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Old 05-11-2009, 10:47 AM   #1
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Just bought a 1997 wrangler. I live in the city and I'm worried someone might just come by and jack it. I leave the doors and top off and i was curious to know if any of these models have steering wheel locks? I am going to put sometype of kill switch on it as well. Any ideas of other things that i can do??

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I installed a kill switch... need to interrupt the solid yellow wire located under the column access panel. Hide your kill switch in a clever/convenient location. Also, consider upgrading your glove-box door to steel type.

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buy a long masterlock that is long enough to lock both the brake and clutch pedals together.
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keep 'em out...

My concern is not so much the contents of the cab, as I know not to leave anything valuable in there (read: voice of experience... ) but my concern is the stoooopidly simple access to our engines. Is there a cable locking system out there, or locking pins, etc, that are at least some deterrent to the "opportunist" who isn't packing tools. If they want in they will get in, I know that, but at least make them break a sweat and damage some knuckles gettin' in. I have a standard engine... noting to get excited about, but I like my lines and hoses and filters right where they are, thank you!

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I've been thinking about putting a kill switch on my fuel pump in a secret location not very many people would figure that out. I just havn't had the time to mess with it though. Nothing is going to prevent anyone from getting in our jeeps though if they want to get in its not hard all you can do is prevent them from being able to drive off with it.
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I've been thinking about putting a kill switch on my fuel pump in a secret location not very many people would figure that out.
Good idea but it's easier to put that kill switch into the ASD (auto shut down) relay circuit you'll find inside the PDC (power distribution center) under the hood. Without the ASD energized, the engine will get no spark or fuel.
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Whats wrong with a quick disconnect steering wheel? With this there is no need to wire anything. Just take the steering wheel off. Nobody can steer or drive it that way. As for the motor, they sell hood locks for that.
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Whats wrong with a quick disconnect steering wheel? With this there is no need to wire anything. Just take the steering wheel off. Nobody can steer or drive it that way. As for the motor, they sell hood locks for that.
Then you woudent have the air bags.....insurance would be HIGH!
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Whats wrong with a quick disconnect steering wheel? With this there is no need to wire anything. Just take the steering wheel off. Nobody can steer or drive it that way.
Yep as dwdrums801 said, that would eliminate the air bags which to me would be a stupid thing to do.
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My concern is not so much the contents of the cab, as I know not to leave anything valuable in there (read: voice of experience... ) but my concern is the stoooopidly simple access to our engines. Is there a cable locking system out there, or locking pins, etc, that are at least some deterrent to the "opportunist" who isn't packing tools. If they want in they will get in, I know that, but at least make them break a sweat and damage some knuckles gettin' in. I have a standard engine... noting to get excited about, but I like my lines and hoses and filters right where they are, thank you!

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Quadratec has two different styles of hood locks. heres the links.

Rugged Ridge 11252.05 - Rugged Ridge Hood Lock for 07-09 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

Original Replacement Parts 11210.10 - Locking Hood Latch Set in Black for 97-06 Jeep Wrangler TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec
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Not to be a wet blanket - but - The problem with a kill switch is where to hide it. There's only a few places, and the thieves know them all. An experienced thief can find your secret location in seconds.

If the kill switch was disguised as something else, it helps. Sorry, I wish I knew a good answer.

Kill switches still don't keep it from being towed off, or protect things like winches. I think it was 3 years ago I was at a big poker run put on by the Morongo Sheriffs Search and Rescue Department. A guy was parked right in front where everyone could see his rig (parked next to mine.) While we were watching the prize giveaway drawings, someone stole his winch! I guess his was easier to steal than mine.

