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post #1 of 17 Old 03-04-2007, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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What code reader to buy???

What are you guys using to read your codes? Thanks for any and all input.
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I have a Superchips programmer that I use. I am pretty sure that most programmers are able to read codes so you have plenty of options.

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I have my SCT and also just picked up a Snap-on MT2500 scanner. Still learning how to use the latter.

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Industrial Injection 190cc injectors; FASS 150/180; ITP Regulated Return
'03 Turbo Swap; Zex N2O Dry Shot; CFM Smallmouth Intake Elbow
Zoodad w/ Predator Screen; MBRP 4" Cool Duals Straight Piped
EGR Delete w/ full manifold; Coolant Bypass Filter; Train Horns
Eclipse AVN62D; High Idle Mod; BFG ATs 285-65/20s

Truck- 12.51sec @ 108mph @ ~7700lbs (1/4 mi)
Cooler- 39.93sec @ 12.12mph @ ~180lbs (1/8 mi)

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The Actron 9145 will read codes on our trucks. I dealt with this for about a month. After alot of researching and asking questions, and help from DPP on here. I came up with the best one out there in my price range was the actron 9145. If you got the money and a lap top, I suggest getting the autoenginuity. You can read about them at AutoEnginuity - OBD2 Scan Tool - Professional PC and PDA Diagnostics You can turn your lap top or desk top into a trouble shooting, code reading, diagnostic, Test running, machine. That is if you have the cash for it. I am hoping that I can get a cheap lap top and this program for myself eventually.


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Yeah, I want to check out this AutoEnginuity some day. But I couldn't pass up the scanner....father-in-law said if I pay for the updates, I can "borrow" it indefinitly!

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SCT XCal2 w/ Custom Files & FICM tuning
DashDAQ Series II; ARP Headstuds; AFE Stage 2 XP Intake w/ Proguard 7
Industrial Injection 190cc injectors; FASS 150/180; ITP Regulated Return
'03 Turbo Swap; Zex N2O Dry Shot; CFM Smallmouth Intake Elbow
Zoodad w/ Predator Screen; MBRP 4" Cool Duals Straight Piped
EGR Delete w/ full manifold; Coolant Bypass Filter; Train Horns
Eclipse AVN62D; High Idle Mod; BFG ATs 285-65/20s

Truck- 12.51sec @ 108mph @ ~7700lbs (1/4 mi)
Cooler- 39.93sec @ 12.12mph @ ~180lbs (1/8 mi)

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How do you like your sct programmer? I've heard some good things about them.
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Thanks for the input. Have you used the Actron 9145 yet? Do you like it?
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Craw, I love my SCT...mine is tuned by Innovative Diesel, but I have heard GREAT things fro other tuners here, DJs, LIPD, among others...look around, it all depends what you are looking for, there is a thread on here that discusses everyones tune they are running and why and from who. I went with ID for one reason they are local to me and I like what their tunes do.

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Sponsored by Innovative Diesel Performance
SCT XCal2 w/ Custom Files & FICM tuning
DashDAQ Series II; ARP Headstuds; AFE Stage 2 XP Intake w/ Proguard 7
Industrial Injection 190cc injectors; FASS 150/180; ITP Regulated Return
'03 Turbo Swap; Zex N2O Dry Shot; CFM Smallmouth Intake Elbow
Zoodad w/ Predator Screen; MBRP 4" Cool Duals Straight Piped
EGR Delete w/ full manifold; Coolant Bypass Filter; Train Horns
Eclipse AVN62D; High Idle Mod; BFG ATs 285-65/20s

Truck- 12.51sec @ 108mph @ ~7700lbs (1/4 mi)
Cooler- 39.93sec @ 12.12mph @ ~180lbs (1/8 mi)

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I'm a little lost here between power programmers and code scanners. If all I want to do is read codes, nothing else fancy, what should I get? Will any code reader (like the Actron one mentioned) read every code that my truck could possibly spit out? I just have a few gremlins that I need to find and I need to know where to start looking.

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I'm a little lost here between power programmers and code scanners. If all I want to do is read codes, nothing else fancy, what should I get? Will any code reader (like the Actron one mentioned) read every code that my truck could possibly spit out? I just have a few gremlins that I need to find and I need to know where to start looking.
Sorry, if all you are looking for is to read codes, then you just need to get a scanner (so many, I am not sure where to start and I don't have much knowledge on the one that BC was talking about), but if you are looking to tune your truck also, then programmers usually also scan codes too.

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2007 F250 6.0l King Ranch CC LB
Sponsored by Innovative Diesel Performance
SCT XCal2 w/ Custom Files & FICM tuning
DashDAQ Series II; ARP Headstuds; AFE Stage 2 XP Intake w/ Proguard 7
Industrial Injection 190cc injectors; FASS 150/180; ITP Regulated Return
'03 Turbo Swap; Zex N2O Dry Shot; CFM Smallmouth Intake Elbow
Zoodad w/ Predator Screen; MBRP 4" Cool Duals Straight Piped
EGR Delete w/ full manifold; Coolant Bypass Filter; Train Horns
Eclipse AVN62D; High Idle Mod; BFG ATs 285-65/20s

Truck- 12.51sec @ 108mph @ ~7700lbs (1/4 mi)
Cooler- 39.93sec @ 12.12mph @ ~180lbs (1/8 mi)

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