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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)
    2.6%
  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)
    8.7%
  6. 1 (AT) - meh

    36 vote(s)
    5.6%
  7. 2 (AT)

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

    50 vote(s)
    7.7%
  9. 4 (AT)

    126 vote(s)
    19.5%
  10. 5 (AT) - best mod, hands down

    302 vote(s)
    46.7%
  1. Sep 19, 2020 at 6:03 AM
    #641
    LstMinutePanic

    LstMinutePanic Well-Known Member

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    All updates and tunes are available at no extra cost. There's still at least one more version that has a performance and/or gearlock mode. It will hopefully be coming out in the next few weeks, but there is no specific release date. That's what you purchased with the flash kit. Several pre-made tunes created by an expert with much more knowledge about our Tacoma's ECUs than anyone else. Those tunes are almost at their final form, and no new tunes will coming out that were made by the expert.

    VFTuner is a completely different product that allows people to make their own custom tunes instead of purchasing pre-made ones like with OVTune. That being said, you can also purchase the pre-made tunes by way of the VFTuner tune pack. If you were buying everything new, then the VFTuner software, Tacoma tune pack, and tactrix cable bundle into a similar price to what you paid for OVTune.

    Luckily, OVTune has offered to let the original flash kit owners (which it sounds like you have) upgrade to the new VFTuner product for only $79. We weren't left and forgotten with your money wasted. What you bought with OVTune were several pre-made tunes. Those tunes are still available for you to download and enjoy at any time.

    If you would like to buy a completely new, different product (VFTuner) then you can do so for $79 here if you have already purchased the original OVTune flash kit - https://www.ovtuned.com/products/vforest-tuner-for-tacoma-flash-kit-owners?variant=31765448884311.
     
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2020
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  2. Sep 19, 2020 at 8:45 AM
    #642
    Bcjammerx

    Bcjammerx Well-Known Member

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    Apologies, I SHOULD have known better, you folks always do us right! Thanks for the link!
     
  3. Oct 2, 2020 at 3:19 PM
    #643
    aleriance

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    Quick question:

    Relative has purchased the $700 kit and flashed their truck. He believes he can flash my truck as well with the same 2.0 base tune since he didn't need to use any of his credits when he did his Tacoma.

    Is this possible? Do I need to purchase anything else? All this transition to VFtuner and making your own tunes is EXTREMELY confusing. I don't want anything fancy. All I'm looking for is to have my truck flashed with the 2.0 version and be done with it.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  4. Oct 6, 2020 at 12:14 PM
    #644
    Citizen Rob

    Citizen Rob Well-Known Member

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    My understanding is that as long as the two of you have identical ECM versions, yes he can flash your truck as well.
     
  5. Oct 7, 2020 at 11:56 AM
    #645
    tacocart762

    tacocart762 Well-Known Member

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    265/75R16 55lb General ATX,Flowmaster,TRD CAI,Softopper,soon will have front bumper and sliders

    Sooo... for about 3 months I have been running Ovtune 2.0 Premium Stock on my 2017 Taco double cab long box. This tune is a vast improvement over stock! What also helped ALOT was getting Toyota to update my ECU to the 04B04 under the TSB. With the 2.0 and TSB combination shift points were right where I would expect them to be, gears were held going up a grade, gas pedal was more responsive, engine idled more smoothly, and the powertrain was much more predictable.
    Last night...
    I got an idea in my head. I thought hey I paid $1000 for a laptop, vFtuner, and 3.5L tune pack. Why not try other tunes. So I loaded Ovtune 1.05.1 91Octane Performance tune into my ECU last night. All values were reset and the truck idled for 10min after it was all said and done. All I can say is WOW!!! The skinny pedal is much more responsive, the truck wants to get to 6th gear and it actually stays in 6th gear on the highway. I can feel more torque/pull even when I'm not mashing the gas pedal. At slow speeds the torque has improved. Cruising on the highway I can be in 6th gear and push the gas and it stays in 6th and accelerates!! The truck gets up to speed much more quickly and gas was 17.9 MPG around town!! That has never happened before! Shifting seems a bit less refined then 2.0 but I would gladly make that trade for the extra power I feel on the butt dyno. Keep in mind I only have about 70 miles driven with this flash so the ECU is still figuring things out and I am confident the shifts will smooth out over time. One thing I do not care for is the TC seems to be locking and unlocking way more then 2.0 maybe that will settle down too as the ECU learns.
    I will leave this post on a positive note. I am getting so much more enjoyment out of my truck then I have ever had before. It really is a blast to drive with this tune and I am eagerly awaiting 2.0 Performance! The Smiles Per Miles Meter went way up!! Although I have only had this specific tune for a day I am so impressed by it I felt the need to share on this forum. Thanks for stopping by.
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  6. Oct 7, 2020 at 12:12 PM
    #646
    wrightme43

