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Thread: Stop Thief!!!!!
repuguru


Redlining
Posts: 319
posted January 20, 2002 12:46 PM

Stop Thief!!!!!

I don't mean to alarm any one here with this post. But, are you aware of the fact that one 3" wire cut in half is all it takes to come take your REPU from you. That's it... Now this is after you have gained access to the cab. Which is no real problem for someone who is dishonest and wants your truck.
Has anyone ever looked at the plug on the ignition switch and wondered" Damn, I wish I could make that better" Or perhaps a better ignition cut out to totally disable the truck.
Any ideas other than LOJACK. Nobody pays much attention to car alarms any more now that every car has them. I don't look to see whos car is going off, do you?

       
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Jeff20B


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posted January 21, 2002 12:56 AM

My switch gets hot, which is disturbing in and of itself. Yeah, I've tried to think of a better way to run power from my switch to where it needs to go. Not sure about adding a kill switch though, unless you cut the white/red wire so it can't feed the key switch anymore. You'd need at least 10 guage and some good quality connectors though. I hate it when Mazda's wires get too hot. Cheap stuff.
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repuguru


Redlining
Posts: 319
posted January 21, 2002 06:28 AM

what really sucks

The plugs that surround the ignition switch wires start to become brittle. My truck had this problem until I managed to take it off the harness and add another one from another harness. Not an easy job with those tiny little tabs that hold the wires in the plugs. I don't know if heat causes it or old age.

       
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Jeff20B


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posted January 22, 2002 02:38 AM
Edited By: Jeff20B on 22 Jan 2002 02:41

My Cosmo's windshield wiper won't park and the 6 pin plug is very brittle. It IS outside the engine bay though, and is exposed to the elements under the RX-7-like plate. I'm affraid to unplug it. I kinda need to check for a band ground, because that usualy causes the park function to go bad. I just hope my ignition plug doesn't get that brittle.

Edit: forgot this part:

My ignition plug has probably been replaced by the previous owner because he used some yellow butt connectors on all the wires a few inches away from the plug. The butt connectors get pretty hot too. It makes me want to run a new wire down to the coils/ignitors. Electronic ignition sucks more amps than the ballasted stock points, I would assume.
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Tom93R1


Redlining
Posts: 458
posted April 07, 2002 09:02 PM

Since my door locks don't work and my ignition doesn't need a key to start it, I put in a kill switch to shut off the fuel pump. It is a pull-on style switch that I put right in front of the seatbelt mount on the floor. Switch was about $5 at Pep Boys, took about 30 minutes of work to install. Works great, every once in a while I forget to pull it. REPU fires up, makes it about 2 houses down, sputters and dies. Then I have one heck of a time starting it again.
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repuguru


Redlining
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posted April 08, 2002 06:08 AM

Ok, do what you gotta do to keep your REPU home. I bet a good locksmith could make you a new door lock key.
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rotarynews


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posted April 08, 2002 11:50 AM

fuel pump switch

There is one thing that can be done, install a fuel cut switch, somewhere not on the dash, or maybe even in the cab...

Some alarms on the market today have a option for this, IE The fuel pump wire is routed through the alarm, when the alarm is armed, there is no electricity to the pump. When the alarm is disarmed electricity can get to the pump.


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RX7CMS


Newbie
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posted September 01, 2002 11:15 PM

what about a start button or somthing like that.?

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Klaus43


Rotorhead
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posted September 02, 2002 10:02 AM
Edited By: klaus42 on 2 Sep 2002 10:03

"How to rip off a REPU"

...we might as well call this thread by it's "real" name... anyone really targeting one of our trucks will love our going public with our countermeasures... let's be a little more sly about it, whaddaya say, eh guys?