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Then you woudent have the air bags.....insurance would be HIGH!
I thought about that, but was unsure if the 97 had airbags. Ya never have to tell anyways.
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Buy a tuffy center console lock box and run the kill switch into there. The only chance they would have getting to it (if locked) would be to trace back the wires, yank them out and connect.
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You could make sure to move your machine guns in and out of your house while everyone is outside enjoying the sun so that the word gets out... dont even step on his lawn... he is a crazy bastard....lol
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Here is the circuit to interface with for a switch. Updated – TJ Theft Protection ADE/ADE-II w/Light Chaos - JeepsUnlimited.com Forums I did not use a magnetic switch. I have two switches, one in the front I normally set and there is a second in the rear. There are lots of places that will not be found in seconds.
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Last winter while I had the Hardtop and full steel doors on. They popped the passenger door lock, pulled the dome light down and removed my stereo and some other items. All while parked in front of out house well we slept 20 ft away. Cops came and told us we were lucky they didn't steal our doors!! No matter where you hide the kill switch, what locks you use, by the time they are out there, thieves know how to get past them.
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Old 05-12-2009, 09:51 AM   #18
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All good ideas if you're concerned about security: Tuffy boxes, locking hood latches, kill switches.

Also, if a manual tranny (or for brake pedal?) there is a Club for the clutch pedal. As with any theft deterrent, it only works for the casual thief (or like a kid) and a real pro can't be stopped. Of course, a real pro probably won't even look at my Jeep...
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Also, if a manual tranny (or for brake pedal?) there is a Club for the clutch pedal. As with any theft deterrent, it only works for the casual thief (or like a kid) and a real pro can't be stopped.
You're right there! There was a demo on TV once that showed just how vulnerable The Club is to a smart thief. The thief sprayed it with something that was extremely cold, perhaps liquid nitrogen but I don't recall, and then shattered it with a few whacks with a small 2# sledgehammer. It instantly fell apart into several pieces.
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Not to be a wet blanket - but - The problem with a kill switch is where to hide it. There's only a few places, and the thieves know them all. An experienced thief can find your secret location in seconds.

If the kill switch was disguised as something else, it helps. Sorry, I wish I knew a good answer.

Kill switches still don't keep it from being towed off, or protect things like winches. I think it was 3 years ago I was at a big poker run put on by the Morongo Sheriffs Search and Rescue Department. A guy was parked right in front where everyone could see his rig (parked next to mine.) While we were watching the prize giveaway drawings, someone stole his winch! I guess his was easier to steal than mine.

If they want it, they'll get it.
I implore you to find mine in under 60 seconds. Having one is much better than not having one especially if it's well concealed. Having one also slows the thief down and he'll get frustrated enought to leave (without my Jeep). Most thieves are not going to spend lots of time trying to find your switch or rewire your system.
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While we were watching the prize giveaway drawings, someone stole his winch!
Wow that would be the time for thieves to have free rein with all the Jeeps parked at such an event. Certainly everyone is only paying attention to the drawing. After years of thinking I seldom park my Jeep in theft-prone areas, I think I'll go tack weld a barrier of some kind over the top of one of my winch mounting bolts.
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Buy a wireless remote relay that is usually used for off road lights. Jam it somewhere in the engine and run it to the computer or the starter or the fuse of somthing important to start the vehicle. Cant find a kill switch if it has no switch ; )

Bet you can't find my switch in 19 hrs lol

A setup thief could engineer his way past it in about 45 min but who spends that long?
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Buy a wireless remote relay that is usually used for off road lights. Jam it somewhere in the engine and run it to the computer or the starter or the fuse of somthing important to start the vehicle. Cant find a kill switch if it has no switch ; )

Bet you can't find my switch in 19 hrs lol

A setup thief could engineer his way past it in about 45 min but who spends that long?
You have a link or a how to on that. Sounds like the way to go.
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Mount a 50 cal on the roll bar.... with computerized tracking of objects and to set off a single round every 30 minutes. That'll keep the neighbors and thiefs at bay....
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Mount a 50 cal on the roll bar.... with computerized tracking of objects and to set off a single round every 30 minutes. That'll keep the neighbors and thiefs at bay....

That would work, and work well
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Just google wireless relay and buy one that has a couple remotes and is the correct voltage, as for instruction... It's easy and more than likely the relay will come with a nice labled wire direction pack that makes it a 15 min install. You only need to decide where, a nice place is by the fire wall on the engine side and run the relay to the starter. Shouldn't be a problem and they are water resistant but a baggy helps : )

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