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    Recent BBS Aquisition

    We recently received a much awaited delivery here at Blackbox Solutions HQ, to create a new Bench test rig aid with our on going developing of diagnostic equipment and software on later Land Rover vehicles, that I thought you might like to see some pictures of.

    The as yet unpacked Blue Bag contains all the wiring, ECU's, motors, including the power struts, cameras, ECU's and switches from the Tailgate.

    There are other smaller Looms from the four doors etc not shown here

    LOOMS.jpg

    And of course there was also a collection of approximately 30 ECU's I have pictured some of these here with a few designation notes.

    ECUS.jpg

    Anyone care to guess as to the Vehicle Model or even better still the Year, especially if I tell you that the KVM is the latest FK72 variety that is locked from learning further keys.
    Last edited by BBS Guy; 14th May 2018 at 12:23 AM. Reason: I cant Spell big posh words ;-)
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    I would think the gearstick should give it away Colin,,,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedro_The_Swift View Post
    I would think the gearstick should give it away Colin,,,
    For me it just eliminates most new LR's ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by loanrangie View Post
    For me it just eliminates most new LR's ?
    Except the new Rangie Sport maybe?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bytemrk View Post
    Except the new Rangie Sport maybe?
    Very close indeed, Mark.
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    You are right Pedro_The_Swift, labelling the Gear Stick may have made it a bit too obvious, as I believe only the L494 Range Rover Sport comes with the Gear Stick. The closest equivilent of the L405 Range Rover comes with the Rotary gear selector as does the Discovery Sport and the Evoque, although I am not sure if that is just typical or always the case. Also not sure about what the Velar has.

    So Bytemrk is correct in that this is the electricals of a new Range Rover Sport (L494) The FK72 KVM reference makes it after 2015 and in this case this is a 2016 MY.

    We already have a 2012 MY Evoque vehicle that is really and seriously fully specced and a 2015 MY Discovery Sport vehicle in the fleet to work on. However working with full vehicles is not as easy for us as having a Benchable Test Rig. For the 2010 MY on stuff we even have both. So we were looking to get access to a higher end vehicle in the form of either an L405 or L494, but these are quite expensive and so we were very excited to find a parts donar of the full electrical system that was complete and I understand had been rolled in an accident.

    After connecting all the wiring looms together via their interconnecting connectors, we then plug in all the ECU's and run some heavyish Black wiring between all the earth points (Ring terminals usually bolted to the Body Shell) connecting them with ring terminals and bolts to provide an Earth Circuit. We then connect the Earth and the Main Positive Battery connection to a heavy duty power supply, power it all up, test it and debug it until everything is powereing up and diagnostically connectable.

    Then we fold it all up into a big pile, put it on a Blanket to make it easier to transport and lift it all onto a bench.
    After that we typically add 4 way splitters to the Diagnostic socket so a nuber of our technical staff can access it at the same time for developing and testing

    Anyways, I just thought some might find it interesting to see and learn of this normally behind the scenes aspect of what it takes to self develop Diagnostic equipment.
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    Colin, I want to see the step-by-step reassembly of those bits into an RRS!
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    A whole RRS Ron? that might possiby be one bush fix too far for even me and any amount of photo shopping

    But add a few wires and shove some power into her and she'll be right, at least electronically ;-)

    Here you can see we have already added all the ECU's to the wiring looms, interconnected the various seperate looms and have run some additional thick black earth wires. Most notably and the most important connector for us is the OBDII diagnostic connector with the big white label just behind it in the lowest foreground. It is not unheard of for us to actually wear this diagnostic connector out and have to replace it after a couple of years. I was surpriseed to discover that the Instrument Pack also has a fibre optic MOST bus connection.

    Loom1.jpg


    Here is a close up of the power supply and connections into the Test Rig. If you follow the Black wire from the power supply you can see the first Earth connection point with our Yellow ring terminalsthat then spread out to all the others. Unusually for us, we also had to join a few of the +12 Volt leads together too as this vehicle is multi battery.

    The Blue Connector in the middle is one of four cabin to Door loom connectors.

    Loom2.jpg

    I hope you liked seeing the pictures of progress with this. Tomorrow we get to try and power it all up and thankfuly and unusually this time we have a Key fob. On our last 2011 RRS loom / Test Rig build we did not and it took a week or so for us to figure how to learn a new Key fob to it without having an origional one.

    It ws quite a leaning curve for us, but we dd not mind as that is kinda the point.
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