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Alarm Recommendations

I want to get an alarm for my truck. I'd like to get y'alls recommendations as to what brands I should look at. As I remember, most different companies are all owned by DEI anyways, right? So quality is pretty much the same across the board? Also, I'd like to know what features you all feel are essential. I want this to protect my carputer system, so what I have so far is that I would like a shock sensor (for breaking in) and a piezo siren (to make them want to leave if they do get in). It'd be nice if it controlled power locks (and possibly windows?). Remote start isn't essential because I have a standard. I know it can be done, but I'd rather not. Don't feel the need to spend money on that. I also hear a backup battery is a good thing to have?

What about a paging alarm? Like if it gets broken into, my key fob will go off? I don't need anything with like an LCD screen or anything, but a simple vibration or sound would be fine. Do they make ones without the screen?

Is there anything else I should consider or look into? I appreciate y'alls help!
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In all honesty I have never had a use for an alarm... Back when they were a new thing everyone used to look when they went off. Now with everyother car having one and all the miss fires... NO ONE pays them any mind anymore.. Save our money and get one of those monkeys with a crow bar for your trunk! Better BANG for your buck... But seriously I think they are just an annoyance anymore.
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Exactly. You're better off spending the money on insurance or a garage.
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All my stuff is going to be securly attached to the cab and for the most part invisible or very inconspicuous. I'm with y'all in that a loud siren isn't going to get anyone's attention. The one thing that's got me looking at alarm systems is a piezo siren, which makes a high-pitched, unbearable noise inside the cab if the alarm is set off, making whoever is breaking in want to leave before they can un-bolt my stuff and take off with it.

A garage is out of the question since my family's garage won't hold my truck and my apartment while I'm at school doesn't have garages. Can you really buy insurance for things other than the actual vehicle?
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All my stuff is going to be securly attached to the cab and for the most part invisible or very inconspicuous. I'm with y'all in that a loud siren isn't going to get anyone's attention. The one thing that's got me looking at alarm systems is a piezo siren, which makes a high-pitched, unbearable noise inside the cab if the alarm is set off, making whoever is breaking in want to leave before they can un-bolt my stuff and take off with it.

A garage is out of the question since my family's garage won't hold my truck and my apartment while I'm at school doesn't have garages. Can you really buy insurance for things other than the actual vehicle?
Yes you can get what is called a Rider(SP) from the insurance that will cover other possesions or mods to a vehicle.
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Viper..anythin viper is good
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Well I am a newbie here but I do have some experience with 12 volt electronics. My last alarm was a Python , a DEI product. It stopped working after two years . While hanging around other 12 volt forums I am seeing a trend toward negative comments about DEI products. If I install anything in my Ranger I will try a different brand. Anyway my suggestion is to look at some other forums that deal with electronics such as http://www.the12volt.com and perhaps ask for other opinions
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Exactly. You're better off spending the money on insurance or a garage.

haha. get a garage. what good advice.
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Viper, Python... they're all the same, now. They are all owned by Directed Electronics, Inc.

