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Thread: Can anyone help me build or choose an OBDII setup for my Yukon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gulleyman View Post
    I really want to have my OBD2 installed full time though, that's why I inquired about the other one that is more "low profile" does anyone have pics of their OBD2 hardware installed? Just wondering if it get's in the way...
    My OBDPros connector came with a cable, and you are able to choose a right angle cable too if you want, so it is very low profile. I will post a pic tonight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drewbp View Post
    My OBDPros connector came with a cable, and you are able to choose a right angle cable too if you want, so it is very low profile. I will post a pic tonight.
    Exactly. Your going to want the right-angle connector for whichever you choose. Avoid the all in one units for what you plan on.

    I'm hooked up the same way, 24/7 to car-pc. You just have the right angle cord going from the car's connection, to the unit itself, use zip-ties to secure the unit into the console cabling somewhere, then run the usb line to the car-pc, done. Just realize when purchasing some of these units will be powered 24/7 if left connected, if you don't want that minor draw, as it can add up fast, read the documentation for it to make sure it won't draw power from the ODB-II connection after the PC is off.

    Quote Originally Posted by gulleyman
    What is the old rs-232? Wireless would be cool so I don't have to run another wire but not a biggie either way.
    rs-232 = serial port.

    I really think you should get one of the largely used and known adapters that have been mentioned rather than some ebay listed knock-off. They have more documented options, the least of which is working in many instances with older vehicles ODB I, and certain other pre-ODBII methods, that and people have reliable experience with these here.

    My personal preference if I were to do it over again would be the OBDPro Smart Switch here since it's no longer powered once the PC is shut-down. But I believe the ODBLink is switchable from what to draw from now, can't remember for certain.
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    This is goooood info here, getting closer to putting this thing together and hopefully getting my truck back on the road

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    Quote Originally Posted by drewbp View Post
    Check out DashCommand from Palmer Perfomance. It has worked very well for me so far and less than $50.00.
    Hey Drew, am I understanding this right? Is this an ad-on for ScanXL that comes with the OBDLink? What's the benefit over just using the ScanXL program?
    I'm still trying to compare the OBDPros and OBDLink options to see which one gives the most "bang for the buck"

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    Dashcommand and ScanXL are separate products.

    ScanXL is the more advanced diagnostics line that can with it´s purchase options be further enhanced for the manufacturer your looking to run diagnostics for (Ford, GM, etc).

    Dashcommand gives the troublecodes and diagnostics, but it won´t give as many nook and cranny diagnostics. Dashcommand is more for what you´d want to see in a car-pc for quick and pretty glance at use, as such this is already incorporated into most front-ends as a plug-in or otherwise able to be embedded without much grief.

    Dashcommand also has dashxl.net to get customized and shared dashboards once you register as well. Of course there is also a freeware tool to make your own.

    You can further see the differences from palmerperformance´s site here.

    All in all, if your just looking to find the troublecodes any will do including the freeware one that´s given. Or you can get further insane and get ScanXL pro with the enhanced diagnostics options.

    Or if that isn´t enough, there are a few offered software packages from a couple of companies for altering things on the fly, these software interfaces are in the few thousand dollar mark range, usually for tuning shops and such, needing to purchase license packs for the amount of cars to work with.
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    Wow, glad I asked, thanks!
    The truck I'm working on is a GMC, OBDLink offers a "GM Enhancement" for another $80. It doesn't really come right out and say that it will read all the transmission, airbag and ABS codes but that's what I'm shooting for.
    Does anyone know what the "GM Mode 22 Scan Tool by Terry" offers? All I seem to find are links to download it for free but no descriptions!

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    Transmission usually sits on the same OBD bus as the ECM. However, you are probably not going to have access to ABS, as that module usually sits on a non-OBDII bus.

    OBDLink does support some additional commands that let it access enhanced ABS and transmission trouble codes, but these commands are only useful on newer GM CAN vehicles.

    I would shoot an email to PPE with your vehicle information, and see what they say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vitaliy View Post
    Transmission usually sits on the same OBD bus as the ECM. However, you are probably not going to have access to ABS, as that module usually sits on a non-OBDII bus.

    OBDLink does support some additional commands that let it access enhanced ABS and transmission trouble codes, but these commands are only useful on newer GM CAN vehicles.

    I would shoot an email to PPE with your vehicle information, and see what they say.
    More good info , thanks Vitaliy, but who's PPE? (never mind, I figured out it was Palmer Performance Engineering and sent them an email)

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    Quote Originally Posted by gulleyman View Post
    Hey Drew, am I understanding this right? Is this an ad-on for ScanXL that comes with the OBDLink? What's the benefit over just using the ScanXL program?
    I know that this was already kind of answered but since you addressed me, I didnt want you to think I was ignoring you.

    ScanXL and DashCommand, are sold seperate of the OBDLink hardware, but Palmer Performance (PPE) sell them both.

    DashCommand offers more of an OEM engine information type setting, while driving. It still reads and clears trouble codes, but it is more visual. ScanXL is more diagnostic. It has some cool features like virtual dyno, and some track type readouts.

    I do believe that DashCommand type screens come with ScanXL, but they are not as easy to get to, as the stand alone program.

    As Wayne613 pointed out, check out their website.
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