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Old 08-19-2010, 12:23 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Have a look at UltraGauge. Less expensive than all the units you mentioned and as many features as both.

Have a look and decide for yourself. ultra-gauge.com
Let us know which you choose and what was the key deciding factor.
...I did a little 'digging' for information:

..Product: UltraGauge
Company: Nexzor, Inc. (incorporated in Wyoming on 4/21/2010)
....Owner: Bruce Melvin
..Address: 104 Rio Encanto Court (a residential address...nice pool!), Roseville, CA 95747-5907 (near Sacramento, CA)
....Phone: (916) 765-0742
..website: Ultra-Gauge.com

...the downloadable 'Users Manual' is easy to read (not a Chinese translation!), and appears to be rather thorough.

...interestingly, the unit is stated as being "...not_metric..." but requires engine size to be entered as "Liters" rather than "cubic-inch-displacement (CID)."


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This actually looks interesting, and for the price, might be worth checking out. Of course, I JUST got my SG last week :/

This, however, may be a dealbreaker for many of us. From the FAQ

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Will UltraGauge work with Hybrids?

Yes. However, the number of available gauges is vehicle dependent. Also, as the vehicle starts and stops the gas engine, UltraGauge may automatically turn-off to conserve power. When the gas engine is again started, UltraGauge will automatically turn-on.
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I was wanting to get a ScanGaugeII but did not want to shell out $150 so I just bought now the UltraGauge. The total was $56.81 and there is a $9 rebate. The good thing was my paypal account had $35 in it from selling some of my stock radio so if it sucks I'm not out much.

I will post my thoughts on it after testing.
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I looks like the UltraGauge should be in today or tomorrow. When I get a chance I will post about it but classes just started today and I have a night class today and tomorrow so it might take a little time to get something up.
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I received it last night and hooked it up after my late dinner it seems to work well but I have not owned a Scangauge to compare it to. It will take some time to get the location just right where I want it and finish selecting the readings to display. The windshield mount works well so far the mast is a bit stiff so I might velcro it some where later to keep things off the window. The unit is light weight and smaller than a GPS unit.

I wish that there were a few more gauges for my car mostly EGR.
Biggest complaint from first use is changing pages when driving is a bit slow or seems to not want to change at first. That could just be me not knowing if I should hold the button in or tap it.

On the way home tonight I may try doing an EOC to see how it reacts, although it might not like the fact that my car drops the MPH to 0 on restart till I put it in drive and tap the gas.
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I was wanting to get a ScanGaugeII but did not want to shell out $150 so I just bought now the UltraGauge. The total was $56.81 and there is a $9 rebate. The good thing was my paypal account had $35 in it from selling some of my stock radio so if it sucks I'm not out much.

I will post my thoughts on it after testing.
Interesting. Instead of limiting the OBD-II access to a subset of gauranteed parameters (what the SG does), it gives access to all of them. I noticed this variable :

Mass Air Flow Sensor 2 – Calculated

That makes a lot of sense to me, since the MAF is needed for MPG calculations, and not all cars have it. Sooooo, why not make it available?

I like the bigger LCD display. It will be interesting to see how well it works over time. The biggest fault with other gauges has been their reliability and accuracy.

PS - I don't think OBD-II supports the EGR parameter.

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...OK, here's an update:

19-Aug = ordered via PayPal
20-Aug = shipped (...from ZIP: 95747)
24-Aug = USPS Priority Mail arrives (...label ZIP: 97526-8445)

...so, shipping is prompt, but I also did some more "digging around" and noticed:

ZIP = 95747 (where it was really shipped from) is a Roseville, CA, location.
ZIP = 97526 (USPS label address) is a steel shed named 'Alternate Power and Machine' adjacent U.S. Highway 5 up in Oregon.

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I will have to check the address on the box when I get home tonight to see what mine shows for the address, I will also see what address they have for the rebate form.

As for EOC the ultra-gauge stayed on but everything showed 0, on restart the unit went back to functioning normally. It does not bother me not having it work for EOC as I do not use that since I have an auto-trans and do not do EOC.

I know that my OBD-II car does have an reading for EGR but I'm not sure if it is standard for OBD-II. How I know this is I can scan it with my HPtuner and many people have used the input to connect a wideband O2 in its place for readings.

Old Tele man: I can't wait to see your review of the product especially if you have a scangauge to compare it to. Also about it not being in metric is just that they do not display readings in Km or L, I assume the reason that they have the engine size in L is that is what every one measures the engine in and the common public might have a hard time figuring out that the Buick 3.8L is 231ci.
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I just went over to cleanmpg.com and found they have a discussion on the UG also New Ultra-Gauge: First Impressions, Quick Hits, and quick comparisons to ScanGauge-II - CleanMPG Forums

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