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X209 Restyle - To Hard Wire or Plug directly into the OBDII Port?

Posted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 1:47 pm
by cornerbax
Hi,

Good Afternoon,

I am reading conflicting information on whether or not to Hard Wire the X209 or Plug it directly into the OBDII Port. I know it's usually better to hard wire in most cases but I've read some issues where people have data/communication issues with the unit and the Maestro Module hard wiring. I also read somewhere idatalink recommends Hard Wiring over the plug directly into the OBDII connector. Which of the two options would be best for this unit? Thank you in advance.

Re: X209 Restyle - To Hard Wire or Plug directly into the OBDII Port?

Posted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:15 pm
by Dara DeGrand
Plug it in directly. We recently started including OBD2 ports in all of our harnesses, and are slowly updating the guides to reflect that.

We want you to use the plug because it will likely save you headache if you have your vehicle serviced. The technician will be able to see very clearly that there is something reading from the data lines. The tech can unplug our OBD2, scan the vehicle, do what they need to do, and then plug the maestro's OBD2 back in when they are finished.

Re: X209 Restyle - To Hard Wire or Plug directly into the OBDII Port?

Posted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:21 pm
by cornerbax
Dara,

thank you again for the helpful info. That clears up the conflict between the hard wire vs. OBDII port I was reading about. I appreciate it.

Derek

Re: X209 Restyle - To Hard Wire or Plug directly into the OBDII Port?

Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:55 pm
by Yoshimura
Dara DeGrand wrote:
Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:15 pm
We want you to use the plug because it will likely save you headache if you have your vehicle serviced. The technician will be able to see very clearly that there is something reading from the data lines. The tech can unplug our OBD2, scan the vehicle, do what they need to do, and then plug the maestro's OBD2 back in when they are finished.
If they are not aware of the Maestro reading from the data line, this could cause them problem?

By the way, the CH3 on the RAM Promaster is also reading from the data lines directly from the radio harness, no?

Re: X209 Restyle - To Hard Wire or Plug directly into the OBDII Port?

Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:48 am
by Dara DeGrand
If they hook up to the OBD2 and we are already reading from it, it will likely kick their scan-tool off.

In both the wrangler and promaster, we are reading on data lines at the radio and the OBD2. This is pretty common on newer vehicles.