I'm in the same boat - have little to no real idea how to use these things. I have a basic code reader, and I have the SCT X4, but my experience uploading the tune was less than ideal, although it did eventually upload and I have had no problems with the tune. I just need to learn more about these programs/apps. I believe Forscan is Ford-specific; do any of these items work with other brands of vehicles?I needed someone to ask this. Had SCT livewire and now have the livernois tuner. I can't figure out how to do anything useful on that software. I would rant for an hour if I tried to explain it. Anyone with the mycalibrator software have the same experience or any tips? I am wondering if I can plug my old livewire into the new truck with the livernois tune just to datalog, anyone done this? I love the SCT software and how easy it us to select and log pids on the computer
Forscan works with the Mongoose too, FYI. I use it all the time.For monitoring Pids/parameters:
OBDLink MX+ adapter with OBDLink Android app
For pulling codes and adjusting AsBuilt values:
OBDLink EX USB adapter and Forscan
For scanning truck and applying Fords official software updates to various modules:
Drew Technology Mongoose OBD adapter and Motorcraft FDRS software. (J2534 compatible)
I am still pretty weak and unversed in troubleshooting with data logging. I would like to learn and be proficient with Forscan or IDS-like tools for real-time troubleshooting.
I use a cable to my laptop as its Bluetooth connection history is “not great”. Even headsets drop connection. So I use a cable to reduce my risk of a dropped connection in the middle of making any changes in Forscan.Is there risks to connecting the laptop via Bluetooth that i just have been lucky enough to avoid?
The VCM scanner interface is kinda clumsy but once you have it setup its nice. And being able to watch fuel, spark and torque sources while towing is nice. I can drop a gear as soon as fuel source goes to Exhaust temperatureUnfortunately, we are still waiting for HPTuners to crack the Gen14
I'm guessing that they aren't ignoring it. And I suspect they have probably already gained similar access to what Livernoise and SCT have?
If so, it's just a matter of time.....
I would be interested in using their monitoring capabilities whether I tuned the truck or not. @mass-hole That Surface Go is a nice approach! I think that's the ultimate for logging and monitoring!
Although I wish Microsoft (or Dell/HP/Lenovo) would release an even smaller form factor.