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Old 10-27-2000, 07:39 PM   #1
10th Warrior
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Join Date: Aug 2000
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Toronto these days
2000 2.5RS
Silverthorn, PGT #671

Arrow Rig for silent running, Mr. Sulu (kinda long)

if the combination of submarines and star trek didn't baffle you enough, this post is about disabling that damn alarm chirp when you arm/disarm. there has been some discussion on the board before about how it is theoretically done, however, i have just completed doing it. its pretty simple now that i know how. it took me about 1.5 hours, but now i could do it in under 30 minutes. i am going to list everything you need and what to do so that no one else has to suffer threw the diabolical learning curve

#1 phillips head
#2 phillips head
1/4" drive with 6" extention
10mm socket
a pin/needle of some kind
beer, lots of it

1.remove the dash. there are 3 screws that hold it on. one on the side near the door, one down by the hood release, and one underneath by the center consol. then just tug, since it has attachment points at the top.
2.if you're anal(or smart), you can disconnect the battery as well as all the wiring attached to the dash. i did neither and had no problems. you just have to manuver the dash more.
3.the alarm box is located directly behind the fuse box. you get to it from underneath. it is mounted to a metal bracket. i first tried to take it off the braket inside. big mistake. instead, just remove the entire assembly. this is done by using your rachet (note:you need the extension) to take out the one nut at the top, going into the top part of the dash. there's a bunch of wires in the way so just follow the bracket arms to the top and you'll see it.
4.unscrew the alarm from the bracket, taking care to notice how the bracket is intertwined with the plethera of wires going everywhere. then unplug the inputs to the alarm.
5.now you have that pretty little box in your hand and you need to open it. there are four screws (#1 head). i recommend taking this into a flat, clean place to do. why? electronics hate dirt and when you're puting it back together, the flat will help.
6.remove the cover and extract the alarm. there is a little red series of dipswitches near one corner. flip number five
7.put everything back together in reverse order. one note for this. when the alarm gets juice again, whether its form the battery being pluged back in or the alarm wires being reconnected, its going to raise holy hell. the unlock button on the remote did not work for me. i had to insert the key and turn to the ON position and hit the emergency/reset button, as set forth by the manual. other than that, its the same as taking it apart.

well, there it is. any questions drop me a line. the alarm is still fully functional (yes, i tested it) and the lights still flash when armed/disarmed. but it is nice and quiet.

thanks to Peaty for the very helpful info, which can be found here

well, that's about it, i hope this helps

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Old 10-27-2000, 07:49 PM   #2
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08 RS4
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Looks like an addition to the Modification Section, Mr (and Ms) Moderators.
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Old 10-27-2000, 10:30 PM   #3
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Location: Lawrence, KS
2016 BRZ Limited
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1. N/A on Subaru
2. Ignition off driver door unlock
3. Auto Arming
4. Auto door lock/unlock on/off
5. Chirp on/off
6. N/A on Subaru
7. Auto Arm (ignition lock out only
does not arm the alarm)
Any body got any questions let me know.
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Old 10-28-2000, 02:07 AM   #4
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Hey Peaty don't be stealing my post.....thats not nice
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Old 11-06-2000, 07:30 PM   #5
Matthew Nelson
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Location: Overland Park, KS
2000 Impreza 2.5 RS
Blue Ridge Pearl


10th Warrior -

Thanks for the useful information on how to quiet the alarm. I live in an apartment complex and park my RS under a shelter. The alarm doesn't chirp too loudly when armed, but disarming the damn thing makes a louder bark, and because the shelter is has walls on all sides (except one), the sound seems awfully loud at night when I fear people are sleeping.

One question: where is the reset button located on my RS (2000) and how do I use it (as per the instructions found in the user manual)? I searched the owner's manual for tips on the alarm and found nothing, and my dealer didn't include extra instructions covering the usage of the alarm.

Any helpful information (as if you hadn't posted enough, already) would be beneficial and appreciated!
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Old 11-06-2000, 09:40 PM   #6
10th Warrior
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Silverthorn, PGT #671


that's the same reason i quieted my alarm, my cavernous apt garage just echoed so bad.

anyway, i assume you are refering to the alarm reset and not the ecu reset, which i know nothing about. i'm not sure what you mean exactly, but perhaps its the emergency override button which can be seen in the manual on page 1-18 (and others) this is what i used when i pluged the alarm back in and it went off. the remote didn't work for some reason. i'm not sure if this is what you meant, but i hope it helps. if this isn't what you wanted, then maybe you could tell me why you need to reset it so i have some context.

and just to clarify, its the left kick panel that needs to be removed, not the entire dash. i figure i should add this before someone gets really flustered and pissed at me
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