www.directed.com

Now... SonicElectronix.com was selling the top model from DEI a little while ago for only $350, I think.
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Just get a viper paging alarm. They have tons of outputs for anything you want to hook up. Keyless, remote start, starter kill, windows if you want. Mine has like 12 outputs on it. The paging ones are awesome. I think the range is somewhere around 1000 ft. Also be sure to replace the red led with either a white or blue one. They are sweet looking and are more noticeable.
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I have a rider on all the lift stuff and such on my JEEP and on my ranger... Cost me 3 dollars a year extra to insure it all....
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I have a rider on all the lift stuff and such on my JEEP and on my ranger... Cost me 3 dollars a year extra to insure it all....
THAT sounds more like what I'm looking for! What sort of deductible do you pay? What sort of coverage do you get? And how should I go about setting it up with my insurance?
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I have GEICO...I diont think they ot anything, they never told us...our deductible is 500 bucks before they pay anything :(
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Do you have renters or home owners insurance? They typically will cover items taken from your car (or other locations).
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also about alarms is get one with a pager unit, that way it alerts you to activity in/around your car. just dont go with the astra 777 unit, or atleast the motion sensor for it. mine was so crappy/sensitive it would be set off by nothing.
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crimestopper 2-way alarm, tilt sensor, glass breakage sensor, shock sensor, PL, parking lights, horn honk, starter kill is already in, siren and piezo would be 360 installed thru me or 500 installed thru the shop.
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that price is extended to all R-F members
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do you have it on your truck? do you like it? (talkin to fernando)
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i have a 2-way with remote start. i love it. the remote start would be at least another 150
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I like the Viper 591XV alarm, with remote start, and responder(pager). The pager does work up to a 1/4 mile maybe more in the open. I got mine after my truck got towed from a bar one night and I didnt know about it until I was all S*** faced and lookin for my truck. Ive had it for almost 2 years with out the smallest problem. Get it installed by a certified dealer so any problems will be fixed for free, and the warranty, not that I see a need for it but just in case. I installed and alarm in my last truck myself, it had more false alarms and the shock sensor didnt work as well. STELLAR is the brand I installed myself, it wasnt horrible and would recomend it for the price or if you just want to install it yourself, but it is a pain to install, and has alot less range. The only complaint on the viper is the icon of the car on the responder, you would think they could put a truck in there for the price.
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also about alarms is get one with a pager unit, that way it alerts you to activity in/around your car. just dont go with the astra 777 unit, or atleast the motion sensor for it. mine was so crappy/sensitive it would be set off by nothing.

Well noobie....you didnt set it correctly.
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Kyle get the one that lets me in your truck without alot of noise!

I got a ford factory alarm its good enough for me!
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I still haven't decided what I want to do... Installation costs just as much as the actual equipment, so if the worst does happen I'd still be out a good sum of cash. I still need to call my insurance company and see what they can do.
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You could install it yourself. I have a friend that works for circuit city and I can get you the wiring diagram for your truck.
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12volts yellow + ignition harness
Starter red/lt. blue + ignition harness
Second Starter N/A
Ignition lt. green/purple + ignition harness
Second Ignition N/A
Third Ignition N/A
Accessory gray/yellow + ignition harness
Second Accessory black/lt. green + ignition harness
Keysense
Power Lock pink/yellow - driver door harness or PKP
Power Unlock pink/lt. green - driver door harness or PKP
Notes: The GEM in this vehicle shuts down after the doors have been locked for a certain time period, to wake up the system refer to DirectFax document 1093.
Lock Motor pink/black 5wi driver door harness
Unlock Motor red/orange 5wi driver door harness
Parking Lights+ brown + headlight switch or GEM
Notes: The GEM (Generic Electronic Module) is to the left of the radio.
Parking Lights- N/A
Hazards
Turn Signal(L)
Turn Signal(R)
Reverse Light black/pink + under driver seat
Door Trigger yel/blk (L), gry/red (R) - GEM
Notes: The driver door trigger is yellow/black and the passenger door(s) is gray/red. Use both wires and diode isolate each from the GEM, refer to DirectFax document 1076.

The GEM (Generic Electronic Module) is to the left of the radio.
Dome Supervision use door trigger
Trunk/Hatch Pin N/A
Hood Pin N/A
Trunk/Hatch Release N/A
Power Sliding Door N/A
Factory Alarm Arm
Factory Alarm Disarm
Disarm No Unlock
Tachometer tan/yellow ac instrument cluster or PCM
Notes: The PCM (Powertrain Control Module) is on the top of the firewall under the hood towards the passenger side. The tachometer wire is in pin 48. Can also get tach at the ignition coil or coil pack. Use any of the tan/stripe wires.
Wait to start N/A
Brake Wire lt. green + brake pedal switch
Parking Brake
Horn Trigger yellow/lt. green - steering column
Memory Seat 1
Memory Seat 2
Memory Seat 3
Interface Module: Category:
Immobilizer Bypass Required:
Yes Type:
SecuriLock
Part #: 1100F
Alternate Part1 #: 556SW
Alternate Part2 #: 556UW
Alternate Part3 #: DesignTech 20402
Alternate Part4 #: DesignTech 29402
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Smart Starter Kill Relays: Not Available
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