VCM2 clone SP177C or SP177C1?
Yes, this question was asked many times in forums and search engines, including me. Until I got good answer from MH members: http://blog.obdexpress.co.uk/2017/05/05/where-to-buy-ford-vcm2-clone-sp177c-or-sp177c1/
This is one who post a correct clone A quality PCB board, did I realize what Ford VCMII unit should I get.
I loaded the attachment to help you look a bit more closely.
Of course, I shot him a PM and he recommended the seller obdexpress.co.uk. And I am appreciated that he guided me what exactly item no VCM2 should I go for: SP177-C1 or SP177-C. Then I went for their site. The difference between these two is that SP177-C1 comes with WIFI card, but SP177-C needs to buy WIFI card additionally. To be honest, I do not really interested in WIFI stuff, what matter is good communication with the device. So I decided to buy VCM 2 SP177-C for it is a bit cheaper than SP177-C1 (saved me 40 euro).
Ford VCM2 A quality clone Hardware:
The VCMii kit took 7 days from the time I ordered it until it was at my front door. The package comes with a VCM2 main unit, OBD2 cable and USB cable well packed in a plastic box.
I first took some package screenshots. What I really care was how the VCM firmware PCB board is built. So I disassemble the main unit with the help of a screwdriver. The PCB board inside are displayed below:
The VCM2 I purchased looks good on the PCB and no lose connections from what I can see. I have seen some other image around the internet that shows PCB’s that do not look that great. I don’t need to be doing a file transfer such as a module programming and increase the already present chance of a connection dropout. Well, I happy I have got a good clone VCM2 diagnostic scanner.
Ford IDS Software:
My clone VCM2 CD came with three versions of IDS, V86, V91 and V94. I like trying latest things so loaded V94 IDS on old Dell Win XP laptop. Software is a little bit difficult to install, the 3 day trial message implied the installation done completely. If IDS is well loaded, it works like a charm.
I am driving a Ford Focus hatchback 2013 and an German made Ford S-Max 2.2TDCI 2011. The V94 VCM2 IDS seems to be working great, read my vehicle ecu, cleared DTC codes. I even updated 8 modules on my 2013 Focus after downloading the calibration files with no crashes or errors (the calibration files were provided by the dealer).
And finally, if you have WIFI clone and want to keep it, use the version you used Ford_VCM_II_Software_Setup_v188.8.131.52, if you have good quality none wifi version you can use v184.108.40.206 if you have wifi and don’t bother about it.
I have another friend who newly purchased Mazda VCM2 diagnostic kit at the same dealer. And he put this way: “VCM2 for Mazda I can answer 100% yes, programming works too.”
Anyways it was a good investment.