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SHOEBOX ELECTRONIX ECU Electrical Diagnosis Tool

Discussion in 'T3 & T4 Tech Help Clinic' started by Andy., Sep 30, 2019.

  1. Andy.

    Andy. Active Member

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    Hi all,
    Does anyone have one of these, and if so did you purchase with the ECU, or modify your own?
    Am thinking it's time I get one of these to help monitoring.

    Just wondering firstly if they are a big help, and secondly how hard is it to unstal your own ribbon cable?

    Thanks
     
  2. syncro

    syncro Well-Known Member

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    Are they still available?
     
  3. Andy.

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    Yep, Vancafe sell them, as either just the unit or as a kit that includes a rebuilt/tested ECU

    Adding the cable to the ECU does not look daunting, but to have a rebuilt ECU would be nice also.

    Other than looking at your EFI component by component with a multimeter, I'm not aware of anything else to assist trouble shoot an MV motor, plus can be used while driving.
     
  4. syncro

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    Just a thought would be to run the ribbon from the ecu to a terminal board up front. Then a passenger could check with a meter while you are driving.

    I thought of a better idea of making an adapter lead so that you can plug in to an existing ecu.

    Getting a rebuilt ecu means you could inherit someone elses problems.
     
  5. Andy.

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    Thanks Phil,
    Yes the adaptor plug is a great idea, and I have looked at that also, but finding a plug you can make that sandwiches in between is not so easy. It would also be difficulty to fit under the standard cover.
    The box comes with a lead long enough to reach the ECU from the cabin (or engine bay). For the occasion you'd use it, that would be sufficient.

    The people re-building the ECU claim to replace all parts that are known to fail. So hopefully better than 30 year old parts that might last or might not.

    For me, I would keep the original ECU, the modified ECU with a cable would be the spare I carry
     
  6. syncro

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    I may send them my toaster so that they can tell me how long it will last so that I can buy one on special. (sarcasm)

    Electronics don't work like that.

    I was thinking of a standard male plug from a loom at one end that plugs into your ecu. Then a female socket from a scrapped ecu that your original loom plugs into and the ribbon coming off that.
     
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  7. Andy.

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    True Phil, the joys of driving 30+ year old vehicles....
    Understand what your saying on the cable. I'm sure the plug would be available as a standard, everything else is.

    I'll start saving my pennies to get one of the monitors!!
    Richard
     

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