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Old 11-10-2005, 10:56 PM   #1
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Ok, I did alot of research and I think I got the major gist of it, but some things are still a little unclear. I have a 98 Bonne SE and plan to put in a remote start/alarm...im not worried about the install itself (ive done many before) but I wanna make sure I disable the vats systems right....from what I gather I can measure the pellet in my key (in my case I got 2.32K omhs), go to radio shack, buy a 2.2 kohm resistor and a 100 ohm resistor (does it matter that the 2.2 kohm is 1/2 watt and the 100 ohm is 1/4 watt?) which would give me 2.3 kohms, keeping me within 2%. Then I just find the two small wires under the dash cut them, put the key in and measure the resistance coming from the wires on the key side to compare the value to my resistor setup and make sure they are the same. Then just connect my resistor setup the the wires on the computer side and im good to go....is this right? or is there something I am totally missing? Im trying to get all my homework done before I install the alarm so I have less down time. thanks for any help
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The resistors you have will work well and it won't matter that one is 1/2 watt and the other is 1/4 watt. The resistors will have to be wires in series (end to end) in order to get your desired resistance but it sounds like you already know that. There'* no need to measure the resistance at the wires unless you suspect a problem with the VATS wires. Measuring the pellet is fine.

You can simply connect the resistors to the "module" side (versus the "key" side) of the cut VATS wires but this will permanently bypass your antitheft system. There is a way to bypass the VATS only when the remote starter is in operation thus leaving the system in tact otherwise. This requires a relay and some additional wiring. You can decide which way you want install it.

The VATS wires are very small and are more like thread than wire. Soldering is the best but in the past, I've alwaus used crimp connectors due to the size and type of wire. It was suggested by the BIG Cheese to remove the insulation on the butt connectors and crimp first, then finish up with solder. This is a solution that I really like. Radio Shack has very small yellow butt connectors that I like to use with the VATS wires too.
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exactly the response I was lookin for...thanks alot!
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