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Lexus IS350 ECU Tuning with VR Tuned Auto Flash



One of the newest products for the VR Tuned ECU Tuning line is the Auto Flash.  The Auto Flash is a OBDII plug in module that uses factory mapping to enhance your vehicles performance.  The Auto Flash tool changes the tuning on your vehicle using factory files which make it undetectable by dealers.  Enhancing your throttle response, shifting speed, and gaining you horsepower and torque.  Imagine your ECU is like a CD.  You are running on track 1 to make your current horsepower.  The Auto Flash tool takes you to track 3 which is already on your ECU wakening it up and bringing out the performance you really crave.  The Lexus IS250 and IS350 is just one of many applications that VR Tuned has with the Auto Flash.

To prove how these work, we took a 2008 IS350 with its only modifications being a catback exhaust and ran a baseline dyno.  Per the instructions, we drove the car for about 80 miles or in this case a full 7 days, and then brought it back in for the after dyno test.  With nothing else changed to the car, the dyno, the fuel type, we ran the car again as video tested.  The car gain a peak of 40 ft/lbs of torque around 4800 rpm and made a consistant horsepower gain of about 20-25 horsepower from 4100rpm to 6000rpm.  Overall this was an excellent test of the Auto Flash tool.

Before we did the final test, we asked the customer what he thought having driven the car for a week.  In his words, “…80+ miles now.  This was all auto mode, no tiptronic used.  Throttle seems much more sensitive.  From 0-80mph it flew.  I don’t remember the traction control kicking in at the first moment of acceleration or for that long.  I could feel the torque wanted to take me a bit offline.  Really, it seems with T/C (traction control) on it’s just as aggressive…  To sum up, I like what it’s ‘doing’!

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86 Responses to “Lexus IS350 ECU Tuning with VR Tuned Auto Flash”

  1. Nguyen Ta says:

    This is very exciting news and i would be interested in this product if/when it is released!

  2. Dan says:

    Its available to be purchased now! Click the link in the article.

  3. Nguyen Ta says:

    DOH! missed it! Would there be any possibility for a group buy or discount for fellow Club Lexus members? please follow this thread if needed: http://www.clublexus.com/forums/performance/714898-flash-tuner-for-2014-3-5-v6-3.html#post8778091

  4. Nguyen Ta says:

    Also – will this be compatible with 2014+ Lexus IS350?

  5. A790 says:

    Is this compatible with the 2014 IS350 AWD, Canadian model?

    Please say yes 😀

  6. Dan says:

    Unfortunately no further discount. It is $700 right now.

  7. Jason Q says:

    Is there any plans for an ISF tune? There’s plenty of interest.

  8. Dan says:

    Will work on the IS-F as well. Order up and give it a try!

  9. Dan says:

    Hint if you order on http://www.vrtuned.com you can get 10% off 🙂

  10. Mike S. says:

    I have a 2014 IS350 F-Sport. Has it been tested on this model or do you have confirmation if the maps work with that model as well?

  11. Dan says:

    The units will work on any Lexus IS as they access the files and mapping already in the ECU. For example on the Porsche Panamera, Cayenne, 991, 981 that are PDK transmission, the unit works on all of these 🙂 So yes it will work guaranteed! Order it up!

  12. jessy says:

    do you have a dyno sheet for the gain in hp and torque for the is250 ?

  13. Dan says:

    Power curve will be similar. We do not have a is250 dyno.

  14. jessy says:

    so you estimate a 40 torques of gain in curb + 18 hp aprox ?

  15. Dan says:

    Yes should be relatively the same and you will be very satisfied. We have them instock so please order online!

  16. Sosa J says:

    Is this permanent or will you have to re flash often ?

  17. Dan says:

    Permanent. We have 10 units instock!

  18. Ricardo says:

    Can it work on multiple cars, I have IS350 and my wife a is250
    How come you guys are first to create a flash tool for this vehicle??

  19. Dan says:

    They lock to the vin so 1 per car.

  20. Hoodrace says:

    How did vivid racing get passed the lexus encryption ?