       
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Rotor


Revvin Up
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posted September 03, 2002 12:36 PM

Heck, all ya need is two paper clips! ;)

But I ain't tellin how! :D

Not too sure, guys, but I don't think REPUs are real high on the Top 10 cars to steal list! In fact, I'd bet it doesn't even make it into the top 100! Most thieves are after something that will bring a return on their "investment", and there's not too much call for Repu clips, etc. Right now, I think Hondas, Corvettes and SUV are the top vehicles for theiving!

JMHO

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Rotor


Revvin Up
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posted September 03, 2002 12:41 PM

Top 10 list

1. Toyota Camry
2. Honda Accord
3. Oldsmobile Cutlass
4. Honda Civic
5. Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee
6. Chevrolet Full Size C/K pick-up
7. Toyota Corolla
8. Chevrolet Caprice
9. Ford Taurus
10.Ford F150 pick-up
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Rotor


Revvin Up
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posted September 03, 2002 12:42 PM

Top 25 list

The top 25 stolen cars of 2000
Numbers in parentheses are 1999's rankings.

1. 1989 Toyota Camry (1)
2. 1990 Toyota Camry (2)
3. 1991 Toyota Camry (3)
4. 1988 Toyota Camry (4)
5. 1994 Honda Accord EX (6)
6. 1996 Honda Accord LX (8)
7. 1994 Chevrolet C1500 4x2 (11)
8. 1990 Honda Accord EX (9)
9. 1997 Ford F150 4x2 (5)
10. 1995 Honda Accord EX (7)
11. 1987 Toyota Camry (15)
12. 1991 Honda Accord EX (20)
13. 1992 Honda Accord LX (12)
14. 1991 Acura Legend (13)
15. 1990 Honda Accord LX (16)
16. 1993 Chevrolet C1500 4x2 (NR*)
17. 1992 Honda Accord EX (21)
18. 1994 Honda Accord LX (10)
19. 1991 Honda Accord LX (23)
20. 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee (NR*)
21. 1991 Honda Civic (NR*)
22. 1995 Honda Accord LX (17)
23. 1995 Dodge Neon (22)
24. 1996 Honda Accord EX (25)
25. 2000 Honda Civic SI (NR*)


*NR = Not ranked in 1999


Source: CCC Information Service

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Klaus43


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posted September 03, 2002 12:45 PM

...and that's just as well!

...'cause having to dispose of a dead thief is a time-consuming, messy drag...

       
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mazilla


1st Gear
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posted September 04, 2002 12:29 PM

I kill the ignition with a switch as well as the fuel. I kind of like the fact that a thief would try to steal it but would be crankin for days wondering why it doesn't start after hacking my ignition...As I walk up to him with my...well you know and proceed to extract him out of the truck...real nice like. Of course if level one does not work then level two is a (fill in the blank) and he's really not going to get many ideas after that.

My ignition is for the starter for now and when that dies, I guess a push button is the only replacement. I hate Mazda wiring! I have not yet had one mazda that I did not have to rewire to my specs...and I have had way too many. Reminds me of my little mini.

I would also think about a club or something to lock the wheel...

Don't forget also that the thieves also drive tow trucks! This is popular in the VW world, at least in the bay area. needless to say the vdub owners around here are always paranoid.
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dhood


Hauling
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posted February 09, 2003 10:50 AM

Sorry to disappoint those who think a REPU is not a target. Maybe not for a chop shop, but a good joy ride. My 77 was stolen in 1998. Got it back a few days later stripped. Glad it wasn't torched. Anyhow, the worst part was dealing with GEICO. The agent actually made me an offer for the truck! Made sure it was a total. Then the repair shop owner wanted it too. They both screwed me when I didn't sell. Finally got about $3,200 from the insurance but it took over a year.

       
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Klaus43


Rotorhead
Posts: 1259
posted February 09, 2003 11:17 AM

Post your specifics?!

If'n ya wanna 'go public'--high time for a repu 'blacklist' of people/companies to be aware of...that way everyone can try to avoid getting screwed by those who have screwed one of us before... "Challenging the 'no such thing as bad publicity' notion"...

       
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