I figured with everyone buying an Ultra-Gauge these days, I'd start a Support thread for anyone needing help or links to help or ordering. I have contacted Ultra-Gauge and they love the idea. They said that they just dont have time or resources to stay on all car/truck forums.
Also on a side note, Ultra-Gauge informed me of discounts that may be offered to MASS ORDERS. here is what they told me:
Originally Posted by Ultra-Gauge
Thank you for your message and your support on the Ranger forums.
If I understand correctly, you would like someone at UG to become an active member on the ranger forums to answer questions and point users to information on the UG site?
We have done this on other sites. However we did so to limit the spread of misinformation that we had become aware of. I suspect it was begun by our competition masquerading as a user.
While we could provide such support our available bandwidth is limited and I'm not sure that we could keep up with the posts.
If you are willing to do it for us, we would be appreciative.
Also, in the past we have offered group discounts to forums. For example, a particular Toyota forum purchased more than 150 units. Essentially we announced a procedure and window of time for forum members to place an order. After the window had expired, all the validated members received a refund equal to the discount level the forum had achieved. For it to work, we had a volunteer on the Toyota forum that championed the whole offer.
Once I find out what the tier levels are for the discounts, I will update this thread. Then for all those interested, we can get an RF order together later.
-WEBSITE: UltraGauge Automotive Information Center and OBDII Scan Tool
-Ordering Page: ORDER HERE
- Ultra-Gauge Forum: CLICK HERE
-Direct Support: firstname.lastname@example.org
-Owner's Manual: CLICK HERE
What is the Ultra-Gauge?
Many of you may read the title and wonder what an Ultra-Gauge is. The UG (What we will call it for short) is a scan tool for any vehicle with OBD-II diagnostics. It mounts in your car/truck and plugs into the OBD-II port under the dash. It actively scans the vehicle using the same sensors that the computer reads and displays that information on the LCD screen.
The UG has a total of 74 Gauges it can display. However, for the Ford Ranger
, these are limited due to the sensors our trucks have. They are listed below. These gauges will displayed 6 per page on a total of three pages. So basically, you have the option of choosing up to 18 gauges to display. The pages on the UG can be set to Auto-Advance to "X" number of seconds or you can have it to a fixed screen.
One powerful tool of the Ultra-Gauge is its capabilities to Read and Clear Trouble Codes
!!! It is one of the cheapest OBD-II diagnostic tools on the market. You will easily pay more than $100 for one at Advance Auto or AutoZone.
Also, the UG has Max and Min alarms that can be set for each gauge. So say if you have the engine temp max gauge at 205*F like me, and it hits that threshold, it will make an alarm. Alarmas can be suspended or turned off. Also I will provide my alarm setting tonight.
WHAT DOES THE ULTRA-GAUGE LOOK LIKE?
the UG is a nice thin compact unit. There are three buttons on the back (Menu, Up, Down) It is smaller than a cell phone. It has a nice crisp LCD blue display.
HOW DOES THE ULTRA-GAUGE MOUNT?
The UG mounts using a suction cup mount with a bendable "arm" that connects to the unit. UG.com recommends putting it in lower-left corner of window right above dash. However, for the Ford Ranger, I personally recommend placing it as far top-left
of the window as possible. It will require some bending of the mounting arm into a squished "S" shape, but it can be done.
(This was before hiding the wire)
I also recommend Hiding the wire behind the A-Pillar Plastic.
WHAT COMES IN THE BOX?
The UG comes with the unit and mount
WHAT ARE THE DIMENSIONS OF THE ULTRA-GAUGE?
WHAT GAUGES ARE DISPLAYED?
Here are the Gauges for the Ranger (give or take)
* Open/Closed Loop Emissions Status
* Percent Engine Load
* Engine coolant temperature
* Short Term Fuel Trim Bank 1
* Long Term Fuel Trim Bank 1
* Short Term Fuel Trim Bank 2
* Long Term Fuel Trim Bank 2
* Ignition Timing Advance
* Intake Air Temperature
* Mass Air Flow Sensor output in grams/sec
* Absolute Throttle Position Percentage
* Bank 1 Oxygen Sensor 1 Voltage
* Bank 1 Oxygen Sensor 2 Voltage
* Bank 2 Oxygen Sensor 1 Voltage
* Bank 2 Oxygen Sensor 2 Voltage
* Distance traveled with Check Engine Light on
* Mass Air Flow 2, Calibrated/Calculated
* Instantaneous Miles Per Gallon (MPG)
* Average Miles Per Gallon (MPG)
* Average Miles Per Hour (MPH)
* Average Gallon Per Hour (GPH) - general
* Run Time - general
* Distance - general
* Fuel Used - general
* Intantaneous Gallons Per Hour (GPH)
* Fuel Tank Gallons Remaining
* Distance to Empty(DTE)
* Time to Empty (TTE)
* Average MPH - trip
* Average MPG - trip
* Fuel Used Gallons- trip
* Average Gallon Per Hour (GPH) - trip
* Run Time -trip
* Distance - trip
* Oil Distance
* Service Distance
* UltraGauge Temperature
Like mentioned above, the Gauges are displayed on three pages in "slots." Each slot is assigned a letter like so:
My layout is (I will fill out tonight, I cant remember them all)
WHAT KIND OF CALIBRATION IS INVOLVED?
- C-ENGINE COOLANT TEMP.
- D-INTAKE AIR TEMP
- E-AVG MPH
- F-Distance till empty
- G-Inst. MPG
- H-AVG. MPH
- I-INST Gal./HR
- J-AVG Gal./HR
- L-Time till empty
- M-Service Oil
- N-Service Distance (I use to keep track of tire rotation)
With the Ford Ranger, there is no fuel sensor (to my knowledge). We have a float attached to a sending unit that measures based on height of fuel in the tank. SOOOOO the UG has to be calibrated. You have two calibrations you can perform. One is distance and the other MPGs.
HOW TO CALIBRATE
This should give you a basic understanding of the Ultra-Gauge. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or post in this thread.
DIFFERENT COLOR DISPLAY
One tip for people that already have the Ultra-Gauge:
To change color of display, cut a piece of colored cellophane and place it on the screen. just make it a little bigger than the screen and wedge it in there:
here is where one user used green cellophane:
Also here are some other thread of interest within RF:
if your down for one, just go to the ordering page, you dont have to wait. I dont have any info on a group buy yet(costs per unit). I have sent admin an email at ultra-Gauge today and am waiting to hear back.