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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

    17 vote(s)
    2.7%
  2. 2 (MT)

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

    9 vote(s)
    1.4%
  4. 4 (MT)

    25 vote(s)
    3.9%
  5. 5 (MT) - best mod, hands down

    56 vote(s)
    8.8%
  6. 1 (AT) - meh

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

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

    47 vote(s)
    7.4%
  9. 4 (AT)

    121 vote(s)
    19.0%
  10. 5 (AT) - best mod, hands down

    300 vote(s)
    47.2%
  1. Aug 27, 2020 at 10:35 AM
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    Kerbouchard!

    Kerbouchard! Well-Known Member

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    Interesting that you're running the 33 THX tune with the 265/75R16.

    I was on the fence on whether to bump up to the 33 tune or not. I'm fitted with 265/70R17s now. Did you try the stock tire sizing tune as well and notice a difference? I figured that since 31.6 is closer to stock sizing than 33s, that'd be the better of the two.
     
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  2. Aug 27, 2020 at 10:59 AM
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    tacocart762

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    I am actually switched to the Premium 33 non-THX now. I have driven about 1000 miles on this now (yes I drive ALOT!) and where the truck is at now is where I need it to be. I have found that the non-THX is more predictable when it comes to gas pedal/throttle position/shift points. The reason I went with 33's when I have a 31in tire is because if you look at the weight difference it is only 4lbs between the 31 and 33 with the 33 being 4lbs heavier. Both the 33 and 31 General ATX are Load E 10-ply which is where the weight comes from. I never did try with the stock tire size.
     
  3. Aug 27, 2020 at 11:10 AM
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    Kerbouchard!

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    Makes sense to me! I wonder whether the difference between the stock/33/35 tunes is accounting more for weight or diameter.

    Btw, I know you had some reservations about the 4.88s, but I'm here to tell you that 4.88+ovt is a pretty sweet combo.
     
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  4. Aug 27, 2020 at 11:27 AM
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    I have a strong feeling it would be awesome on and off-road and I might still do it some day. It's just for now I do not want to mess with the extended warranty I am paying for plus if something were to happen and I couldn't drive the truck because of the re-gear I would not be able to get to work. If I go up in tire size and/or add bumpers I will have to get it done but for now I am happy with the tune.
     
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  5. Aug 30, 2020 at 7:15 PM
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    amadougrand

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    Picked up my 2020 Tacoma yesterday with 4.88 regear and 35’s. Currently it is a little underwhelming and not what I am looking for yet, but to qualify it I am not using heavy throttle as still breaking in gears. Just ordered VF Tuner and starting to study up here; looking for suggestions on what tune I want to run? Not looking to customize anything.
     
