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Someone popped my door last night and tried to steal my radio. I have a very old alarm in the car the siren was disconnected but the lights still flashed. I need to get a new alarm.

Any recommendations ?
what does everyone use I want security and auto start

Thanks for the help

Tim
 
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The Viper 791XV is a good alarm. Has the 2 way remote so that when the alarm goes off, it pages you, as long as you are close enough. Leave the siren unhooked, flashing lights unhooked, and buy yourself a gun
 
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I just finished the initial install of a compustar 2wss-as in my 9C1. Very nice unit for $299 on ebay . This is the spread spectrum 2-way paging alarm with an advertised range of 1-1/4 mile.

At first I struggled but it was simply a matter of getting a good ground.

I finished late last night, left the car in the office garage in a concrete building with a standard commercial garage door and a steel rolling door (double doors). I could query the vehicle from 4 1/2 blocks away in my apartment, wow. I am very impressed with range.

Quality of the unit appears good, instructions lack hand-holding. But quite simple to figure out. Tough part is finding the correct vehicle connections. The FSM is a charm for that.
 
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Hey bro go with the viper I install them all the time even went with the 791 on my SS would not go with anything else also try lo-jack and a gun like iiibdsiil said.
 
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lojack ? i wanna try out this http://www.mymobileguardian.com

apparently lojak uses radio frequency tracking or triangulation, not as good as cellular and gps tracking. when i was digging around for my first car alarm purchase I found the mobile guardian to have superior functions at a very good price. It can notify you via email, cell phone, pager that your car is on the move. Then you can query the exact location on the web.

I'm in no way connected to the company or product, but I'm interested in getting a dealer license for my brothers company. Who wouldnt want to track their kids, their wives/husbands ;) and keep a tab on their collector car.
 
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damn glad they didnt jack the car! :eek:
When it comes to my car i dont play..
I got the clifford pager
Lo-jack and that Steadfast steering column

...soon to come shaved doors
 
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Originally posted by IraqWarTrophy a.k.a. 305 SS:
damn glad they didnt jack the car! :eek:
When it comes to my car i dont play..
I got the clifford pager
Lo-jack and that Steadfast steering column

...soon to come shaved doors
Dont forget that nice looking AR-15 you have too
 
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I have a scytek alarm. I have the galaxy 5000rs-2w1 and my range beats the viper alarms everytime
 
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Remember!!!!

Your alarm/security system is only as good as the installation. A poor installation on the most high dollar alarm is worthless, but a great install on even a cheap alarm may save your valuables.
 
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Originally posted by chevmdnss:
Remember!!!!

Your alarm/security system is only as good as the installation. A poor installation on the most high dollar alarm is worthless, but a great install on even a cheap alarm may save your valuables.
Please give us some pointers on what we should look for in a proper install...
 
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I may miss a few things here, but maybe Hack, Pimpala, Glenn, and a few others want to get in on this.

1st off is the shop. Look past the high dollar display. Ask ALOT of questions. Even if you think they are dumb, ask them. The good shops will answer them WITH an explanation.

After they ask what kind of vehicle----
If they go straight into a sales pitch about alarm XYZ being the best, just walk out.
One of the 1st questions they should ask, is what kind of protection are you wanting? OR What are you trying to protect? Give them YOUR answer. If it's the wheels, tell them. If it's the stereo, tell them. If it's the theft of the car itself, TELL THEM. If you don't, you may NOT get the protection you desire or need. :(

Ask to see a few of their systems installed if possible. Make sure it works! By the way, NO ONE BREAKS THE WINDSHIELD to steal anything. If they hit the windshield to show you how the shock sensor works, just say thanks and leave. ;)

Be honest with them. If the price 'seems' high, mention it. Maybe they have another brand that will work, but doesn't have to have the name paid for everytime. MOST OF THE $$ INVOLVED SHOULD BE LABOR! Alarms are NOT expensive, the labor should be. If they say they will install it for free, or $50 RUN!!!!!

Ask where the "BRAIN" unit will be mounted. If they say under the steering column, then just excuse yourself, and laugh as you walk out. You asked for security! A black box under the steering column is NOT SECURE! :mad:

Don't get caught up in the add-ons.
MAYBE a battery backup, but, remote start does nothing for the actual security of the vehicle. If you desire it, tell them in the beginning of the conversation. 2 way and paging units are not "all that". :rolleyes:

ALSO, make sure you ask them where the VALET switch will be installed, AND the LED. Otherwise be prepared for some NEW HOLES in your dash.
Be wise about the LED. You will want to be able to see it outside of the vehicle at night. Try to have them mount it in a visible location. The upper defrost vent on our cars is a decent spot. Some talented installers may suggest some other places. I like to do different installs for mine, so my customers get all kinds of cool locations.

This is just some of the things I like to discuss with my customers. I know this much........my customers do not come back for failures, thefts, or problems. They come back when they are buying other accessories from me, or doing the same for the spouses car/truck/van/suv/boat...... ;)
 
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Sean thanks for taking the time to give some insight on the subject. I originally read this at work and didn't reply, and I just remembered to come back and post. This is excellent information. Based on some of the places I've gone to, I'm glad I didn't have any work done.


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