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    Default Cheap & Easy (hey an MP did it) anti-theft switch (with pics)

    So my first XJ got stolen four days after purchase. Its not going to happen to this one. Here's my starter cut-off switch.

    Step 1: Remove Negavtive battery cable
    Step 2: Remove all trim in order to get to the fuse block
    Step 3: Locate the starter wire. Should be a solid yellow one. [IMG][/IMG]

    Step 4: Cut the wire and splice in your wire
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    Step 5: Connect the wires to your on/off switch and Test.
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    Step 6: Disconnect the switch, hide your lines and reconnect the switch.
    Step 7: Test again.

    Step 8: Button up all the trim and go wheeling.
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    I'd show you the installed switch, but that kind of defeats the purpose of a hidden switch. I will tell you that it is no where near the steering column or fuse box. I figure if the potential thief is smart enough to figure out that I cut out the starter, he is going to look in those locations. But I can still easily access the switch from the driver's seat. And since only the starter is cut out, I can still use all the accessories (radio, windows) and I can shut the switch to the "off" position immediately after starting the rig so that I don't forget to when I park it. I've had it on for a couple of days now and the only thing I might change is the switch. I might switch to a push button that needs to be held in while turning the key. Just an idea for your build. Let me know if you have any questions, or if I messed up somewhere, haha.

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    Word. Did the same thing with my clutch suppression switch on my TJ. Works like a f'in charm.

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    nice solution. I have mine on my clutch switch also, just because I'm lazy and it's easy for me to get to. I'm not familiar with the lastest auto tranys. Is the neutral safety switch still in the cab or down under the jeep now?
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    I did one of these switches on my old 79 P/U!!! I did the momentary push type and it was located at the bottom left area and NO ONE ever noticed that I pushed it EVERY time to start the Chevy!!! I LOVED that switch... I would leave the keys in the truck ALL the time... Then again I also disconnected the battery (at the battery) every time I started it due to OVER charging issues!!!

    Great MOD and Write up!!!

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    I just pull the starter relay when I park my TJ in questionable places.
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    Quote Originally Posted by korisu56 View Post
    Word. Did the same thing with my clutch suppression switch on my TJ. Works like a f'in charm.
    Now what happens if someone were to pull the clutch defeat fuse? would the switch still be effective?

    Mat

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    I definitely plan on doing this!

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    nice low buck mod
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    I like that you all are trying to deactivate your starter but the jeep can still be started with these mods. The best way to ensure no theft is to deactivate the Ignition. Same process different wire.

    I am not going to post how to start it with mods installed b/c it defeats the purpose of mods and may give insight to dim theft.

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    I prefer to cut a wire that kills the spark, IE coil, CPS etc. That way it still turns over. If it is turning over the thief will think it's a POS and leave it or the turning over makes noise so there's a better chance of someone catching them. If you kill the starter they know to start looking for something wrong right away.
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