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Old 17-08-2021, 10:57 AM   #1
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Hi Team,

What is the best code reader for an EL XR6, I have seen the a link (attached) for a particular model and was looking for opinions on the best type to purchase.


https://www.tiperformance.com.au/pro...c-code-reader/
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Old 22-11-2021, 05:35 AM   #2
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Depends on how you define "best". In lieu of $270 for the linked reader, I would rather make my own LED test lamp and count the flashes myself for about $5.
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Old 22-11-2021, 05:56 PM   #3
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Hi Team,

What is the best code reader for an EL XR6, I have seen the a link (attached) for a particular model and was looking for opinions on the best type to purchase.


https://www.tiperformance.com.au/pro...c-code-reader/

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Depends on how you define "best". In lieu of $270 for the linked reader, I would rather make my own LED test lamp and count the flashes myself for about $5.

i bought mine thru fordmods. still have to use it on the EB

i'm too slack to bother counting
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Old 22-11-2021, 06:07 PM   #4
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From memory the plug that you need to make your own led code reader is the same as the main power window wiring plug
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Old 22-11-2021, 07:01 PM   #5
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Re making your own adapter to use with an older Ford OBD-1 scanner (like this: https://www.summitracing.com/search/...=INNOVA%203145 or https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/17494936...frcectupt=true ) see my post here: https://fordforums.com.au/showthread...ht=code+reader an http://www.fordforums.com.au/photos/...2&ppuser=24537 and http://www.fordforums.com.au/photos/...2&ppuser=24537 and http://www.fordforums.com.au/photos/...3&ppuser=24537 It's one of the BCM harness plugs (the lower one) that fits the OBD port. You also need a female OBD socket either taken from an earlier model such as an EA or bought online (one of these https://www.repairconnector.com/prod...r-Pigtail.html )
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Of course when I made my adapter I already had a Innova 3145 and (bought for US$20.00 when the Australian dollar was at it peak) I had been using with my NB Fairlane (ex Ford Prototype based on the NA) on hand as well as plenty of BCN sockets, rotary switches, on/off switches, project boxes and the like floating around (as I still do) so my only outlay was on the BCM plug and the OBD1 socket. It probably cost me all of $20.00 out of pocket.
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That adapter of yours really is a work of art aussieblue. A bit like a Jackson Pollock, but art nonetheless! I used to just connect the test lamp wires and jumper wire directly to the pins in the OBD socket. Of course that meant I had to keep a pin-out diagram handy to know which ones to use.
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Ohhhh... Is that the one Muzza used to make... I think that was his username. Memory lane...
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Perhaps but it works very effectively, is plug and play. and is much easier than counting flashes. I just still wish I knew what all the terminals on the port did as discussed here: http://www.fordforums.com.au/showthread.php?t=11316133 I never investigated the question further as all the cars that had that sort port have left this household.
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Ohhhh... Is that the one Muzza used to make... I think that was his username. Memory lane...

yep thats him. think he also sold on upay.
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Old 26-11-2021, 05:19 AM   #11
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...I just still wish I knew what all the terminals on the port did as discussed here: http://www.fordforums.com.au/showthread.php?t=11316133 I never investigated the question further as all the cars that had that sort port have left this household.
Yes, that is interesting, especially Pin 17 Wire 53 BK-DB in EL Connector C-220 (Diagnostics) which seems to be unique to the EL V8 models. I have added a post to your 2010 thread.
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