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Old 05-20-2009, 11:53 PM   #1
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Default How hard is it to wire your own car alarm?

How hard is it to wire your own car alarm? I just dont trust people to do that. My car just got jacked so im not in the trusting mood.
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Old 05-21-2009, 07:17 AM   #2
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Really depends on what brand and what features your installing. As a installer Im going to tell you I would find a good shop talk to the installers find one you trust and have it done. I can understand your concern about your car, The key is finding a installer that knows what there doing. To many times I have to remove and reinstall alarms that other installers done or car owners done, due to bad/miswired installs.
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Old 05-22-2009, 12:34 AM   #3
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^^^^^^^^ what he said. Unless you have some background in it I would get a pro to do it. I see a lot of crazy stuff under dashes where people tried to do it there self.
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:16 AM   #4
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Trusting mood or not, it's not for the feint of heart.. It takes a special individual I feel... I've never been able to do it.. I can do any number of other incredibly intricate electrical things weather it be on my car or at work, but I've yet to tackle an alarm install..

I'm not saying it can't be done.... I'm just saying....

Example... My brother, ran a install garage for one of our local "big box" stores, he pumped out more alarms than the rest of the 6 store chain put together...

He's still got 3 days into my alarm install... Mind you, I asked him to do the install he always wanted to do, but never had the time... and he hasn't done an alarm in 3yrs.. he's makin it all look factory and i'm adding all sorts of interesting things to it...

Interior sirens.. back-up battery, powered back up siren.. various sensors and such...

This just isn't a DIY install...

Now, if you want to protect your investment, it's behooves you to take a moment to think about who is going to give you the better install... IT also has to make you think a bit harder about WHO you take the car to...

Shop around.. if you can that is... In my situation, I am lucky, car audio and alarm installs is in my family, through me and my brother.. but if I had to farm out my work, i'd have to take my car to a place called ABC Warehouse.. lol..(where my brother ran the install garage for 5-6yrs actually) I would however, get an authorized DEI (Python in my case) install... but, the name makes one wonder..

A bad alarm install can also burn the car down, as with many electronics installs I suppose.. but with this there is just that many more paths of failure...

Again, i'm not saying you can't, I'm just saying it's no walk in the park... hooking up wires is easy, knowing where to put the diodes and relays, isn't always..

What happened? Do you feel that your car getting jacked had something to do with the shop you had taken it to?? It wouldn't be the first time that sort of thing has happened...

Did it have an alarm on it, that didn't do anything?

Maybe we can put your mind at ease or something... I know the loss is a beyoche, though..
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:52 AM   #5
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I say go to a pro to do it.

I remember my Clifford alarms that were in my last few cars all said you had to have the dealer install it or you don't get the warranty.
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