OVTune The OVTune thread

  • Hello, visitor! Welcome to Tacoma3G.com, a resource for 3rd Generation Toyota Tacoma owners.

    Tacoma3G is a friendly community dedicated to 2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma and Overland Enthusiasts. Registration is completely free and only takes 30 seconds, so we hope to see you and your rig soon!

Did you install the OVTune?

  • Hell yes! Best mod I've done.

    Votes: 25 27.2%
  • Yes, but I don't know if I really needed it now that I have it.

    Votes: 2 2.2%
  • Not yet. Eventually.

    Votes: 57 62.0%
  • Hell no! ECT is all I need.

    Votes: 8 8.7%

  • Total voters
    92

Tyler

✓ • Paragon
Badministrator
Tacoma3G O.G.
Messages
6,211
Upvotes Recieved
9,995
Location
Long Island, NY
First Name
Tyler
Truck Year
2017
Truck Color
Quicksand
Truck Grade
Off-Road
Cab & Bed
Double Cab, Long Bed
Transmission
Automatic
T3G Member
#1
Did you buy OVTune? If so, how are you liking it? Any bugs?

I know it is on my eventually list, but to be honest, I don't even hate the stock tune as much as most people. It definitely could be better though.

Edit to add most current and final 2.0 files for easy location. - Mr. Nobody

Current updated 2.0 Automatic transmission files are located here...

https://www.ovtuned.com/blogs/news/tacoma-2-0-final-auto-release

Instructions for the 2020 2.0 Manual transmission files are here...

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

Sounds like the rest of the 2.0 manual files are located in Flash Manager.

Lots of good info located here...

https://www.ovtuned.com/blogs/news

Make sure you have the latest Flash Manager installed prior to flashing the truck.

https://www.ovtuned.com/blogs/news/flash-manager-1-3-0-released-with-new-logger
 

Taco_primo

✓ • Diamond
Tacoma3G Supporter
Tacoma3G O.G.
Messages
408
Upvotes Recieved
642
Location
NW Washington
First Name
Brent
Truck Year
2017
Truck Color
Super White
Truck Grade
Off-Road
Cab & Bed
Access Cab
Transmission
Automatic
T3G Member
#4
I think the first thing I’ll do to help with the acceleration is 4.88 gears before the tune.
 

Audidood

✓ • Gold
Tacoma3G Supporter
Tacoma3G O.G.
Messages
96
Upvotes Recieved
116
Location
San Diego
First Name
Gerald
Truck Year
2017
Truck Color
Magnetic Gray
Truck Grade
Sport
Cab & Bed
Double Cab, Short Bed
Transmission
Automatic
T3G Member
#20
At what point does 4.88 gear conversion become necessary? (sorry, already threadjacking)
 

Tyler

✓ • Paragon
Badministrator
Tacoma3G O.G.
Messages
6,211
Upvotes Recieved
9,995
Location
Long Island, NY
First Name
Tyler
Truck Year
2017
Truck Color
Quicksand
Truck Grade
Off-Road
Cab & Bed
Double Cab, Long Bed
Transmission
Automatic
T3G Member
#1
At what point does 4.88 gear conversion become necessary? (sorry, already threadjacking)
IMO, with 35’s you be better off with 4.88 if you can afford to. But if you can’t, I do know many people run 35’s with stock gears. Of course if you’re one of the rare 37’s on a 3rd gen, you would definitely have to regear.

Now, if you’re running the common 285/75 with a ton of weight in the bed (camping gear etc.), you’d also benefit from the regear compared to stock.
 

tacomiyagi

✓ • Gold
Tacoma3G Supporter
Tacoma3G O.G.
Messages
103
Upvotes Recieved
173
Location
Las Vegas, NV
First Name
Roger
T3G Member
#25
IMO, with 35’s you be better off with 4.88 if you can afford to. But if you can’t, I do know many people run 35’s with stock gears. Of course if you’re one of the rare 37’s on a 3rd gen, you would definitely have to regear.

Now, if you’re running the common 285/75 with a ton of weight in the bed (camping gear etc.), you’d also benefit from the regear compared to stock.

I've been battling in my head if I should just bite the bullet now and jump up to 285's but will eventually want to run 35's myself just not ready to spend money on regearing yet. I want to get my bedrock and RTT set up first along with some pods and light bar before I do other things. Right now I'm on 265/75/16's and it serves its purpose for the moment. Didn't expect to get my lift and wheels so soon.
 

