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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-10-2019, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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START HERE: New FORScan user education

We have had a few questions recently from new owners interested in learning about FORScan, and found that we have a few posts in random threads that can help, but not really a dedicated FORScan thread that new owners can reference. I did start an earlier thread on FORScan Adapter recommendations back at the end of 2018 that got corrupted and the admins could not recover, so probably the most comprehensive thread we had on choosing a FORScan adapter no longer exists.

There is a ton of information out on the FORScan website and on other F150 forums, but both are almost too much information (= think lips around a firehose)

I know that all three (3) Super Moderators here (@wreedsvt, @kdjapser and myself) have all figured out how to do FORScan programming, but all three of us also work in the IT industry and aren't afraid of a computer. I know when I initially went out to the FORScan website, the number for choices for H/W (Hardware) adapters and S/W (Software) applications was over-whelming and took me even some time to sort out what should work and what won't. I would have loved if there was a single thread that said: "Here's exactly what you need to do and is guaranteed to work..."

I also know we have some older owners who may or may not be tech-savvy, and for anyone who is not, I can understand how trying to figure out what you need is near impossible without someone explaining what combination of H/W and S/W actually works together and how to use FORScan for monitoring and/or programming once you have everything installed.

I am starting a new "sticky" thread here to hopefully demystify what you need from a H/W and S/W perspective in order to do FORScan monitoring and programming. These are my notes and documentation on what combination is currently working for me and how to use FORScan for basic monitoring and programming.

I am going to add posts to this thread on the following topics:
  • H/W requirements
  • S/W requirements
  • FORScan Installation
  • Using FORScan for Monitoring
  • Using FORScan for Programming
  • FORscan F150 spreadsheet
My recommendations/notes can be found following the JMP tag

This is my first pass and I'm looking for some feedback on if these instructions helped or how they can be improved.
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2018 Ford 150 PS Diesel Platinum FX4 in Ingot Silver w/BuiltRight Rear Seat Release, Gatorback F150 Splash Guards, Lloyd Custom F150 Luxe Carpet Mats & Titan 40 gal replacement fuel tank
FORScan mods: Auto Start/Stop Disabled, Bambi mode, Digital Temps Above Gauges, DPF Full %, OCR (Operator Commanded Regen) and Heated & Cooled seats on Home screen

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-10-2019, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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H/W requirements

In order to use FORScan, you need two (2) pieces of H/W (hardware):

1) Monitoring/Programming Device
a) For Monitoring only:
i) Laptop: Windows
ii) Tablet: iPad or Android
iii) Phone: iPhone or Andorid
b) For Programming only:
i) Windows 10 (only) laptop (any make/model)
JMP: I picked up a used Lenovo X1 Carbon laptop thru work for a decent price
=> This particular laptop is probably overkill for what is needed here
=> ANY Windows 10 laptop with Bluetooth capability is adequate
=> FORScan Programming is not possible on Mac or Linux Operating Systems = must be Windows 10 laptop
2) ODBii adapter: OBDLink MX+ OBD2 Bluetooth Scanner for iPhone, Android, and Windows
JMP: I have only used the above adapter for my monitoring and programming
=> I wanted something wireless (= I have enough cables already in my life)
=> This adapter is compact, can be left plugged into the ODB port, and gets primarily good reviews on Amazon (compared to others)
=> ODBLink also makes a Wireless LAN version (which should be faster/better) but most of the reviews claim it doesn't work!
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2018 Ford 150 PS Diesel Platinum FX4 in Ingot Silver w/BuiltRight Rear Seat Release, Gatorback F150 Splash Guards, Lloyd Custom F150 Luxe Carpet Mats & Titan 40 gal replacement fuel tank
FORScan mods: Auto Start/Stop Disabled, Bambi mode, Digital Temps Above Gauges, DPF Full %, OCR (Operator Commanded Regen) and Heated & Cooled seats on Home screen

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-10-2019, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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S/W requirements

Visit the FORScan website for latest FORScan downloads for the following operating systems:

1) FORScan Lite for iOS (for iPhone or iPad devices)
a) FORScan Lite 1.5.2 for iOS (Core 2.3.25) <= $5.99 in Apple Appstore
b) FORScan Viewer for iOS <= FREE in Apple Appstore
2) FORScan Lite for Android
a) FORScan Lite 1.5.2 for Android (Core 2.3.25) <= $5.99 in Google Play Appstore
b) FORScan Demo for Android <= FREE in Google Play Appstore
3) FORScan for Windows
a) FORscan version 2.3.25 Beta for Windows (FREE)
b) Get Free extended license (2 month trial) for PROGRAMMING (FREE)
c) Buy Extended License for PROGRAMMING
i) 1-year ($10)
ii) 3-year ($20)
iii) 5-year ($30)
iv) Lifetime ($50)
JMP: Depending on whether you want to do monitoring or programming:
=> If you only want to do monitoring, any of the 3 options above will work
=> If you want to do FORScan programming, you need a Windows 10 laptop + FORScan Extended license (only #3b or #3c above)
=> For a comparison of all of these different applications, please see: Comparison of FORScan applications
=> Examples of FORScan programming:
a) Exposing DPF Full% on OCR
b) Changing fuel tank size for DTE calculations
c) Anything listed under FORScan mods in my signature
=> I develop software tools for a living, so I:
a) Do not pirate software
b) Help the developer wherever I can (= I bought Lifetime Extended FORScan license)
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FORScan mods: Auto Start/Stop Disabled, Bambi mode, Digital Temps Above Gauges, DPF Full %, OCR (Operator Commanded Regen) and Heated & Cooled seats on Home screen

