Re: Aftermarket Alarm?
Unless you are looking for adventure, I recomend going to a specialty retailer for the instalation. No Best Buy, etc are not specialty retailers. While there are somethings they do very well, installing alarms is not usualy one of them. Most retail chains specify how an alarm is installed. In most all cases, rear doors, hatchbacks rear passenger doors are not even connected as they require more work and in some cases more parts.
Specialty retailers on the other hand are generaly more through and their business depends on customer satisfaction.
I have always installed my own alarms and as the OEM systems get better, the the install gets more complex. My vehicle prior to the Commander was a 2000 Isuzu Trooper. The OEM alarm, went active when ever the doors were locked without the ignition on. In this case there were intrusion sensors in the key shackes that would detect for someone trying to open the lock mechanism without using a key. Im my case I chose not to disable the factory alarm, but use it along side the after market. In this case I had to have the aftermarket send a 12v+ signal to the accessory at the ignition switch to disable the oem system. Other wise the aftermarkey would set off the OEM alarm when the doors were unlocked without the origional alarm being disarmed.
In the next couple of weeks I will be installing an aftermarket alarm in to the Commander with the help of the Jeep Electrical Manual. I will try to document as much of the install as I can and post it up here when I am done.
At the moment the plan is to install a system that:
Will work WITH the existing alarm system
Detects ALL doors, hood, rear window and rear lift.
Uses AUX buttons to open the rear window and the rear lift (2 buttons)
While I currently do not have ski racks installed, a wire will be routed so that I can also connect the ski racks to the alarm.
Disable the vehicle by not allowing the starter to function (the relay will be deep in the engine compartment to make it more difficult to bypass.
Wish me luck