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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

    9 vote(s)
    2.4%
  2. 2 (MT)

    2 vote(s)
    0.5%
  3. 3 (MT)

    3 vote(s)
    0.8%
  4. 4 (MT)

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

    36 vote(s)
    9.7%
  6. 1 (AT) - meh

    17 vote(s)
    4.6%
  7. 2 (AT)

    8 vote(s)
    2.1%
  8. 3 (AT)

    21 vote(s)
    5.6%
  9. 4 (AT)

    66 vote(s)
    17.7%
  10. 5 (AT) - best mod, hands down

    196 vote(s)
    52.5%
  1. Mar 23, 2019 at 3:16 PM
    #281
    soggyBottom

    soggyBottom Well-Known Member

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    Do you have a link to the reviews you're talking about?
     
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  2. Mar 24, 2019 at 1:40 PM
    #282
    dlo13

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    Anyone running 5.29 gears and 35s with a tune?
     
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  3. Mar 24, 2019 at 2:41 PM
    #283
    OVTune

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    Every dyno sheet we have posted is 3rd party, and when the latest comes out with their review I'll post it.
     
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  4. Mar 25, 2019 at 7:40 AM
    #284
    bryontro

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    I feel like I'm never gonna get caught up with probably 3000 pages of forum traffic on this subject alone. I need a 101 thread, listing acronyms, ECU calibration explanations, laptop software differences (I'm seeing two), file options, and stuff I'm probably not even aware of yet.

    2019 OF AT, tows a 3k lbs RV, HATE the lack of low end torque, hate the numb pedal, hate the shift hunting on the smallest grades. Love the idea of gear lock, saw the latest dyno pull with the HUGE torque jump below 3k. I have a 2000 tundra 4.7 v8 with 150k miles that I like driving MORE than my new tacoma. Did you know these 2 trucks are only 200 lbs different in weight?

    What does the new to this tune guy need to know before pulling the trigger on Matt's miracle fix?

    Sorry for the caps, I'm a little frustrated right now. :) Thanks in advance. Bryon
     
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  5. Mar 25, 2019 at 8:42 AM
    #285
    nwflsr4x4

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    You'll need a windows 10 laptop with internet, even where you hook up the laptop to your truck. I purchased the OV tune package (the most expensive one) that comes with the OBD2 adapter. HOWEVER, when you follow the instructions follow the WITHOUT DONGLE one. I thought what they sent me was the dongle, but apparently that odb2 adapter is called odb2 adapter. NO DONGLE! The only software license is when you register your OV tune and they send you a registry file. Go to the ovtuned website and watch the video, follow the instructions, etc. It's pretty easy unless you think you have the dongle. That's all you need to know really.
     
  6. Mar 26, 2019 at 8:42 AM
    #286
    nwflsr4x4

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    Bryontro, id really like to hear your experience with towing after you tune. Please let us know.
     
  7. Mar 27, 2019 at 7:47 PM
    #287
    csmittysay

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    Mat, when are us 04B03 owners going to get the performance and gear hold tunes? I am not really about the mpg's.
     
  8. Mar 27, 2019 at 7:58 PM
    #288
    Inferno__Taco

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    He said, should be done by the end of this month.
     
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  9. Apr 4, 2019 at 11:43 PM
    #289
    Fiatdave

    Fiatdave The predator in her natural environment!

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    Icon stage 4 lift, CBI T3 bumpers, front and rear w/swing our tire, 2 jerry can holders and camp table, full CBI skid, Snug Top Rebel canopy. Nitto trail grapplers on ATX Baja wheels times 5. Old taco totalled new taco on tap!
    Just have faith and buy it! You will never regret your decision!
     
  10. Apr 9, 2019 at 6:19 PM
    #290
    cheesehomer

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    New member with '18 AT looking very closely at the OV tune and have read all post related to it. Being from Ont Canada with the exchange and shipping, Im looking very close to $1,000.00 to purchase the tune, and with 91 or 93 at .10 to .15 cents a liter more. Today 87 is $1.23 a liter. I have no interest in running those tunes and would only use the 87 tune. It seems the good reviews are from the "performance" tunes. Could I hear from the 87 octane guys and if they would justify the thousand for the tune ?. Some have said running ECT all the time is the same as the OV 87 tune ? With the OV 87 tune do you still run ECT all the time or not, if so is it better ?
     
