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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

    16 vote(s)
    2.6%
  2. 2 (MT)

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

    9 vote(s)
    1.5%
  4. 4 (MT)

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

    53 vote(s)
    8.7%
  6. 1 (AT) - meh

    35 vote(s)
    5.7%
  7. 2 (AT)

    20 vote(s)
    3.3%
  8. 3 (AT)

    41 vote(s)
    6.7%
  9. 4 (AT)

    115 vote(s)
    18.9%
  10. 5 (AT) - best mod, hands down

    293 vote(s)
    48.1%
  1. Jul 23, 2020 at 11:49 AM
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    medicfung

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    Sorry for the ignorance, but where can I find the ecu# and the registration code?
     
  2. Jul 23, 2020 at 11:50 AM
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    To be clear, not the vftuner. I have the OV tune kit from another member that sold it to me after he deleted it from his truck
     
  3. Jul 23, 2020 at 11:54 AM
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    PapaRee

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    First go to the website and download the software (flash manager), then you can send in a registration request and identify your ECU. There are instructions on the Ovtune website.

    I did the same a few years ago. Cost $325 for registration and took a couple days to get. After that, you’re good to go. Just follow the instructions.
     
  4. Jul 23, 2020 at 12:18 PM
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    wrightme43

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    No problem man. We all have to learn.

    Download tactrix drivers. Download vf tune from the link, update if you can, start ov tune, follow instructions in link to get ECU id. If you have Techstream you can also use it to get ECU Id, and update it to the newest if you like. You only get 1 ecu ID per 75 dollar credits. Then submit ECU id to VF tune, they will send a link with your tunes. I hope this helps.
     
  5. Jul 23, 2020 at 12:22 PM
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    He DOESN’T have VFtune. He has the OVtune flash kit.
     
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  6. Jul 23, 2020 at 12:26 PM
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  7. Jul 23, 2020 at 3:24 PM
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    You guys are the real hero’s today. Thank you for your service.
     
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  8. Jul 23, 2020 at 7:00 PM
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    You'll regret that statement once you enter the darkside of Ovtune. Hopefully your computer literate and good at deciphering thousands of pieces of info, plus missing info. The Tune is great once you figure out what works best for your application. Not just Year, Make, Model. All tacomas respond differently to different tunes. Be aggressive, ask a lot of questions and you'll get your truck dialed. This tune is NOT plug and play. It takes time and miles to figure it all out. This forumn has a lot of people willing to help. Good Luck.
     
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  9. Jul 23, 2020 at 10:50 PM
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    Care to elaborate on the questions one should ask beyond make year and model? Suspension upgrades? Exhaust?
     
  10. Jul 24, 2020 at 5:27 AM
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    Sorry I didn't know that, either I missed it, or it was a edit. I have no idea how to use that one.
     
  11. Jul 24, 2020 at 8:02 AM
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    Well, My ECU is 04B04. If 3 different trucks with the same 04B04 ECU run the same tune, they will all behave differently. It may also be the individual owner feeling things differently. You just have to play around with it. However, Mat (Ovtune) has said, Cold Air Intakes, different Exhaust Systems, Tire size and weight all play a role in how the tune works. If you run into issues, there are a lot of helpful folks on this thread. https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/2016-toyota-tacoma-ovtune-1-05-tune-development-thread

    Good luck.
     
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  12. Jul 25, 2020 at 4:55 AM
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    The link is dead
     
  13. Jul 25, 2020 at 6:00 AM
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    Search for “2016 Toyota Tacoma Ovtune 1-05 tune development”
     
  14. Aug 3, 2020 at 11:07 AM
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    So I’m a little late to the VF party. I’ve watched OVTune videos the last several years but going on the website it’s now VF by OVTune. Have not purchased anything yet, but I’m trying to understand what exactly I would need to purchase. Do i need to purchase both the software/cable kit & Tacoma time pack, or is that tacoma tune pack included with the software/cable kit?
     
  15. Aug 3, 2020 at 11:12 AM
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    it's not included. you want the tune pack if you're interested to flash OV tunes. some may not want those files but just use vF for their own customizations. but if you want the tune files you will need all 3: vF, cable, and tune pack.
     
