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I received my new (to me) ScanGauge II this week and installed it today. It was a pretty good fit on the left side of the dash, under the AC vent.



The ScanGauge supports a bunch of different display colors so I was able to get a good match to the orange on the center console of the FJ Cruiser.



I wanted a clean look, so I routed the connector cable underneath the ScanGauge in between two pieces of industrial velcro.



To get the cable down to the OBDII connector beneath the steering wheel, I drilled a 1/2" hole in the side of the silver trim piece and routed it through. The connector, which is similar to a CAT5 Ethernet connector, barely fit through the hole.



All told, the installation was about 25 minutes and I think turned out pretty well. :cheers: The ScanGauge is clearly visible to me while driving but can't really be seen by someone driving alongside the FJ in a car.
 

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I am reserving that location for something else, but I really like your install. The hole you drilled looks factory, too! Good job!!
 

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Great Job!!! But what is a scan guage and what does it do? I am a new FJ owner and equally new to the forum. Please pardon the question.
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Great Job!!! But what is a scan guage and what does it do? I am a new FJ owner and equally new to the forum. Please pardon the question.
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The ScanGauge II does three things:

- Trip computer, calculates distance-to-empty and keeps track of ave/max speed, driving time, MPG

- Digital gauges, shows real-time MPG, speed, RPMs, coolant temp, air intake temp, voltage, horsepower

- Scan tool, reads and clears trouble codes recorded by the vehicle's on-board diagnotic system (OBDII)

I haven't had to use the scan tool function yet (FJ is running trouble-free), but use the trip computer and real-time info (gauges) displays daily.

One of the best things about the ScanGauge is that you simply plug one cable into your vehicle's OBDII port. That's it -- no separate wiring of power, sensors or anything else. All of the info it displays is already being captured by built-in sensors on your vehicle; the ScanGauge simply formats the info and displays it in a user-friendly manner.

More info here: ScanGaugeII - Trip Computers + Digital Gauges + Scan Tool
 

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I mounted mine on the rear view mirror. Attached to the mirror frame with 3M double side tape. I extended the ScanGuage II cable using a straight through RJ-45 coupler and a std. CAT5 network cable.

 

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Thanks for the info.
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I mounted mine on the rear view mirror. Attached to the mirror frame with 3M double side tape. I extended the ScanGuage II cable using a straight through RJ-45 coupler and a std. CAT5 network cable.

Did you need to buy the "extension cable" to mount your Scangauge up there ?
 

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i am just bought one and i am planing on installing it just like you did but i like a more cleaner look....so what i will do is from my understanding there is a port in the back of the SG and i will pop out the silver piece and cut a hole so taht the cord could fit through so you wont be able to see the cord at all... :)
 

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I like your setup, but I can't find thats its clear behind where you drilled the hole. It's a hardplace to get at with your hand. How did you drill the hole, in steps or what? Thank Dan
 

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I removed the silver trim piece before drilling the hole. As I recall, there wasn't anything tricky about it. It pivots up from the bottom and then pulls free at the vent opening.



Drilling the hole was easy once the piece was removed. Afterward, I routed the OBD II cable down to the connector under the dash and then snapped the trim piece back in place.
 

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I'm getting ScanGauge in a week or two.

I was planning on putting the unit in the exact same location, but instead of routing the cable to the side and drilling a hole through the side of that silver panel, I was planning on drilling a hold directly on the face of the silver panel (since there is a 2nd input on the ScanGauge on the back of the ScanGauge unit) and having the cable run straight into the unit so no cables are showing.

What do you guys think? Only drawback, a hole on that panel, but the ScanGauge will cover that up.

 

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Oh, and one question for you 23V: How does that silver panel come off? Does that piece snap off separately, or do you need to take off the entire dashboard?
 
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