  6. Aug 31, 2020 at 5:40 AM
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    Xer0 SiN

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    this and that...
    i will be another one that stands up for ov tune. the only reason i did not rate it 5/5 is the ambiguity for those of us that are gonna go the supercharged route instead. i do not know if will we will be able to utilize our vf tuner after this point, or we will get some ov magic coming down pipeline via a tune; futureproofing if you will. i know they have their twin turbo product, and by all means! anyhow, its still a ways off, but something i did wonder about. as for this product. its hands down phenomenal. what basically happens is it takes the 3.5 and flips it on its effin head lol. as a customer, youre expected to do a fair bit of leg work to get everything aligned right. either youre tech savvy that you know what youre doing right off the bat, or youre gonna wonder what the hell is going on. for me, i asked a lot of questions, i still do. its a good thing the boys at ov has a pretty straight up instruction file that if you follow verbatim then everything else is pretty easy. also, there is a good support group here at tw that answers pretty much anything you have a question to. i know there are/were people thats been having issues with correspondence with ov, but from everything i have been reading, it seems like its gmail. i used my yahoo mail account, and things showed up as expected. something that came up with my install was my laptop being brand new when i did this, and was in the process of flashing, i was wondering why the tactrix cable wasnt being recognized. come to find out i had to download the driver. that part wasnt in the instruction file. probably the only hiccup i ran across. i accounted it to the laptop being fresh opened when i was setting my vf tuner up. my truck was already updated with its tsb, so it was only a matter of flashing the tune i wanted and the preliminaries; its pretty quick. during my initial drive, i had my sprintbooster off. right off the bat you can tell the truck is different. when that dude dynoed his before and after with ovt and came out with 20hp/25tq increase, i believe it. i got this product for one thing. to change how the truck reacted with the vvti changeover; i just flat out didnt like it. you could be cruising and the second you hit 3.5k...well we all know what happens. it get exponentially worst when youre running an intake and exhaust. just coasting on by, open up the truck for some passing power, and its like an f-22 raptor comes roaring to life LOL. now, there is none of that. just a broad linear powerband all the way till redline. before, i would shift before 3.5k just so i wouldnt sound like im trying to race the next guy over. now, if i shift like how i did before before 3.5k its almost like the truck lurches (not really, just feels like it) almost as if the mf is trying to to tell you, "really, dude." i since went back to stacking my sb with ovt. sb with ovt is...different. the numbers is not the same as when you had it before ovt. its almost like a diminishing return. however, you still can tell and feel the real difference when you cycle through. sport9/race4/stock ovt all feel very different when cycled live. with all that being said, i loved my truck before, i love it even more now. my truck is a street build, thats unhindered by heavy tires, rims, armor, whatever. what this in turn does is give the truck unadulterated throttle and power whenever i need it. boost will always be the endgame, but for now ovt is definately worth the time and investment.

    ov grade: 4.9/5
     
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  7. Sep 4, 2020 at 10:56 AM
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    *Update*
    I really wish that I had some good news to tell. I got the software and cable kit. I've got a key code and 5 credits. I sent an email to ovtune@zendesk with my name, order#7641, system ID, truck information etc. several days ago and Rafael finally last night at 22:20 emailed me back saying that they had my info and had sent it to their developer so that a reg key file could be generated for me. I was under the impression based on a previous thread that it was just Matt and Rafael working for ovtune. ‍♂️ Anyway, I replied to the email early this a.m. saying thank you and explaining that I had a fishing trip to go on this evening towing my boat and that it would be really nice to have that reg key file so that I could flash my truck before I headed out with my buddy who also has a 3rd gen taco and is interested in possibly buying the tune also. Welp, no reply as of yet. Seen a lot of posts on another thread by OVTune today though. . Hoping to get it soon. I mean you spend $836 on something and you kinda expect a little bit faster of a turnaround with a reg code file.. I understand they have to be busy, but they have time to reply to posts on here so... i dunno. Staying hopeful. Still have 2 hours before they close. Fingers crossed y'all.
     
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  8. Sep 4, 2020 at 10:58 AM
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    OVTune

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    We are expecting to get all of our reg keys out today to folks who have sent them in.
    That's the one crappy part is that the reg key is currently provided by a 3rd party.
     
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  9. Sep 4, 2020 at 11:03 AM
    #629
    Lando3210

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    That was fast! Thank you for your prompt response OVTune. Fingers crossed! :bananadance:
     
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  10. Sep 4, 2020 at 2:28 PM
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    i8boots

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    Can someone please point me to the right place to compare tunes between the 2.0 87, the 2.0 83, and the previous versions?
    I have a 2017 OR SB automatic running full stock tires and suspension and weight, etc. I'm really interested in the tune but lost track of it about a year ago and am thinking that now is the right time.
     
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  11. Sep 4, 2020 at 2:38 PM
    #631
    tonered

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    All 2.0 Tunes are Octane Learning. On the MT side, the differences seem mainly about tuning the throttle response to your liking. Basically:

    Base running 87 < Base running 91 / 92 / 93 / 94 << SFOB running 87 < SFOB running 91 / 92 / 93 / 94​


    If you're an AT, then the Perf and Tow tunes will be launched next as options. Base is Final.
     
