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Old 02-29-2012, 07:46 PM   #1
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Alarm!!!

so i searched and didn't really get any answer but i'm looking for remote starter and alarm system for my truck. I've been looking at viper, clifford, python and etc and they seem all the same they have. so tell me which one u think is the best or other company.

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Old 02-29-2012, 10:41 PM   #2
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All three names you mentioned are lines made by Directed Electronics. Major differences are features. Small differences are build quality (i.e. keyfobs, etc.) and aesthetics. Clifford is the top line, then Viper, Avital and so on to include Python. I've installed all of them over the years and there are only slight differences as a whole.

Narrow down what you want to have the system do for you and research the features. Think real world use. Some people want all the bells and whistles and a week later can't remember how to roll their windows back up via remote. Stick to the basics and keep it simple.

I personally think the Clifford line is the most refined and dependable product available. However, the installation is more important that the product. The best Clifford out there won't work correctly and reliably if not installed correctly. Do your research and find a good installer you can build a relationship with and can talk to and trust.
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I just put a Viper 5704 in my '08. Remote start works well with the added module to trick the ignition. Added the glass sensor and it came out to be a bit more than I wanted to pay. But, thanks to the IRS, I did it anyway. The only thing I've found is the non-LCD fob tends to be sensitive. Every once in awhile my wife will start the truck digging for something in her purse.
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I am looking at compustar... I have had clifford, and autopage in the past and had good luck with both.
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I had a Viper 5901 installed about a month ago and it works great! I had an issue with the remote starter intermittently not starting the motor (crank but not stay on) Turned out the first installer didnt hook up the tach wire. (he claimed newer alarm systems have a virtual tach sensor) be sure to have the installer hook up the tach wire. Fires up every time and its nice and toasty before I drive off. Its a huge piece of mind to have the paging alarm. I've received shock sensor notifications to the key fob, ran out to my truck to find the a-hole in the next parking stalls car door hitting my truck. Nothing like setting off the alarm to scare the piss out of them.
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Great advise

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All three names you mentioned are lines made by Directed Electronics. Major differences are features. Small differences are build quality (i.e. keyfobs, etc.) and aesthetics. Clifford is the top line, then Viper, Avital and so on to include Python. I've installed all of them over the years and there are only slight differences as a whole.

Narrow down what you want to have the system do for you and research the features. Think real world use. Some people want all the bells and whistles and a week later can't remember how to roll their windows back up via remote. Stick to the basics and keep it simple.

I personally think the Clifford line is the most refined and dependable product available. However, the installation is more important that the product. The best Clifford out there won't work correctly and reliably if not installed correctly. Do your research and find a good installer you can build a relationship with and can talk to and trust.
This is great advise^

If the alarm is quickly installed and care is not taken with the installation then not only could you have potential issues with it, but it could potentially be much easier for the would be thief to defeat.

Look at brands and features, but pay very close attention to the shop you are having install it and the installer him/her self. Care taken to hide wires, sensors and generally make the alarm more difficult to spot, get to and defeat is key. Solid connections and care taken to ensure safe and reliable long term installation is a must. Might cost you a bit more install wise as it takes longer, but in my opinion well worth it.
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Old 03-05-2012, 04:03 PM   #7
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ah now i know! i better start asking people who's around in seattle if they know anyone who can install and actually install it right and etc. thanks for the advice!
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