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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 12-15-2010, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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Wire Location Question

Just received my new alarm yesterday and like usual I am going to attempt to install myself before calling the professionals. I looked under the car but I wanted to make sure I had the right location. Can someone post pics or verify the iginiton wiring harness. I saw what I believe are the wires, which are the much fatter ones, but I wanted to make sure before I start cutting wires. Also can someone give me the locations that they put their control centers and cpu. Thanks
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First and foremost ALWAYS ALWAYS cut a "window" or strip of insulation from the heavy gauge ignition wires and solder the wire that you need to interface to it, if you are talking this is just an alarm then yeah you will have to cut the starter wire for the disable portion.

Control Centers and CPU?!!!! What is that. if you are talking the brain box, bury it so if someone tried to steal your car they would have a hell of time finding the box.

Ignition wires are on the top and side of the steering column.

What model and brand of alarm are you installing, or attempting I should say

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Thanks. Yeah I read up on soldering and how to strip the wire. I was just making sure that I had the right location. So I am guessing the thicker wires are the ignition wires that I need to use.
Yeah I am taking about the brain but that is what the book called them. I just wanted to know a good location it or where most installers put it.
I am atempting a Viper 5901 but I think I am in over my head and I havent even taken the plastic off the box. LOL.
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Yes I would suggest that you get all the appropriate FSM or wiring diagrams for the car as they will have the color code listed, as well as double check the wires function with a meter. It isn't very complicated to install a 5901, I have done a few of them. I fyou are going to attempt it yourself, just read through everything thoroughly and double if not triple check your connections. Also if hooking up the remote start function on the alarm be aware of the VATS system if you have it on your car, will have to be disabled. This a pretty good forum to check out and for you to do some research on, what is your location? Doubt you are close to me, but you never know, I could help you out.

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Yeah I have all the wire diagrams from here and 12volt. I just dont see where all the connections are supposed to go. I dont have a VATS system so i thought I would have an easier time but I am second-guessing now. I'm in NC but I actually have family in Kalmazoo. Thanks for the help so far.
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the wire diagram on here is dead on, i installed a commando fm870 on mine and it was not all that hard, just take your time and be sure you connect the correct wires, would probably be easier on your back if you remove the front seat so you could lay on the floor, solder is a must along with lots of insulation, hide the brain in a good place and dont tell anyone where it is(cant trust anybody these days, ask me how i know) if you feel you can do it yourself then do cause shops charge a good deal of cash for the install, good luck if you have trouble let us know and we will try to help as best we can from over the web

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Maybe I should of posted the link to the site I was talking about, besides this one of course, http://www.the12volt.com/installbay/

NC, hell you could make it in about 13 or 14 hours

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Thanks for all of the help. I feel like a dumbazz because nothing is making sense. I am looking at the install guide and I saw the vehicle diagrams from 12 volt and a few other sites. After looking around I dont see where half of the wires on the 3 alarm harnesses are supposed to go. I think I am going to have to throw in the towel. Now i see why people pay so much to allow professionals to do it.
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FWIW all of the wiring won't be used, no reason to feel like a dumb ass, sometimes the instructions read like jibberish.

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yea looking at the amount of wires that come with the kit is very intimidating and will make you wanna pay someone else, the quote i got was aroung $380, i procrastinated for about a year, but i finally got a few days off work last christmas and i just went for it

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