The Power of Torque

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The Power of Torque

Post by InSaNeAuDiOSupport5 » Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:50 am

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Here at Insane Audio, we build our own hardware and make all kinds of custom software, like Insane EQ, our own RockCam app, and Insane NavEngine. We also use an open platform and include all kinds of useful software that we didn’t make, like Google, for example. Sorry to disappoint you but, despite the rumors, Insane Audio did not make Google. We also did not make the Torque app, but it’s a powerful vehicle data management and visualization tool that we include on our products because we thought our users might like it, and it turns out we were right. Based on the feedback we get here in the shop, folks love it. It’s not hard to see why, once you start to explore the app, it really is an amazing tool for visualizing all kinds of useful vehicle information that is usually hidden. If you have any interest about what’s happening under the hood of your vehicle, read on and we’ll show you how to use the power of Torque to read your vehicle like an open book.


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OBD Vs. ODB

Maybe you already know about OBD2, or maybe you’re thinking of ODB, and now you have “Baby I Got Your Money” stuck in your head. In any case, here’s a little background: OBD stands for On-board Diagnostics. ODB stands for Ol’ Dirty Bastard. OBD systems started being included in many vehicles in the early 80’s. ODB, born “Russell Tyrone Jones” in 1968, was a rapper, producer, and member of the Wu-Tang Clan, releasing his first solo album in 1995. And that concludes our spontaneous rap history lesson, back to the topic at hand! Early OBD systems provided bare bones indicators or “dummy lights” of vehicle issues, without providing any further information. The “2” in OBD2 indicates the modern implementation, which provides real-time data in addition to a standardized set of diagnostic trouble codes, or DTCs, which allow mechanics, and now owners, to quickly identify and address a wide range of vehicle malfunctions. Pretty cool, right? But how do you use the OBD2 port to access all this rich vehicle information? Enter Insane Audio and the Torque app.


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Torque main screen


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Torque default dashboard screen


Insane Audio + OBD2 + Torque App

Every Insane Audio head unit ships with a little blue OBD2 adapter that plugs into your vehicle’s OBD2 port. This port is usually located on the left of the driver area down underneath near the hood release. Once you plug in the adapter, it reads information from the vehicle’s computer or ECU (Electronic Control Unit) and communicates that information to your Insane Audio head unit via Bluetooth. All our head units also come preinstalled with Torque. Check out this forum post for more info on getting your OBD2 adapter setup to work with Torque: https://insaneaudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=4304


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Plenty of sleek themes to choose from


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The Torque default dashboard screen with the “Bulletproof” theme


Torque is an open source app that allows you to view and analyze data from the OBD2 adapter in a beautiful Android based interface. We’re talking a set of fully customizable dashboards with readouts, gauges, graphs and the ability to organize and display all the information in just about any way you please. Not only can you choose from a huge list of vehicle data such as coolant temperature or engine load, you can also choose the gauge type, size, and positioning as well as the overall visual theme, background and display style of the dashboard. From clean, minimal digital gauges to needle gauges with flashy metallic pink bezels, the selection of user-created themes is extensive. Because of the open source nature of this app, if you’re so inspired, you can even create and submit your own custom theme!


How to Change Your Torque Theme

• To change your visual theme: navigate to the Torque main screen by swiping down from the top of the dashboard screen and then tapping the back arrow in the upper right corner of the screen.
• Next, tap the gear icon in the lower left corner of the screen
• Tap “Settings” > “Themes” > “Choose a theme”


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Setting up your vehicle profile


How to Set Up a Vehicle Profile

When you open the app, the default dashboard displays some of the more familiar and essential vehicle information: a tachometer, speedometer, air temp, coolant temp, throttle, and boost gauges. The first thing you’ll probably want to do is create a vehicle profile. Setting up a vehicle profile provides Torque with vehicle specs that in turn allow Torque to give you the most accurate calculations of things like Torque and Horsepower.
• To create a vehicle profile, navigate to the Torque main screen by swiping down from the top of the dashboard screen and then tapping the back arrow in the upper right corner of the screen.
• Next, tap the flashing text that says, “Profile: Not Setup”
• Then tap “Create new profile…”
• Give your vehicle profile a name, enter your vehicle information, then tap “Save”
• Now your vehicle profile is created! You can always go back to the main screen and tap on the profile name to make changes.


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A custom dashboard with the “Oleg” theme


How to Customize Your Torque Dashboards

Next, you’ll probably want to explore some custom gauges. Here’s how to customize your dashboard:
• Swipe up or down from the main dashboard screen to view additional dashboards. You can also add more dashboards in the layout setting if you happen to run out of space.
• Once you’re on the dashboard screen you want to customize, tap and hold on an empty area of the screen to bring up the dashboard customization menu.
• Tap "Add display"
• First, choose the type of gauge you want to add. Choose from 7 different gauge types and all kinds of specialized widgets. If you're selecting a gauge, choose whichever style display will work best for the type of data you are planning to view.
• Next, select what type of data you want to be displayed in the gauge.
• After you choose the type of data, choose the size of the gauge, then tap and drag to position the gauge on the screen.
• Tap and hold on any gauge to bring up the options menu.
• This menu will allow you to customize the gauges and dashboard even further by setting the layer order, setting min and max values, setting high and low warning alarms, changing the gauge type, size, position or removing the gauge.


