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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

    20 vote(s)
    2.5%
  2. 2 (MT)

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

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

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

    68 vote(s)
    8.5%
  6. 1 (AT) - meh

    43 vote(s)
    5.4%
  7. 2 (AT)

    25 vote(s)
    3.1%
  8. 3 (AT)

    58 vote(s)
    7.3%
  9. 4 (AT)

    159 vote(s)
    19.9%
  10. 5 (AT) - best mod, hands down

    378 vote(s)
    47.3%
  1. Apr 18, 2021 at 2:09 PM
    #761
    u2pilotjt

    u2pilotjt Member

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    Got vFtuner for my 2020 TRD off road (04B80) AT, stock. After I initially registered vFtuner and installed the included file/tune, the truck immediately had more responsiveness and my mileage jumped up from about 17mpg in daily/mixed driving to just over 19 after a couple tanks of settling down. I then installed the tune for regular gas/stock from the tune pack and already in the first week of driving back and forth to work I was getting over 20mpg. I just drove it from San Antonio to Austin and back over the weekend (with typical I35 traffic and slow downs) and actually hit 22.3 mpg just before I pulled into my driveway and that was with a week of daily driving on the front end from last week. AND, I was using cruise control with adaptive cruise; something I could not do before OVTune because the shifting was so terrible it drove me nuts and totally killed my gas mileage. I still haven't done the TSB, but I'm considering it.

    Thanks OVTune!
     
  2. Apr 18, 2021 at 4:16 PM
    #762
    C41n

    C41n Gandalf Da Grey

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    TSB should always be first. Your tune pack is going to change based on the new ECU ID (04B81) you will have after the TSB. Updating your ECU ID via TSB overwrites your tune. You will have to flash a new tune after the update.

    I am not certain, but I think I read on here, that OVTune will give you the new tune pack if you send him a screenshot of the TSB ECU update. You should check with him first though. (Do not do this based off this post without checking!) If he does not, and you update then you will no longer have a tune.
     
  3. Apr 19, 2021 at 3:41 PM
    #763
    u2pilotjt

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    Copy that. I had already started down the road before even thinking about the TSB. Then I figured I'd go this route and be able to provide a direct comparison between the original ECU ID and the new one with the tunes. I'm very impressed with the improvement already. If I do the TSB and start over - it will be a good chance to see how they compare.

    I was told by someone else on another forum that they would update my tune pack for me but it will still cost me some credits to unlock the ID after the TSB update; which is fine. I haven't emailed OVtune about it all yet.

    And thanks for the input!
     
  4. May 5, 2021 at 12:13 PM
    #764
    WesLikesTacos

    WesLikesTacos Well-Known Member

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    Did anyone weigh pros and cons of paying on of the dudes that are running around doing tunes for like 200-250 vs paying the full 800 from OV? I'm leaning toward getting my own but wasnt sure if it's a waste of ching when there are other options available. Also, what is the TSB I've read about a couple times on here?
     
  5. May 5, 2021 at 1:05 PM
    #765
    shotgunbilly420

    shotgunbilly420 Well-Known Member

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    2017 trd Tacoma offraod
    285/75/16 Km3, 3in lift ,Valley Runner tune, K&N air intake, MRBP performance XP exhaust, ,16" method nv305 wheels, AFE throttle body spacer, RIPP performance coils, OV Tune program, JTL 3.0 Oil catch can
    I recommend getting vf tuner that way you can do it yourself and find the tune that works for you instead of being stuck with one tune
     
  6. May 5, 2021 at 1:16 PM
    #766
    OVTune

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    A big benefit is not being stuck to a tune, or having to rely on someone else if you need to flash. you could always get VF Tuner + other persons tunes
     
  7. May 5, 2021 at 5:49 PM
    #767
    shotgunbilly420

    shotgunbilly420 Well-Known Member

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    285/75/16 Km3, 3in lift ,Valley Runner tune, K&N air intake, MRBP performance XP exhaust, ,16" method nv305 wheels, AFE throttle body spacer, RIPP performance coils, OV Tune program, JTL 3.0 Oil catch can
    Yes it's nice to have variety
     
  8. May 6, 2021 at 12:20 PM
    #768
    zznalg

    zznalg Well-Known Member

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    Does anybody know of a tuner in New Mexico?
     
  9. May 8, 2021 at 6:24 AM
    #769
    Staff422000

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    Looking for a tuner within 50 miles of Scranton, Pa. Not real confident about doing it myself.
     
  10. May 8, 2021 at 6:36 AM
    #770
    shotgunbilly420

    shotgunbilly420 Well-Known Member

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    285/75/16 Km3, 3in lift ,Valley Runner tune, K&N air intake, MRBP performance XP exhaust, ,16" method nv305 wheels, AFE throttle body spacer, RIPP performance coils, OV Tune program, JTL 3.0 Oil catch can
    Dude it's not that hard many peps on here to help you walk through it . You would be so much happier having full control of your truck.
     
  11. May 15, 2021 at 7:59 PM
    #771
    lockwardj

    lockwardj Well-Known Member

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    when you say you installed the included file, you meant, there's a sample file that comes with it, or you bought the tune pack besides de software and cable? this is the one mod that I feel im missing on mine so far.
     
  12. May 16, 2021 at 5:17 AM
    #772
    u2pilotjt

    u2pilotjt Member

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    Yeah, after I installed the Vftuner and got the registration number back from Ovtune, I first installed the tune that is included with the software that has the identical number to the OEM tune on my truck (04B80). According to Tonered, I was "tuned" at that point. My truck did show an improvement from just that tune (or so it certainly seemed to me - and my gas mileage went up).

    Now, I also purchased the tune back when I bought the cable. So after a month of driving on the tune provided with the software, I programmed the Ovtune for regular gas for my vehicle from the tune pack. Gas mileage went up again and it shifts a lot better on the highway, especially when I'm running with the cruise control on and RADAR engaged. I actually hit 23 mpg average on one 70 mile trip down the highway with little traffic one day. I drove the same trip yesterday with moderate traffic and cruise control and averaged 19.8 for both ways and a few miles of city driving while there.

    What was super satisfying was that I put my following distance on the adaptive cruise at the minimum distance and settled in behind a big-rig doing 70-75 and my mpg meter was parked on 30. That lasted 15 minutes before traffic killed it.

    I want to do the TSB, but I have a long trip coming up next week and I'm a little hesitant to do the update before the trip in case I have issues; I need the truck for the trip. I'm going to look at it after the trip is over.

    Does that answer you question OK?
     
  13. May 16, 2021 at 5:42 AM
    #773
    lockwardj

    lockwardj Well-Known Member

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    It sure does! I wanted to first buy the software and then later the pack... so based on what you said there, I’ll still do it like that... I’m barely hitting 16/17ish on my mpg and after almost two years haven’t got used to those awful shifting points
     
  14. May 16, 2021 at 9:06 AM
    #774
    u2pilotjt

    u2pilotjt Member

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    I don't know how many postings I've seen on the OVTune that say, essentially, "why didn't I do this a long time ago?" I've only had my truck a year...I'm glad I figured this out early.
     

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