  21. Dan says:

    Our suppliers work with oems to get stock files. So the VRTuned product has very strong engineers behind it.

  22. Andy says:

    Do you have any prove of working on an ISF? Are there any side effects to the car after the mod? If you do have all of the information, I would definitely purchase one!

  23. Bryan Towns says:

    Can you confirm this works on an ISF if so you can sell a truckload of them trust me we are all interested in some type solution.

  24. Dan says:

    Yes they work on the ISF. Already stated.

  25. Dan says:

    Andy they work on all Lexus IS ECUs. We have not dyno tested every car but others have. Based on how the Auto Flash works we don’t have to dyno all cars. But it works guaranteed. Buy one, feel the performance, enjoy it.

  26. Dan says:

    Here is a dyno on the IS250.

  27. Ryan says:

    Anything coming up here for the GS350 F-Sport 2014-2015? Thanks!!

  28. Dan says:

    Bet you the unit that it works! Order it up and if not we will take it back:)

    PayPal or order online!

  29. Bob says:

    How much HP & TQ do you expect it to gain on a ISF? I know you stated that there will be gains, but at this point that could be +1HP to +50HP

  30. Dan says:

    Why would we waste our time and our name with 1-2 HP. So much mistrust in this industry. I guess you can wait for dynos when the real gains are realized driving as well.

  31. Tony says:

    Will this work with a 2008 IS250 6-speed manual?

  32. Dan says:

    Absolutely and the exact car we test was a 2008. If you would like to order. We are doing $700 shipped. Paypal dan@vividracing.com

  33. […] Aventador, Ferrari 458, and several others.  Here we have tested them on the likes of the Lexus IS350, Porsche 991, BMW 328 E93, and now our very own Dodge SRT […]

  34. Dan says:

    We will be doing the after dyno of the IS250 tomorrow. Stay tuned!

  35. Dan says:

    2014 IS250 Dyno Tested and working great after 100 miles and 4 days of driving. Much better throttle response, huge off the line gains in torque, and consistant gains in horsepower!

  36. Sosa j says:

    Just crossed 100 miles on this , shifts feel faster and the car feel more agile . Good stuff

  37. Dan says:

    Glad to hear. Please share with ClubLexus forum people. Would also appreciate a pic of your car for our blog. Email dan@vividracing.com.

  38. J says:

    Dan – How does your return policy work? Can I simply return it if I am not satisfied with the results, no questions asked? And how long do I have to try it and decide? Thanks!

  39. Dan says:

    Technically these lock to your VIN. So you cant return them. But we are confident in the product and the manufacture will assist us on a couple if there are any issues. How you would base your results is ambiguous though. I would give you a 30 day return from the day you order it since you asked nice and not like a bananas forum guy! If you are going to dyno it, you need follow some procedures. And I need to know what your satisfaction entails.

  40. J says:

    I appreciate the quick response. Potentially, I would like to do a before dyno, then two after dynos. I would like to do one initially with ~100 miles, then another with around 500+ miles (or as many miles as possible within the 30 day return policy). My concern is the ECU relearning and reverting back to it’s original mapping. I guess my follow-up question would be, if the power gains do not hold, would the vehicle be capable of “re-flashing”. Have you guys run into an issue with any other vehicle where you find that you must plug the VRTuner into the port every XXXX miles to maintain the power mapping? I hope my questions make sense, sorry if they are confusing. Thanks for your time.

  41. Dan says:

    Of course you can flash and unflash the ECU. Its in the instructions. But the ECU does not “lose” the tune. That is forum talk. I will support you on this but I dont have control of the dyno variables. If you dont keep all variables consistant, then your results could show way more power or way less power. Just know that the mileage adaptation is important. In each of the dyno tests we did, we ran the car about 5 times and let the car cool down as well. We tried to make it fail. The IS250 we ran4 times in a row and it kept making power and we stopped when the torque finally started to drop from being to hot. I will support you with this as long as it is reasonable and anything questionable is brought to my attention to help you and not put on witch trial on the forums like someone else did. Paypal $700 to dan@vividracing.com and I will ship it out 2 day air for you.

