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Old 07-19-2009, 10:24 PM   #1
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Default Remounting/Relocating ODB/Tactrix Ports.....

Don't know if it should go in this section or interior modifications...but due to the specifics of the said cable I decided to post in here...

Dont know if anyone else has had this problem but i figured I couldn't be the only one....

For a little background info so you know what prompted this mod.:
It seemed I liked to irritate the usb 2.0 plug in (smaller USB plug)on the Tactrix plug-in. and i actually broke the solder off of the board...three times...the first time I actually sent it back and the company sent me a new one...postage paid and all...the second time I decided it was abuse on my part and the company shouldnt be penalized for my carelessness.

So I work at a Retail/commercial Battery store, and we have 'tech' tools out the wazoo...so i soldered it VERY CAREFULLY back to the board...the five pins we a pain but with a magnifying glass and a very fine tip soldering iron I got it back up and running...wheww!!!

So i was logging today and my knee hit the port again, and yup, the USB broke off inside the port...agian..

The Port and board cant take much more soldering with a human hand so i decided this has to be the last time...

To the mod....
-Removed ODB II(?) port from dash panel
-Relocated port further up in cosole with zip ties
-Plugged Tactrix into port with USB plug in
-Fed wire through dash to come out ashtray


Now if I do yank on the wire the ashtray will prevent damage to Tactrix port, also my knees arent in danger of hitting the port etc.

This is my first 'writeup' so am I in no way saying that I should have relocated the port or am I right in doing so....It just saves me the $150+ for a new cable...If I get some hits I'll post some pics...Thanks for reading....
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Old 07-19-2009, 11:40 PM   #2
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Let's see those pics
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Old 07-20-2009, 12:05 AM   #3
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AFAIK, the OBD2 post has to be located on the drivers side, within reach, otherwise the car is non-compliant and can not be registered. Not sure if it is the same in the US, but I'd expect to meet CARBS (I think that is what it is called over there), it would have to be located in the same way.
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Old 07-20-2009, 12:05 AM   #4
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Yea dude, Definately interested in pics... I do know that obd2 connectors by law has to be from the center line of the vehicle to the drivers side as far as placement goes...
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Old 07-20-2009, 01:22 AM   #5
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You could wire in a new OBD2 plug and leave the current one where it is now. Just tap into the pins at the back of the plug and run the wires for the new plug from there.

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Old 07-20-2009, 11:13 AM   #6
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Somebody makes a "Y" splitter that would keep a OBDII port in the stock location and allows another one to be left under the dash or moved somewhere else.Personally mine just stays under the dash due to it constantly being used by my PSI3.If I have to get inspected it takes seconds to pop it back into place.
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Old 07-20-2009, 09:32 PM   #7
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cool...thanks for the feedback people!

As far as the CARB stuff goes...In ohio we still havent adopted the stricter emissions test, and if it comes to that it is literally a five second job with some cutters(for the zip-tie) and sliding it back into the slot...nothing is screwed/bolted in...easy peasy lemon squeezy...

I was not aware of the regulations on the ODB port location but i assure you I am extremely greatful for the information...It would suck to find out the hard way...but like I said..it worked for me..

lemme charge my battery and i'll get those pics...

again, thanks for reading...
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Old 07-20-2009, 10:04 PM   #8
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IIRC, Tactrix is making a new rev of the openport 2.0 with reinforced casing around the plug.
The usb plug is def a weak point there, a local tuner had broken a few as well. I'd contact tactrix again, as it's not really your fault on the second time, either.
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Old 07-20-2009, 10:37 PM   #9
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tha's good to heasr....i already soldered it back and it's operating fine...if worst comes to worst...I may contact them...thanks for the info bro....wonder how they're gonna reinforce the pulg..i put hot glue all around mine

as far as the pics go...well i just snapped some with my crappy old digi. cam....better than nothing i guess...









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Old 07-21-2009, 11:46 AM   #10
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After breaking 3 2.0 cables myself Colby from Tactrix suggested I get this.
http://www.obd2cables.com/products/o...cable-5ft.html
I bought one and haven't had any problems since. I don't keep it in the car, but use it on the dyno regularly. You could get that cable along with this
http://www.obd2cables.com/products/o...cable-1ft.html

and still keep an obd port on the driver side but have another on the passenger.

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Old 07-21-2009, 05:25 PM   #11
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I also ripped the mini usb off my tactrix 2.0 and had to order a new mini usb port from digikey and solder it back on. The original mini usb connector got bent and wouldn't make good contact with the usb cable. If i was smart i would send it to tactrix and have them fix it. Good ideas on relocating the obd2 port or getting the obd2 cable extension. I guess Colby didn't count on all us goofy open port users ripping the mini usb off.
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Old 07-21-2009, 09:50 PM   #12
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Thanks again for the input!! especially the links...probably snag one of those soon...should have payed attention to the golden rule "search"...
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Old 07-26-2009, 11:02 PM   #13
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LOL, I had the first one snap off as well... I bought a 6' cable with a 90* plug (so it wouldn't be in the way) and haven't had a problem since.
http://www.obd2cables.com/products/o...1962f-6ft.html
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:55 PM   #14
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reviving an old thread. Recently had my leg tug on the usb cable. Same solution, resoldered the mini usb. Its working like a champ however no longer powers up with it just plugged in usb. No power, no micro sd logging. Any idea what I need to check? No reply yet from tactrix Good idea on the extension! That will help solve the issue ;-)
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