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I can't seem to find what i'm looking for. I see a bunch of alarms on ebay and other sites and I try and compare the specs of all the different brands. What exactly am I looking for?? 2way? Four Channel? The list goes on, can anyone tell me the difference and what it all means? Thanks!
 

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as far as car alarms go, I would recommend you look into Clifford alarms or Viper alarms. Both of them are now owned by the parent company of Directed Electronics. I am sure that you would be able to find what you are looking for with those reputable products.
 

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Here's my $.02 about car alarms.

Walk out into any large parking lot and I can almost guarantee you'll hear a car alarm. That's only if you're listening for it. I think most people nowadays don't even pay attention to car alarms and in a way, that makes them redundant.

I say go with a car alarm, but don't go all out and get a state of the art alarm. I personally have one, but it's the factory installed alarm. It won't keep someone from stealing your car if they really want it, but it will act as a deterrent.
 

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That is why the talking alarm is so good. It has the flashing LED, Plus, it can be set so that when people even walk by it says "You are too close to the vehicle, please step away" The voice on a PA is not normal and people look. Plus, we have about 800 people who park in our lot at work, I can describe my vehicle to any of the 800 and they never seen it, Tallest one in the lot, only one with 4 KC's on top, The one with the Deer Slayer bumpers.. non of that works. But If I say the one that talks when you get too close! OH YEA! I Know! I DIDN'T EVEN TOUCH IT! And everyone know exactly what vehicle to look at when they hear that voice.
They even kinda play with it and show people how sensitive it is. It's my 6th one. $50, you can't beat it.

In other news a while back a car left the lot in Cleveland, Viper alarm roaring on the back of a tow truck. He was stopped by security who he showed a Pickup order for it as a break down. They let him go. Later, it was determined it was called into AAA and was to be dropped off at a chop shop. So much for alarms. The chop shop had it delivered, It was the owners car of a stereo shop, he had a gigantic stereo system and Vipers best alarm-remote start. It was the joke of the town. His shop went out of business.

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I have a Clifford Concept 450 G5 alarm because it was one of the few alarms that had remote start for manual trannies. So far so good.
 

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deletedpenguin said:
Here's my $.02 about car alarms.

Walk out into any large parking lot and I can almost guarantee you'll hear a car alarm. That's only if you're listening for it. I think most people nowadays don't even pay attention to car alarms and in a way, that makes them redundant.

I say go with a car alarm, but don't go all out and get a state of the art alarm. I personally have one, but it's the factory installed alarm. It won't keep someone from stealing your car if they really want it, but it will act as a deterrent.
This is true....thanks!
 

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No, I do not work for Directed Electronics. Anyways, Viper now has a GPS alarm . This alarm can be used as a stand-alone or a plug-on option. The GPS tracking service is based on a subscription service. You can get it for $299/3 years = ~$100/year. Again, this is only for the GPS tracking service. This is actually better than LoJack because, if I'm not mistaken, you actually have to first report that your car is stolen before LoJack can be activated. However, if you have any unauthorized movement of you car, the Viper alarm will notify you by email and/or by phone (I'm thinking via text message here). In regards, to MC's story, apparently the owner did not have the GPS service. Otherwise, they would have caught the thieves red-handed.
 

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Kal_El said:
usmc xterra said:
The bulldog talking alarm used with the factory gives the best protection you can find for the money. Install yourself in like 30 min. Wal Mart $50.
MC
Thanks MC, how hard was it too install?
I should have done a how to. But before thenewx.org.
Buy the one with the LED light. Bulldog talking alarm.
It was a tight spot but Driver side below air cleaner and in front of it.
Run the power wire back to firewall and around to battery.
(You will need extra 10' 14 AWG Wire) Hook to Bat with fuse near it.
Now secure the alarm in that spot, horn faces engine and kinked towards ground and front slightly, really don't matter how ever you can get it in there. (You have to remove alarm from the mount after fitting and then screw down the mount and re install the horn to the mount. PITA)
Looking down at it installed from top driver side headlamp area under hood.

