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

    I have a '97 GMC Yukon that is suffering from a random misfire. A friend on another forum suggested that I pick up a scan tool so he could help me analyze the results and hopefully figure out what's causing it.
    I have done a couple of carputer projects in previous vehicles and have one ready to go into this truck as soon as it's running right. I would really like to do something that will integrate into my carpc.
    I've been reading through several posts here on mp3car, most of them seem pretty old and maybe outdated, but then again, my truck is pretty old too. I'm really new at this stuff and most of the information I've seen is just over my head. I was hoping someone could help me out.
    My buddy recommended an otc 3111 scan tool, $264 at amazon, said they were usually higher at ebay.
    http://www.otctools.com/products/obd...l_code_connect
    Scroll to the bottom of page and you will see some links to a pdf brochure and video. On the last page of the brochure there is a comparison of that and three others. It does offer abs coverage but not transmission however if it reads all obd2 data as claimed I would think it would cover the p codes it should get some trany info. I think it referred to not getting access to tranny dtc 2 digit codes.
    He also mentioned a 3499n, it's $413 at amazon, but will get the tranny too plus coverage for OBD1 live data for domestic and some foreign too.
    Obviously I want to be able to collect and analyze as much data as possible so we can diagnose whatever may come up. The real time gauge thing is cool but not a must for me.
    Would you be willing to help me figure out what to order? My truck is OBDII and my carpc is XP based with USB 2.0 if that matters. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Shane

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    Someone will hopefully correct me if I'm wrong, but the ones you list don't seem to have a computer interface. You wish to use this to monitor things rather than a hand-held device to effect the ECU and such, right?

    Someone else can give a more informed choice I'm sure, but the most popular two to go with for this application are:

    http://www.obdpros.com/
    and
    http://www.scantool.net/

    Their flagship offerings for both guys are probably what your after:
    http://www.obdpros.com/product_info.php?products_id=133
    and
    http://www.scantool.net/scan-tools/p...d/obdlink.html

    They both have a few other offerings should you wish to have wireless and/or bluetooth ability, just the old rs-232 interface(serial port), and such. Either wireless method is nice should you wish your smart-phone to show the information as well with an app, not to mention if you don't wish to run a line to the PC itself. Which you want to go with is dependent more on the phone you want to use with it.

    As I understand it, your more limited by the software than anything with these for interpretation purposes. If you want super-omg-wtf-nook-and-cranny detail your going to want the expensive software usually with options directed toward your particular manufacturer (GMC). I myself understand about jack and squat of most of the outputted trims, timings and the like regarding the engine itself, so I just got dash-command with it. More than I'll ever use.
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    You need hardware as listed in the post above, and software. Check out DashCommand from Palmer Perfomance. It has worked very well for me so far and less than $50.00.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne613 View Post
    Someone will hopefully correct me if I'm wrong, but the ones you list don't seem to have a computer interface. You wish to use this to monitor things rather than a hand-held device to effect the ECU and such, right?
    Right, sorry if that was not clear, I'm just trying to get the same benefits that those products offer on my carpooter
    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne613 View Post
    ...just the old rs-232 interface(serial port), and such. Either wireless method is nice should you wish your smart-phone to show the information as well with an app, not to mention if you don't wish to run a line to the PC itself.
    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by drewbp View Post
    You need hardware as listed in the post above, and software. Check out DashCommand from Palmer Perfomance. It has worked very well for me so far and less than $50.00.
    That sounds reasonable, how is their support?

    Anyone else got any pointers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gulleyman View Post

    That sounds reasonable, how is their support?

    Anyone else got any pointers?
    Support is good. I purchased and 6 months later when they did a major update, I received it for free. They have a forum that is checked regularly by the company and they answer questions directly.

    OBDPros is where I ordered my interface. They have serial, USB and bluetooth adapters.
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    Anyone had experience with this one:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/WIREL...motiveQ5fTools

    Looks like it has a lower profile that would be better for those that want to leave this thing in all the time.

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    Most of the time you can not go wrong with the OBDLink
    http://www.mo-co-so.com/OBDLink-Scan...cs-sca-lnk.htm

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    Thanks for posting that, good price too, I also like MCS that's where I got the case for my carpooter (:
    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...

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    In my car I unscrewed my connector and tucked it behind a trim panel. All of the OBDLink products connect via a patch cable so they dont really stick out to much.

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    That's cool, I guess it doesn't really need to be assessable anymore if it's hooked up to your own carpc scanner all the time

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