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I don't want to pay 500+ for a remote start that I can get for 250 and install myself. I installed a remote start on my toyota highlander which was no easy task. Have any of you done your own install? is it hard with all the computer stuff?

The toyota had a weird door lock/unlock control that required me to make up a little adapter with relays and diodes. Then I had to cut and splice a bunch of the wires inside the door. That door panel was a PIA to remove.

Just looking for some tips and wondering if I should bite the bullet and pay someone?
 

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Try a search for "remote start" here and on Club Titan. Several have installed remote start systems.
 

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I looked into it and almost got a Carrol Shelby remote starter but the audio shop I went to was pretty dang high...and it was around $500-550 for it installed. I do know the Armada takes and adapter of sorts (basically hide-a-key) beneath the dash, *NEAR* the ignition, since the starter key is chipped, you have to somehow disable this feature by letting it "think" there is a key in the ignition using the said adapter. They wanted $150 or so for the friggin adapter, which I laughed at, thinking...I can tape a friggin' key behind the dash myself for $20. LOL

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scr38 said:
Try a search for "remote start" here and on Club Titan. Several have installed remote start systems.
 

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scr38 said:
Try a search for "remote start" here and on Club Titan. Several have installed remote start systems.
I did that. Everything I've read talks about HAVING SOMEONE ELSE install one. Except for the one guy saying to solder all the connections.


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I looked into it and almost got a Carrol Shelby remote starter but the audio shop I went to was pretty dang high...and it was around $500-550 for it installed. I do know the Armada takes and adapter of sorts (basically hide-a-key) beneath the dash, *NEAR* the ignition, since the starter key is chipped, you have to somehow disable this feature by letting it "think" there is a key in the ignition using the said adapter. They wanted $150 or so for the friggin adapter, which I laughed at, thinking...I can tape a friggin' key behind the dash myself for $20. LOL

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I've already got that adapter, it was $20 Needed it for the toyota. I have the complete remote start for the toyota because I'm not giving that away with the car. I'll put that remote start in my car and I want a better two way system for the new mada. As for that little adapter Your key goes inside this little box which has three wires (power, ground, signal) and a another wire with a loop. The loop goes around the key cylinder behind the plastic. You can't tape a key in there. From what I hear if the system senses two keys it won't start and if you try enough times it is supposed to erase the keys from the system, so you need the adapter.
 
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