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post #21 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-22-2019, 08:20 AM
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There really is no one size fits all scanner for the DIYer.

I'm down to two scanners now. ELm327/torque $10 not including the smartphone that I use for simple read and clearing of codes and Maxicheck Pro for bi-directional communication (<$200).
What you have sounds like a good idea: two complementary units but still not huge money. I paid ~$80 for the Harbor Fake scanner (which can log data and read ABS) because I basically “gave up” looking at all the options that appeared to do the same thing for about the same money, but in slightly different ways. I *wanted* one of laptop programs, but none seemed to stand out in any way.

But I didn’t come across MaxiCheck Pro. I’ll have to take a look at that one. Question now, though, is: do I want to spend another $100+ to gain a few more parameters? Just maddening!
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Pretty much. And to add to the confusion some can be programmed to read additional PID's some cant. Others have bi-direction communication; for example, they can command the ABS unit to initiate a bleed cycle. And too really frustrate you some only work with specific car brands. There really is no one size fits all scanner for the DIYer.

I'm down to two scanners now. ELm327/torque $10 not including the smartphone that I use for simple read and clearing of codes and Maxicheck Pro for bi-directional communication (<$200).
I loved the Torque Pro app when I had Android but unfortuantely am on iOS now which the app is not available and I can justify buying an Android device just for that. And most of the apps on iOS are not ad free which is why I'm leaning torward Blue Driver or OBDLink MX+. I'm basically looking to use it as a HUD and scan tool that will be on a dash mount in front of me above the steering wheel.

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...which is why I'm leaning torward Blue Driver or OBDLink MX+....
You can purchase a 7" Android tablet and ELM for much less than $100. What you want to do is way cool, but you don't have to spend a fortune doing it.

Either way, pics of the final project would be great!

Don't be limited by Android and Apple. Arduino and Raspberry PI have a very large OBDII following.

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You can purchase a 7" Android tablet and ELM for much less than $100. What you want to do is way cool, but you don't have to spend a fortune doing it.

Either way, pics of the final project would be great!

Don't be limited by Android and Apple. Arduino and Raspberry PI have a very large OBDII following.
I found the OBDLink MX+ on Amazon for $79.99 with a 25% off coupon which drops it down to $59.99 which is much more manageable. I don't want to go with a cheap China made ELM327 as I've had multiple issues with those in the past. The thing I like about the MX+ is it uses Bluetooth however you also need to press a connect button on the ELM for it to be discoverable so it is not sending out a signal that can be picked up by any nearby devices.
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You can purchase a 7" Android tablet and ELM for much less than $100. What you want to do is way cool, but you don't have to spend a fortune doing it.

Either way, pics of the final project would be great!

Don't be limited by Android and Apple. Arduino and Raspberry PI have a very large OBDII following.
I found the OBDLink MX+ on Amazon for $79.99 with a 25% off coupon which drops it down to $59.99 which is much more manageable. I don't want to go with a cheap China made ELM327 as I've had multiple issues with those in the past. The thing I like about the MX+ is it uses Bluetooth however you also need to press a connect button on the ELM for it to be discoverable so it is not sending out a signal that can be picked up by any nearby devices.
Well, at least you got it at a nice price. I just read the write-up on Amazon and it brought me back to same old B.S. hype I read when I bought the Harbor Fake unit:

“Display and log hundreds of parameters”

“Access thousands of additional parameters”

What a bunch of &#x1f4a9;!

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All I want to see is turbo boost in PSI and trans. oil temp.. Is there an inexpensive scan tool that can do this without having to then buy additional software or devices?
I bought the UltraGauge MX which gives multiple PIDs, live data, read and and clear codes, set alarms on PID values and it reads MAP Boost/Vacuum and my transmission temps on my 2012 Nox. No need to use my phone. For $90 it was very worthwhile purchase. It has 8 pages of up to 8 live PIDs that can be configured in anyway you want. I use the Boost PID and set an alarm to remind me when the engine is lugging and vacuum is near zero. You can do the same for positive pressure or over boost.
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BlueDriver is available for both Android and IOS it all depends on how much you are willing to pay for the device. The BlueDriver is $100 on Amazon and it comes with it's own software no additional apps to pay for. It's the scan tool I plan on going with for using to monitor things like boost, trans temp and other controllers along with using it as a scan tool if needed.
Yep. I have used BlueDriver for a few years now.

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Again, there's no way to get boost or transmission temp with bluedriver. Not saying it's a bad product, it's got some great features but it doesn't do what I want it to do.
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Look in to a Scanguage. It is a display unit not an app for a phone. Plugs into OBD port and you can mount it anywhere you like. I use one on my semi truck. all sorts of goodies. I had one on my 2006 Jeep diesel. Definitely will show boost in real time. You can even calibrate it so that it matches actual hand calculated mpg. Does a laundry list of monitoring and you select what you need on the display at any time. Up to 4 monitoring values can be on the display at one time. The X Gauge function (second link) shows boost, trans temp, torque, air fuel ratio, Knock retard, using the CANSF protocol. Can scan for codes and delete codes.

https://www.scangauge.com

https://www.scangauge.com/support/x-gauge-commands/gm/

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Look in to a Scanguage. It is a display unit not an app for a phone. Plugs into OBD port and you can mount it anywhere you like. I use one on my semi truck. all sorts of goodies. I had one on my 2006 Jeep diesel. Definitely will show boost in real time. You can even calibrate it so that it matches actual hand calculated mpg. Does a laundry list of monitoring and you select what you need on the display at any time. Up to 4 monitoring values can be on the display at one time. The X Gauge function (second link) shows boost, trans temp, torque, air fuel ratio, Knock retard, using the CANSF protocol. Can scan for codes and delete codes.

https://www.scangauge.com

https://www.scangauge.com/support/x-gauge-commands/gm/
I ended up going with the OBDLink MX+ with a dash mount over ScanGaugeII as I didn't want to deal with wires and by mainly wanting to use as a form of HUD the ScanGuage only displays 4 items whereas the OBDLink can display I believe up to 6 and can be done as digital, gauges or graphs. I will post pics of the setup later this week.

And tic, OBDLink MX+ will display boost and trans and the transmitter is cheaper then BlueDriver.
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