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    Little update, added OBD II support with a obdlink sx from scantool.net. drivers were a pita, but the tool overall gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.

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    Finally got the OBD2 hardwired in. I wired up a relay to kill the 12v on the OBD2 plug when the PC is off, that way there is no draw from it staying plugged in all the time.

    Also updated to RR 1-2012 which took care of a couple issues that had surfaced on the older version from may.

    Updated the OBDwhiz software with as custom dashboard matching my interior gauges and RR skin at night

    Lastly updated Skin to shock 7.1 with OBD support and a couple bug fixes.
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    Does it draw that much power? I ask because I noticed that lately my car doesnt have as much power. Like the lights are very dim. The Car PC isnt hooked up yet, so it cant be that. Only thing that is connected is the OBD2 scanner.

    PS: WOW, its been so long.
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    Well I talked to the manufacturer of my scan tool and they said it does indeed draw current in the milliamps. I didn't test it other than disconnecting the obd2 connector power wire, and the scan tool still worked except for the 'voltage read by tool PID' guage.

    So it may not have been necessary to cut the power, but I feel better knowing it's 100% disconnected when my truck is sitting doing nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blk02si View Post
    Well I talked to the manufacturer of my scan tool and they said it does indeed draw current in the milliamps. I didn't test it other than disconnecting the obd2 connector power wire, and the scan tool still worked except for the 'voltage read by tool PID' guage.

    So it may not have been necessary to cut the power, but I feel better knowing it's 100% disconnected when my truck is sitting doing nothing.

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    I think in my case, the battery is dying and needs to be replaced. Once I start the car, everything is fine. Its when the car sits for maybe half a day that it seems drained. So it has to be the battery. I know im getting the Kinetic HC800 for the rear. I wonder what I should get for the front (engine).
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    Quote Originally Posted by blk02si View Post
    I've actually built a complete bolt in for a member on these forums who installed it into a JK Jeep Wrangler. He had the exact same OEM radio as me. I still have all the building plans and CNC program to build another one. It used a pico MoBo to fit in the dash. I actually could easily mount the screen into the radio area without modifying the dash at all, by custom making another kit of even using a mekatronics kit. The hard part would be moving the OEM radio, fabricating new mounts and bezels for it.
    Do you have any more info by chance on the JK setup that you built? I have an 08 JK Unlimited and I'm really wanting to dive into the CarPuter world with this JK. Thanks for any and all info!!!

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    Pics of the actual PC in it's current state.

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    Question for ya

    Hi there. I am currently working on a complete interior overhaul on my 99 Dodge Dakota. This is exactly what I am looking to do just not the computer part. Would you be willing to post on how you made the white frame for the screen to be mounted. How you made the bends that were needed and such.

    Thanks so much.




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    I used a autocad to design the part, then used CNC router to cut the part, then used industrial break to do the bends. Designed it in cardboard first!
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