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-10-2019, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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FORScan Installation

1) Download the latest FORScan for Windows version (See #3a above in S/W Requirements post above)

2) Get Free extended license (2 month FREE trial) (See #3b above in S/W Requirements post above)
or
Buy 1yr/3yr/5yr/Lifetime Extended license (See #3c above in S/W Requirements post above)
3) Turn your vehicle ON to ACCESSORY power (Just hit start button w/o foot on brake pedal)

4) Enable Bluetooth on your laptop via: Settings -> Bluetooth & other devices -> Flip Bluetooth slider to ON

5) Add a new Bluetooth device on your laptop via: Settings -> Bluetooth & other devices -> Add Bluetooth or other device
a) Select "Bluetooth"
b) Select "ODBLink MX+" from list of discoverable devices
6) Find folder where latest FORScan for Windows version was downloaded to in #1 above

7) Double-click on FORScan for Windows version exe file e.g. FORScanSetup2.3.##.beta.exe where ## = latest modification/beta level
a) Hit "YES" to allow install
b) Select English in Select Setup Language window
c) Click on I Accept and Next> in License Agreement window
d) Click on Next> in Select Additional Tasks window
e) Click on Install in Ready to Install window
f) Click on Finish in Setup Wizard Complete window
8) Activate Extended license with Activation code e-mailed back you from MyCommerce (A Digital River Company)

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FORScan mods: Auto Start/Stop Disabled, Bambi mode, Digital Temps Above Gauges, DPF Full %, OCR (Operator Commanded Regen) and Heated & Cooled seats on Home screen

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Using FORScan for Monitoring

In order to monitor PIDs in FORScan, you need to configure the PIDs you want to display:

1) Select the Monitoring icon circled in red on the left

2) Make sure PCM shows up in the pull-downlist in the orange box on the bottom => This will filter the list down to PCM-related categories

3) Click on the Settings icon in blue on the bottom

4) Select the DPF-related PIDs => You should find the DPF-related PID names in the screen capture below
a) Select PID
b) Click on right arrow to move to monitor
c) Move up & down arrows to order how you like
5) Click on the Play icon in green on bottom

You can take a look at this screen capture I mocked up with the colors for what icons to click on: FORScanSetPlayDPFrelatedPIDs#2

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FORScan mods: Auto Start/Stop Disabled, Bambi mode, Digital Temps Above Gauges, DPF Full %, OCR (Operator Commanded Regen) and Heated & Cooled seats on Home screen

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Using FORScan for Programming

In order to change/alter default factory settings, you can follow these instructions (which are specific to changing fuel tank size)

1) Select the Programming icon circled in red on the left (only available with FORScan Extended license)

2) Select IPC in the pull-down list in the orange box on the bottom => This will filter the list down to three (3) IPC related categories

3) Select/click-on IPC Module configuration (AS BUILT format) line in the list of Modules under Configuration and Programming notebook tab

4) Click-on the Play/Run service procedure icon in green on bottom


5) Click-on Save All to save all values before making any changes


6) Type in filename with IPC and abt (for as-built) as file suffix


7) Change bytes values to make your change(s):

e.g. For changing the fuel tank size, find row with IPC 720-03-01 and changes Bytes 4 thru 6 accordingly:

Code:
IPC 720-03-01 xxx5 EAxx xxxx 3D9 = 26 gallon (what you should see before changing) 5EA = 40 gallon for 5.5' bed 719 = 48 gallon for 6.5' bed

8) Click on Write All to save the changes
=> Once you click on Write All the system will internally reboot to pick up the changes; e.g. IPC screen will turn off/on and you will hear one or more chimes
9) Click on Stop service procedure icon (next to the Play icon) to exit FORScan programming
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FORScan mods: Auto Start/Stop Disabled, Bambi mode, Digital Temps Above Gauges, DPF Full %, OCR (Operator Commanded Regen) and Heated & Cooled seats on Home screen

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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-11-2019, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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FORScan F150 spreadsheet

Now that can see how to use FORScan to program/change a single setting, explore the following spreadsheet to see what else is programmable: FORScan 2015-2019 F150s
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FORScan mods: Auto Start/Stop Disabled, Bambi mode, Digital Temps Above Gauges, DPF Full %, OCR (Operator Commanded Regen) and Heated & Cooled seats on Home screen

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Now that can see how to use FORScan to program/change a single setting, explore the following spreadsheet to see what else is programmable: FORScan 2015-2019 F150s
Thanks Jim, I followed your information, and I was able to program my 40 gal. tank.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-18-2019, 07:35 AM
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I seen some questions on this forum, about warranty and forscan, and I found on the web and wanted to share it with you guys.


, Will using FORScan void my warranty? No, according to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act the dealership would need to prove that any change you made with FORScan directly caused the wrrantied part to fail.


.https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...xY/mobilebasic


at this site

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