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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-11-2007, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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Installing an Alarm

Got Two overall qustions guys:
1. whats a good alarm out right now? im looking at the clifford matrix line right now or maybe an autopage. i want something with remote start, paging, and possibly something that allows me to roll my windows up and down would be nice. what do yall reccomend? i do have a bugdet but want to get it done right the first time.

2. exactly how hard is it to install yourself? i have the time and the patience and basic skills with electronics and decent wiring/soddering so how difficult would it be to put in an alarm in my f150? i currently have an older Alpine alarm system in right now so would that help any? as stated above i would like remote start and the ability to roll up my windows.

2b. how much would you charge EW? lol

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putting in an alarm is a PITA... wedging yourself under the dash and laying on teh floor sucks. Check out www.the12volt.com and look up the wiring colors. You may have to diode isolate the alarms, you also may need relays for the locks. Gotta find out if they are negative trigger or not. My buddy did this shit for a living and as much as I like to save money, Id never install my own alarm.

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putting in an alarm is a PITA... wedging yourself under the dash and laying on teh floor sucks. Check out www.the12volt.com and look up the wiring colors. You may have to diode isolate the alarms, you also may need relays for the locks. Gotta find out if they are negative trigger or not. My buddy did this shit for a living and as much as I like to save money, Id never install my own alarm.
so the existing alarm wouldnt help then ehh? it already has relays n shit on the locks and lights n shit. i'll probobly have to upgrade the relays to w.e brand i move to though. honestly i dont even know what diode isolate means

i just want it done right... thats my thing... i know i will EVENTUALLY do it right... and if i dont do it right, i would take it somewhere to get them to fix my fuck ups and do it right. and im also on a budget. no set budget but i just gotta chill out the all the money spending lately.

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so the existing alarm wouldnt help then ehh? it already has relays n shit on the locks and lights n shit. i'll probobly have to upgrade the relays to w.e brand i move to though. honestly i dont even know what diode isolate means

i just want it done right... thats my thing... i know i will EVENTUALLY do it right... and if i dont do it right, i would take it somewhere to get them to fix my fuck ups and do it right. and im also on a budget. no set budget but i just gotta chill out the all the money spending lately.
if I was you, I would look up the wiring diagram for the existing alarm and look up the new alarm. You should be able to just take out 1 wire and put in the new one...just make sure you do it one at a time. With a starting style alarm, you will probably need a bypass for the PATS. If you do, the bypass comes with instructions. You could try it, but its usually cheaper to pay someone to do it right the first time then it is to fix your mess.

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thats it dude, im taking a huge dumb on the next car you detail... and im peeing on the seats...

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if I was you, I would look up the wiring diagram for the existing alarm and look up the new alarm. You should be able to just take out 1 wire and put in the new one...just make sure you do it one at a time. With a starting style alarm, you will probably need a bypass for the PATS. If you do, the bypass comes with instructions. You could try it, but its usually cheaper to pay someone to do it right the first time then it is to fix your mess.
thanks for the honesty. i wanted to try cuz i like doin shit myself but if its that complicated... i'll probobly just get EW to give me a quote

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thats it dude, im taking a huge dumb on the next car you detail... and im peeing on the seats...


thanks for the honesty. i wanted to try cuz i like doin shit myself but if its that complicated... i'll probobly just get EW to give me a quote
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-11-2007, 01:23 PM
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I have successfully installed all kinds of different shit in my Explorer, but the only thing I won't do myself is the alarm. It's much more worth it to pay a good shop to do it 100% right.

I have an Autopage with all the bells and whistles, and it's a good alarm. You can probably add the window thing to just about any alarm out there as long as you have the extra channel(s). Look at spending a good bit more on the install for that feature, though.
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I've done a couple and it is PITA... Pay someone to do it right the first time and you will be much happier.

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-12-2007, 09:10 AM
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EW does not install his own alarm. Security wise, nothing beats a G5 Clifford. However, the Clifford Matrix two way paging and one mile range stuff sure is cool. I have one of each and there are advantages and disadvantages to both.
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