Now, run the wires for the LED through our famous hole in rubber below where the brake MC is about 12" down (I poke a wire grabber from inside and pull it in.) Now, Remove the driver side speaker cover and fish the line up into the speaker corner Right rear, Then drill or dremel a hole the right size to hold the LED. Put LED into speaker Cover and re install that. (Make sure wires don't mess with speaker. Now follow included instructions on how to set it up. They have some options. Adjust it.
You are going to be very impressed with it once you adjust it right.
Note, I kind used some double sided tape on the horn to secure it to the body so it would not jounce around too much when off roading. MC
 

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Kal_El said:
max6spd said:
I have a Clifford Concept 450 G5 alarm because it was one of the few alarms that had remote start for manual trannies. So far so good.
What is the range on that one?? Clifford is one of the better apparently, no complaints?
Not too bad considering I live in NYC. When I was out in the country the range was incredible. Not as far within the city, but no complaints.
 

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I'm assuming you need a separate key fob for that cheapy Walmart alarm MC? If not you have me sold. I'd like extra security, but I want something that I can just have a single key fob for unlocking the X / disabling the alarm. And as I have no idea if people use the term 'Key Fob' in the US. I mean the electronic thingy that you press the button on to disable the alarm.
 

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I'm assuming you need a separate key fob for that cheapy Walmart alarm MC? If not you have me sold. I'd like extra security, but I want something that I can just have a single key fob for unlocking the X / disabling the alarm. And as I have no idea if people use the term 'Key Fob' in the US. I mean the electronic thingy that you press the button on to disable the alarm.
I agree! The alarm sounds like a cool unit, but that fob is a piece!
 

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usmc xterra said:
The bulldog talking alarm used with the factory gives the best protection you can find for the money. Install yourself in like 30 min. Wal Mart $50.
MC
MC, is this the one you've got? Also, can you provide some good pictures of how you hooked the power wire up, and what you hooked it up to? And possibly where you located the speaker at? Thanks.

P.S. You do this for me, and I'll finally post my Gibson Exhaust sound file!! :salute:

 

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Yea that is the one. It goes down on the horizontal surface in front of the Air Box (That holds air filter) Horn pointing left or towards the engine. You have to place it for fit, mark location then take it off mount, Mount the mount to the vehicle and then re-mount the horn to the vehicle making sure you have a good ground (I used a star grounding washer) Then power goes along firewall to Battery, fuse should be close to battery. The rest is in posted directions. M Campana got a taste of how easy it will warn someone today in a demo at Summit Auto Racing.
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Just thought of the killer for me on this one - It speaks English. Is there one that speaks Spanish? :)
 

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I am sticking with the factory on the X. On my 04 Desert Runner I went all out with the Viper 791 XV, w/2 way paging, remote start and added all the bells and whistles including the GPS. I had the window modules for rolling them down. I liked the remote start so as to cool the truck down on hot South Texas days. But the truth is I was robbed twice, the alarm did me no good. Once they got very little (a book of copied CD's) but the second time they got me for about 4K worth of Stereo not to mention the damage they did getting it all out of the truck. I prayed that someone would steal the whole truck but just a bunch of thuggish kids around, no real pros. Insurance paid me for all of it (including for the factory 1st Aid Kit) which they took because they cut themselves up when they smashed my window.
 

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I am sticking with the factory on the X. On my 04 Desert Runner I went all out with the Viper 791 XV, w/2 way paging, remote start and added all the bells and whistles including the GPS. I had the window modules for rolling them down. I liked the remote start so as to cool the truck down on hot South Texas days. But the truth is I was robbed twice, the alarm did me no good. Once they got very little (a book of copied CD's) but the second time they got me for about 4K worth of Stereo not to mention the damage they did getting it all out of the truck. I prayed that someone would steal the whole truck but just a bunch of thuggish kids around, no real pros. Insurance paid me for all of it (including for the factory 1st Aid Kit) which they took because they cut themselves up when they smashed my window.
sad to hear about the car but hey lol karma is a bitch they will get theirs..

its just good to know at what point will the stock alarm/keyless entry alarm will sound off and hope that it actually will sound off
 
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