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Old October 15th, 2020, 05:24
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OBD1 Scanner

Iíve had a MT2500 scanner for my 95 XJ for a few years now. Great scanner that has really helped me out. Shows lots of real time data on the state of the engine and sensors. I usually keep it in its suitcase with its cables and books/guides.

But I decided I wanted to have it readily available in the Jeep at all times. I came up with a James Bond idea of having it pop up and out of the centre console.

It was a tight fit but worked out pretty good. I had to extend the console lid height upward about 4 inches. This allowed room for my cup holders, the scanner, and room below for my bits and pieces.

Under the hood, I stripped the datalink connector bare. Even though itís a 6 pin connector, that goes into a 15 pin MT2500 serial cable, there are basically only 4 wires that are used. 12v power, ground, data in and data out. I used cat5 cable and soldered the wires, then ran the cable through the firewall and up into the console. I then had to splice the cat5 wires into the correct location on the scanners 15 pin plug. I did this via a toggle switch, so that I could power it on and off from the console.

Took it for a test drive tonight and was happy with functionality.

Pics below. Iím in Oz, so she is a RHD Jeep.


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Re: OBD1 Scanner

Not sure what else to say but "wow". Nice bit of work there.
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That came out really nice
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Re: OBD1 Scanner

Originally Posted by alexbrown64 View Post
Iíve had a MT2500 scanner for my 95 XJ
Where do you plug it in? I've never used a scanner, just the key on-off-on-off-on trick.
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