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'96 OBD2 bluetooth scanners.. BAFX works

Old 05-13-2019, 01:57 AM
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Default '96 OBD2 bluetooth scanners.. BAFX works

Thanks to poster jordan96xj for confirming that BAFX brand will read a '96 OBD2 code, and Bluetooth connect with Android mobile phone apps

(I have Torque Lite, free App installed)

it did not want to mind you, and needed me to read the Instruction manual down to the last step.

it gave me a final lengthy warning that this vehicle has an unusual protocol, (as I suspected), and may not work...but it eventually did

BAFX gaurentee money back if not

for $A40 delivered in a week, its hard to beat that

my $20 Chinese scanner said it was OBD1, my old cheap corded one read OBD2 codes
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Old 05-13-2019, 02:58 AM
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Also thanks to jordan96xj I am going down a similar road with my '00.
My thing is that I wanted it to work with an Apple iPad.
I am attempting to keep my Jeep Jeep. Awhile back so I could play my music off my 160GB iPod
I was able to pick up a Mopar/Jeep radio with the iSimple device that plugs right into the back of
the radio and has the 30 pin Apple connector to play my music through the factory stereo. $40 off Ebay.
So instead of having 2 devices I figured with an iPad I could do both.
So I picked up a iPad 2 64GB cheap and bought the WiFi version of BAFX.
I spent the $10 on the OBD Fusion App.
Now I played with it a little. Watched a video on setting it up. But have not finalized my "Dashboard" yet.
But the iPad 2 does play my music and I can monitor stuff while driving.
There is a bit of trying to figure it out involved but feel pretty confident I will get it set up and it will do what I want it to do.
I haven't posted about it, until now, cause I figured when I had it all set up would take some shots and post about it in
"What I did today" like I usually do when I do stuff.

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Old 05-13-2019, 09:24 AM
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the main thing is , for us '96 guys, is you have to be able to read OBD2 codes, and not all the cheap readers will, so for ~$20US, I would say its as essential as a multimeter
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Old 05-13-2019, 10:21 AM
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Thanks for the validation guys. I spread the word because I too think it is an invaluable tool for owning a 96+. I only pump the BAFX specifically because with very early OBD2 vehicles (like my 96), finding a scanner that works is a bit hit-or-miss. I just want to save folks the trouble. And the price is very good.

Being able to see your computer data for system voltage, coolant temp, throttle position, fuel trims, and O2 voltages, is priceless. For a daily driver, you also get very accustomed to the numbers in various driving conditions - so any changes to their normal behavior is really obvious. This is especially helpful for me, because my 96 has the "dummy dash" with nothing but fuel and speedometer (everything else is just warning lights). With torque, you can also set up special warnings based on custom values. So my cheap dashboard blinks at me when anything is out of the normal range. My kids have been trained to watch for this and they think the world is ending when anything blinks!

I took my BAFX apart and rewired it to get its positive feed from the accessories circuit so that it will turn on/off with the vehicle. So that it can be permanently connected. Then I added a $50 RCA tablet from walmart (yeah, its really cheap and crappy). But then mounted it as a permanent digital dashboard. The only downside is that $50 tablet does not have GPS. So I can't use my digital dash as a diagnostic tool as well as a navigator (maps). But I have since decided that it would not be good to combine those functions anyway. Because you want to always see both at the same time. So my phone does the navigator work, while the tablet is a dashboard only. And there is an upside to the $50 crap tablet from walmart, because it has a very tiny battery in it (terrible battery life as a normal tablet), which means it weights about 1/4 of what an expensive tablet does. Which helps keep it from being knocked off my mounts when off-roading/exploring. Its been doing its job for about 3 years now without too much hassle, so no complaints.

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Originally Posted by jordan96xj View Post
Thanks for the validation guys. I spread the word because I too think it is an invaluable tool for owning a 96+.
I took my BAFX apart and rewired it to get its positive feed from the accessories circuit so that it will turn on/off with the vehicle. So that it can be permanently connected.
Glad you chimed in. Since I am not running it yet, and this project has been on standstill for awhile, I totally forgot about modding the BAFX.
Any chance you could run through that again for us?
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Its not something easily described here. The pictures and idea came from the product review section on Amazon.

However, getting the device open was easy, the screws that hold it together are under the BAFX decal/sticker. Then there is a little rubber plug on one end that can be removed while it is apart to run the wire out of. I then grabbed an accurate OBD2 diagnostic port pinout diagram from the internet (that port has a standard configuration for pins). I clipped the wire that attached to the connector where the 12v positive feed would typically come from. I then soldered my own wire onto that location that runs out the back of the device and can be attached to anything with 12v. So I ran it up to one of my empty accessory fuses on the junction block (fuse block). One that would turn on/off with the vehicle.
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Originally Posted by jordan96xj View Post
Its not something easily described here. The pictures and idea came from the product review section on Amazon.

However, getting the device open was easy, the screws that hold it together are under the BAFX decal/sticker. Then there is a little rubber plug on one end that can be removed while it is apart to run the wire out of. I then grabbed an accurate OBD2 diagnostic port pinout diagram from the internet (that port has a standard configuration for pins). I clipped the wire that attached to the connector where the 12v positive feed would typically come from. I then soldered my own wire onto that location that runs out the back of the device and can be attached to anything with 12v. So I ran it up to one of my empty accessory fuses on the junction block (fuse block). One that would turn on/off with the vehicle.
Now that you mention it I think I remember that. Will have to take the time to go look for it at some point.
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