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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

    14 vote(s)
    3.0%
  2. 2 (MT)

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

    6 vote(s)
    1.3%
  4. 4 (MT)

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

    42 vote(s)
    8.9%
  6. 1 (AT) - meh

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

    12 vote(s)
    2.6%
  8. 3 (AT)

    27 vote(s)
    5.7%
  9. 4 (AT)

    86 vote(s)
    18.3%
  10. 5 (AT) - best mod, hands down

    232 vote(s)
    49.4%
  1. Aug 12, 2019 at 7:29 AM
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    Razor24

    Razor24 Well-Known Member

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    Having to borrow a laptop, so to update ECU, take it to the dealer ? Not really convenient either way....lol! I’ve read about techstream, but same issue( laptop ) I’m sure Matt will make 2.0 available to all ECU id’s ?
     
  2. Aug 12, 2019 at 7:33 AM
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    PhogDog

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    Yes, it will eventually be available to all ECU's. But...403 is usually the last one if past releases are any indication. Probably a lower amount of those. But 1.05 is pretty good, way better than stock!
     
  3. Aug 12, 2019 at 7:35 AM
    #423
    Razor24

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    Thanks PhogDog ! I’m looking forward to any improvement over stock.....
     
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  4. Aug 14, 2019 at 11:27 AM
    #424
    BlazinBlueTaco

    BlazinBlueTaco I Bleed Blue and Orange Baby

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    04B03 if you update to 04B04 its received a lot of positive feedback from those guys that have updated to 04B04. Techstream is safe and easy, i just recommend using any Version 12 from obdii365.com. Instructions are super straight forward. 04B04, 04A60 and 04A61 are pending updated release soon.

    The website for the 2.0 tune is https://www.ovtuned.com/pages/2-0-public. It may be still pending. the tune will have to be downloaded from this website. I would follow the main 2016+ OV Tune Auto Trans thread for updates straight from OVTuned.
     
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  5. Aug 14, 2019 at 11:29 AM
    #425
    BlazinBlueTaco

    BlazinBlueTaco I Bleed Blue and Orange Baby

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    I'm betting by this time next week, you might see a release for your ECU ID.
     
  6. Aug 15, 2019 at 4:05 PM
    #426
    Razor24

    Razor24 Well-Known Member

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    Getting 04B04 update Saturday ....then it’s game on!
     
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  7. Aug 19, 2019 at 3:46 AM
    #427
    MarcoTaco

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    ORDER 2832 of 6/2018 - My problem with the Perf tune 93 octane for A/Ts (v1.05) is nearly identical as described in the post of "Kclamer". My truck is a 0403, 2017 TRD Sport 4x4 3.5L - and remains stock so far as engine and gears. Wheels were bumped one size to 70's, but all else is OEM.

    The shifting problems admittedly don't rival those of the OEM so far as being completely senseless, but they they can be aggravating at times - and one particular trait I have encountered seems dangerous to the drive train. Since July 1, 2019 I have sent 3 emails to zendesk (#8171 was the ticket) requesting help - and describing a "gear-slam" experience (the "dangerous" behavior I described above) without receiving any reply, as yet.

    This behavior has occurred multiple times during peak acceleration at higher revs, by slamming very hard into gear (as if being in neutral under high RPMs, then thrust into gear). This happened twice now, when the tranny was (automatically) shifting into 4th gear. It worries me that it could do serious damage. So now I am afraid to drive the truck at WOT. The more tolerable issues of delayed downshifts and gear-hunts can be a PITA, if you want perfection - but at least they don't seem to threaten mechanical harm. The fact that I am no longer getting responses to requests for help are just as concerning, since I previously felt that any/all issues could be resolved by Mat and his team through zendesk.

    I had a URD tune kit for my previous 3.4L truck, that I tuned AFR, timing, etc. via Split-Second hardware/software using a laptop - so I get the premise at least, of what is going on. But it seems that the tranny controller is the problem child here, not the engine. Obviously the VVT etc. (and most other systems now employed) are far advanced from the old 3.4L engine design, so I am not "comparing" anything. I am only stating I somewhat comprehend the extent of the task at hand, to some degree.

    My last email was sent on July 21, which I repeated my findings and also reported failed attempts to re-flash the program for a sanity check. I was getting a file error message from using either my saved or a newly downloaded file that I tried to use. SO I am just driving the truck as it is, without pressing its performance.

    If this new beta is the answer, I am anxious for its release. But in the interim, I would like a warm and fuzzy concerning the communication gap and any help I can get regarding my sudden inability to flash. Response goes a long way toward maintaining confidence, with me.
     
  8. Aug 19, 2019 at 4:24 AM
    #428
    OVTune

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    I looked at your ticket. You are using an outdated version of 1.05, one from back in December from the looks of it, which has already been updated through flash manager.

