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padgett 03-21-2012 08:54 PM

Neat Gadget
 
Since the invisible needles force me to keep the EVIC on MPH and I do not want to keep my laptop on the OBD-11 port allatime, I just found a very interesting gadget from Chrysler Parts, an Ecometer.

Now back in the day these were just a vaccuum gauge and while driving on IMAP reading is possible, it is not interesting.

This thingie plugs into the OBD port and according to the literature:
• The Ecometer reads current fuel economy, average fuel economy, RPM, and vehicle speed (looks like choice of one but may flip)
• The red, amber, and green lights indicate how well you are doing at keeping the vehicle in the most fuel efficient driving mode

p/n 8ECO9000 says "This fits your 2011 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE" & installs in 24 minutes.

My only question is where does it mount ? Visible space is at a premium.

ENFORCER 03-22-2012 06:11 AM

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From the looks of it, I would say the top of the steering colum.
http://www.jeeppartsmall.com/product...sid=fzxmnabxvh
http://www.jeeppartsmall.com/images/8eco9000.JPG

padgett 03-22-2012 07:35 AM

Re: Neat Gadget
 
Think on top of the steering column it would block the bottom of the EVIC even with the wheel all of the way down. Frankly, the only place I can see that does not block something would be on the side of the console by the driver's right knee.

Is why I was wondering if anyone has seen the instructions r has them available ?

armoredsaint 03-22-2012 07:39 AM

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Do you have a 6 or 8? If you're looking to be a hyper-miler, good luck ;)

kennzz05 03-22-2012 07:44 AM

Re: Neat Gadget
 
torque app on smart phone and bluetooth dongle would likely provide that info plus additional info as well

Skip Lincoln 03-22-2012 11:05 AM

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I have one but I never found a suitable mounting location.
Skip

kkreit01 03-22-2012 11:51 AM

Re: Neat Gadget
 
I can see my needles fine, and keep my EVIC on the mpg screen = free and no unsightly addons.

ColdCase 03-22-2012 12:37 PM

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Instead of the laptop, think about a smart phone app if you have one. For about the same price as the meter you can get an iPhone or iPad app that does the same thing and more. I'm sure ODB readers are available for just about any smart phone, some may even be BT so you won't have dangling wires, but the ODB WiFi models work much better for real time data gathering, worth the extra cost IMHO.

padgett 03-22-2012 02:18 PM

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Have BT dongle on way but so far have not been able to download Torque to my tablet. Google apps store keeps saying I do not have an android phone which is true, I have an Android tablet.

zecstone 03-22-2012 02:25 PM

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i wish this info could be displayed on our mygig display through a aux input. Ill keep dreaming lol


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