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Old 12-18-2014, 04:48 PM
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OBD2 Cable and Software

Hi,

I'm new to the forum and am just about to finalize my purchase of a 2014 F150 XLT. I was curious about whether there's a reputable company that makes OBDII to USB cables and software that can be used to monitor the engine vitals via the ECU and do other things like readiness checks or to change electronic behavior of other features. I come from the VW-Audi world where Ross-Tech was the trusted company that made and sold these cables and software.

Thanks in advance for any guidance you can provide.

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Old 12-20-2014, 07:02 AM
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I haven't used an ODB to usb cable. But I have used the blue tooth adapter with the torque app. Scan gauge is also nice, but I like the lack of a cable with the bluetooth setup.
 
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Does Bluetooth solution have the bandwidth to allow you to log ~6 fields simultaneously while still maintaining a decent sampling rate? Do Ford ECUs report this data over the OBDII connection?

It would be nice to log the RPMs, throttle position, cylinder timing retard, intake manifold pressure, air flow, actual timing, etc. in the same data set. This way I could quantify gains of things like a cold air intake or determine how aggressively a tune is modifying the timing and fuel mixture.

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I'm not very proficient with it yet and with my laptop battery on the way out don't have the time to really mess around but FORScan is a freeware program that uses an ELM327 chip based adaptor to acccess OBD2 and ford specific OBD2 data over both MSCan and HSCan protocols.

Like I said, I'm not very good with it, but for simple stuff its pretty self explanatory (such as reading codes). Getting to higher level functions like mode $06 is somewhat straight forward, too. Check out google for the FORScan website, its a decent solution but definitely not the best out there.
 
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Hi,

I'm new to the forum and am just about to finalize my purchase of a 2014 F150 XLT. I was curious about whether there's a reputable company that makes OBDII to USB cables and software that can be used to monitor the engine vitals via the ECU and do other things like readiness checks or to change electronic behavior of other features. I come from the VW-Audi world where Ross-Tech was the trusted company that made and sold these cables and software.

Thanks in advance for any guidance you can provide.

-Skid
I have AutoEnginuity. https://www.autoenginuity.com/ It has the OBD2 to USB cable and software you speak of. I purchased the Ford Bundle several years ago for use on my stable of Ford vehicles. I used it primarily on my '01 7.3 powerstroke, but have also done diagnostics on gassers, as well. I have updated the software recently and is compatible with models up to, and including, 2014 for use with my 2013 F150 and Escape. It can display 9 live data parameters at once and does O2 sensor graphing. It also does KOEO, KOER, ABS, and other tests. You can even toggle certain switches/solenoids to test there functionality. I recently used it to test an EGR repair on my '05 Explorer commuter. PM me, if you have any questions or would like to know what distributor I purchased it from.
 
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Old 12-22-2014, 09:31 AM
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I appreciate the feedback guys. I'll look into both of the products you mention. I also found a flash programmer from SCT that indicates that it supports high speed data logging. I might be able to kill two birds with one stone with it. SCT X4/7015 F-150 X4 Power Flash Programmer EcoBoost 2011-2014

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