I've always driven with ect on, 91 octane.
    Finally loaded 91 base tune; went for a 30 min drive; what a waste.
    I reset one of the trip meters, I'll drive for a couple days and report back if it gets any better, so far it only maybe has any affect at high rpms, which our trucks are rarely at anyway.
    Anyone thinking about it I'd save your money. Just leaving your ect button on has much more of an effect and doesn't cost anything.
     
  7. Mar 16, 2019 at 4:20 PM
    #267
    Melmantaco

    Melmantaco Well-Known Member

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    You sir are exactly whats wrong with the world. Sounds like another spoilt 20y/o thats never had to work for anything.
     
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  8. Mar 16, 2019 at 4:22 PM
    #268
    OVTune

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    Did you try performance or GearLock? FOB if manual? The base tune is for mpg not response or power..
     
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  9. Mar 16, 2019 at 4:31 PM
    #269
    navin r

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    Shell, whatever my friend, you don't know me at all.
    Mat, no, I didn't try 91 performance because theres already too many bad reviews of 91 performance on the main thread.
    I'd like to see an independent agency test a 3rd gen 0-60 and 1/4 mile stock and tuned.
    If I see that I'll believe it worked on that truck, until then it's a waste of time and money.
     
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  10. Mar 16, 2019 at 4:34 PM
    #270
    OVTune

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    Ok.. You know that the people who post actively is less than 1 percent of the people who have the tune?

    The only negative thing some people say is its too touchy, but many others say they like the tip in. But you didn't even try it.. Clearly if you drive in ECT mode all day you're looking for more performance and the base tune is not that.

    We already had 2 different 3rd party companies review our dyno results, independently.
     
  11. Mar 16, 2019 at 4:43 PM
    #271
    TRDOBSESSED

    TRDOBSESSED Well-Known Member

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    OvTuned
    some ones in a bad mood today ...the base tune is exactly that ...it's all about a mellow ride and mpg's. I'm on 91 performance and very happy .If you haven't tried it you really can't say much and are really missing out .
     
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  12. Mar 16, 2019 at 5:01 PM
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    Melmantaco

    Melmantaco Well-Known Member

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    What ever happened to this heavy truck tune?
     
  13. Mar 16, 2019 at 5:04 PM
    #273
    OVTune

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    The code for the patch is still being worked on.
     
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  14. Mar 16, 2019 at 5:08 PM
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    Melmantaco

    Melmantaco Well-Known Member

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    Ok thanks @OVTune Btw, after a month of 87 fob on my m/t its settled very nicely. Good low end torque and mpg is pretty good! I can't go on about mpg as the temps here are all over the place but ive seen trip mpgs that are better than ive experienced in the past.
     
  15. Mar 16, 2019 at 5:22 PM
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    OVTune

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    Glad to hear it :). I hope to have the MT patch done soon, but when it comes to throttle control I try to be very delicate and do many bug tests before even testing. Has to be right the very first time.
     
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  16. Mar 16, 2019 at 5:24 PM
    #276
    Melmantaco

    Melmantaco Well-Known Member

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    I completely understand that. Give someone too much and they forget how yo drive.
     
  17. Mar 16, 2019 at 10:11 PM
    #277
    PB FAB

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    Um 91 gearlock, my wife drove 4 of us home. Nobody complained about there neck hurting from excessive TIP IN! :rofl:

    Happy st. Patrick’s day!:cheers:
     
  18. Mar 22, 2019 at 8:58 PM
    #278
    7k_nh

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    afe gt momentum intake, throttle body spacer, borla cat-back, orange virus 1.05, 91 oct. gearlock file
    I have zero complaints running the 91oct., gearlock file. Everything has been as advertised. Truck rips to 70mph in 2nd gear, can hold gears in etc mode, better shifting. Big improvement over stock files, imho.
     
  19. Mar 23, 2019 at 3:09 PM
    #279
    nwflsr4x4

    nwflsr4x4 Active Member

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    Just installed the 1.05 base 87 tune in my '19 SR auto 4x4. I can definitely tell a difference in shifting. I wouldn't say night and day difference, but it's resolved some if not most of my complaints on how this truck is designed from the factory. Previously it felt like my truck was dying if I rolled up to a stop sign and was sluggish when accelerating again from a stop or slow roll. Haven't felt the need for the performance tune yet. I've ran some sort of tune on the last 3 vehicles I've owned and do see the benefit in them.
     
  20. Mar 23, 2019 at 3:16 PM
    #280
    soggyBottom

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    Do you have a link to the reviews you're talking about?
     
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2019

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