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The 5.29 Mega Thread!!

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by JoeCOVA, Jul 6, 2018.

  1. Sep 14, 2019 at 10:54 AM
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    rb086

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    I have been trying to sift through this thread but am still new to all this Taco mod stuff. I have a 2018 TRD Sport with 275/70R18 tires and a 6” BDS lift. Currently trying to drive interstate consistently wants to downshift to 4th running 3000rpm constantly and will not stay in 5th. My MPG is pretty bad in my opinion at 14mpg now but cannot remember what it was before with stock. I’ve been told by the place who did my lift that a regear with 5.29 would really improve the gear hunting and MPG. From all the videos and posts discussing these gears I’m pretty convinced this will help me out tremendously as well. I also have an OVtuner ordered hopefully shipping next week that might also help. I am just looking for some opinions on all this with my set up and how regearing with 5.29 will hopefully improve the performance and MPG of my taco. Thanks for the help! DF4AF3CC-9250-439F-8C8D-25EC6D48AFD3.jpg
     
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  2. Sep 14, 2019 at 11:06 AM
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    OVTune will probably help you out a ton. You are not running a ton of weight or a significantly oversized/heavy tire, which is what the regear will MOSTLY help with. It will most likely help to some degree, but I am not sure how much. Your style of lift is not one I have much familiarity with, so I am not sure if you are facing some significantly decreased aerodynamics or not.

    I have 5.29s on 33s [originally] and 35s [now] as well as a ton of weight/armor/lack of aerodynamics. I found the gears to be helpful in maintaining my previously elusive 6th gear at highway speeds.
     
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  3. Sep 14, 2019 at 12:02 PM
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    5.29s will be a big help. Anything thats not stock will like 5.29s
     
  4. Sep 14, 2019 at 1:10 PM
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    I think i will give the 5.29s a go! I appreciate both of your insights on this.
     
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  5. Sep 14, 2019 at 8:11 PM
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    Any manuals in here?

    Asking for a friend :anonymous:
     
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  6. Sep 16, 2019 at 9:56 PM
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    is it weird that i just got 5.29s installed and drove it home tonight for the first time (85% freeway driving for 50 miles) and didn’t really notice anything different? granted i stayed driving very slow at 55 to 63 the whole way and it was mostly flat....

    maybe the latest ovtune is that good that gears aren’t super impressive? or does the fun really come after the 500 mile break in???


    i’m on the 87 tune
     
  7. Sep 17, 2019 at 3:29 PM
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    Lol i felt the same way, but it is noticeable when I actually pay attention to it and when I gun it after the break in period. But yes OV tune is a major improvement over factory.

    I was thinking of going back to the stock tune and drive it around a bit so I can appreciate the gears more, then eventually try out the 4.88 2.0 beta since the 5.29 tune isn’t out yet.
     
  8. Sep 17, 2019 at 3:53 PM
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    Guess not...well I'm an MT with a FWC looking for more pulling power. Would rather move to 5.29 than the baby steps of 4.30 to 4.88 but a little concerned about the super low gearing in some cases with the MT. I guess will have to think about it and see...
     
  9. Sep 17, 2019 at 6:10 PM
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    I'm on OV Tune 1.04 and just got 5.29s, running 35's with no real added weight. Truck doesn't feel that impressive. Goes through gears kinda fast and just doesn't feel as peppy as I thought it would. Granted I am taking it easy till I break it in. 1st and 2nd seems better but 3rd kinda falls flat. On the highway I feel like I have to press the pedal down more now for the truck to get going.

    Could it be tune related? My truck has been down for the last 8 months getting built for long travel so I haven't been able to update to the newer tunes.
     
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  10. Sep 18, 2019 at 7:50 AM
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    64 pages of nothing but how good 5.29s feel....3 posts in 1 day saying they didn’t make much difference. What is going on here?
     
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  11. Sep 18, 2019 at 7:58 AM
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    To be clear I'm on a very dated OV tune. Will update to a current version as soon as I have some time.
     
  12. Sep 18, 2019 at 7:58 AM
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    granted i’m in the break in process and haven’t put my foot in the petal at all in fear of not breakin stuff in right so my post was likely premature but i was just wondering if i was the only one to feel this way in this early phase
     
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  13. Sep 18, 2019 at 8:02 AM
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    What size tires and OV tune you running?
     
  14. Sep 18, 2019 at 8:11 AM
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    I’m not sure why tune version would matter as a lot of the guys here are geared and not tuned specifically for them. You said in the other thread that you didn’t have your truck for 8 months prior to regearing, what did you drive during that 8 months? Just curious if you’re coming out of a corvette and the Tacoma just seems sluggish after that regardless of gears.
     
  15. Sep 18, 2019 at 8:44 AM
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    I think it is tune related. Got spoiled with 2.0 Wait til 5.29 gear specific tune gets release.

    And for sure 5.29 is an improvement over stock, but It didn’t feel it was a big improvement because I came from the tune.
     
  16. Sep 18, 2019 at 8:58 AM
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    Now I am scratching my head... I should have my installed by next week. I will definitely post up my findings. I pull a 3500# off road OPUS Trailer and need the extra giddyup since an SC isn't available yet. I would love to run both!!!
     
  17. Sep 18, 2019 at 9:09 AM
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    You won’t regret it. I don’t. It drives a lot better then stock gears.

    And yea I’m waiting on TT setup from OV tune too
     
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  18. Sep 18, 2019 at 9:37 AM
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    Scratching mine too, also scheduled for next week. Was just surprised to see people not seeing results all of the sudden. Oh well, I’m committed.
     
  19. Sep 18, 2019 at 10:10 AM
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    I've been on OVtune the whole time. I swapped to 5.29. It holds 6th gear and accelerates in 6th gear BEFORE the gears although only very slightly.

    I'm on 33s, 3" Icon lift, Sliders, Half bumper w/ winch. I imagine stock tires ect would be better.

    NOW with 5.29s I can accelerate up hill while still maintaining 6th gear. I have maintained around the same mileage however the truck has a lot better hold of gears. Still need more torque "in my opinion" so I'll be doing turbos or a supercharger when they become available.
     
  20. Sep 18, 2019 at 11:19 AM
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    What version of OV Tune are you running?
     
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