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#503949 - 12/14/10 12:29 AM Installing my own car alarm/remote start  
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I am getting ready to do a stereo install on my truck and want to install an alarm and remote start at the same time. I am considering doing it myself, but I know it is more complicated than installing a stereo.

As you all witnessed, I can wire and fabricate when needed.

Anyone ever do their own alarm/remote start?

Should I do it myself or pay someone to do it.

By doing it myself, I can save a couple hundred in install fees.


James
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#503950 - 12/14/10 02:23 AM Re: Installing my own car alarm/remote start [Re: Silverbullet]  
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Did you get the harness so that its mostly just plug and play? While it will cost ~$80, it should make doing it yourself straight forward and less risky and possible to remove if all hell breaks loose.


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#503951 - 12/14/10 04:13 AM Re: Installing my own car alarm/remote start [Re: D-Rod]  
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Originally Posted By: D-Rod
Did you get the harness so that its mostly just plug and play? While it will cost ~$80, it should make doing it yourself straight forward and less risky and possible to remove if all hell breaks loose.


When I decide on which alarm I will pick up the bypass module to go with it. I think I am going to take it on while I am doing the stereo upgrade since I will be in there anyway. There is so much info out there and I have the wiring diagram for the truck.

I know when I talked to a local shop, they said they run a seperate powerl ine instead of tapping into the ignition line to power the remote start. I think everything is else will be straight forward and since I am not trying to do crazy stuff it shouldn't be too bad. I actually don't need the alarm, but I want the remote start and since I am installing that I figure I should install the alarm as well.

I have a friend who has installed a couple of alarms so I should probably keep him on speed dial.

Now I have a nice long list for the truck.
New deck.
new speakers
new amps
backup camera
aux back up lights
alarm
remote start

Should be fun.


James
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#503952 - 12/14/10 06:23 AM Re: Installing my own car alarm/remote start [Re: Silverbullet]  
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I did a remote start on our Villager a number of years ago. Tapping into the wires was nerve wracking, you had to strip a bit of insulation off and then tap in the extra wires, and then seal it all up. There was a color diagram on the companies website which helped me a ton. They forgot to mention, however, that because the Villager was really a Nissan, the standard Ford diagrams didn't apply and I needed to tap into an extra wire. Until I figured that out, it would barely start and ran pretty rough. After that, piece of cake.

If you have a security chip key, good luck. When the Admiral got a new van, I had a place do it, and this is part of it. There are addons that are required with the fancier theft deterrents.

I don't believe you can plug and play a remote stater, but I could be wrong.


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#503953 - 12/14/10 08:48 AM Re: Installing my own car alarm/remote start [Re: casualboater]  
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do it yourself. it will be difficult and will cost you more in the end but think of your northern friends here. we need a 400 response thread to get us through the winter.


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#503954 - 12/14/10 09:22 AM Re: Installing my own car alarm/remote start [Re: BToran]  
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http://www.bulldogsecurity.com/Products/453055434-model-gm-12-t-harness.aspx

http://www.bulldogsecurity.com/bdnew/vehiclewiringdiagrams.asp --> Says GM-12 T-Harness, which is the first link for a 2007 Silverado Classic...

Might be worth checking into to see if one exists for your truck...significantly reduces the risk...

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#503956 - 12/14/10 10:57 AM Re: Installing my own car alarm/remote start [Re: D-Rod]  
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If you're putting in a b/u camera, is b/u sonar much more of a project?

I have it on my new 4R (along w/ a camera) and it's just a great feature.


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#503959 - 12/14/10 11:15 AM Re: Installing my own car alarm/remote start [Re: Philr]  
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Btoran - I am going to charge admission to cover my cost and occupy you over the winter. That was funny though.

No chipped keys here which saves me a ton of money and headache. It's kind of odd that a 2007 does not have chipped keys, but I am glad it doesn't.

PhilR-The difference is the back up camera ties right into the headunit and automatically comes on when in reverse. I could add an aftermarket sonar.

D-Rod I'll look into the T-harness but I have heard bad things about bulldog systems. Doesn't mean the T-harness is not a bad way to go.


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#503960 - 12/14/10 11:29 AM Re: Installing my own car alarm/remote start [Re: Silverbullet]  
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My wife's cousins installed a car alarm once.

They put a fancy stereo and alarm in the car that was worth more than the car was...

it was stolen.

(not the car, the alarm).

True story.


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#503962 - 12/14/10 12:11 PM Re: Installing my own car alarm/remote start [Re: Al]  
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I got a Bulldog system for Christmas 6-7 years ago to install on my Camry. The real reason I asked for it was for keyless entry. Nonetheless, I looked into purchasing a T-Harness for it to significantly reduce the installation challenges. I still would have had to splice the wires to the door lock system. Anyway, long story short, they had stopped manufacturing the T-harness I needed and I did not have the funds to get one of the few remaining. This in addition to the fear of splicing into the complex, tight-tolerance wire harness lead to the item sitting on a shelf in my room. It's still there today!


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#503965 - 12/14/10 12:23 PM Re: Installing my own car alarm/remote start [Re: D-Rod]  
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it must work, as your shelf hasn't been stolen yet.


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#503985 - 12/14/10 03:18 PM Re: Installing my own car alarm/remote start [Re: BToran]  
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Originally Posted By: BToran
it must work, as your shelf hasn't been stolen yet.


That's classic.

I have one to install in my wife's truck. I should do that one first to get my feet wet on vehicle with fewer systems.


James
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#504084 - 12/16/10 12:05 AM Re: Installing my own car alarm/remote start [Re: Silverbullet]  
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Which truck?


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#504087 - 12/16/10 04:17 AM Re: Installing my own car alarm/remote start [Re: cny boater]  
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My wife's truck (1988 Suburban) has an old alarm in it that we don't use. A few years back I bought a replacement with remote start and never installed it. Perhaps I should do that one first.

I may also trade some ammo to a friend of mine to install my wife's for me. 500 round sof .223 is just about right and he has installed alarms in his vehicles before. Maybe another 500 rounds for him to help me do mine. I'll chec with him tomorrow.


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#504104 - 12/16/10 01:13 PM Re: Installing my own car alarm/remote start [Re: Silverbullet]  
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Better than gold......make sure to hang on to some of that! wink


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#504106 - 12/16/10 01:22 PM Re: Installing my own car alarm/remote start [Re: Justified Too]  
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Originally Posted By: Justified Too
Better than gold......make sure to hang on to some of that! wink
Absolutely.


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