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Old 02-01-2001, 04:53 AM   #1
malaki
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Question need help wiring trunk latch to factory alarm

I would appreciate some help with my situation. I thought the factory alarm system would have been prewired to the trunk hatch-light. I was wrong. I would like to run a wire from the hatch-light to the alarm system. Could someone please tell me which wire I need to patch into? All help is appreciated, but specifics would be best. Thank you in advance for your time.
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Old 02-01-2001, 05:03 AM   #2
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Old 02-01-2001, 02:39 PM   #3
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You could tap into a rear-door switch. Connect the return wire from the trunk light to the return wire from the door switch. I don't know how everything is wired, but I assume that each plunger-type switch for the dome/trunk light completes a circut when opened. If you tap the two together either should set off the alarm.
Note: That door will probably turn on the trunk light when open.
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Old 02-01-2001, 02:40 PM   #4
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Note #2
I just might have to get the trunk light kit now even though the same effect could be accomplished with a mercury switch.
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Old 02-01-2001, 05:05 PM   #5
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You might as well get a trunk light -- it'll be the cheapest and most useful mod you can put on your RS!

When you hook your alarm to the trunk light wiring, it'll be "hot" (read 12V) until the trunk is open which will connect the ground switch and complete the circuit.

I hooked my alarm to the trunk light so that if someone opens my trunk with the alarm armed, it'll go off!

I've also wired in a remote trunk release by myself -- but that's another story all together!

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Old 02-02-2001, 01:24 AM   #6
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I know for boating applications you can get 60watt 12v lights... I was contemplating using something like that in the trunk. Lord knows I've got enough juice back there.
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Old 02-02-2001, 04:53 AM   #7
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Thanks everybody, this is good information. This weekend I'll try and put it to good use.

I was trying to avoid connecting the trunk to the door wiring, just didn't want to mess anything up, you know to many factors to the equation.
With my luck I would blow the dome light.

This web site is great! Where else can you go ask one question and get multiple different answeres.
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Old 02-04-2001, 06:56 AM   #8
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Well everybody, after playing with my alarm a little bit I figured out what I'm going to do. Thanks to Peaty and the list of all of the wire lines. I decided to hook my wire to line #18. There is nothing attached to this line, so I know I won't hurt any other electrical components, which makes me want to hook up the hood and trunk to this wire position. I tested the line by sticking a bare wire on to the pin, I shut the door, set the alarm, grounded the wire, and the alarm sensed an intruder. Now all I need is a female receptacle pin that I can put in the harness and everything will be perfect.
Thanks everyone I appreciate all your help this makes me feel more secure.

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