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Unread 12-11-2009, 10:07 AM   #1
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Ideas for anti theft system on Jeep

I have a 1992 yj soft top. Unfortunately I live in a area in Southern California where vehicle thefts run fairly high. I would like to put some type of device on my jeep that will make it harder to steal. I thought about a switch that I can hit that would shut off battery power, this way if they punch the ignition it still won't start. Any thoughts on this, is there a better solution out there that can help prevent someone from taking my jeep?

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Unread 12-11-2009, 10:08 AM   #2
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kill switch hidden somewhere odd.
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Unread 12-11-2009, 10:09 AM   #3
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120 pound White German Shepherd works wonders! 8) J/K Have you ever checked out the Viper line as it has some wicked features. Good Luck and the kill switch is ace!

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Unread 12-11-2009, 10:10 AM   #4
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Kill switch saved my car from being stolen. get a fuel pump one and battery one. Then also get the club, I think theres a Gorilla club which is way stouter than the standard club. Thats really all you need, I wouldnt waste my time with an alarm, maybe Lojack (but spendy). I also lived in San Diego when it was almost stolen.
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Unread 12-11-2009, 10:16 AM   #5
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i just leave anything of value in my jeep. i think the most valuable thing in it might be the gas. i just lock my tank and leave the rest open since it doesnt lock anyhow and ive never had probs--even with just a bikini top on and going downtown for classes
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Unread 12-11-2009, 11:00 AM   #6
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The problem with a battery kill switch is that its easy to tell that there is such a switch. No power? Check the battery (good), now lets go look for an oddly placed switch and see if that turns on the power. All if this happens while there is no noise being made of course.

Now you wire a kill switch for the ignition (or fuel pump as mentioned above if you are FI), and the theif pops the ignition, starts cranking, and the Jeep never will fire. If it turns over but won't start (all the while making a lot of noise), they aren't going to spend much time trying to figure out what's going on before they bail.

Of course, if they really want it they'll just show up with a tow truck repo style and its gone. Mine stays in the garage.
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Unread 12-11-2009, 11:12 AM   #7
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Well that tow truck is going to make a **** ton of noise. But yea if they want it theyre going to take it even if youve got a kill switch or what youve got. But youre trying to thwart those other criminals who arent professionals. And if youve got a battery kill switch and hood lock, youre going to take up more of their time, time they dont want to spend. Just my insight into criminal minds atleast = )
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One neat idea I've seen (only for manual transmissions) is to take a long shackle padlock and lock the brake and clutch peddle together. Seems like it might help prevent theft or at least make shifting a pain...
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Unread 12-11-2009, 12:40 PM   #9
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If your dealing with a hot-wiring/key cylinder punching kind of person they are looking for opportunity if they do it up, and it doesn't start they may look around for a while, but if you have a hood lock and battery kill switch under the hood they probably aren't sticking around long enough to figure that out especially if you park in well light areas with people around.

As far as the tow truck thing goes you would be shocked how fast and quiet they can get something up and gone. But, then your jeep isn't probably worth as much as most of the vehicles around and pros work like a buisness they look for low risk high payout.
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One neat idea I've seen (only for manual transmissions) is to take a long shackle padlock and lock the brake and clutch peddle together. Seems like it might help prevent theft or at least make shifting a pain...
LOVING that anti-theft idea! Would love to see someone try to shift and brake at the same time
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One neat idea I've seen (only for manual transmissions) is to take a long shackle padlock and lock the brake and clutch peddle together. Seems like it might help prevent theft or at least make shifting a pain...
seen that done before works well.. I jsut unplug my coil and leave it kinda hanging over, cant notice it at first look and wont start....cranks all day tho, gives me time to hear them and grab my bat
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I usually pull off my igniton wire (from coil to dist) every time I park it somewhere super sketchy.

Otherwise I have a huge chain wrapped around my front bumper which is welded to the frame. I turn my wheels all the way left, feed the chain through both rims and lock it.

Sure you could bolt cut off the locks, but not many thieves in LA, atleast where I park around westwood, carry bolt cutters casually.
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LOVING that anti-theft idea! Would love to see someone try to shift and brake at the same time
You dont need a clutch to shift. You can shift freely when the rpms are at the correct level without ever touching the clutch on a car. Clutches where made to make your life easier.


Buy yourself a grant steering wheel lock. I take my steering wheel in the house with me when its not in use and put the cover lock on.
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