  16. Aug 7, 2020 at 5:35 PM
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    (If you want to skip my back story go to third paragraph)

    I purchased a 2017 OR 4x4 Double Cab Long Box back in December of last year. I knew off the bat that something was no right with the drive train however it was never so bad that I felt like getting a new truck or trading in. I was able to get to work, go on weekend day trips, and hit up local SoCal 4x4 trails without breaking down and without getting stuck. Day after day driving 60 miles to work and back in highway and street combined conditions I got a really good feel for the truck. I knew how much pressure to downshift and when to let off. Despite knowing my vehicle I wanted a bit more. I then tried the iDrive. This unit basically makes the throttle more sensitive or less depending on the setting. That was no good for me and I returned it. Next the Shift Sense Pro was purchased. I used that unit about a week and preferred stock. Now with the the stock tuning I would be getting an average of 21MPG each week which is good for me! I would be happy at 18MPG. The SSP brought me down to 16MPG and I never could get the truck to shit out of 5th gear. The lack of 6th gear wasn't horrible. I mean the 1st Gen my exgf had was a 5 speed and it was awesome! That being said since we do have 6th I would like to use it. So bye bye SSP. Next performance upgrade is the Ovtune.
    I cost me about $1100 to get into the Ovtune. I was not thrilled about this number but from what I had been reading for a long time it was worth it. Oh ya I forgot about the gear change project. Pump the brakes. For a while I also owned a set of 4.88 Revolution Gears for my Taco. The longer I had those gears the less I wanted to get them installed. First, it was hard for me to find a shop to do the install. This truck is my dd and I had to be able to get to work. Second, the cost for install was anywhere from $500 to $2500!! For install alone. I either thought they were ripping me off or were gonna do a hack gear install job. Thirdly, I was worried that if I took a perfectly running truck and had it torn apart I would end with leaks or worse from a bad install. So I sold the gears and looked to OVtune.
    Ok now enter Ovtune lol. So I bought the laptop, the vFTuner, the OBDII connector/cable, and the 3.5L tune pack. I still had some reservations that it would be like the SSP or the iDrive but I took the chance on it anyhow because I wanted more response and better performance out of my truck. I took about a week from the time I ordered off the web to actually get my truck flashed which I think is fantastic. Very fast service. I also always received a thorough email response to any questions I had. Thanks Rafael. While I was looking through and watching TW threads about Ov I came across a guy who was very unhappy with his 2.0 tune on his truck. Look I get it some people will just not be happy but it turns out that flashing/updating the ECU with the Toyota TSB for "power loss at high altitude" yields better performance. Before I flashed my truck with Ov I wanted to get the TSB done. I called the tech at my local Toyota, they got me in same day, and out two hours later. I do have to say that wow! TSB 0062-18 does something magical because after that was done I was much happier with the way the truck performed.
    Now finally at the tune. I did what was suggested I flashed the truck, turned it off, started it to verify it ran, turned it off, reset both values and I let it idle for 10min. As soon as that was over I took the truck for a spin. Right away I noticed that the RPM's did not surge like they did with the stock tune. It always seemed like I would give it gas to get going and then the RPM would drop and then go back up again with no throttle input. The biggest difference I can tell is the feeling of linear shifting and linear available power. The truck now responds how I tell it to. If it is flat it will shift up to conserve gas, if I am going up hill it downshifts and holds that gear until I tell it we are over the hill and it can let off. The power is there when I need it! If I go to merge into traffic boom I have the power I need to join the masses. Below 50MPH my truck stays in gears 1-5 and does not even bother with 6th because it would do not good. Ontop of the power being there when I need it the gear is there when I need it too. It is almost to the point that I am seamlessly driving the Tacoma. I almost do not even have to pay attention to how much pressure I am giving or taking from the skinning pedal. If I need to pass someone then I press the pedal and away we go but we go smoothly! No more jerking and shaking and hoping the truck will cooperate. What a new truck this is!! I could not have believed that reprogramming a computer could change how a vehicle drives to the extent the Ovtunes does. My Tacoma is really a pleasure to drive now and I can not wait to get it in the dirt. Actually I will be doing that this weekend.
     
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  17. Aug 7, 2020 at 8:38 PM
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    Burmapeak

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    Nice write up. Glad your happy and that everything worked out. The tune can be a bit picky for certain ecu #'s. Don't wanna say you got lucky but, glad your happy with what you got.
     
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  18. Aug 8, 2020 at 7:04 PM
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    I'M SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  19. Aug 8, 2020 at 7:58 PM
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    All said and done the 2.0 tune has turned out to be absolutely fantastic. Took a couple weeks to finally figure out all of the pieces and get responses back on the emails, but what difference. I’ve only driven roughly 10 miles with it, but the improvements to the shift points and toggling to performance mode with ETC has been a dramatic change. 3rd gear is a little short, but overall the truck has power when I’d expect it to, no hunting for gears - it seems to be in the right gear at the right time, gas mileage is improving, overall a major improvement in drivability in all areas. Great stuff @OVTune!
     
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