Tyler

✓ • Paragon
Badministrator
Tacoma3G O.G.
Messages
6,211
Upvotes Recieved
9,995
Location
Long Island, NY
First Name
Tyler
Truck Year
2017
Truck Color
Quicksand
Truck Grade
Off-Road
Cab & Bed
Double Cab, Long Bed
Transmission
Automatic
T3G Member
#1
I've been battling in my head if I should just bite the bullet now and jump up to 285's but will eventually want to run 35's myself just not ready to spend money on regearing yet. I want to get my bedrock and RTT set up first along with some pods and light bar before I do other things. Right now I'm on 265/75/16's and it serves its purpose for the moment. Didn't expect to get my lift and wheels so soon.
I would suggest not doing what I did. I got the 285’s but wish I got 35’s. If you can, try to hold off on new tires until you think you’re ready to do everything it takes to run 35’s. Just my advice so you’re not having to upgrade 3 times, lol.
 

tacomiyagi

✓ • Gold
Tacoma3G Supporter
Tacoma3G O.G.
Messages
103
Upvotes Recieved
173
Location
Las Vegas, NV
First Name
Roger
T3G Member
#25
I would suggest not doing what I did. I got the 285’s but wish I got 35’s. If you can, try to hold off on new tires until you think you’re ready to do everything it takes to run 35’s. Just my advice so you’re not having to upgrade 3 times, lol.

Yah thats why I'm having such a mental battle let alone the funding itself. Lol
 

kevinlambchops

✓ • Silver
Tacoma3G O.G.
Messages
50
Upvotes Recieved
74
Location
Orange County, CA
First Name
Kevin
Truck Year
2016
Truck Color
Magnetic Gray
Truck Grade
Sport
Cab & Bed
Double Cab, Long Bed
Transmission
Automatic
T3G Member
#63
I would suggest not doing what I did. I got the 285’s but wish I got 35’s. If you can, try to hold off on new tires until you think you’re ready to do everything it takes to run 35’s. Just my advice so you’re not having to upgrade 3 times, lol.
this is making me reconsider getting 285 :/
 

Taco_Man

✓ • Bronze
Tacoma3G O.G.
Messages
2
Upvotes Recieved
7
First Name
Tyler
T3G Member
#126
Did you buy OVTune? If so, how are you liking it? Any bugs?

I know it is on my eventually list, but to be honest, I don't even hate the stock tune as much as most people. It definitely could be better though.

I have mine. Trying to work everything out so I can install! Seems like it is taking forever!
 

mZiggy

✓ • Gold
Tacoma3G O.G.
Messages
132
Upvotes Recieved
245
Location
El Paso, TX
First Name
Marc
Truck Year
2017
Truck Color
Cement
Truck Grade
Pro
Cab & Bed
Double Cab, Short Bed
Transmission
Manual
T3G Member
#74
The long delays for install are rather recent since Mat has gotten infinitely more busy lately as more people find out about OVT and also because of unforeseen delays with the hardware reaching him to be sent out. On top of that, he's in the middle of moving locations and swapping to a new system that doesn't require the whole emailing back and forth for licensing thing once you receive the hardware, so patience is a necessity. In addition to all of that, he's also still improving on existing tunes, helping people with their issues, and then lastly, our trucks are not the only platform he works on.

Just want to explain all of that so that people don't turn away from the tune just because they hear it's "taking forever". There's been people in the TW threads bashing him without knowing the full story of the situation, so it's best to be knowledgeable.
 

Tyler

✓ • Paragon
Badministrator
Tacoma3G O.G.
Messages
6,211
Upvotes Recieved
9,995
Location
Long Island, NY
First Name
Tyler
Truck Year
2017
Truck Color
Quicksand
Truck Grade
Off-Road
Cab & Bed
Double Cab, Long Bed
Transmission
Automatic
T3G Member
#1
The long delays for install are rather recent since Mat has gotten infinitely more busy lately as more people find out about OVT and also because of unforeseen delays with the hardware reaching him to be sent out. On top of that, he's in the middle of moving locations and swapping to a new system that doesn't require the whole emailing back and forth for licensing thing once you receive the hardware, so patience is a necessity. In addition to all of that, he's also still improving on existing tunes, helping people with their issues, and then lastly, our trucks are not the only platform he works on.

Just want to explain all of that so that people don't turn away from the tune just because they hear it's "taking forever". There's been people in the TW threads bashing him without knowing the full story of the situation, so it's best to be knowledgeable.
Good information to have. Do you know him well?
 

mZiggy

✓ • Gold
Tacoma3G O.G.
Messages
132
Upvotes Recieved
245
Location
El Paso, TX
First Name
Marc
Truck Year
2017
Truck Color
Cement
Truck Grade
Pro
Cab & Bed
Double Cab, Short Bed
Transmission
Manual
T3G Member
#74
Good information to have. Do you know him well?
No I wouldn't say that at all, but myself and others have been either following the tune development rather closely since whenever we got in (some as early as the very start in mid June '17 or earlier, whereas I got in mid Dec '17 with 1.03) and/or had a hand in the development process. The tune is updated and improved upon via datalogging and community feedback, not solely Mat's own R&D truck. This is especially true for the MT's. He didnt have access to one, so a bunch of us started datalogging to help out.

