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Old 06-23-2014, 09:41 PM   #1
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Let's hear some ideas for least intrusive immobilizers.

The issue at hand here is that people like to sneak out an joyride my E46. To solve this I plan on installing a very simple immobilizer. However, at the same time, I hate the idea of having to slice up cables in my car (I am OEM obsessed ).

Are there non intrusive ways to immobilize a car other than unhooking the battery every time I park it? Or is this just a pipe dream?

Because I hate getting in the car the next day and finding out someone clocked in 80 km on it. Well actually thats not as bad as finding damn shue prints on the DASHBOARD !

Now I don't like cock-blocking as much as the next guy but this has crossed the line.
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Old 06-23-2014, 09:57 PM   #2
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Old 06-23-2014, 10:02 PM   #3
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get a bedside safe keep your fcking keys in it. Problem solved.
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Old 06-23-2014, 10:18 PM   #4
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Keeping my kees safe is easy, but I made a 2nd pair so that he can use the car for work, and approved leisure time.
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Old 06-23-2014, 10:21 PM   #5
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John, in your signature picture, are the corner signal indicators smoked, or just the regular clear and black? The grille chrome looks like it is painted, do you have a bigger picture?
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Old 06-24-2014, 12:52 AM   #6
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Keeping my kees safe is easy, but I made a 2nd pair so that he can use the car for work, and approved leisure time.

So it's a shared car? Then get over it. Either lock ALL of the keys in a safe, or get over it. What's the difference of immobilizing the car or locking all the keys away?


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Old 06-24-2014, 01:53 AM   #8
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There's this thing called T-splicer. I forgot what it was called, but you're not really cutting the wires. You're just cutting out the rubber protector and keeping the wires in tact at the same time. That T-splicer snaps into place in between the cut rubber protector of the wire.

Fuel cut off switch?

There's also another way with the battery. You take out the positive wire from the battery and hook it onto a lever switch (I forgot what they were called). That lever switch is connected to the battery. You would have to switch the lever so it would make contact with the other side of the lever (on) to make a complete circuit. You would have to get in the engine bay every time before you turn on your car though. This method, you don't need to splice any wires. I've seen this done on cars with the battery in the engine bay.

With our cars, you can just connect that lever switch onto the positive terminal in the engine bay. No need to hook it up to the battery since there wouldn't be space anyway.
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Old 06-24-2014, 01:59 AM   #9
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The issue at hand here is that people like to sneak out an joyride my E46. To solve this I plan on installing a very simple immobilizer. However, at the same time, I hate the idea of having to slice up cables in my car (I am OEM obsessed ).

Are there non intrusive ways to immobilize a car other than unhooking the battery every time I park it?
Or is this just a pipe dream?

Because I hate getting in the car the next day and finding out someone clocked in 80 km on it. Well actually thats not as bad as finding damn shue prints on the DASHBOARD !

Now I don't like cock-blocking as much as the next guy but this has crossed the line.
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Keeping my kees safe is easy, but I made a 2nd pair so that he can use the car for work, and approved leisure time.
If you were considering disconnecting the battery, and if the other person has a duplicate key, what's to stop them from reconnecting it? Don't understand your full situation, but a less intrusive and easier method could be to simply pull the fuel pump fuse (or any other crucial one)?
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Old 06-24-2014, 02:23 AM   #10
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There's this thing called T-splicer. I forgot what it was called, but you're not really cutting the wires. You're just cutting out the rubber protector and keeping the wires in tact at the same time. That T-splicer snaps into place in between the cut rubber protector of the wire.

Fuel cut off switch?

There's also another way with the battery. You take out the positive wire from the battery and hook it onto a lever switch (I forgot what they were called). That lever switch is connected to the battery. You would have to switch the lever so it would make contact with the other side of the lever (on) to make a complete circuit. You would have to get in the engine bay every time before you turn on your car though. This method, you don't need to splice any wires. I've seen this done on cars with the battery in the engine bay.

With our cars, you can just connect that lever switch onto the positive terminal in the engine bay. No need to hook it up to the battery since there wouldn't be space anyway.
yeah... that's going to accomplish absolutely nothing. a switch needs to be in line before the accessory.
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yeah... that's going to accomplish absolutely nothing. a switch needs to be in line before the accessory.
The positive wire from the battery to the engine bay, is that just one straight wire (no splice done to it)? I thought it was.

I thought that all the other accessories were getting power from the terminal in the engine bay, not from the actual wire that goes FROM THE BATTERY TO THE ENGINE BAY?
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get a bedside safe keep your fcking keys in it. Problem solved.
This. You're trying to solve with tech or mechnical means a social problem.

Really, you should just have a conversation with him and advise him if he keeps taking your car without approval, then you simply won't lend him the car any longer.

But if you absolutely have to lend him the car for work, then as suggested above, just keep both sets of keys in a bedside safe and you can give him the keys for work or approved time.

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Old 06-24-2014, 12:33 PM   #13
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The positive wire from the battery to the engine bay, is that just one straight wire (no splice done to it)? I thought it was.

I thought that all the other accessories were getting power from the terminal in the engine bay, not from the actual wire that goes FROM THE BATTERY TO THE ENGINE BAY?
i don't think everything is getting power from the terminal in the engine bay. look at it. there's like nothing really attached to it. as far as i know, it's really just a jumper terminal and nothing more.
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