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  11. Apr 9, 2019 at 6:41 PM
    #291
    soggyBottom

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    Excluding gear lock, and the different octane levels, there are 2 basic tunes (base and performance). Both tunes shift differently than stock. I can't speak for others but the idea of ect never really crosses my mind anymore. I didn't like the performance tune but everyone has different preferences. The first couple % of the pedal really opens the throttle body. It doesn't take much to feel like you're flooring it everywhere. So base tune for me. Whatever tune you go with your ect problems will be gone
     
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  12. Apr 9, 2019 at 6:54 PM
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    nwflsr4x4

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    Dang man, that's a pretty loaded question. First off, you haven't listed why you're not happy with the truck in it's current form. I had a brand spanking new 2019 Tacoma and it felt like something was wrong with the truck. I couldn't tell if it was the 20-50mph shimmy everyone complains about and what that issue was. Is it software? Brakes? Drive line? Or just hesitation and shift points for the automatic transmission? To complicate my situation, I put 265/75/16 all terrain tires on the truck as soon as I got it home. Going round and round with the dealership is not something I wanted to deal with. The ovtune fixed my issues and concerns. If I'm being OCD and looking for it I feel slight vibrations when coming to a stop but it was nothing like before. However, this is a different truck then what I brought home. The 87 tune, as minor as the tune may be, has made this truck. I am very happy with it.
     
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  13. Apr 9, 2019 at 7:27 PM
    #293
    wiljayhi

    wiljayhi “Two wheel in, my son. Four wheel out.”

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    I went with the 87 gearlock tune. It’s a performance tune so has all the better shifting, throttle response, and because of our %#* carbon tax, the least expensive of the 3. I wanted gearlock specifically for the advantage of selecting and locking (definitely no gear hunting) the correct gear when towing. (Works extremely well).

    Was it worth the $1000 + $35 cad duty? Definitely! After the tune had settled in the quick tip in mellowed out, the cold idle surging disappeared and bottom line it’s way better than the factory tune with the latest TSB.

    Without the tune I used ECT once in a while. With the tune, ECT while in D is not necessary. ECT is used in S mode but only to invoke gearlock.

    If you are able to get the tune, go for it. You won’t regret it, especially after version 1.06 comes out near the end of the year. All the greatness of 1.05 tweaked to perfection!
     
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  14. Apr 10, 2019 at 6:04 AM
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    cheesehomer

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    I didn't list my reasons of why I am not happy with the truck because they are exactly what everyone else has listed, transmission gear searching all the time, even worse when towing , lack of pedal response. I have been back to the dealership twice and just receive excuses , its gotten to the point were i am debating selling it, which I REALLY don't want to do. My last Tacoma (2003) was the BEST thing I've ever owned, It Never went back to the dealership once, I performed all the oil and brakes changes. The only reason I sold it was I have two kids that out grew the extended cab.
     
  15. Apr 10, 2019 at 6:05 AM
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    cheesehomer

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    Your post is greatly appreciated
     
  16. Apr 10, 2019 at 9:17 AM
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    nwflsr4x4

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    Sounds like you should go for it. I haven't towed anything yet, but it's much better now with the tune. If you pull the trigger, let us know your experience. I'd like to hear about the towing since I plan to tow in the future.
     
  17. Apr 10, 2019 at 9:23 AM
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    BankrupTaco

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    I thought the 1.05 Base tune (87) would also help with shifting. Mine has been on for about a week or so worth of driving and now it feels like it was before the tune. It drove better for about 2 days. How do we resolve this?
     
  18. Apr 10, 2019 at 10:31 AM
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    nwflsr4x4

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    How many miles are in a week or so?
     
  19. Apr 10, 2019 at 1:06 PM
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    Hello all- first post here on TacoWorld.. I've read countless posts about OVT until I'm blue in the face and I sold on the OV tune. I purchased the OV tune this afternoon and am anxiously awaiting its arrival. I am picking up my 2019 TRD Sport 4dr SWB 4x2 next week. The truck will have essentially zero miles on it as its coming straight off the boat to the dealership. I've test driven other 2019 Tacos and have felt the lag/sluggishness/hesitation/lack of performance everyone is speaking about, and I do NOT want that to be how my truck drives/handles/performs. My question is this.. should I have any reservation about flashing the ECU right from the get-go, without putting any (real) miles on the truck? Thanks in advance!!
     
  20. Apr 10, 2019 at 1:46 PM
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    nwflsr4x4

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    My truck may have had 100 miles on it when I loaded my 87 base tune. No issues at all.
     

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