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vF Tuner for the 3.5L Tacoma

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Rafael@OVTune, Apr 23, 2020.

  1. Jan 22, 2021 at 8:19 AM
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    EastVanTaco

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    VFtuner comes with zero stock ov tunes? Hmmm ok.
    What would someone like yourself who has the tuner suggest?
     
  2. Jan 22, 2021 at 8:25 AM
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  3. Jan 22, 2021 at 8:29 AM
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    Correct, for any of the ovtunes, you would need the tunepack. There are some very good user made tunes out there, so you could always try one of those first. If they don't work for you, you could buy the tunepack.
    Once you get the cable, or use an obd reader, be sure to see what ecu ID you are. If it's not 04B04 for your 2017, be sure to apply the TSB so you are on the most current calibration before you unlock that ecu.
     
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  4. Jan 23, 2021 at 5:21 AM
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    I’m running vf tuner since October 2020. With with new version of vftuner released end of last year, does anyone expect an updated tune pack in the future? I have searched this forum and cannot find a definitive answer.
     
  5. Jan 23, 2021 at 6:14 AM
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    Lots of questions related to torque converter, I'll try to pull up my old paperwork on the torque converter specs. It's mostly in Japanese though.

    But from what I recall, there are the main maps that trigger locking + the torque converter also needs a certain amount of torque applied. If I recall it's 200nM at 2000 rpm.
     
  6. Jan 23, 2021 at 6:53 AM
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    Do the credits come with the tuner or the tune pack?
     
  7. Jan 23, 2021 at 7:03 AM
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    You'll get 5 credits with the software.
     
  8. Jan 23, 2021 at 7:15 AM
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    I assume you mean the VF Tuner.

    So you need 4 credits to unlock an ECU? If I want more credits I buy them in sets? Packs of 4? If I want to unlock the next ECU can I buy 3? Are there other things you can buy with the credits? Not sure what else but I figured I'd ask
     
  9. Jan 23, 2021 at 7:16 AM
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    ECM unlock is 4 credits.
     
  10. Jan 23, 2021 at 8:12 AM
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    The lowest amount you can buy is 4. I've bought quite a bit and spent them all unlocking other ECU's and I still have that 1 extra credit just hanging around. Lol
    And yes, 4 credits unlocks the next ECU.
     
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  11. Jan 23, 2021 at 8:25 AM
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    Two add-ons: you can use your Mac, but you’ll need to do it with parallels or bootcamp. VFTuner only works in windows, but it’s possible with the process above. Also, you’ll always have 1 credit ‘remaining’, that credit is for the software itself.
     
  12. Jan 24, 2021 at 2:23 PM
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    Well I finally did it. Officially updated my ecu to 04B14 on my 2017. Thank you guys


    ecu.GIF
     
  13. Jan 24, 2021 at 2:41 PM
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    Thanks so much for doing this.. Any intel on slip lock / ways to eliminate would be fantastic.. on my 2020, 3rd cant seem to be removed.

    Best,

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  14. Jan 24, 2021 at 3:07 PM
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    Yes.
    Question for all the guys selling tunes - how many people have you had complain about mpg dropping and wanting their money back?

    I’ve had three people this week complain their mpg went down (and there is no way they went 500mi or two tanks of gas yet)...I explicitly tell people there is no guarantee on mpg and that is not the point of the tune, yet I’m getting complaints and people wanting refunds (who I went quite far out of my way for and not really wanting to give them a refund AND have to travel to reflash their truck back to stock)...

    just curious how other people handle this situation if you’ve come across it?
     
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  15. Jan 24, 2021 at 3:49 PM
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    That sounds pretty weak on their part. Everyone I have tuned has been pretty awesome and super excited about the results just like I was after I flashed my truck the first time, maybe it's just the nature of Colorado folks. I never make any guarantee's but I usually say something along the lines of the premium tune will most likely be better than the 87 tune gas mileage wise (with no guarantees though), but that after I tuned my truck my gas mileage went down cause it was so much more fun to drive. Everyone I have tuned is more concerned about throttle response, shifting, etc so I don't think that's on their short list though it does come up. I had one guy ask for a reflash so far but he is super cool and we are friends now, he just wanted to go to the premium tune cause he did see a dip with 87 (he has a ton of weight) and on the premium he's getting better than he ever had before.

    Sounds like another reason for me to learn Japanese outside of wanting to travel there for insanely delicious ramen and good snowboarding. Rosetta stone and torque converter maps here I come. Reminds me of my grandfather- they made him learn German at MIT back in the 40’s cause all the advanced engineering textbooks were in German.
     
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  16. Jan 24, 2021 at 3:58 PM
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    I don't tune but I have had a tune made for me. mpg stayed about the same but I was happy with it. Also, I have the VF software.
    For your situation, I would tell them to buy the software and do it themselves if they don't like it. Tell them to travel to you to tweak it.
    In the future make it clear that there are no guarantees, promises, or otherwise - caveat emptor.
     
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    Yes.
    yeah I made it very clear that mpg is no guarantee either way. I’m probably just going to stop doing them, unless people drive to me. I’m having to travel too much (usually about an hour each way) and taking up time that I could be getting home projects done, as we want to get our house on the market in the spring.
     
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  18. Jan 24, 2021 at 4:33 PM
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    I have the mild 2 wild tune on my 2021 with 265/75/16s and didn’t expect a big hit in gas mileage. However, I’m only getting 15 mpg on average. It’s super disappointing, but I don’t blame the guy that tuned It.

    I think setting expectations is important.
     
  19. Jan 24, 2021 at 5:38 PM
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    I have yet to drive to a customer. Closest thing is I was already in the area for other reasons and it was planned around that. Otherwise, they come to me.
     
  20. Jan 24, 2021 at 5:43 PM
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    Yes.
    I usually don’t go out of my way unless I’m getting at least a couple trucks at once. That way it’s at least worth my time.

    If I end up flashing more trucks then I’m going to have a release of liability form for people to sign which will clearly state no guarantees on anything and no refunds. I’m also going to stop answering questions to people who clearly have no idea what the tune is about or does. Hate to be a dick about it but I’m not going to take a bunch of shit after the fact because they had false expectations and didn’t listen to anything I said and they want their money back which may or may not have already been spent.
     
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