Category Archives: Upgrade Alarms

Alarms that operate from your factory car remote. News and reviews…

Holden Colorado Alarm Upgrade

The current generation Holden Colorado (released in 2012) comes with a factory alarm system and is becoming quite a popular option for tradies. The factory alarm which works with the Holden flip key covers the doors and the bonnet, but … Continue reading

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Ford Ranger upgrade alarm (Includes Mazda BT-50)

With the Ford Ranger outselling the Toyota Hilux it’s about time I covered what alarm options there are for it. Interestingly the 2015 Facelift model actually comes with a factory installed “Volumetric Alarm System”. In other words an alarm with … Continue reading

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Toyota Rav4 Upgrade Alarms

The Generation 4 Rav4 has recently received a clean new look for the fourth generation model (XA40) getting a facelift late in 2015. Last month I finally got my hands on one so thought it would be a good time … Continue reading

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Hyundai iLoad Factory Alarm Upgrade

The Hyundai iLoad comes with a factory transponder immobiliser, alarm system and key-less entry. However the alarm is rather basic so you may want to consider upgrading it if you keep valuables inside. The alarm covers the doors and bonnet, … Continue reading

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Volkswagen Golf CAN-BUS alarm

My first CAN-BUS alarm install was well over 10 years ago when I still lived in the UK (I’ve lived in NZ since June 2005) and it was on a Volkswagen Golf. The alarm was a Cobra AK4908. Things have … Continue reading

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Toyota Hilux Alarm options

With the new Hilux now hitting the dealerships I figured now would be a good time go into details about what the best security options for them are. I’ve managed to get my hands on the new SR5 version a … Continue reading

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Bumble Bee gets a double snake combo

Last week the following email landed in my inbox: “hiya im looking for a talking car alarm. is this something you do” The car was a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro which comes with a basic factory alarm and remote engine start. … Continue reading

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Thumbs up AVS!

It would seem that my Upgrade alarm Muppetry post has caused a bit of a stir with AVS and some of their dealers. AVS have even gone so far as to make their own video showing how an Upgrade alarm … Continue reading

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Upgrade Alarm Muppetry!

It’s shocking how many Upgrade Alarms I’ve come across that have been installed incorrectly. Last Friday for example I came across a Mazda RX-8 with one of the new RhinoCo AVS A5 alarms. My customer wanted it replaced with a Cobra AK4615 … Continue reading

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Some jobs are best turned down!

I’ve always considered myself to be quite lucky, in that I’m blessed by how nice most of my customers are. Most tend to be decent honest people who have a genuine appreciation of what I do. Having said that I do make … Continue reading

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