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Different Types of Car Alarms and Remote Start Systems

AutoPage C3-RS730 LCD

By Kyle D. – Product Specialist

Lets be honest, factory car alarms just don’t cut it. More often than not they don’t trigger and what good does it do if you aren’t near enough to hear the alarm go off? Alas, we have the technology, and with technology comes power. You have the power to install an aftermarket alarm system in your vehicle that has a higher sensitivity, 2-way paging function, and even remote start. There are many types of car alarm systems for you to choose from.

Standard Car Alarm:
A generic add on alarm system will come with a shock sensor, siren, and a remote control. A great example of a standard car alarm is the Viper 350 Plus.  These systems often come with a few features, such as starter kill, panic mode, and lock/unlock. A standard car alarm mimics your average factory alarm system, except with more control options

Car Alarms with 2-Way Paging:
2-Way paging car alarm systems go a step beyond the norm, and add two way communications to your alarm. Look at the Viper Responder 350 for an example of this. If you lock your vehicle, the remote will inform you that your vehicle was successfully locked. Likewise, if your vehicle is being broken into, the alarm will notify the owner that their vehicle is in trouble. 2-Way paging systems have range limitations with some going as far as 1-mile from its transmitter.

Car Alarms with Remote Start:
Starting your vehicle from a mile away is not only cool, it’s beneficial. Car alarm remote start systems combine car alarms with the ability to start your vehicle from a distance. The AutoPage C3 RS-665 is a great basic remote start system. If it’s snowing outside, you can turn your vehicle on to heat it up before you get to it or even cool it down under the summer sun. Security features are built in and active while your vehicle is running without its driver. If you have a turbo charger, some of these systems come with turbo timers that keep your vehicle running a few minutes after its been shut off.

Car Alarms with 2-Way Paging and Remote Start:
To get all the features in one package they have 2-way car alarm remote start systems that give you the best of all the worlds. Consider the AutoPage C3-RS730 LCD for an all-in-one system.  Remote start your vehicle and receive confirmation on your remote control that it started successfully. Lock and unlock your car, get temperature readings and more with these aftermarket alarm systems.


Black Friday Specials – Save on Car Audio!


By Chelsey P. – Sonic Electronix Writer

Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the holiday season. Consumers wait all year long to see what kind of deals their favorite stores are going to offer. Even if you do not want to brave the large mall crowds, you can still save by shopping online with Sonic Electronix! Our wide selection of consumer electronics makes it easy to find the right gift for everybody on your shopping list.

CD Players:

JVC has a great in-dash head unit that is sure to please! The KD-AVX40 has a 3.5” LCD monitor and will playback CD’s, DVD’s, and multiple other files. This unit even has built-in Bluetooth technology to support hands-free calling when paired with a compatible Bluetooth phone. A cool and unique feature is that this head unit has proximity sensors. The screen is black and when as you move your finger near the screen, it turns on the display.

Kenwood’s KDC-MP738U CD Receiver has multiple features and an easy-to-use interface. The KDC-MP738U CD/MP3/WMA Player has a USB Input for direct connectivity with an iPod. With this connection, you can listen to all of your favorite music while driving! Not only is there a USB input, you can even expand this head unit with the option for Bluetooth, Satellite Radio and HD Radio. This CD player would be great gift for your son or daughter because it provides all of the best options without including a distracting (and potentially dangerous) LCD screen.


Car Speakers:

A top performing car audio system must contain high quality aftermarket car speakers. The Rockford Fosgate Punch P1653 is a 6-1/2” full-range speaker with an integrated concealed crossover. This simplifies mounting and reduces the time spent on installation, which is a big plus when you want to see how loud they can go! These are a must for anyone with a good taste in music.

Car Alarms:

Do you know someone who has a system without an alarm to protect it? The Viper 7900 is a security car alarm system that will surely protect that investment. It features remote start and keyless entry with an OLED 2-Way remote. This car alarm is the perfect Christmas gift for anyone concerned with losing their system to theft.

We have multiple items to choose from this holiday season. From speakers to home electronics, we have got you covered!


Installing the Viper 5901 Car Alarm into a Ford Ranger

Viper 5702V

By Albert Cowan – SonicElectronix Install Technician

Vehicle owners with manual locks always ask me how much it would cost for them to add a remote entry system to their vehicle. For many used car owners, the most practical way to add automatic locks is to install a pair of universal actuators along with an entry level car alarm. This past Friday my customer had a 2000 Ford Ranger with a nice aftermarket system, so he was looking for a high end alarm to protect his car audio equipment. Besides vehicle security, he also wanted a remote entry system so that he could lock and unlock his doors with the press of a button. As an added bonus, once you lock the doors, the car alarm is armed and it will sound once your sensors are triggered by a disturbance. I recommended the Viper 5901 (p/n 5702V) alarm because it was one of the best alarms considering the Viper reputation. It also has remote start, which my customer wasn’t planning on getting until I explained to him that remote start car alarms allow you to set the temperature in your vehicle from your keychain. Besides, it is good to for your vehicle’s engine to warm up while you are still getting ready to leave. Plus, the Viper 5901 comes with two remotes, and in my experience, you never appreciate how valuable a spare remote is until you lose or break the first one.

In order to access the steering column, I removed four torque screws so that I could pull out the dash cover. Then I removed four more screws to pull out the steering column’s metallic frame. I had to access the brain of the old car alarm that had been installed previously. I found a bird’s nest of wire, which made me realize the install was going to be a bit more complicated than I anticipated. Anytime you have to clean up someone’s mess, you are in for a bit of an adventure. While I was inside the brain, I wanted to test the old actuators that had been installed in the door panels. As the vehicle in question was a 2000 Ford Ranger, I was able to scrape the door trigger wires against the metal chassis to test the door locks. The actuators were not functioning so I had to remove and replace the door lock actuators in order to add automatic locks to this vehicle.

