ScanGauge II

I’ve been using a ScanGauge II for around five years now (in my PT Cruiser).

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The ScanGauge II is described as:

“The integrated Trip Computer provides real-time feedback while simultaneously tracking three sets of trip data. The Digital Gauges give you real-time data for your vehicle and the built-in Scan Tool allows you to read trouble codes and diagnose potentially expensive problems before they get out of hand.”

It’s a great little gadget, far too many options to list, check out their site for the full feature list 🙂

I thought it would be a good addition to the Nitro so decided to fit it permanently in to the dash.

Removing the cubby box on the top of the dash, I penciled out where it needed to go. The socket on the back for the cable is off-centered, hence careful measurements to make sure it would line up.

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I then drilled a 22mm hole in the back for the cable (and RJ45 plug) to go through.

Dscn2106 I was past the point of no return now!

Thankfully, the careful measuring paid off and it lined up perfectly.

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A quick test fit before applying double sided 3M tape.

Dscn2110Here’s the RJ45 cable plugged in the back.

Dscn2111And with the cubby box mounted back in place, here’s how it’ll look when finished.

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And another.

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But before the installation was finished, there was another minor modification to do.

The OBDII port on the Dodge Nitro is conveniently placed in the drivers footwell. The only problem is, with the ScanGauge cable plugged in you would be bashing your shin on it.

Dscn2118That was easily fixed though as the socket is held in place with just two screws, so I removed the socket and moved it to behind the lower dash panel so it’s completely out of the way.

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That’s it, all done!

Dscn2123Now all that remains is to match backlight colour of the ScanGauge to the green dash lights 🙂