  42. ma says:

    Hi, are you able to ship to PO Box in Canada via USPS? I tried ordering one but FedEx seemed to be the only shipping option. PO Box is unfortunately the only address I have here and it is not deliverable by couriers. Thanks in advance!

  43. Dan says:

    Sure can. Paypal me direct dan@vividracing.com $725 USD

  44. Dan says:

    Latest video of the white IS250 and more info!

  45. […] dyno and how the Auto Flash works to tune the Lexus ECU.  Already proven a working solution on this Lexus IS350, this was another great test with about 200 miles of adaptation inbetween baseline and after test. […]

  46. Dan says:

    If anyone sent Paypal, please email me the transaction ID so we can ship out your Auto Flash! dan@vividracing.com

  47. grossmachine says:

    Any update????????

  48. Dan says:

    Update on what? Selling the crap out of these! They work awesome!

  49. grossmachine says:

    Update if its still working. With our fuc….. Ecu!

    My car is in the garage for the winter.
    Ill try it in april when 1/4 mile dragway is open.

  50. Dan says:

    Please order while they are instock.

  51. Jami says:

    “Of course you can flash and unflash the ECU. Its in the instructions. But the ECU does not “lose” the tune. That is forum talk. I will support you on this but I dont have control of the dyno variables. If you dont keep all variables consistant, then your results could show way more power or way less power. .”

    Dan – a few things:

    1. Understand that you are one person claiming that the ECO doesnt “lose” the tune, so we will need evidence of this, evidence coming from forum users, that arent biased and dont have a business interest in the company. Someone running their own Dyno.

    2. If it indeed doesnt lose the tune, does that mean you will honor the warranty for more than 30 days? 30 days is hardly a warranty for this kind of product. For example, the Cobb AccessPort for Subaru’s comes with a 12 month warranty. If the car loses the tune as many people believe is what happens due to encryption on the ECU, users will need a good 3-4 months to determine this, or drive the car to another state and back in the first 30 days.

    3. MANY companies have tried to do this before Vivid, and have failed terribly. Maybe addressing the reasons why yours works, and offering a better warranty will help in selling these? I for one along with hundreds more on clublexus would purchase one.

  52. Dan says:

    The Cobb Accessport does not lose the tune and is a completely different device. The warranty they offer is on the product hardware, not whether an independent dyno is good or not. Cobb has proven their products. They are supporting their hardware if its functionality were to fail. We have sold many of these with success. We know they work, so actually, once the device is connected to your USB port and flashed, it is locked to your VIN and cannot be returned. We have addressed how the flashes work, dyno tested cars here, and shown the results. How that is interpreted and then reposted is out of our control. So where others have done a conventional ECU flash attempt, this is not. Not the answer you want to hear, but we know the devices work and have done all the testing we need to along with the manufacture and their dealer network.

  53. Dan says:

    Just got a review in from a IS300 user!

    Darrell submited review for VR Tuned OBDII Port Tune Auto Flash Lexus IS300

    Product link where review submited: http://www.vividracing.com/catalog/vr-tuned-obdii-port-tune-auto-flash-lexus-is300-p-150913811.html

    Review Text:
    Well my experience with the OBD tuner is great
    The car is more responsive and quicker to excelerate it definitely has more torque . I would recommend this be first mode for any Lexus

  54. Sari Gassem says:

    here is my dynojet results
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZtNqw74850

  55. Dan says:

    Nice please share on the clublexus forums!

  56. Dan says:

    We sure can! Total is $750 shipped. Paypal dan@vividracing.com

  57. Dan says:

    We have a Lexus GS350 that has proven itself on the dyno! Check it out here – http://www.vrtuned.com/tuning/enhanced-street-performance-dyno-tests-lexus-gs350-ecu-flash/

    Watch the video here –

  58. Rob says:

    It looks like the GS350 lost 2hp after the tune if you look at the WCF corrected numbers . Can they dyno it again, just to be sure?