    Regarding not responding, we are trying to get to all tickets as we can.

    All of the information, updated version of 1.05 is directly accessible by flash manager, with info on it on our website page called "flash manager."

    It's not always possible to update every single person individually, as we have thousands of customers, so we update everything through flash manager. I'm not sure how you were still on that version from back in December and never updated it.

    Other issues you had like "file corrupt" is simply your flash manager is out of date. Which we have a walk through video showing exactly how to use, update, etc.

    For future reference all of our information will be on our FLASH MANAGER page on our website. Because we will not always be able to respond to everyone about updating, or what is the current tune version or options, etc.
     
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  9. Aug 21, 2019 at 8:18 AM
    #429
    Razor24

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    Had dealer update me to 04B04 .......Just flashed 1.05 tune with 87 gearlock...... Now I’m ready for some road time. Plan on trying 91 tune in a few days/weeks. :bananadance:
     
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  10. Aug 21, 2019 at 8:35 AM
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    MarcoTaco

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    Razor24........Sorry to be so ignorant -

    But are you saying that you replaced the original 04B03 ECU or that a firmware upgrade was done, to provide you with this upgrade?

    What was the reason you upgraded....and was there a cost - (or was this upgrade warranty covered)?

    I can't keep up with all of the related threads - and there are rabbit trails all over. Forgive me for asking a stupid question.
     
  11. Aug 21, 2019 at 8:42 AM
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    Wixo

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    Im giving it a 4 because the best mod would be regearing. Otherwise, its pretty good. It wasnt an absolute fix to the whole shifting problem, but it does shift smoother. Before my truck would yank, now it kinda just shifts it a much less annoying way. Would recommend it if you wont be putting a bunch of stuff on your truck.
     
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  12. Aug 21, 2019 at 4:25 PM
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    Razor24

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    Hey Marco...... I was told by Matt to upgrade from 04B03 to 04B04. I couldn’t flash 1.05 until then. I went to my local Toyota dealer and asked for it along with the latest TSB ( 0062-18) due to poor shifting and transmission shutter. Take a sleeve of golf balls to the service manager and plead you case....haha! Cost me nothing
     
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  13. Aug 23, 2019 at 1:57 PM
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    Kerbouchard!

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    I want to make sure I'm summarizing this correctly...The OVT helped with the mountain passes, but ultimately Colorado folks may need to re-gear if we want the truck to perform the way we expect.

    I live in Denver and head to the high country every weekend. I'm only running 265/70/17s, but the truck can't consistently hold 55mpg in 4th going up the passes. I'm tired of watching Hyndai Elantras blow past me when I'm driving up to the Eisenhower tunnel.

    What kind of mpg are you getting with the 4.88s?
     
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  14. Aug 23, 2019 at 4:09 PM
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    Bilstein 6112/5160 w/Dakars Leafs 255/80/R17 Cooper ST MAXX Skinnies 4.88 Gears TRD Pro Fog Lights Cali Raised 5D Combo Leather Seats LED Bed Lighting ARE Overland Shell
    So in my order. Stock Truck - then 33-inch skinnies, noticed sluggishness right away. Added early version of OV 91 octane tune and it made a big difference. Was hoping to avoid a regear and it worked for over a year. I am guessing if I lived near sea level, I would be happy with just the tune but the truck still struggled in the mountains and sometimes had trouble holding 4th on the big grades - 5th and 6th just too tall as both are overdrive.

    Newer versions of the tune helped but finally decided to do the 4.88. Now the truck is happy. Drives so much better. Still can't pull 5th on all the crazy grades but didn't expect it to as it's still an overdrive gear. Mileage actually improved with 4.88 and I am average 19 mpg and sometimes hit 20 mpg. Truck handles the grades so much better with gears even loaded with 3 guys and camping gear. I haven't had enough time with the latest beta 2.0 4.88 gear lock tune on the big grades but it flew up to Evergreen in the fast lane with no issues yesterday and is the best yet.

    I would try tune 1st and see if it's enough for you. Then do gears. I think the tune with gears makes this truck downright fun. A good example is to put the truck in gear., let off the brake. Does it just sit there? With 4.88 gears. whether in reverse or drive, the truck just starts rolling at idle.
     
  15. Aug 24, 2019 at 7:46 AM
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    Just ordered kit #5066. Can't wait. I really hope it's worth it.
     
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  16. Aug 24, 2019 at 8:52 PM
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    Brostjoe

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    Stock 2017 and going to a 2.0 91 octane Tune I should expect a 50 ft/lbs increase? Going to try the tune to hold me over till spring and hopefully some more information/reviews on the twins by then.
     
  17. Sep 13, 2019 at 3:13 PM
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    Razor24

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    Driving on 1.05 87 GL now with 1/3 tank fuel left, but to switch to 91 base can I top off with say 93 to kinda even out what’s in the tank?
     

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