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Toyota Tundra Techstream Clone for 35-45 bucks

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by ggms16, Aug 6, 2012.

  1. Aug 6, 2012 at 3:14 PM
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    ggms16

    ggms16 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys, I have this cable, saw it in TS forum and bought it from China, but I also found a website that has it in USA.

    Its a really nice thing to have.

    this one is $45 w/free shipping http://www.obd2usa.com/2012_MINI_VCI_FOR_TOYOTA_TIS_Techstream_V7_10_030_p/sv47.htm

    and this one from china is $35 w/free shipping (like 20 days) http://www.uobd2.com/wholesale/mini-vci-for-toyota-tis-techstream-v500028-single-cable-2442.html


    I've plenty of knowledge of the things you will be able to do with this toy.

    Some of the functions are:

    view every sensor in realtime, which is neat
    update firmwares, don't know if i'd do that though
    reset MILs, from every sensor that can throw MILs
    add/remove keys with microchips
    add/remove/reprogram TPMS
    activate/disable alarm
    make the doors close when shift from park, open when shift to park.
    Time of exterior and lights on when the truck is off and doors closed.
    Turn off/on seatbelt chime
    Turn down the volume of the open door/light on chime

    and many others.

    NO! I'm not related to any of these sites, I'm just sharing what I think its a good tool to have.
     
  2. Aug 6, 2012 at 3:36 PM
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    That is really a really neat product. It would be handy for some things i would change. I feel it would only be useful a few times for my applications but I definately could get my 35-45 bucks worth.
     
  3. Aug 6, 2012 at 3:50 PM
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    Yes. I used that in my tundra and did a few things that well worth the 45 I paid.
     
  4. Aug 6, 2012 at 3:56 PM
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    What can this device actually manipulate or change to the vehicle?
     
  5. Aug 6, 2012 at 3:56 PM
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    In the first post I already mentioned a few things.
     
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    I'm guessing that is plus shipping on the one from US?
     
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    Ah sorry. See it now thanks.
     
  10. Aug 6, 2012 at 4:09 PM
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    Free shipping on both. But the US one is priority mail, I got mine in 2 business days.
     
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    TPMS Sensors reprogram is life-saving! I hate the light as much as I hate Chavez.
     
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    I got one for my 2012 Taco. Being able to run diagnostic is very helpful. Almost worth the $35 just to turn off the seatbelt chimes.
     
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    Not bad then. I already have the Techstream software I just needed the cable. I have the current version which is 7.12.0000. I know with one of the older versions you can still program keys too. I believe that was 7.3 or something right in there.
     
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    You can also test engine compression with this software which is awesome.
     
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    Woot!!!!!!!!

    Sold!
     
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    Thats basically the same cable I have. These are knockoff cables of the actual $500 or $900 cable thats available from Toyota to the independent garages.

    Its very good at giving you all the engine sensor readings that are compatible with the techstream software, safely testing and actuating the 4WD pumps and A-TRAC pumps, compression, gauge cluster needle tests..I believe you can copy the immobiliser code to a new key (you can't assign new codes though), TPMS programming is straight forward and easy..you can even use it to bleed your brake lines. There is an option to do real-time MPG just like an ultragauge. But it does the tendancy to drop connection randomly. Therefore, don't expect to be reflashing...reprogramming..your ecu with this grade of a cable.

    On our 2010 Rav4, there are options within the software to open the moonroof, and to actuate the power windows to various positions, but there is no response when I send the request for one of these tests. I'm not sure if its the software or cable.

    The techstream software itself is very basic and almost ghetto looking, and very clunky to navigate through. All the effort was put into the functions of the software, very minimal time was spent on the 'look and feel' of the GUI for ease of use.

    Of course, you can also read the check engine codes, check on the emissions tests that aren't yet completed if you disconnected the battery, and reset the check engine light as needed.
     
  17. Aug 7, 2012 at 5:02 AM
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    Will this work on the 2012 tacoma as well?
     
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    yes
     
  19. Aug 7, 2012 at 6:47 AM
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    I bought this cable from the suggestion of Tundratalk back in June.
    Received the cable in about 10 days.
    Loaded up on an old XP laptop for it does not like 64 bit OS though their are tweaks you can do in other OS's to make it work.

    By far it is THE BEST $35 I ever spent.

    The unlocked version of ts allowed me to change on my 2011 Tundra --

    Turn off my seat belt chimes for both passenger & driver.
    Modify the volumes of several other chimes ie key in ignition
    Modify the interior lights
    Turn on factory alarm though I did not buy the Glass Breaking Sensor.
    Change my two button unlock feature to one button all doors unlock
    Change my auto door lock from 5 mph to when shifted into D

    Gives me the ability to input my TPMS sensor codes for winter and summer wheel swaps.
    Good bye all the work arounds, pipe bombs, expensive and time consuming visits to the dealer tire shop.

    The directions and readme files are typical non helpful however the
    technical support threads on TundraTalk are.

    Definitely worth it :thumbsup:
     
  20. Aug 7, 2012 at 9:30 AM
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    Do you know how many different tpms sensors I can register on the truck?
     
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