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Old 09-14-2021, 12:00 PM   #1
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Anyone hook anything like this up to their skoolie?

ScanGauge SGDFFP J1939 & J1708 Vehicle Monitor (Frustration Free) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VX2NP4W...ing=UTF8&psc=1

I wonder if it acts as a code reader. I wonder if it's even possible to hook it up to my bus (1998 international3800 dt466e) . I'm gonna check when I get a chance

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Old 09-14-2021, 04:18 PM   #2
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Anyone hook anything like this up to their skoolie?

ScanGauge SGDFFP J1939 & J1708 Vehicle Monitor (Frustration Free) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VX2NP4W...ing=UTF8&psc=1

I wonder if it acts as a code reader. I wonder if it's even possible to hook it up to my bus (1998 international3800 dt466e) . I'm gonna check when I get a chance

It does read codes. Not sure how many of the codes are accessible without much more expensive gear but it should give you everything you can get from any other device plus it has some other awesome capabilities.
The link you posted is the exact same one I bought for my 96 AmTran (International) and it came with both of the styles of heavy duty vehicle connectors. As I had a ScanGauge on my Ford 7.3 PowerStroke I emailed the company and asked if I could just get an adapter. They said the OBDII for light vehicles wouldn't work with the heavy duty ones so I bought the one you linked and it works great to show codes as well as provide any number of gauge readouts, instantaneous MPG, avg MPG, RPM, road speed, and many many more.
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Old 09-15-2021, 12:36 AM   #3
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Old 09-15-2021, 01:26 AM   #4
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I had one for my 2002 RE IH. I ended up velcroing it at the top of the dash because of everything it could display. Speed, temperatures, current HP, etc. Much more informative than the regular dash. It could clear codes and kept a history. Also had memory settings for MPG, etc. I loved it.
Currently I have the Blue Fire for my Blue Bird and it's nice also. You can customize dash settings on a tablet and make it take the place of your regular dash if you desire.
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Old 09-15-2021, 12:11 PM   #5
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I like the scangauge OK but if I have a tablet available. . iPAD or android, then Id go bluefire in a heartbeat. Bluefire takes awhile to set up but you get a nice modern screen instead of a barely readable craptastic LCD. . the scangauge was ahead of its time 14 or 15 years ago when it came out.. but the thing is largely unchanged since then and is kind of boring.. I have one that ive had forever and used in many cars and its never broken its just boring
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Old 09-15-2021, 01:15 PM   #6
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I had one for my 2002 RE IH. I ended up velcroing it at the top of the dash because of everything it could display. Speed, temperatures, current HP, etc. Much more informative than the regular dash. It could clear codes and kept a history. Also had memory settings for MPG, etc. I loved it.
Currently I have the Blue Fire for my Blue Bird and it's nice also. You can customize dash settings on a tablet and make it take the place of your regular dash if you desire.
Would you say the Blue Fire has the capabilites of the ScanGauge plus more including the option to hook up toba tablet? The ScanGauge is incapable of that, right? Blue Fire can hook up to android?

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Old 09-15-2021, 01:57 PM   #7
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I like the scangauge OK but if I have a tablet available. . iPAD or android, then Id go bluefire in a heartbeat. Bluefire takes awhile to set up but you get a nice modern screen instead of a barely readable craptastic LCD. . the scangauge was ahead of its time 14 or 15 years ago when it came out.. but the thing is largely unchanged since then and is kind of boring.. I have one that ive had forever and used in many cars and its never broken its just boring
So the ScanGauge can't hook up to a tablet at all?
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So the ScanGauge can't hook up to a tablet at all?

Nope. It plugs in and give 4 items of information at any given time. You can determine what you want displayed. It's just a basic alphanumeric display.
I have mine set to show RPM, SPEED, INSTANT MPG, AVG MPG
If there is an issue, you can select readings that will help you troubleshoot.
I just looked at the BlueFire and it looks pretty slick.
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Old 09-15-2021, 07:17 PM   #9
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There is not much difference in price between the two. In the past if you order directly from BlueFire you could use the discount code AMAZON to get 10% off.

If someone's dog were to eat the Bluefire then maybe he could sent it back and gets parts replaced. For a price of course.
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Old 09-15-2021, 09:33 PM   #10
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there are 2 models of bluefire.. on that supports apple iphones and iPADS and one that doesnt.. get the one for the tablet you will use.. you can use an adroid with the apple version but you cant use an ipad wit hthe non apple version..



also get the model for your dash connector.. 6 or 9 pin.
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