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rjathon

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PostSubject: Reading gauges on a GPS   Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:28 am

My friend has a gizmo that plugs into his OBDii socket of his Subaru that sends a Bluetooth signal to his Garmin GPS. It gives him little gauges on it that tell him his rpm's, temps, timing advance, all kinds of cool stuff.

Has anyone done this with their Roadmaster wagon?
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PostSubject: Re: Reading gauges on a GPS   Mon Dec 15, 2014 11:37 am

It will work perfectly on a 1996, and will not work with 95 and earlier. You need a bluetooth OBD2 adapter, an Android device, and the Torque app.
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PostSubject: Re: Reading gauges on a GPS   Mon Dec 15, 2014 12:43 pm

Super. Is it possible to make it work with a Tom Ton XXL? Thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: Reading gauges on a GPS   Mon Dec 15, 2014 1:46 pm

As Jay mentioned, but to expand. You need true OBD2 to make it work.

91-93 were distinctly OBD1 and the 94-95 models  to my way of thinking were kind of mongrel systems, not quite OBD1 or 2.

 As one of the few TPI powered wagons on there. I can use third generation Camaro, Firebird and Corvette  stuff developed for TPI and TBI  ECM's

On my '93 wagon, Shammoo,I'm running the EBL-P4 system, which is an ECM daughter board from Dynamic EFI.

http://www.dynamicefi.com/

This is  one of the screens that can be seen on a laptop. Other screens  and many other features that also can be viewed, but not simultaneously There are some Andoid apps out there being developed  for  tablets and phones for the EBL as well.  




There's lots of stuff out there for OBD2, but at least this seup actually  helps us earlier models from 91-93 that have been modified along the trail.
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PostSubject: Re: Reading gauges on a GPS   Mon Dec 15, 2014 2:56 pm

Both of my RMs are 1996 so no problem there. I went to Amazon and saw many OBD2 adapters. I have an ipad Mini. Is there a decent App for it or is android the only way to go here?

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PostSubject: Re: Reading gauges on a GPS   Mon Dec 15, 2014 3:05 pm

Having no use for it, I've never needed to look for it. Sorry.

I'd suggest the Impala forums as a better location for searches on that aspect of things.

Try here for the general forum page.

http://www.impalassforum.com/vBulletin/

this one is more specific to ECM's and programming.

http://www.impalassforum.com/vBulletin/forumdisplay.php?f=35


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PostSubject: Re: Reading gauges on a GPS   Mon Dec 15, 2014 3:15 pm

Android only. It's worth picking up a cheap tablet or unsubscribed phone just to use.

I use this adapter:

http://www.amazon.com/Vgate-Bluetooth-Scanner-TORQUE-ANDROID/dp/B00AAOOQJC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1418667269&sr=8-2&keywords=obd2+bluetooth+adapter

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PostSubject: Re: Reading gauges on a GPS   Mon Dec 15, 2014 3:48 pm

Thank you Jay. I just ordered one.

Russ
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PostSubject: Re: Reading gauges on a GPS   Mon Dec 29, 2014 7:01 pm

jayoldschool wrote:
Android only.  It's worth picking up a cheap tablet or unsubscribed phone just to use.

I use this adapter:

http://www.amazon.com/Vgate-Bluetooth-Scanner-TORQUE-ANDROID/dp/B00AAOOQJC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1418667269&sr=8-2&keywords=obd2+bluetooth+adapter


I now have the adapter above, an android tablet with bluetooth, and the android Torque program. I can't get it to work. It says that the tablet is paired to the OBD2 bluetooth device but that the device is unable to read the ECM. Any ideas how to make it work?

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PostSubject: Re: Reading gauges on a GPS   Fri Jan 02, 2015 3:45 am

I get that error sometimes too, I'm still trying to figure it out (I use it for work when inspecting cars, not on my '84 Roady). If I figure it out I will let you know.
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PostSubject: Re: Reading gauges on a GPS   Fri Jan 02, 2015 3:39 pm

I gave up on that one and bought this one that works well:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005NLQAHS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I can't get it to read the transmission temperature though. Do we lack that sensor?

I am amazed at how low the rpm's are most of the time. Less than 1700 rpm at 76 mph.

Now that I've used it a bit I can't see where it is very useful.

Russ
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