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Old 08-30-2016, 06:38 PM   #1
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Default vehicle theft prevention

In lieu of one of our own turbo miatas getting stolen (now recovered) I'm thinking of ways to prevent theft on our cars.

Maybe a fuel pump shut off with a remote, that you can just switch off when you leave the car parked?

Maybe an ecu switch, that cuts all power to the ecu? Also on a remote for convinience.

What ideas do you guys have?

Currently the only theft prevention I have is close to no exterior mods, and a very ugly color (crystal blue metallic)
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depends entirely on your area and what resources you have or need.
garage is #1
everything else is a work around
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NRG quick release hub. I just got one.
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Mine is #beRussian
anyone silly enough to get into my garage/back yard aint gettin out.

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You can get crafty on a number of things...



ECU disable would probably be the best as there isn't a switch somewhere to hide.

Or you can setup something like the mad max 18 wheeler that requires a 'code' to be entered... number of possibilities.

Just which one do you want to have to deal with each time you go to start it is the answer. Or Garage.

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NRG quick release hub. I just got one.
You know, people think I'm pretty silly walking around with my steering wheel but there is little chance someone will drive off with my car.
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You can use alarms, kill-switches, ECU disables, etc. None of them will prevent the car from being grabbed by one guy with a self-loader in ~30 seconds. Decide what your personal balance is between security and convenience and then insure your car for replacement value.

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What ideas do you guys have?)
Plenty. Several implemented on various cars over the years. None of them have ever been discussed in a public forum. If you have good ideas, implement them and keep them to yourself.
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coolstorybro/
One of my dad's best friends, back in Russia, rigged up a harpoon in the drivers seat of his car. if the car was opened and you tried to start it without disabling the device, it would shoot a nice 8-10" harpoon, into your anus. some stupid crackhead actually tried it, and ended up in the hospital for months. the owner of course got hit with jail time, but man I don't think anyone ever tried to steal his car again ever in his lifetime.
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I may hide a fuel pump defeat device somewhere at some point but my main theft deterrent will be an alternative MSQ that I can load in via android tablet (via bluetooth) when away from my car during extended periods. I may even hide a "tile" or other cheap tracking device as well if for no other reason than I can have a way to remember where I parked.

Once I go to a dual port waste gate I also would like to create a valet map for the same purpose that prevents it from going into boost and maybe lowers the rev-limit.

Also, one of my strategies is being inconspicuous. With the 6ULs and possible future hood vents that strategy is rapidly becoming obsolete.
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Mine has an ignition key with steering wheel lock. Not sure how secure that is.
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Park it in the garage, don't drive it to sketchy places. I include Buttonwillow in this list.

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Agreed upon insurance value.
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I have my clutch interlock switch hidden in a place only I know about.

If they want it that bad, they can have it. I've got theft insurance. I've made peace with the fact I'd never get the amount of money back that is equal to what I put in.
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Pull a couple relays and pocket them.

On my car, I can just plug in the TPS in and that shorts out Vref and makes it so the MS doesn't work.
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Once I go to a dual port waste gate I also would like to create a valet map for the same purpose that prevents it from going into boost and maybe lowers the rev-limit.
With MS3-Basic, I've not figured out how to use table-switch to change rev limit. If you know a way, please share.
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Buy enough insurance and don't worry about it. If they realize the car won't start, they are likely to start trashing the interior.

I left my BRZ in downtown Tulsa, from Sat afternoon to monday afternoon, in the bar district. No problems.
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With MS3-Basic, I've not figured out how to use table-switch to change rev limit. If you know a way, please share.
Not table switch. My plan is to keep an android tablet in the trunk and just do a wholesale flash of the ECU to a map that has a different hard rev limit.

Though, you may be able to do something with launch control.
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If a theif wants a car, he/she will do anything to get it. No matter what anti-theft system youre running. Its unfortunate, but it is the truth. With some of our cars being nearly 25 years old, there's not a lot you can do to prevent it, without spending a butt load of dough.
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If a theif wants a car, he/she will do anything to get it. No matter what anti-theft system youre running. Its unfortunate, but it is the truth. With some of our cars being nearly 25 years old, there's not a lot you can do to prevent it, without spending a butt load of dough.
Exactly. Only thing to do is make it inconvient enough that an opertunistic theif won't want to spend the time to get it.
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