I used my window crank removal tool to remove the window crank handles, and then I removed all of the screws holding in the door panels. I carefully snapped off the plastic door handle piece from each door. Then I peeled away the door skins to access the actuators. One screw held the wiring at the top of the door, so I removed this screw and then unplugged the two wire terminals that had connected the actuator to the vehicle’s electrical system. I mounted the new actuators in the same place and connected the wiring. Keeping the door panels off, I tested the door trigger wiring against the metal chassis to see if the actuators responded properly. Bingo. The locks were all ready to go. Now it was time to install the Viper 5901 alarm to enable the remote lock/unlock feature.

When it comes to installs, my motto is that you always have to treat each car like it’s your own. That’s what I strive to do and is probably why I have been fortunate enough to develop many repeat customers as a professional installer. So even when I saw an absolute bird’s nest of wires inside this Ford Ranger, I took the time to clean up someone else’s mess. After I removed the tape and untangled the wires, I disconnected the old alarm and pulled it out of the kick panel. Now I was trying to decide where I should mount the brain of the Viper 5901 alarm. I tried various areas before deciding to mount it in the cubby hole behind the AC vents on the right side of the kick panel. I used a drill and some screws to ensure a secure mounting position, although taping the alarm to the chassis would be an acceptable alternative.

Now that I had the Viper 5901 mounted, I used some of my catalogs to help me figure out which wire responded to each command in the 2000 Ford Ranger. When installing alarms, it is also helpful to know what each wire color corresponds to on car alarms. Types of car alarm wires include the ignition wire (yellow), siren wire (brown wire), parking lights wire (usually white), door sensor wires, the “negative when armed” wire (usually an orange wire, this wire sends a negative impedance to trigger additional sensors such as window modules), and the door trigger wiring. After matching the wires from the car alarm to the vehicle, I used a solder gun to seal the connections. Finally, to install the remote start, I disconnected the vehicle battery and connected the remote start wires to the vehicle electrical system. I re-connected the vehicle battery and prepared to test the alarm’s functionality.

With everything in place, I left all of the panels off while testing the remote functions. With the doors closed, the locks responded to the button on the keychain remote. Perfect. Now it was time to test the sensitivity sensors. With the doors locked and the alarm armed, I gave the door a wack near the door handle, and sure enough the alarm sounded. I disarmed the alarm using the unlock button, moved on to the remote start button, and the engine started humming! With everything functioning properly, I replaced the panels, and let the customer know his vehicle was good to go!


AutoPage C3-RS727A-LCD Car Alarm


By Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

How do you protect your vehicle from theft? The best way to prevent your vehicle and all of its aftermarket car audio products from being stolen is to install a car alarm! Thanks to the car alarm companies such as Autopage, there are plenty of affordable aftermarket car alarms available on the market. If you are looking for an alarm system with keyless entry, remote start capability, and built-in shock sensors, the AutoPage C3-RS727A-LCD is an excellent buy. This unit is a 4-channel, 2-way LCD Pager car alarm with remote start. Pretty spectacular features for a model listed on our website for only $139.99 plus shipping.

This alarm includes a two-way paging keychain remote with a LCD screen. This remote is small enough to fit onto your keychain and into your pocket. Despite its small size, this remote is highly functional. The LCD screen indicates whether the alarm is engaged or disengaged, it shows the temperature inside your vehicle, the time of day and even uses a countdown timer for relevant operations. You can also use the remote to relay signals to the parking lights, starter, other accessories, ignition 1 and 2, as well as an additional relay / socket for disabling the starter.

The cool features don’t stop there. This remote can give you audible warnings of vehicle disturbances, or you can set it to vibration mode for a more discreet warning. This makes it convenient for those times where you are in meetings, movie theaters, churches or other places where you need to keep tabs on your car, but you don’t want to cause a disruption. Besides having outstanding range and accuracy, you will love how this remote allows you to conveniently lock and unlock your doors with the press of a button.

The AutoPage C3-RS727LCD is an awesome car alarm that features all of the latest vehicle security technology. It may be a tricky piece to install for beginners, so check out our Professional InstallCards for great deals on professional alarm installs!


Viper 7900 Car Alarm

By Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

As you probably well know, car alarms provide vehicle security. Viper brand car alarms have some of the most cutting-edge features on the market, like 2-way paging and remote start capability. With the Viper sticker on your window and the flashing LED on your dashboard, thieves will think twice about breaking-in to your vehicle.

The Viper car alarms chirp if they detect a light touch, but upon further contact, they will unleash an increasingly loud 6-tone siren. The shock sensor technology ensures that a siren will be emitted whenever anyone attempts to intrude in your vehicle. And even if they were to enter your vehicle, you don’t have to worry about them hot wiring it because the Failsafe Starter Kill will prevent auto theft.

The Viper 7900 is a 6-channel remote start keyless entry system. We carry both the brand new and the refurbished version of the Viper 7900 car alarm. The refurbished model LS-Viper-7900-RB carries the same warranty as the new model. While the brain of the alarm is refurbished, the wires and remote are new, so it is guaranteed to work like a new model.

One of the coolest new features is the car call button on the antenna. This enables you to communicate with any passengers who are in the vehicle. Another built-in feature is the nuisance prevention circuitry, which allows you to set controls to mute or disable a zone based on the frequency of triggers. This helps mitigate the occurrence of false alarms.

The remote keeps you updated by using various animations to indicate your vehicle’s status or to relay an alert. The 2-way paging capability is functional within a 1 mile range. The remote includes a rechargeable lithium ion battery, which can power the remote for up to a week before it needs to be charged again. This alarm is truly a fine piece of equipment, and can be yours at an unbeatable price on our website.