  59. Dan says:

    Seeing the full graph to show where the gains are is more important because you could have huge gains that are not in the peak register. Unfortunately we dont have that right now. With Correction Factory is set to 1.00 and has to do with smoothing on the mustang dyno chart as well. So the car did make power. We continually show these making power but there will always be someone that wants a different form tested, a retest, a different setting test. End of the day, these work or we would not sell them.

  60. Rob says:

    Thanks for the info Dan. Yes I agree that we’ll need to see the graph to see where the gains are made in the midrange. Can you please post them once you get them? Thanks

  61. Dan says:

    Will ask the customer and if we can get them, will post them.

  62. Angrygolfer says:

    Will this work on the AWD version of the 2015 IS 350F Sport or only the RWD?

  63. Dan says:

    Yes will work as the ecu is the same

  64. Lexus350 says:

    Any time on 1/4 mile?

  65. Dan says:

    Not really a 1/4 mile type car. The tests are in the driveability improvement and dyno.

  66. Josh says:

    So I’ve got a 2006 IS350, and I’m doing a K&N short air intake and Tanabe Touring catback exhaust. So knowing that this chip increases performance, is my intake and exhaust set up the best approach for the most hp/torque gains? Also, how much additional gain will I likely see?

  67. Dan says:

    This would be a perfect combo of upgrades just like the original 2008 IS350 we did in this post. You can see on the dyno the before after gains but most importantly, the overall driveability improved.

  68. Michael says:

    Does this work with 2006 is350?

  69. Dan says:

    Sure does! Will have someone message you with pricing or you can order online!

  70. Blaine says:

    I have a 2016 is200t. Will this work or do I have to wait for a new device

  71. Dan says:

    This will work on a IS200t for the transmission. Did you already have a unit? If so they only work 1 per VIN.

  72. j says:

    will it work same 2016 is350 fsport?

  73. Dan says:

    Absolutely will work.

  74. j says:

    so 40 torque and 20 hp? if I have fsport intake and exhaust does it make a diference?

  75. j says:

    also do u have any distributors in montreal cabada area?

  76. Dan says:

    We ship direct from here at VividRacing. The performance is very noticeable and will work well with that intake and exhaust.

  77. j says:

    what are the numbers? torque and hp on 2016 is350? its coming brand new on the train, would it be best to flash the ecu right away or drive it a bit first with the intake and exhaust?

  78. Dan says:

    Please understand this is a Gearbox tune that accesses PID codes to improve the cars throttle mappings giving you increased performance. We dont test these on each year but they work across the full Lexus platform. This does make power and improve driveability, but is not a conventional ECU tune. I would drive the car for 1000 miles then use this.

  79. Michael says:

    Hi Dan,

    Do you still have this product available? It will work with 2016 IS300 F Sport Canadian Version? Also, is it easy to flash? Please provide the link if the product is still avalable. Thanks.

  80. Ethan says:

    Dan I can help you with this, I have a 2010 G37 Sedan seven speed automatic. I did some new upgrades this year I myself install an aam intake manifold with two big bore t.b. made by eps. In conjunction with this when I purchase the car I begin to purchase performance parts, stillen gen 3 intakes and stillen custom exhaust to name a few. In reality I have almost all the bolt ons you can purchase for my car now, except hfc, headers, camshafts, and lower plennum. I even purchase a.p. pulley kit. I have uprev tune in my ecu and its a very conservative tune that only target’s my upgrades, and a/f ratios that needed to be corrected. I have a very conservative tune until I do more mods I will raise the idle rpm but not now. I drove the car without the vr tune upon installing my new uprev tune to see the gains and transmission set point from it. After 2500 miles I decided to install this vr tune just now and let me tell you I have install and uninstall this unit three times and all the times it works the same. I can feel the gains of torque all around my powerband from 2nd,3th,4th, and 5th, I cant reach 6th gear or sevent because Im already doing 130 on 5th and I’m almost near the redline. I don’t reccomend uninstalling it because it’s a risk to be doing it on the freeway you got to be careful and it makes you look like a crazy driver try to hit 170 Plus miles per hour. I Can assure you this is the real deal. It works perfectly and Dan is a good person to do business with.

  81. Dan says:

    Thank you for your support.

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