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post #1 of 19 Old 08-12-2008, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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SCT livewire question

Bought one used, with no instructions or custom tunes on it, just running the canned tuned at the moment..

Are you suppose to leave the programmer/moniter plugged in at all times, or is it like any other programmer, you load tunes and unplug?

If you leave it in at all times, when I'm running with it on the performance moniter, why is it that when I turn the truck completely off and take the key out the programmer stays on at all times??


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Bought one used, with no instructions or custom tunes on it, just running the canned tuned at the moment..

Are you suppose to leave the programmer/moniter plugged in at all times, or is it like any other programmer, you load tunes and unplug?

If you leave it in at all times, when I'm running with it on the performance moniter, why is it that when I turn the truck completely off and take the key out the programmer stays on at all times??
It draws power from the OBD port, which is a constant supply of power
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It draws power from the OBD port, which is a constant supply of power
So it's suppose to do that? It's not going to hurt anything with that moniter being on at all times? Just doesn't seem normal ya know?


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So it's suppose to do that? It's not going to hurt anything with that moniter being on at all times? Just doesn't seem normal ya know?
I think so, I dont know that it would hurt anything, just drain your battery some.

I wouldn't want it on all the time, if it was me, I would wire it up on a switch.
So I could turn it off and on whenever I wanted
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or just reach down and unplug it from the OBD port when u turn the truck off, a pain, but I wouldn't want it on all the time either

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That's a pain, but I'm not sure why they make the moniter that doesn't have to be unplugged, if it's going to stay on at all times, ya know? I was mainly looking for an SCT livewire owner to chime in, maybe I'll just contact SCT about it because something doesn't seem right about it.


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um......you could just push in the circle button til the unit shuts off..same to turn it on. ist not just a rotating dial.


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um......you could just push in the circle button til the unit shuts off..same to turn it on. ist not just a rotating dial.
Oh really? That's cool man thanks alot for the info!

See I didn't know that, this is my first SCT and I got a hell of a deal on it so I picked it up. Only programmers I've had before this one are the bully dog and the banks 6 gun, and the banks just plugs in under the hood, bully dog loads the tune and goes in the glovebox until you need to return it to stock..

Is there any way to get the programmer to turn on and off with the truck, or no?


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no, its just a push button operation. I wish it was keyed.


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no, its just a push button operation. I wish it was keyed.
Yeah, that sucks but oh well, that DJs looney is gonna be siiiiiiiiick


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Toy - 15 Robalo 226 Cayman bay boat "shallow minded". 200hp Yamaha 4 stroke with command link/fly by wire, atlas jack plate, power pole, minn kota #80 ipilot, simrad nss7 evo2 with structure scan.
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