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    Gap Diagnostic IIDTool BT essential or nice to have?

    Gents,

    Our family is heading from Perth up to Karijini National Park for 2.5 weeks camping over the school hols. I'm madly ticking off all of my tasks on the Disco and van to get ready.

    Question. I don't have an IID Tool.
    Would you class this as an essential item for risk mitigation or a nice to have?

    I can get one Express posted to me for $950 tomorrow and it is touch and go whether it will arrive before I leave next Thursday lunch time on July the 2nd.

    Is it worth the $$ and stress to get it here on time before I leave or not worry about it?

    Thanks

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    Excellent question.

    A suitable diagnostic tool in a modern vehicle is the equivalent of fencing wire and snips in an old one.

    If your vehicle is in A1 condition and hasnít been causing any grief for a while odd are you would get away with not having it.

    When / If you need it though, the price and stress will be long forgotten.

    If youíre in a position to get one, Iíd recommend it.
    Itís handy for many things including suspension height overrides when on faster offroad to overcome the 50km/h return to stock height.
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    Don't stress it, just enjoy your trip. You wouldn't have time to learn to use it properly anyway. But, in my opinion, such a tool is essential for doing your own servicing and remote travel, particularly if you travel on your own.
    My Nanocom Evolution is permanently in the D4 and I have the Nanocom IQ permanently in the OBD slot and the software on my phone. That's how important a diagnostic and code clearing tool is to me.
    If I had to suggest a last minute "must have", I'd probably suggest taking out a top cover breakdown policy with your insurer if you haven't already arranged it. After that perhaps hire a sat-phone or whatever comms solution suits your travel plans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tombie View Post
    Excellent question.

    A suitable diagnostic tool in a modern vehicle is the equivalent of fencing wire and snips in an old one.

    If your vehicle is in A1 condition and hasnít been causing any grief for a while odd are you would get away with not having it.

    When / If you need it though, the price and stress will be long forgotten.

    If youíre in a position to get one, Iíd recommend it.
    Itís handy for many things including suspension height overrides when on faster offroad to overcome the 50km/h return to stock height.
    Thanks Tombie. I have a Llams kit which I am installing this weekend so no need for this functionality in the IID tool.
    My tug has been running perfectly and recently serviced. Never had a hickup with it since purchased but that is only about 7 months so far.
    However I hear you about getting stuck on that rare occasion. And that is what is in the back of my mind. Hence the question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselLSE View Post
    Don't stress it, just enjoy your trip. You wouldn't have time to learn to use it properly anyway.
    Exactly this. Even if I get one in time, I certainly wouldn't have time to get up to speed and learn it.
    Thanks for your other suggestions. Will look into my insurance and RAC breakdown coverage level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeeGee View Post
    Is it worth the $$ and stress to get it here on time before I leave or not worry about it?
    Karijini is not exactly 'not going to see another vehicle for days'. I wouldn't stress over it specifically for this trip though they are a handy bit of kit. Optus cell and public phone is available at the resort and the RAC runs out of Tom Price if you are really stuck. I agree with others, having a decent road side break down cover (RAC or LR Assist) is probably a more effective form of insurance at this point rather biting your finger nails about delivery.

    Good luck with the trip it's great place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeeGee View Post
    Exactly this. Even if I get one in time, I certainly wouldn't have time to get up to speed and learn it.
    Thanks for your other suggestions. Will look into my insurance and RAC breakdown coverage level.
    Our top level RAA cover has paid for itself many times with the blown power steering pump at Old Andado Station in the Simpson desert. RAA paid $4k towards the repair leaving me only $900 out of pocket to fit a new genuine pump on the D2
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferret View Post
    Karijini is not exactly 'not going to see another vehicle for days'. I wouldn't stress over it specifically for this trip though they are a handy bit of kit. Optus cell and public phone is available at the resort and the RAC runs out of Tom Price if you are really stuck. I agree with others, having a decent road side break down cover (RAC or LR Assist) is probably a more effective form of insurance at this point rather biting your finger nails about delivery.

    Good luck with the trip it's great place.
    Thanks. I've got top RAC Ultimate Plus cover but only includes 300km tow for the tug and van. But that would include to Tom Price. Alternatively I could purchase the LR Assist as well for $180 for 12 months which would cover a tow to the nearest LR Dealership (being Geraldton I think).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeeGee View Post
    Exactly this. Even if I get one in time, I certainly wouldn't have time to get up to speed and learn it.
    Thanks for your other suggestions. Will look into my insurance and RAC breakdown coverage level.
    It wouldn't take long to work out how to use it.Mine logs onto my iPad,which we take everywhere when touring,and it is brilliant.The Gap tool stays in the glovebox all the time.

    Sure you wouldn't be familiar with all the functions,but i am sure it would be helpful if you needed it.

    As Tombie has said,it is an essential piece of kit on a modern vehicle.

    If it isn't going to arrive before you leave,i wouldn't worry about it,just think about getting one later if you are keeping the vehicle for a while.
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    Gap Diagnostic IIDTool BT essential or nice to have?

    Quote Originally Posted by BeeGee View Post
    Gents,

    Our family is heading from Perth up to Karijini National Park for 2.5 weeks camping over the school hols. I'm madly ticking off all of my tasks on the Disco and van to get ready.

    Question. I don't have an IID Tool.
    Would you class this as an essential item for risk mitigation or a nice to have?

    I can get one Express posted to me for $950 tomorrow and it is touch and go whether it will arrive before I leave next Thursday lunch time on July the 2nd.

    Is it worth the $$ and stress to get it here on time before I leave or not worry about it?

    Thanks
    What age car? Been there and done all that and still donít have an IIDTool at 227,000km much as I want it (badly!!!) and an 08 diesel model. Never missed a beat or let me down, touch wood. Done Steep Point coast run (totally remote) and Melbourne return all totally fingers crossed donít let me down baby!!

    When we did Karijini a few years ago we came home via Mt Augustus which was amazing. Highly recommend that as much as Karijini. Keep going south to Murchison Roadhouse for 900km of unsealed road magic. Only saw one other car south of Augustus. PM me for directions.





    Tyres will be your problem on these high speed off roads and I had a second spare so make sure good. The Coopers on other cars were destroyed. No problems with my Bridgestone LTs.



    The corrugations in Karijini are the worst Iíve ever experienced.

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