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This is a discussion on Aftermarket Alarm System within the Interior Mods forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; I have been seeing TOO MANY threads pertaining to WRX thefts lately. And I have invested a big chunk of ...

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    I have been seeing TOO MANY threads pertaining to WRX thefts lately. And I have invested a big chunk of change into my car. I already have the upgraded security system that came with the car. But I want more protection. So I am looking into purchasing an aftermarket alarm system. Anyone out there upgrade their alarm system, or have any suggestions?

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    Depends on how much money you want to spend...

    Clifford and Viper are, in my mind, two of the best manf.'s out there. I'm soon to be getting the acclaimed Viper 791 two-way security system. There are many other options out there that are probably just as secure, but this one has all the bells and whistles I could ever need. Remote start in winter climates is $$$!
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    Originally posted by GetawayInBouldr
    Depends on how much money you want to spend...

    Clifford and Viper are, in my mind, two of the best manf.'s out there. I'm soon to be getting the acclaimed Viper 791 two-way security system. There are many other options out there that are probably just as secure, but this one has all the bells and whistles I could ever need. Remote start in winter climates is $$$!
    You have a point. And I wouldn't mind spending good money on an alarm that I could trust more than the factory set-up. Plus money well spent on a decent alarm will keep all of MY mods in MY hands.

    I like the pager system that Clifford has. But I wouldn't need the remote start, since it doesn't get that cold in California.

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    Originally posted by GetawayInBouldr
    Depends on how much money you want to spend...

    Clifford and Viper are, in my mind, two of the best manf.'s out there. I'm soon to be getting the acclaimed Viper 791 two-way security system. There are many other options out there that are probably just as secure, but this one has all the bells and whistles I could ever need. Remote start in winter climates is $$$!
    Clifford is made By DEI which also makes Viper.

    So if you want best protection for your car I'd recomend the Viper 791XV, what that is a 2 way transponder alarm/remote start combo, so if your alarm is going off and your in your house the remote will beep telling you what is wrong, (ie door opening, hood, trunk, or just a warning beep) its what I have in all my cars including my WRX now, so i think its well worth the $ its a bit pricey, i sell em 500 installed here over in MASS, but if you find a local shop the price SHOULD be around the same.. Good luck with it, i know i love mine and it works very well, def worth the money.
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    Originally posted by KurleeDaddeeWRX
    [BI like the pager system that Clifford has. But I wouldn't need the remote start, since it doesn't get that cold in California. [/B]

    Remote start is good for many other reasons than just living in cold weather. Remotely starting your car and giving it time to heat up will prolong the life of your turbo, not to mention the Viper 791 has a built in turbo timer

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    I'm running a Viper ESP560 w/ Remote start + Turbo Timer and it wins. Having a remote start on a 5mt is cool also, because it won't start if it is in gear, causing it to buck and stall and potentially smash something infront of it.

    I got mine for $350 installed.
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    I was going to get the viper 2 way, BUT I live in an apartment with my girlfriend and we park in a tandem spot, so sometimes she has to move my car when I am away, which means because the alarm only comes with 1 transponder, she would not be able to move it, thus being SOL. Just a thought for ya guys.
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    Originally posted by GetawayInBouldr
    Depends on how much money you want to spend...

    Clifford and Viper are, in my mind, two of the best manf.'s out there. I'm soon to be getting the acclaimed Viper 791 two-way security system. There are many other options out there that are probably just as secure, but this one has all the bells and whistles I could ever need. Remote start in winter climates is $$$!
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    i have basically the same system installed but the audiovox prestige with 2 way lcd remote. window modulator, remote start, then two sets of relay for my built in turbo timer.

    great alarm system. i love it. have 2 sets of remotes too. 3 stage shock sensor, which you can also set it yourself for what kind of enviroment you're in.
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    I'm looking at a Clifford G5 something or another 450, that is going to be $350 installed.
    I may go with a Viper if it is cheaper though.
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    Originally posted by ero2
    I was going to get the viper 2 way, BUT I live in an apartment with my girlfriend and we park in a tandem spot, so sometimes she has to move my car when I am away, which means because the alarm only comes with 1 transponder, she would not be able to move it, thus being SOL. Just a thought for ya guys.
    You can buy another transponder and program your alarm to accept it.

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    The best advice I can give is that if you have the time and patience. . .as well as the basic electronics skills. . .I would highly recommend installing the alarm yourself. I did it over the course of 2 days. Took my time and really learned a lot about the car. Also, alarms don't seem to be stopping a lot of theives so I would also recommend a hidden fuel cut as well.

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    Besides the fact that ignition cut off should drop your insurance. I have an OLD (I mean, like 14 years) Viper, and I'd never get another brand.

    Of course, my remotes are now shot, but hey...

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    The first thing I am getting is the Ravelco system. Check it out here. RAVELCO Anti Theft Device Offer (Group Buy)

    The second device I am looking at is the Lojack Early Warning Recovery System.

    This includes the standard Lojack recovery system. The way the early warning system works is that you have a key pass on your key chain, which looks like a remote entry unit. If the car is moved without this unit in the car it sends an alert to Lojack who then notifies you using up to 5 different ways (cell phone, text message, email, etc.) that your car has been moved.

    You will then confirm if the car has been legally towed, borrowed, or stolen. If it is stolen, notify Lojack to have the police start the search. The notification is usually within 15-30 minutes and never more than 1 hour.

    What I like about this system over other 2 way paging devices is that the LoJack doesn't seem to have a distance limit on notification where as the other units get you 2 miles at best (correct me if I am wrong).

    So I think I will go with Lojack Early Warning. To view a demo go to the following site and click on the flash demo in the bottom right hand corner of the page. http://www.lojack.com/products-servi...s-recovery.cfm

    Lojack price is $695. Lojack Early Warning, which includes standard Lojack is $995
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    Originally posted by cnk
    The best advice I can give is that if you have the time and patience. . .as well as the basic electronics skills. . .I would highly recommend installing the alarm yourself. I did it over the course of 2 days. Took my time and really learned a lot about the car. Also, alarms don't seem to be stopping a lot of theives so I would also recommend a hidden fuel cut as well.

    Calvin
    This is poor advice!!!!

    I've seen many a car come in with anything from blown fuses, fried circuit boards to well done ECU's. Furthermore, you cannot, or rather should never be able to purchase a viper or Clifford alarm over the counter from an authorized dealer, as doing your own install voids their lifetime warranty. Furthermore, they provide you with a free theft-protection guarantee, meaning that for the first 12 months you own the alarm, they will cover your insurance deductible for up to $2500, in case of theft.

    Also, Clifford alarms work a little different than let's say most presitge, American Hi-Fi or crimestopper, or several other DEI alarms in that they run a normally open ignition circuit rather than a normally closed one. Their Failsafe Starter Kill, requires the alarm to be present, as removing it breaks the starter's circuit.

    Their GPS system spanks the Lo-Jack early warning system. It lets you do real time tracking and a history search of your vehicle, plus notification in case of trigger(cell, pager, email...), as well as road side assistance. Unlike Lo-jack though, they know where your car is, and where it's going as it's being stolen, meaning that no-one has to search for it. and that you get your car back within an hour, rather than the system being activated within that time.
    Those fools, EVO vs. STi??? That's like comparing ....wait a minute...there's no comparison. The Suby's still working!!! The evo...well... I hope he got the extended warranty.

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