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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)

    73 vote(s)
    18.2%
  10. 5 (AT) - best mod, hands down

    210 vote(s)
    52.2%
  1. Apr 10, 2019 at 9:00 PM
    #301
    BankrupTaco

    BankrupTaco Well-Known Member

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  2. Apr 11, 2019 at 4:27 AM
    #302
    nwflsr4x4

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    That's not nearly enough miles. Some vehicles take up to the 2nd tank of gas before everything gets settled in correctly. The computer has to relearn and adjust it's values. Running a tune is basically forcing the computer to run on parameters that are not normal. Get out there and drive it.
     
  3. Apr 11, 2019 at 5:26 AM
    #303
    AndoTaco71

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    Thanks for the response nwflsr4x4! :)
     
  4. Apr 17, 2019 at 11:48 AM
    #304
    LstMinutePanic

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    Does anyone have any insight into how 85 octane would affect the 87 tune? I live at 6,200 feet in Colorado, and most of my adventures take me to higher elevations. The lowest elevation I may dip down to is 4,000 feet once or twice a year when visiting Moab, UT. At high elevations, would 85 be ok to use with the 87 tune?

    I've tried to find good info on this throughout the rest of TW, but haven't found any quality answers yet.
     
  5. Apr 17, 2019 at 12:10 PM
    #305
    nwflsr4x4

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    I wouldn't think it would make much difference. The truck will have knock sensors that take care of timing. Id see the possibility for issues if you were running a 93 tune and using 85 octane. I had a vehicle in the past rated for 93 and ran 89 with no issues.
     
  6. Apr 17, 2019 at 12:34 PM
    #306
    LstMinutePanic

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    Thanks for the insight. I like the idea of saving 20 to 40 cents per gallon by being able to use 85, but if it's going to do any damage to the ovtuned engine, it's not worth the little bit of savings.
     
  7. Apr 21, 2019 at 10:49 PM
    #307
    pkang0915

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    Just making sure that OVTUNE is out of the country until may 15th correct? Was going to buy the Tune today but am holding off until they are back
     
  8. Apr 22, 2019 at 4:02 AM
    #308
    bshammer0

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    Old review from a year ago - I’ll update. Ovtune is in and ready to take your order!
     
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  9. Apr 22, 2019 at 6:51 AM
    #309
    TheRealSlimTaco

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    Is this tune identifiable by the dealership? Im worried it will void my warranty. Or should I reflash it before every visit? Any insight on this subject would be great.
     
  10. Apr 22, 2019 at 8:49 AM
    #310
    pkang0915

    pkang0915 Well-Known Member

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    I was in the same boat, in the main thread they go over this a few times and from what everyone and Matt himself says the tune is not detectable by toyota. I guess you can reflash each time you go to the dealership just good measure but it isn't necessary.
     
  11. Apr 22, 2019 at 8:49 AM
    #311
    pkang0915

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    Thanks will be placing my order today
     
  12. Apr 22, 2019 at 1:49 PM
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    6MTPro

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  13. Apr 26, 2019 at 4:59 PM
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    Abjamison

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    Placed my order earlier this week, got it in Thursday. Now just waiting to get my registration key back. Hopefully tomorrow so I don't have to wait all weekend.
     
  14. Apr 26, 2019 at 5:04 PM
    #314
    FritoBandito

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    Ordered mine today. Will post a review once I flash and get a few tanks through it.
     
  15. Apr 30, 2019 at 3:24 PM
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    Abjamison

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    Flash was extremely easy. Stupid easy. Did it yesterday afternoon. I've only put 100 miles on the truck so far but can tell a difference. I know it probably has to relearn, but I can tell a difference between this and previous relearning. I averaged 22mpg before and was half a tank in and after 100 miles it's sitting at 23.2. still too early for definitive review, but I anticipate being extremely happy with it.
    Will report back in a cpl weeks once I get another 700-800 miles on it.
    Curious about the performance tune!
     
  16. May 9, 2019 at 12:24 PM
    #316
    Tacoma816

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    After a week with this, most of which was spent towing a camper, I absolutely LOVE the tune. I'm only using 87 base so far, and it's ridiculous how much driveability has improved. It actually feels like it has some power.
     
  17. May 9, 2019 at 4:29 PM
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    mrvwbug

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    So does the ovtune address the "4th gear death grip" and the "race to 6th" once it finally shifts out of 4th?
     
  18. May 9, 2019 at 4:31 PM
    #318
    Abjamison

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    For me, yes and it works great. It no longer dropped from 6 to 4 on a very slight hill and Rams it's way back up to 6 afterwards. It drops to 5 and powers on up the hill.

    After several hundred miles this is the way the truck shoulda been from the factory.
     
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  19. May 12, 2019 at 4:52 AM
    #319
    SubieRuby

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    Based on these reviews I’m definitely tuning my 2019 AT!
     
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  20. May 15, 2019 at 6:58 PM
    #320
    Atreyu

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    I'll keep this short and sweet: No 3rd gen Taco should be driving around without OVTune. It is pricey, but you will never once regret the cash after you apply the tune. I have been using the 87 octane tune and I immediately started getting +1-2 MPG as well as faster acceleration and smoother shifting.

    It isn't perfect, and the transmission is still a problem child. Shifting is smoother, but 3rd and 4th are still harsher than I would like. I also wish it would be more willing to drop from 5th/6th to 4th when going 50+ MPH up a hill. I try to find the sweet spot, but most of the time I wind up going down to 3rd and hit lightspeed. Luckily I can switch it to sport shift, which defaults to 4th, until I get to the top of the hill and reengage drive.
     
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