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Scan Guage alternative (far better) for under $40

Discussion in 'Performance and Tuning' started by pyro13g, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. pyro13g

    pyro13g [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So I read about this app online on Lifehacker and did this mod on my Tacoma and I love it! So heres the idea.

    Parts needed:

    • ODB II Bluetooth (ebay for under $30 [ ships from China :mad:] ):eek:
    • Smart phone (android based)
    Thats it!
    [​IMG]

    Program Used:

    • Torque (free version!) from the app store or market on andriod

    The Build:

    Get the bluetooth module and hook it up, it should be located under the dash around the e-break for the 05+ Tacomas and near the fuse panel. Just plug it in its that simple. On your cell phone, download the app, turn on blue tooth and connect to the device. Password is usually 1234. Turn the app on and enjoy, the nice thing is it has so much data that you can use from your engine and the great part is the gauges are totally customizable! Pick what you want and where it goes on the screen!

    I recommend a window mount for your phone so your not staring at the gauges all day long, I have been looking at them non stop!

    App Details, What it can do:
    See what your car is doing!!

    Torque is a vehicle / car performance / diagnostics tool that uses Bluetooth ELM/OBD/PLX adapters to connect to your OBD2 engine management / ECU

    It can use the GPS to provide tracker logs with engine logging so you can see what you were doing at any point in time

    It can also show and reset a DTC / fault code like a scantool.

    ... Read More/>It also has:

    * Dyno / Dynomometer and Horsepower/HP
    * 0-60 timings - see how fast your car is (or truck :))
    * Massive fault code database for allowing lookup of fault codes from many different manufacturers
    * Send logging information to web or email CSV/KML for analysis via excel / openoffice
    * Heads up display / HUD
    * GPS Speedo/Tracking - see what you were doing and your engine, at a point in time
    * Turbo boost feature for vehicles that support MAP sensors
    * Alarms (for example if your coolant temperature goes over 120C!)

    Works on any vehicle that supports the OBD2 standard (most vehicles built after 2000 (diesels after 2004) but can work for vehicles as far back as 1996) - if in doubt check with your manufacturer first or look for 'OBD2' on written on a big white label in your engine bay

    Has been reported to work on vehicles made by GM/Vauxhall/Opel, Ford, Chrysler, Mercedes, Volkswagen, Audi, Jaguar, Citroen, Peugoet, Skoda, Kia, Mazda, Lexus, Daewoo, Renault, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Honda, Hyundai, BMW, Toyota, Seat, Dodge and many more vehicle makes

    If you buy one of the cheap china OBD2 bluetooth adapters from ebay/amazon, then make sure you have a good returns policy with the seller as quite a few of the cheap units are defective and 'stop working'/etc.

    Some of the best reliable OBD2 adapters are the Scantool.net adapter, the OBDKey adapter, and PLX Devices Kiwi Bluetooth - search on google for where to get them!

    More features added every release - there are forums at http://torque-bhp.com/ - if you want something added then let me know and I'll try to add it if it is possible!

    Recent changes:
    * Ability to trim 'Boost' readings

    * Fixed missing dial backgrounds

    * More settings including hiding the title bar and turning off GPS warnings

    * MPG dials may need to be deleted and re-created with this release if they stopped working.


    This is the cheapest and in my opinion far superior multi gauge than scan gauge. If you want help with setup pm me. I will add pics of my personal rig soon...
     
  2. uood8

    uood8 If You Search...You Shall Find.

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    Torque is not for iphone. boooo
     
  3. pyro13g

    pyro13g [OP] Well-Known Member

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    yea sorry about that I just tried to find it on my ipad so i could make use of the larger screen, but sadly not for ios
     
  4. pyro13g

    pyro13g [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Yes it will work for the 04 as long as you have an odb2 connector under the dash which you should
     
  5. SmoothFox

    SmoothFox Well-Known Member

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    This work w/iphone? I just ordered a Ultra Gauge 2 days ago.:confused:
     
  6. pyro13g

    pyro13g [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Not for iPhone yet :(
     
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    But iPhones can get Rev, a very complete and well thought out product, although it requires a WIFI OBDII adapter.
     
  8. PacNWgen1

    PacNWgen1 NewHere

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    AWESOME!!!!! I just got my PLX bluetooth OBD2 and it is amazing. Plug and play easy set up. You can make a dial gauge or graph for about any function/sensor on the truck. I have already diagnosed trouble code. And the bluetooth works so good I can tell how hot or cold my truck is from in the house. Anybody with a droid phone should have one.
     
  9. pyro13g

    pyro13g [OP] Well-Known Member

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    PacNWgen1: Glad you liked it! I think its a freakin bad a$$ tool for the truck especially since its cheaper than the Scan Gauge...

    Honestly I thought it was going to be a load of Garbage, but i was so surprised by all the functions it is capable of. This thing freakin rules!

    Did you see the load gauge? Do you think its pretty accurate that your engine load is around 80-90% when accelerating?
     
  10. SlimDigg

    SlimDigg Resident MMA Fanatic

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    Is your chinese scanner tool still working?
     
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    tacomarotto "Change is inevitable, but growth is optional."

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    SlimDigg Resident MMA Fanatic

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    I pm'd him, hopefully he responds...

    I'm quite interested in torque
     
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    SlimDigg Resident MMA Fanatic

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    ahh f it. For 20 bucks i'm gonna get one.
     
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    SlimDigg Resident MMA Fanatic

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    Woohoo I won the first ebay auction I entered.

    Winning bid: US $0.06 :D

    Shipping: $19.99 Standard Int'l Shipping :(

    Will report back in a month when it gets here from China lol
     
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    Chinese scanner has been working great no troubles what so ever I'm very happy with it. For the money you can beat it.

    So I finally looked on the mini cd that came with it and woah! Wish I did it sooner, there is lots of software with diagnostic tools and code scanners and you can even reset codes....
     
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    Ummm torque resets codes...
     
  17. RelentlessTaco

    RelentlessTaco Custom Tacoma bumpers & more for your offroad toy Vendor

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    Had tons on the Taco's.... new truck is pretty stock
    Seth (Prerunnerseth) has one of these setups in his FJ running off his droid-x. Its pretty trick... might have to get me one too.
     
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    SurfInferno Dont be stupid, its not smart.

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    Does it work with any cell phone or does it have to be an iphone????
     
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    Sounds sweet!!
     
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