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368A key cutting machine vs. Xhorse Condor key cutter

Why this 368A key cutting machine is so cheap while Condor XC Master series cutting machine is so expensive?


368A and Xhorse Condor key cutter are totally different machines. 368A key cutter is the manual control version. You need to do Calibration and cutting keys manually. While Condor key cutting machine is the automatic version. It can do Calibration and cutting keys by itself automatically.


Xhorse Condor XC MINI key cutting machine comes with build-in key database that will cut major vehicle key in the world. But the little 368A budget machine is great for cutting laser type keys. 


What key can 368A key cutting machine cut?

368a key cutter can cut/duplicate both home keys and vehicle keys (multi car brands, BMW, Honda, VW etc.)


For detail what type of key can get cut, please check the user manual in the package or contact customer service.


According to our customer’s feedback, 368A key cutting/duplicate machine is ideal for making duplicates or use together with items like SL277 or SL269-B.


SL277 New Type Car Key Combination Tool HU66


SL269-B  HU66 Manual Key Cutting Machine Support All Key Lost for VW/AUDI/Skoda/Seat




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2015.10V BMW ICOM ISTA-D ISTA-P HDD/SSD No Dongle Win 8

BMW ICOM Rheingold ISTA-D ISTA-P diagnostic & programming software is newly released to 2015.10V without USB dongle and can be worked on Win 8 operating system. 


Software version:



VIN: 2015.10.7


Top Feature:

1. Software compatible with ICOM, ICOM A2 and ICOM A3

2. Without USB dongle no need afraid for lost.

3.  Support Multi-language in diagnose and programming, also TIS diagram circuit:  Chinese, English and German



SS151-A10 SSD (Solid State Drive) 256GB 

SS151-10 HDD (Hard Drive) 500GB


Software including & Functions


System Requirements:

Make sure your laptop has Dual-core processor, better above IE3, and the RAM should be 4G or above, to ensure the software run smoothly, if your laptop can not reach this configuration, the software will be not able to run.


Support Model:

 It is recommended to use Lenovo ThinkPad: T61, T410, T420, T430, X200, X201, X220 X230 and other laptop with Intel chipset, such as I3/ I5 / I7 series.


Rheingold ISTA/D


ISTA/P Expert Mode:


KSD2-offline new version 25/08/2015


ETK 3.1.10


E-sys 3.26.1


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Update BWM E38 OBD II port to D-bus diagnostic port

Old BMW E38 and E46 have 20 PIN underhood connector rather than standard OBD II 16 Pin diagnostic socket. 


In contrast, the OBD II port allows you to keep the hood down, drive the car and sit in the driver or passenger seat to use your diagnostic tools (BMW ICOM, INPA, BMW Scanner v1.4.0 etc). 


With the hood down you also keep the air intake flaps open for the climate control. Only problem is the ODBII only allows access to a limited number of control modules and if you're using DIS on a GT1 machine with a DK (yellow Diagnostic Head), the Auto ID will not work correctly as there is no switched power (Terminal 15) on the OBDII socket.


You can either hook up a 20-pin to-16-pin diagnostic connector underhood or modified your diagnostic port to D-bus. Modification is certainly at risk. But I tried and it worked. You are on your own risk. 


BMW upgraded the OBDII diagnostic socket in 2001 to allow access to all control modules for all sales models except the E38 7-Series and the Z3. This upgrade was done by adding 3 pins to the ODBII:

TXD to PIN 8

Term 15 to PIN 1

TD (engine RPM) to PIN 9


Time for a retrofit...


Here is a little tutorial on adding the Diagnostics Bus (D-Bus) to OBD II connector of a 04/1999 build 740i, Anthracite w/ Black Montana Leather.


According to WDS the instrument cluster (IKE) has all 3 of these signals. Now that we know where to tap into, we need the connectors:



I think this is really a Micro-timer II Series contact based on Tyco Electronics website. I also noted that gold plated connectors are rated for 100 insertion and removals. This is much higher than the tin plated version (only 10). I also purchased the Microtimer II contact removal tool - 83 30 0 495 397. I wanted to confirm I had the correct contacts and this allowed me to remove one to verify.


Parts ordered:



Here is what we are starting with.


Next I removed the single screw to the right of the OBDII connector. I find opening the cup holder gives more space. Then pulled the white lock out of the OBDII connector in order to remove a contact. This is not necessary if you're just adding contacts.


Here I've removed one contact.


Using spare wires very similar in color to that called out in WDS, I crimped the contacts in place (using a Sargent 1028CT tool), wrapped them in BMW harness tape, then installed them in the OBDII connector and ran the bundle to the instrument cluster (had to remove the Climate Control, Nav monitor and wood trim next to steering wheel).


For TXD I tapped into the White w/ Violet stripe wire going into Pin 1 on the 18 pin X10113 white connection on the back of the IKE.


For switched power I tapped into the Green w/ Violet stripe wire going into Pin 16 on the 18 pin X10113 white connection on the back of the IKE. This goes to Fuse 18 which is 5 Amps compared to the underhood Pin 16 which goes to Fuse 22 at 10 Amps. I expect this should be sufficient for whatever diagnostic equipment you have hooked up.


Next was TD (engine RPM), but there was no wire going to PIN 3 on the 26 pin blue connector. So I left my 3rd wire disconnected.


After all the parts were put back together I hooked up the GT1 system to the OBDII connector and Auto-ID was able to identify all the installed modules and the short test worked just fine.


And if anyone knows what the TD wire is used for, please chime in...

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