  12. Sep 4, 2020 at 2:43 PM
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    @tonered I am a bit thick, so please bear with me. Octane Learning meaning I could get the 2.0 Final for manual and switch gas with no issues?
    Where can I learn more about the Tow tune?

    Also, thank you.
     
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  13. Sep 4, 2020 at 2:49 PM
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    Yessir. I was running 2.0 SFOB Prem with three tanks of 87. Then tested 92 doing nothing but filling it up. I got 2mpg+, which covers the cost, so I am on the 14th tank of that.


    Tow is only for the ATs. From the post or two that mentioned it, it sounds like it will be the same as our SFOB tune.

    2.0 Final for the MTs was launched in March:

    2.0 MT Tune notes:
    https://www.ovtuned.com/blogs/news/...0-manual-transmission-2020-model-year-support

    FM needs updated for the 2.0 Tunes:
    https://www.ovtuned.com/blogs/news/flash-manager-1-3-0-released-with-new-logger

    Also note that a TSB for 04B14 dropped for 2016 and 2017 MTs. It feels very different than 04B13, even tuned. Check out the ECU Update thread.
     
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  14. Sep 4, 2020 at 3:14 PM
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    Shit howdy I didn't even know that (I checked out of the threads because life) - I have been 100% 91-92 Octane since 2.0 (and before).

    Well OK will stay that way!! :bowdown::D:p:bananadance:
     
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  15. Sep 4, 2020 at 3:24 PM
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    :hattip:

    It is only now paying off for me.
     
  16. Sep 4, 2020 at 4:03 PM
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    @tonered One more, if you're game. Someone in a video mentioned they liked a 1.5 or 1.05 with gear lock or shift lock or something?
    What is that and is it something I'd need to care about if I do the 2.0 final tune?
     
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  17. Sep 4, 2020 at 5:49 PM
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    GearLock is for ATs. A better S-mode.
     
  18. Sep 5, 2020 at 11:15 AM
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    Hey guys, anyone ever go to download your tune from the Toyota Flash Manager [Config 1.3.3] and get "Error downloading file C:/Users/name/Toyota Flash Manager/tunes/2.0/sid_04B04_2.0_Prem_BaseOL.p5f" ? This is driving me nuts! lol

    @OVTune
     
  19. Sep 7, 2020 at 6:32 AM
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    I guess I’ll cast my initial review for OVTune. Downloaded the 04B81 87/33/THX tune. Running 265/75/16 10 ply K02’s, ARB bumper on front and 250-300 lbs in the bed. The truck only had 2500 miles but I elected to go ahead and do the OVTune hoping to fix the jumpy shift points and maybe get a little power.
    I highly recommend it, drives and feels entirely different. I doubt I got much if any power, but cycling through the gears feels so much smoother and predictable. Mileage went up a considerable amount, I was getting 14-15 on the highway, any cross or head wind and I was into 13’s and staying in 5th gear. It likes 6th a whole lot more now. Drove around 1000 miles this weekend staying in the 70-85 range and averaged 16.5 with cross and head winds. I’m planning on sticking to the 87 tune as I can’t justify spending 30 plus cents extra a gallon for premium. Overall, I gave it 4 stars, I’m sure premium would get 5. Great product, I had quick turnaround on registration and no complaints once I figured out the process it took no time to flash and be on my way.
     
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  20. Sep 19, 2020 at 5:31 AM
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    none...yet
    so there is no $79 upgrade kit, I saw on another post about buying a dongle trade in kit, and I see that mentioned on the website but not clickable.

    Can you explain what's going on with all this? I got the $700 dongle kit with the understanding that all future updates and tunes would be available at no extra cost. AND now I'm seeing tune kits for less than half that price but I have to buy a dongle trade in kit? Will I be getting the full vf tuner PRO or the $199 flash only version...again I already paid $700 for a flash only version that now sells for half that price *a little irritated*
     

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