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Old 01-15-2009, 08:53 AM   #1
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looking for alarm options, help!

i had two kicker solobaric 12's in my wrangler and last year someone cut out my windows and removed the whole box, the amps, my dash, and all of my audiocontrol products. i'm about to finally put a new system in and its not being installed without one hell of an alarm. i'm looking for an alarm with a motion sensor and paging option so if i'm not with the vehicle i'll know that it was set off. i have no power windows or door locks and need no other fancy options but every local auto shop said that even a basic alarm would be 350 to install. i'm just wondering if any one has any information on alarms, which one to use, which options are necessary, and any tips on installing it my self because i found really sweet alarms online that have many more features that the basic ones that the local shops are charging top dollar for. thank you much.

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Old 01-15-2009, 09:19 AM   #2
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i had two kicker solobaric 12's in my wrangler and last year someone cut out my windows and removed the whole box, the amps, my dash, and all of my audiocontrol products. i'm about to finally put a new system in and its not being installed without one hell of an alarm. i'm looking for an alarm with a motion sensor and paging option so if i'm not with the vehicle i'll know that it was set off. i have no power windows or door locks and need no other fancy options but every local auto shop said that even a basic alarm would be 350 to install. i'm just wondering if any one has any information on alarms, which one to use, which options are necessary, and any tips on installing it my self because i found really sweet alarms online that have many more features that the basic ones that the local shops are charging top dollar for. thank you much.
Your going to want one with a proximity sensor. You can add a proximity sensor to a lot of alarms. If you have an alarm installed at any shop there going to get you for some cash. It wouldn't hurt to see if you can talk one of the installers into doing it on the side. You can do it yourself, just make sure you do not hit your air bag wires with a tester, they will go off!

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Old 01-15-2009, 09:23 AM   #3
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i only use DEI products (Viper, Python, etc). i've got the basic alarm/starter kill with a motion sensor in the trim at the top of the windshield between the visors. it works great, and DEI has a lifetime warranty on their stuff.
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Old 01-15-2009, 10:29 AM   #4
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Even with an alarm, nothing will stop a smash a grab thief. Happened to me when i was parked 10 feet in front of the police precinct. No more passenger window and the whole dash was gone. gotta love it
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Old 01-15-2009, 10:44 AM   #5
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Even with an alarm, nothing will stop a smash a grab thief. Happened to me when i was parked 10 feet in front of the police precinct. No more passenger window and the whole dash was gone. gotta love it
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yeah dont waste money on an alarm. it doent hurt the thief or arrest him. it just makes noise. i mean sure, if it makes you feel better go for it, but if someone wants your stuff, theyre still gonna at least key your ride in anger when the proximity goes off.

getting you crap stolen is just a lesson in either not having to have subs, or just being careful where you are when you turn it up, or show it off.

this is exactly why i have an old school chameleon cd player, and just some pioneer front speakers.

it isnt worth it replacing your soft top and replacing your subs.
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Old 01-15-2009, 01:52 PM   #6
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i agree with the smash and grab, that's why everything in all of my Jeeps is disposable.

however, at least my Jeep can't be started and driven away easily thanks to the starter kill. it's also not as easy to disable that while the lights are flashing and the siren going off.
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Old 01-15-2009, 01:52 PM   #7
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If you don't go with prox then there is no point at all. If your not the type to drop everything your doing and run outside when your remote goes off then don't bother. It might stop someone when prox goes off, but nobody else is going to care if your alarm goes off. It will only be worth it if your near your car, not if your car is in your driveway and your at work.

If you want do do it yourself, you can pickup great alarms on ebay, brand new, for about half the price of retail.

If your going to have someone else do it, your going to pay. Just make sure what your protecting is worth more than your alarm.

If someone is stealing your subs, bolt them to the tub.
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Agreed, and alarm isn't going to stop anybody. If you are going to setup a system, then you have to be smart about. Know when not to advertise. Make sure everything is secure. I used uncommon screws to bolt all of my stuff down. If they want to steal it, its going to take them awhile and they are going to need the right hardware to do so. Also don't make the sub accessible. My sub is firing down, so its not even exposed. They'd have to remove the entire box to steal my setup. Not an easy chore. Nothing is full proof, but you can at least make it a pain in the ass if they want to try to steal it.
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Old 01-15-2009, 10:23 PM   #10
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thanks for the info. i live on cape cod and you could hear a pin drop in my neighborhood and all of the robberies have been by teens so i'm not worried about pro's or smash and grabs bec i never go to the city. i just ordered a box from ron at just4effects so the subs face down and i'm pretty good with doing somewhat stealth installs in a blazer and a grand cherokee i had before so i know the basics. my wrangler is my first car i had robbed and i know that the proximity sensor is the only way to go but i was wondering which brands work good and if there are any helpful options to have, i.e. door pin switches, back up batteries, 2 radar sensors vs one. Last question would be how hard are the proximity sensors to set up? thanks

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