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Best OBD2 Reader?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by imthejaybird, Jul 24, 2019.

  1. Jul 24, 2019 at 8:25 PM
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    imthejaybird

    imthejaybird [OP] I make things and do stuff. TTC #287

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    Looking for a good solution to monitoring my trucks vitals. What do y’all use? Connection device, apps, phone/tablet? TIA!
     
  2. Jul 24, 2019 at 9:23 PM
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    OvrlandTaco

    OvrlandTaco IG: Ovrlandtaco

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    I use blue driver, it’s like $99 online for the actual module but the app is free. I can monitor engine vitals while on roadtrips like coolant temps, load value, etc. also allows me to read the codes whenever a light comes on, on the dash. Nice to be able to help friends out when their check engine light comes on. Just unplug from my truck, plug it into theirs, open up the app on my phone and read what the code is.
     
  3. Jul 24, 2019 at 9:40 PM
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    TacomaSport86

    TacomaSport86 2010 Tacoma/2016 4Runner Pro

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    Torque app on my android and a bafx bluetooth obd2 reader. Total cost about $25.
     
  4. Jul 25, 2019 at 1:10 AM
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    Chuy

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    2.5 inch lift; 5100's front; OME rear; Air Lift; dual batteries; Bestop bed cover; Nfab nerf steps; EBC rotors; Threadwright Claw MT tires; hood scoop LED light install.
    http://www.ultra-gauge.com/ultragauge/

    I was sold on the configurable audio alarms for all the gauges. I am not always checking my gauges; so having an alarm go off will draw my attention right away to a problem. They have a wired display, or wireless with their phone app.
     
  5. Jul 25, 2019 at 1:54 AM
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    JeffBoyardee

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    I have a cheapo Bluetooth ELM327 reader and an old tablet that I keep in the truck, and the torque app. I do kind of like the hardwired ultragauge though. I’m curious what it can do, that my setup cannot.
     
  6. Jul 25, 2019 at 3:18 AM
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    Clearwater Bill

    Clearwater Bill Sometimes when I close my eyes, I can't see.

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    I run SCII in both my vehicles. I don't care for the phone apps, the phone has enough stuff on it now.

    Like the others mentioned, it's good for reading / clearing codes & monitoring systems.

    But for 'real' diagnostic work, I have laptop based software that includes freeze frame capability, etc.

    But here is the good news. I just sold an '04 Highlander with 130k+ and it never set a code. Well, once when a lady who we loaned it to for a month didn't put the gas cap on properly.

    My '13 Tacoma has never set a code. My '14 RAV has never set a code.

    So at least for me, monitoring is adequate.

     
  7. Jul 25, 2019 at 5:02 AM
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    JeffBoyardee

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    I didn’t care for using the phone when it was in my phone, then I had the thought of rooting an old tablet and using it for only the Torque app. I do like the extent to which you can customize the Torque app. I’m still interested in that standalone ultragauge though.
     
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