When I got close to getting the Series 60 and Eaton AutoShift ready for wiring and installation, it became obvious that I would need a Pro-Link to check the wiring and to make changes for various parameters. One of the great folks from this group (and other boards – James Maxwell – sadly now deceased) and I did a lot of looking and talking about Pro-Link sources. We watched Ebay every day, and there were lots of units out there, but they all went for a ton of money (close to retail). While watching the auctions, I ran across the following company:
I ended up buying the Graphic unit. I am away from my records (on way to BusN USA), but I bought a kit similar to:http://www.usatoolwarehouse.com/usatoolwarehouse/mpi-604001c.html
That kit has changed a bit since I bought mine, but it is close. I bought the DDEC III/IV card and I was good to go. The card that comes with it can read just about any engine/transmission code, but can’t recalibrate any application. I needed to reset several variables on my engine, so I needed to get the card.
I really did not want to spend that much money, but I figured when I was done with it, I would put it on Ebay and recover some of my money.
I am not impressed with the graphic option. Maybe I did not spend enough time playing with it, but the display does not do much for me. I have the Silverleaf VMSpc and it does all of the graphing that I need and does it very well. If you are only looking for picking up codes and graphing of functions, maybe the Silverleaf would be a better option:http://www.silverleafelectronics.com/
Besides, the VMSpc is a really fun toy! Maybe I should not call it a toy, since I would not drive the bus without it being on the dash giving me all kinds of necessary information.
Now, back to Pro-Link
I really used the unit a lot during my installation. Still use it today every once in a while. Have used it on some other folk’s buses and it is always fun to help them. I am not ready to sell the unit yet, and may never sell it, as it has a lot of value to me.
The Folks at USA seemed to be good people to work with. Their Ebay price is lower than their website price. I bought it directly from them and they gave me the Ebay price, but would not give me the free shipping.
There is some confusion with “cartridges” and “cards”. I think the early Pro-links had cartridges for each application. Today they seem to favor one cartridge that has a slot for what looks like PCMCIA cards and then use cards for each application.
I looked for other technologies in the market and could not find any other players. Nexiq seems to have a corner on the market. They do a good job and are used by almost every dealer that I know of.
Not sure if that helps or not.