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Choose from seven different gauge display types and even more specialized widgets


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Add custom PIDs for Transmission Temperature

How to Manage PIDs: Add a Predefined Set for Transmission Temperature

PIDs (Parameter IDs) are codes used to request data from the vehicle. Torque comes with several predefined PIDs for specific vehicles. This gives users a shortcut for adding vehicle specific PIDs. Here we’ll go over how to add a set of predefined PIDs for transmission temp on Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge vehicles.
• From the dashboard screen, swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the back arrow in the top right corner to go to the main screen
• From the main screen tap the settings/gear icon
• Tap “Settings”
• Scroll down and tap “Manage extra PIDs/Sensors”
• Tap the menu button, the three dots on the top right
• Tap “Add predefined set”
• Tap “Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep/Mercedes”
• Now follow the instructions above for customizing your dashboards and find the “Transmission Temp” item that matches your vehicle in the list.


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Add a custom PID to display your vehicle's current gear


How to Manage PIDs: Add a custom PID

In addition to the predefined sets, as an advanced feature Torque allows users to add custom PIDs for their specific vehicle. Once you find a vehicle specific PID you would like to add, here’s how to add it in Torque:
• From the dashboard, swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the back arrow in the top right corner to go to the main screen
• From the main screen tap the settings/gear icon
• Tap “Settings”
• Scroll down and tap “Manage extra PIDs/Sensors”
• Tap the menu button, the three dots on the top right
• Tap “Add custom PID”
• Read the warning and acknowledge that you “know what you are doing”
• Enter the the PID information, for example to add a PID for current gear enter the following values:
o PID: 22199a
o Long name: Current Gear
o Short name: Gear
o Minimum value: 0.0
o Maximum value: 6.0 (this number should match the number of gears on your vehicle)
o Scale factor: x1
o Unit type: [Leave blank]
o Equation: A
o OBD Header to use: 7E2
o Diagnostic start command: [Leave blank]
o Diagnostic stop command: [Leave blank]
• Tap “OK”
• Now follow the instructions above for customizing your dashboards and find the “Current Gear” item from the list to add it to your dash.


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Clear fault codes with Torque


How to View and Clear Engine Codes

Check engine lights can be pretty obnoxious. Yes, it’s good to figure out why the light is being triggered, but if it’s not a serious concern, you want to turn the light off. Torque lets you do just that. Here’s how to view and clear engine codes:
• From the dashboard, swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the back arrow in the top right corner to go to the main screen
• From the main screen tap “Fault Codes”
• Tap the search/magnifying glass icon
• Once the scan is complete, any detected fault codes will be listed.
• Tap the menu/three dots icon in the top right corner
• Tap “Clear faults on ECU”
• A warning note will appear, it’s worth reading
• Tap “OK” if you still wish to clear the code
• Voila! Your check engine light will turn off


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View and clear fault codes


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Select sensors to create graphs and comparisons


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Graph of Horsepower (At the wheels) and Fuel flow rate/minute


How to Trend and Graph with Torque

• From the dashboard, swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the back arrow in the top right corner to go to the main screen
• From the main screen tap “Graphing”
• Scroll down and tap “Select X axis sensors”
• Select the sensors you want to graph (active sensors are highlighted in green)
• For the graph shown here we selected “Fuel flow rate/minute” and “Horsepower (At the wheels)”
• Tap “OK” then tap the play arrow at the top of the screen to start graphing
• This feature also gives the option to export or share your graph via Bluetooth or email or post on Google Maps.


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Get Plugins, do it!


Torque Resources

Hopefully this helps give you an idea of the power and possibilities of Torque on your Insane Audio unit. There’s a whole lot more Torque can do that we didn’t cover here. For example, you can add custom plugins from the Google Play Store that will allow you to live graph fuel efficiency (free), put Torque dials and displays on your homescreen ($2.39), you can even download a live wallpaper plugin that shows you shift point lights as you drive (free).


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Get dashboard inspiration from the Torque forum


The degree of customization really is remarkable, and we know you love to customize. Even if you’re not a computer whiz, this app is approachable, easy to learn, and comes with a huge community to engage with if you get stuck. For more information including guides, photos of custom setups, awesome plugins and all kinds of tips and tricks on using Torque, check out the links below:

Torque Wiki Getting Started: https://torque-bhp.com/wiki/Getting_Started
Torque Plugins: https://torque-bhp.com/wiki/Plugins
Torque Forum: https://torque-bhp.com/forums/

Feel free to share your custom dashboard layouts or custom PID discoveries here. We'll see you out on the trail!
Last edited by InSaNeAuDiOSupport5 on Mon May 07, 2018 10:44 am, edited 1 time in total.

InSaNeAuDiOSupport5
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Re: The Power of Torque

Post by InSaNeAuDiOSupport5 » Thu May 03, 2018 1:41 pm

UPDATE: After further testing, it appears the predefined set of PIDs for Transmission temp provided in Torque do not work on certain Jeep vehicles. Are you able to view Transmission Temp after adding these? Please share your findings in a post here!

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Re: The Power of Torque

Post by GordonSmith » Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:39 pm

I'm curious if anyone has been able to integrate inclinometer functionality into this. I've seen that the gauges exist, but I presume the intention is to get that data from the device running the app (phone or in this case the JK2001), -vs- get the data from the OBD adapter.

Any luck?

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Re: The Power of Torque

Post by InSaNeAuDiOSupport5 » Sat Feb 23, 2019 6:00 pm

Hey GordonSmith,

Not sure if you saw this post, but it's relevant to the topic:
viewtopic.php?f=22&t=4323&p=6654&

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