All that being said, he does jump on from time to time to notify people in TW of reasons for some of the delays and whatnot, and the general goings-on and some of his future plans, like bolt-on parts and a twin turbo kit, as well as other plans for tuning.

So there's a difference between knowing him and the reality of it, which is having had contact with him and even helped a bit with the tune development via feedback and logs, and watching the threads as time goes on and updates are rolled out.
 
Last edited:

Tyler

✓ • Paragon
Badministrator
Tacoma3G O.G.
Messages
6,211
Upvotes Recieved
9,995
Location
Long Island, NY
First Name
Tyler
Truck Year
2017
Truck Color
Quicksand
Truck Grade
Off-Road
Cab & Bed
Double Cab, Long Bed
Transmission
Automatic
T3G Member
#1
Awesome, seems like you're decently involved with the development of the tune as far as consumer feedback and suggestions go. I know he's busy as hell, but I wonder if he'd like to be a vendor here...
 

mZiggy

✓ • Gold
Tacoma3G O.G.
Messages
132
Upvotes Recieved
245
Location
El Paso, TX
First Name
Marc
Truck Year
2017
Truck Color
Cement
Truck Grade
Pro
Cab & Bed
Double Cab, Short Bed
Transmission
Manual
T3G Member
#74
Awesome, seems like you're decently involved with the development of the tune as far as consumer feedback and suggestions go. I know he's busy as hell, but I wonder if he'd like to be a vendor here...
Only since 1.03 for the MT's came out. Haven't been there since the dawn of the whole project like some people lol oh well

Dunno, who knows. Here's the link to his TW profile page though if you want to reach out to him and ask, although he may not get back to you right away: https://www.tacomaworld.com/members/ovtune.214557/

Also will PM you his email that he uses for customer support
 

koshasha

✓ • Bronze
Tacoma3G O.G.
Messages
13
Upvotes Recieved
24
Location
SoCal
Truck Year
2017
Truck Color
Magnetic Gray
Truck Grade
Off-Road
Cab & Bed
Double Cab, Short Bed
Transmission
Manual
T3G Member
#186
If it weren't for the tune I would be driving a used 2ng Gen.. which is not a bad thing, but still, I would have been out about 4G on the trade loss. I hated the stock tune that much.

Before anyone asks, I did get to test drive once because manuals are hard to come by so I has less than 30 minutes to get my drive in before the customer who bought the truck came in to pick it up. At the time it didn't seem like anything because I was coming from an Audi A4 manual. It wasn't soon after I got my truck I realized it was difficult to keep up with traffic and I was averaging 14.2 MPG... My driving is 100% surface streets. Post tune I have no issues keeping up with the flow and now averaging 16 MPG. I stuck to the 87 octane tune. I wasn't in it for any type of performance gains, it was all about drive-ability for me.
 

Audidood

✓ • Gold
Tacoma3G Supporter
Tacoma3G O.G.
Messages
96
Upvotes Recieved
116
Location
San Diego
First Name
Gerald
Truck Year
2017
Truck Color
Magnetic Gray
Truck Grade
Sport
Cab & Bed
Double Cab, Short Bed
Transmission
Automatic
T3G Member
#20
How much is ovt and what’s the process of getting it?
 

Tyler

✓ • Paragon
Badministrator
Tacoma3G O.G.
Messages
6,211
Upvotes Recieved
9,995
Location
Long Island, NY
First Name
Tyler
Truck Year
2017
Truck Color
Quicksand
Truck Grade
Off-Road
Cab & Bed
Double Cab, Long Bed
Transmission
Automatic
T3G Member
#1

mZiggy

✓ • Gold
Tacoma3G O.G.
Messages
132
Upvotes Recieved
245
Location
El Paso, TX
First Name
Marc
Truck Year
2017
Truck Color
Cement
Truck Grade
Pro
Cab & Bed
Double Cab, Short Bed
Transmission
Manual
T3G Member
#74
I think it’s about $700 but mZiggy will be able to give you all the info when he sees this.
It's like $769 or somewhere around there. $700 was the holiday pricing this past December
 

koshasha

✓ • Bronze
Tacoma3G O.G.
Messages
13
Upvotes Recieved
24
Location
SoCal
Truck Year
2017
Truck Color
Magnetic Gray
Truck Grade
Off-Road
Cab & Bed
Double Cab, Short Bed
Transmission
Manual
T3G Member
#186
How much is ovt and what’s the process of getting it?

Someone who's recently ordered the tune will need to respond. It's changed some because it used to be a process. Order, get your kit, follow instructions to download drivers and software, then email key to OV, wait for his response, then send another file back, wait for response.. and then finally you get the tune file. This can take hours or over a week.
I don't think that's the case anymore because there's flash manager which allows you download any released tune file. He's also working out or has worked out a better way to validate license keys.
 
Top Bottom