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    Great post man. Thank you. I feel exactly the same but on 04B14
     
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  7. Oct 7, 2020 at 10:09 PM
    #647
    tommygs3

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    ive been reading around and still have got a solid answer.. does anybody have or will have problems smog and passing with this tune.. ive been held back cause i dont wanna deal with not passing smog... can anybody confirm that they pass with this tune...
     
  8. Oct 8, 2020 at 3:05 AM
    #648
    PhogDog

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    I don't get tested where I live but I have not seen anyone say they failed (been following since the beginning).
     
  9. Oct 8, 2020 at 3:40 AM
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    wrightme43

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    No it does not degrade air fuel ratios. It actually makes the engine more efficient.
     
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  10. Oct 8, 2020 at 6:36 AM
    #650
    LstMinutePanic

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    Tons of people have this tune all over the country (especially in California), but I've never seen anyone say anything about not passing smog testing. I seem to remember several folks saying that they had a tune installed and got through smog without a problem.

    Worst comes to worst, flashing back to the stock tune is super easy and only takes a couple of minutes.
     
  11. Oct 8, 2020 at 11:32 AM
    #651
    Pickupman2007

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    I’ve passed emissions in both NC and TN with the tune. Neither used a sniffer, just plugged into diagnostic plug.
     
  12. Oct 19, 2020 at 6:12 PM
    #652
    cropduster78

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    OV-TUNE 2.0, AT3 WILDPEAKS, more to follow...
    I recently had 2.0 installed and updated the TSB it is awesome a complete 180 from the way the truck drove before. It no longer feels like a turd gen

    from anyone that’s done it have u tried the tune with a cai and catback exhaust

    would they mess with the change in air fuel ratios from the tune

    I just put a k&n drop filter in and the truck ran noticeably different for the worse and I wasn’t sure if it would do the same if I added those down the line
    Thanks
     
  13. Oct 19, 2020 at 6:37 PM
    #653
    Bcjammerx

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    Was it oiled? Sometimes oiled filters can mess with the MAF sensor by coating it and causing a burnt build up on it.
     
  14. Oct 19, 2020 at 6:39 PM
    #654
    DamnDvo

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    Still trying to find someone in the Bay Area who can help me with a tune :(
     
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  15. Oct 20, 2020 at 3:26 PM
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    cropduster78

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    yeah it was a pre oiled k&n I went to the dealer and put in an oem filter and feels back to normal so that is great :burnrubber:
     
  16. Oct 20, 2020 at 5:56 PM
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    Bcjammerx

    Bcjammerx Well-Known Member

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    Usually it's only over oiled filters that I've heard doing that frequently, like when folks re-oil they think more is better...I mean it's possible a factory oiled one could have done it but I wouldn't think putting a dry filter in without cleaning the MAF would resolve it (just fyi the MAF actually heats up and the ecu can tell how much air comes in via the resistance which changes depending on it's temp...more air in = cooler sensor).

    Maybe they cleaned the MAF too...when I was a tech even with dry filters the MAF would eventually get build up and dirty and that's from years of buildup but it came off with a quick spray of intake cleaner, takes longer to unscrew the MAF than to clean it even those with old buildup...sometimes you can get the spray on it without removing it too while replacing the filter. Well glad it's running good now though.
     

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