Alarm Installation Guide

This guide is a basic introduction to making proper & reliable connections to your vehicle's factory wiring when installing an aftermarket alarm or remote start system.

IMPORTANT: ALWAYS TEST & VERIFY YOUR TARGET WIRES 
BEFORE MAKING ANY CONNECTIONS

Preparation
All systems bought from KICKYRIDE.COM include a vehicle specific wiring sheet. This sheet identifies each wire in your vehicle that may be needed for your alarm/remote start installation. It lists the function, color, and location of each wire. These sheets are also available for separate purchase to aid in other installations. Check our installation tools product category above for more info. This guide is written with the assumption you are using a vehicle specific wiring sheet because, to research, test, and properly identify wiring on your own is only for advanced installers with an intimate knowledge of vehicle electrical systems. Take the time to study the system's installation guide and compare it to your vehicle wiring sheet. This will help you identify which circuits are needed in the vehicle.

Access Vehicle Wiring & Identify Circuits

First, use your wiring guide to identify which harnesses will need to be accesssed and carefully remove any panels that prevent access to them such as the ignition switch harness, body harnesses, ECU harnesses, etc. This usually includes the lower driver's dash panel, the ignition column shroud, the driver's kick panel, etc. Be careful to not break any fasteners or clips. Car makers are very good at hiding screw/bolt locations so look carefully.

Identify Each Wire/Circuit Needed
Find each wire you need in the vehicle and test it to verify it's function & color. It's best to do this area by area. Start with the ignition switch/steering column area, for example, and locate/identify all needed wires in this area. Then move on to other areas. You only need to locate each wire, do not make any connections at this time. REMEMBER, JUST BECAUSE THE COLOR AND LOCATION MATCHES DOES NOT MEAN IT'S THE RIGHT WIRE. ALWAYS TEST TO VERIFY.

Choose A Mounting Location For The Control Module & Route Your Wire Harnesses
Once the needed vehicle wires are properly identified, you can choose your module mounting location and visualize basic routing for your wire harnesses. The control module should be mounted in a location that is not normally easily accessed. It should also be away from sources of heat and moving parts. Choose your location but do not mount the module yet. You will find that there will be several wires on the alarm system that are not needed for your vehicle. You can cut any uneeded wires short. It's recommended to leave about 1-2 inches of wire on the harness in case you make a mistake or need to use the circuit at a later time. Now, holding the connector of each harness in your chosen mounting location for the control module, roughly route each wire to it's connection point. Again, avoid sources of heat or any moving parts. Then, cut each wire to it's needed length. At this point you can harness any wires going to the same area of the vehicle by using quality vinyl electrical tape to wrap them the entire length of the wires but leaving enough slack at the end to reach each connection point. This will help protect the harness and give you a much cleaner result.

PROFESSIONAL TIP: One trade secret for harnessing wires is to place the ends of wires into the chuck of your cordless drill, stretch out the harness, and use the drill to twist the wires together. Be sure to not twist them too loose or too tight.

Connection Types
We'll discuss the two most commonly used connection types in the industry today. These are 1) T-taps (aka. Quick Taps) and 2) Standard Direct splice. Some intallers will purely use T-taps for all connections. The benefit of T-taps is that they are a quick and clean way to connect and since they incorporate a quick connect/disconnect via spade terminals, they can easily be unplugged and not leave any exposed factory wiring. The potential negative of T-taps is that they are only designed for small to medium amperage loads. So, they are not ideal for high current circuits such as power and ignition connections when installing a remote start. It is recommended to use a standard splice for all power and crucial operational connections (ignition, starter, etc.). See the illustrations below for each type of connection.

 

T-Tap (Quick Connect)  
1. Match the proper size T-tap with the wire gauge.
2. Place T-tap over vehicle wire
3. Squeeze t-tap with pliers until tab locks securely
4. Crimp an insulated male spade terminal on the end of the alarm wire and plug it into the end of the T-tap

Standard Splice
 
1. Strip about 1-2 inches of the vehicle's wire.
2. Split the exposed wire in half
3. Strip about 2 inches of the alarm wire's end.
4. Insert the exposed alarm wire end completely through the split vehicle wire (like threading a needle)
5. Wrap the rest of the alarm wire around the exposed vehicle wire.
OPTIONAL: You can solder the connection at this point to ensure a permanent connection
6. Insulate the connection with quality vinyl electrical tape.
7. It is recommended to also use a small zip-tie to hold to the wires together right at the connection to provide strain relief and prevent the connection from accidentally pulling apart.

Mount & Connect The Siren (if being used)
Mount the siren in an open space under the hood. An ideal location would be on the top of the fender well or anywhere high in the engine compartment. You want the siren to point towards open ground underneath the car so the sound can escape the engine compartment for maximum volume. You will need to route the siren wire into the vehicle's cabin through the firewall. Any rubber grommet will work fine. You can usually run the wire through the same grommet as the hood release cable or the accelerator cable. Make sure to keep the wire away from hot or moving engine parts. Pay attention to the polarity of the siren output on the alarm. Refer to the alarm's installation manual for exact wiring information because some alarms have positive siren outputs and some have negative.

Mount & Connect The Shock Sensor (if equipped)
The shock sensor needs to me mounted solidly to the vehicle. Common locations include zip tied to the steering column or screwed into the fire wall. Once mounted, adjust the sensor's settings according to the instructions and test it's operation by lightly hitting around the outside of the vehicle to reach the desired sensitivity. Keep in mind that any strong vibration can set off a shock sensor so don't set it too sensitive unless you're willing to put up with false triggering of the alarm.

Plug In The Control Module & Test
Plug all harnesses into the control module connecting the main power harness LAST. Test for all functions. Be sure to test in all conditions such as door open, door closed, etc. Once everything is working properly, mount the module and secure any harnesses. Now, reassemble your vehicle and enjoy your new system!!!

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