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Old 09-17-2014, 09:19 AM   #1
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Default Installing remote start in a manual trans bugeye WRX

I know there are other some other threads out there but they all seem pretty old and was wondering if anyone had a very detailed how to on installing a remote start on a bugeye WRX? preferably with pictures. Has to be able to work on a manual trans and preferably without going through the PITA procedure of putting it in neutral, pulling the E-brake. flipping some switch 3 times, getting out and shutting the door then turning the car off and hoping the door doesn't get opened again before I want to start it.

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Old 09-21-2014, 09:35 PM   #2
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I don't really have the time to write up a step by step, but the below thread has a lot of detailed info about it. The procedure to integrate with a wire at the ECU so it wouldn't attempt to remote start while in gear is the same on 2002-2004 models. Slight change after that. I had a 2002 WRX Wagon (hence my name). Have also installed remote starts in my 2005 and 2011 models and thousands of other cars back when I worked in the business.

Let's start with the basics. Remote start or alarm/remote start? Have you ever installed one before? Do you have and know how to use a multimeter and soldering iron? Do you already have a remote start or will you be needing to purchase one?

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Ultimate Alarm/Remote Start thread
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Old 09-22-2014, 09:07 AM   #3
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Looking to add a remote start/alarm to my 2003 WRX. Right now its just the factory alarm without remote start. I still need to purchase one and I have never installed one before. I am good with a soldering iron and know ver basic use of a multimeter.
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Old 01-16-2015, 07:22 PM   #4
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Bump - Looking for similar info. I want to get a new Remote Start/Keyless system [Viper 5706V] for an 02 5MT Impreza Sport. Read through the Ultimate Guide but the info is so old [like the car!] but the alarm systems are so new that knowing what info is still valid/current is a headache.
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Old 01-17-2015, 09:47 AM   #5
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You've got to do the research about the wiring and where the appropriate connections are made. It's no where near as easy as a run of the mill alarm. I have done many installs of aftermarket alarms and remote starters. Biggest issue being that the alarm wiring isn't going to be exclusively clear about all makes of cars. Sometimes it's a trial by fire connecting things up. One of the easiest ways was to use the wiring diagram in the factory repair manuals. Start matching up wire purposes to wire colors on both car and alarm harness. I've used Python and Viper alarms for nearly any installation. Being clear though, it's not easy to wire up a remote start system without tearing into the dash.
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Old 01-17-2015, 09:50 AM   #6
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I have some information, maybe this will get you rolling in the right direction.
ITEM | WIRE COLOR |POL| WIRE LOCATION |
| 12V|white |+ |ignition harness |
| STARTER|white/black |+ |ignition harness |
| IGNITION|green |+ |ignition harness |
| ACCESSORY|yellow |+ |ignition harness |
| POWER LOCK|white |- |DKP harness from door |
| POWER UNLOCK|green/red |- |DKP harness from door |
| LOCK MOTOR|red/green |5wi|DKP harness from door |
| UNLOCK MOTOR|lt. green/yellow |5wi|DKP harness from door |
| PARKING LIGHTS +|orange | |parking light switch |
| PARKING LIGHTS -|black/white | |headlight switch |
| HEADLIGHTS|blue/yellow |- |headlight switch |
| DOOR TRIGGER|pink/black |- |white plug behind fusebox |
| DOME SUPERVISION|use door trigger | | |
| TRUNK/HATCH PIN|yellow/blue |- |white plug behind fusebox |
|TRNK/HTCH RELEASE|lt. green/yellow |5wi|motor in tailgate(wagon only|
| FCTRY ALARM ARM|factory remote only | | |
|FCTRY ALRM DISARM|factory remote only | | |
| TACHOMETER|yellow/green | |ignition coil |
| SPEED SENSE|green/black | |instrument cluster |
| BRAKE WIRE|white/black |+ |brake pedal switch |
| HORN TRIGGER|red/green |- |steering column |
| WIPERS|blk/blu(L),red/blu(H|+ |wiper motor |
| LF WINDOW UP/DN|blue/red - blue |A |driver window motor |
| RF WINDOW UP/DN|blue/red - blue |A |DKP harness from door |
| LR WINDOW UP/DN|blue/red - blue |A |DKP harness from door |
| RR WINDOW UP/DN|blue/red - blue |A |DKP harness from door |
| RADIO 12V|blue/red |+ |radio |
| RADIO GROUND| | | |
| RADIO SWITCH|yellow/green |+ |radio |
| RADIO ILLUMINATE| | | |
| POWER ANTENNA| | | |
| LF SPEAKER| | | |
| RF SPEAKER| | | |
| LR SPEAKER| | | |
| RR SPEAKER| | | |
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Old 01-17-2015, 04:50 PM   #7
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As stated before, read, read, read. sometimes, the biggest challenge can come from programming the remote start.
To safely install a remote start on a manual transmission, some form of neutral safety must be used. The process which you explain earlier is to let the remote starter itself know that the vehicle is in neutral (not in gear). (PM me, I can go into more "detail" on the installation on a manual transmission, from the old school)
the remote starter itself will vary on what it can do, depending on what you purchase, from different types of lighting for different functions of the starter, to all types of things.
On an '03 wrx, you do not have the transponder key, so the installation should be pretty straight forward without bypasses and/or add-ons to the unit itself. If you are going to do the install yourself, I would take the time to install a starter disable to work with the lock function of the remote starter. google how to install a starter dissable, it will require a relay, but just a little piece of mind when the vehicle is locked, or locked, then manually unlocked.

The question you should ask yourself is are you confident that you will not make any irreversible mistakes on the install.
Research until you can answer this question.

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Old 01-20-2015, 02:32 PM   #8
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Definitely reading, maybe too much - I am starting to over analyse! I found the wiring diagram for the car. From the Ultimate thread I believe I need three major things that the standard install instructions wont cover:
1. [Diode isolated] Neutral Sensing wire tied into a hood pinswitch w/ disable toggle for maintenance [Prevents car from starting with the hood up] (Any opinions on the magnetic versions?)
2. Temp. bypass system for the clutch with a relay [Prevents car from starting without the clutch in neutral or engaged]
3. [Diode isolated] If system needs a "Ground" signal use the Parking Brake wire w/ disable toggle for maintenance [Prevents car from starting without the parking brake engaged]

Are all of those still valid with the newer alarms?

I will also want to be sure to -
1. Test all of the wires with a DMM first.
2. Disconnect the OEM alarm harness. Possibly remove the OEM keyless module but be sure to leave in the OEM integrated module.
3. Make sure the valet switch is installed somewhere reasonably accessible/hidden.

Questions:
1. The Viper 5706V states that it's "Virtual Tach" with no tachometer wire connection required - what impact, if any, will that have on this type of MT install?
2. It also lists "Flex Relays Onboard" - will that eliminate any of the additionally installed relays from the old forum guides?
3. Any reason I should need get the XKLOADER2 [USB computer interface (Bootloader)] as I will have the XPRESSKIT but no bypass? With a car as old as mine would it help simplify the install [picking up the door locks or horn without hard-wiring] as an amazon reviewer mentioned?

Would a decent shop help with this type of modified install? I definitely don't want to do the hokey pokey getting in and out of the car. Luckily I have a mechanic friend to help with the majority of it - I just have to be able to tell him what I want...
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