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scan tool recommendations

I've got a ScanGaugeII in the FJ, but it's hard-mounted and I want another that I can use on both the Yota and the Saab. I'm toying with upgrading the ScanGauge for the FJ and putting the older version in the Saab, but am also considering a portable tool for more diversity. Any recommendations?

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WOW! This thread is really taking off

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I got nothing for you, but saw the thread and was watching for the discussion.

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I have seen some good reviews on this one on other forums... actually maybe is was on the main TTORA forum.

http://shop.oreillyauto.com/ProductD...egoryCode=3389

When you first posted this though, I was thinking to myself, how is it that you have your SG hard mounted, that you could not use it another vehicle. Mine is what I would call hard mounted, but if I were to get another cable from SG, I could hook it up to another vehicle without any real issues. The real issue is getting the stinking Velcro to let go to move it.

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Dont know anything about them really other than that I want one.

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When Ron dies, which Molly thinks will be soon, you can put a 3.4 in and have a scan tool like all of the cool kids.

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When Ron dies, which Molly thinks will be soon, you can put a 3.4 in and have a scan tool like all of the cool kids.
He is gonna kill all of us when his 3.0 blows!


Hey Eric, what is it that DonG has? He has something on his laptop and can scan any Toyota's after 1995?

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Yeah, i know.

I am still tempted to get a Ron vodoo doll made though!

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Yeah, i know.

I am still tempted to get a Ron vodoo doll made though!

Oh that would be histerical!

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Eric - can't you grab your cat by the tail and scan your car?

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I have seen some good reviews on this one on other forums... actually maybe is was on the main TTORA forum.

http://shop.oreillyauto.com/ProductD...egoryCode=3389

When you first posted this though, I was thinking to myself, how is it that you have your SG hard mounted, that you could not use it another vehicle. Mine is what I would call hard mounted, but if I were to get another cable from SG, I could hook it up to another vehicle without any real issues. The real issue is getting the stinking Velcro to let go to move it.

"Hard-mounted" might be a misnomer, but it is bonded to the dash with 3M super-sticky stuff





I looked at a second cable, but then decided I didn't want to have to play the game.

I considered just buying the new upgraded one and putting the older one in the Saab, but they want $170 for it??!!

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Hey Eric, what is it that DonG has? He has something on his laptop and can scan any Toyota's after 1995?
I'm still waiting to hear

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Eric - can't you grab your cat by the tail and scan your car?
Um, you and Doug and his "fleshlight" need to talk...


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i found a scale ron to use as a vodoo doll

oinly 825 bucks!
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Except that one has a sas. I also need one that has a good way to get to the ignition module.

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i found a scale ron to use as a vodoo doll

oinly 825 bucks!
I bet it gets killer gas mileage tho and you could tow it to the trail in a Yugo! I wonder if it's OBDII??

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Really you need to narrow down what you are looking for. Do you want a "code checker"? Would you want data list/stream? Would you like to see enhanced OBD2 data list?

What is your end usage/goals? How much do you want to spend?


I'd get somthing like this
http://www.autoenginuity.com/order.html
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Damn, some of those get pricey.

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Really you need to narrow down what you are looking for. Do you want a "code checker"? Would you want data list/stream? Would you like to see enhanced OBD2 data list?

What is your end usage/goals? How much do you want to spend?


I'd get somthing like this
http://www.autoenginuity.com/order.html
Thank you Brian,

I would like to be able to see the code, the definition and be able to clear it. I'd rather not have to drag around my laptop and I don't have a Palm/PocketPC. Something that would fit in the tool box and not too much money.

I'm not hip to the jargon, so please educate me:

"Code Checker"
Data list/stream
Enhanced OBDII
CAN

I looked at a CenTech at Harbor Freight that was $100, but they wouldn't let me take it out of the box and posted an armed guard next to me while I read the back of the box...

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=99722

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its an old out of production body with good electronics and its all custom to boot. but still 800 is way out of wha ti would pay
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was refering to the code readers.


Anyone have experience with the one from HF. I wonder how they hold up.

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was refering to the code readers.


Anyone have experience with the one from HF. I wonder how they hold up.
Yeah, that's why I balked... I'm curious to know as well.

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Eric - can't you grab your cat by the tail and scan your car?
Give your car a CAT scan? Wow, never thought MY humor would be too subtle...

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Um, you and Doug and his "fleshlight" need to talk...
With all the cats Doug has, he could qualify as a medical center...

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Give your car a CAT scan? Wow, never thought MY humor would be too subtle...
... wait, I can't believe I'm laughing at this...

You no our cat, can you imagine what would happen if I grabbed her by the tail???

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I'd just get this, a "code reader" with no special skills.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=94169

The other words like CAN (controller area network) are for more advanced functions. If you only looking to check codes and clear you don't need and CAN, enhanced OBD, or data list.

data list, if it is Enhanced OBD toyota specific will give you all the sensor readings and calculated readings used for diagnosis. If you know what all those number mean it could be helpfull.

enhanced OBD is just more code definitions and extended user data.
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I'd just get this, a "code reader" with no special skills.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=94169

The other words like CAN (controller area network) are for more advanced functions. If you only looking to check codes and clear you don't need and CAN, enhanced OBD, or data list.

data list, if it is Enhanced OBD toyota specific will give you all the sensor readings and calculated readings used for diagnosis. If you know what all those number mean it could be helpfull.

enhanced OBD is just more code definitions and extended user data.
Alrighty then! Thank you for clarifying for me.

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Those Scangauge II's look pretty damn cool, just watched a video showing some of the functions. Is it worth the ~$160 or just more of a gimmick type deal? Do they only sell them online or can you buy locally?

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Those Scangauge II's look pretty damn cool, just watched a video showing some of the functions. Is it worth the ~$160 or just more of a gimmick type deal? Do they only sell them online or can you buy locally?
When I bought mine I had the money to burn, so it was cool. I would like some of the added functionality with the upgraded model, but I'm not willing to pony up the $170 again and I'm too lazy to send mine in to be re-flashed.

I primarily use mine to gauge fuel economy (when you see that you're getting 1.5mpg when you stand on it, you don't...) and it helped debunk the CAI myth. If you're a geek and like to see info that is interesting to note while you're driving and might be helpful in diagnosing a problem, you'll like it. My favorite thing is the scantool function and the ability to clear and store codes for little stuff so you don't have to worry that the check engine light isn't just a bad O2 sensor reading versus a major engine failure...

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I am pretty geeky in that sense.....lol

So there are 2 versions of the Scanguage II, or is it just the firmware?

Who has the newest ones and the best prices? Something i might consider down the road when i have some spare cash.

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