The Toyota GT86 is one of those cars that I’ve been itching to work on, so when I got the call from the local Toyota dealer before Xmas advising me I’d have one to work on in the new year I was stoked.
The original intention was to install a Toyota approved Cobra AK4218. I’d spent some time doing my homework and got hold of some wiring schematics for the car and even had a look at one in the showroom to get a good feel for it in advance.
As with all new cars, the first one takes longer to do as it needs to be cracked. I also like to make comprehensive notes as I go so that the next one is much easier. I’d given myself heaps of time on this job to take the pressure off.
There was just one nagging doubt in the back of my mind. How much of this car is actually Toyota? The electrics could turn out to be Subaru so I was not going to take any chances. I took a Cobra AK4615 along as a backup plan!
It didn’t take long to take the dash apart and as I’d expected, the electrics were very Subaru! The AK4615 was going to have to be made to work. Still, this is not such a bad thing as it does have a wireless siren which I soon found a discrete location for.
Most of the current range of Cobra alarms come with grey ultrasonic capsules and for 9/10 vehicles look fantastic, however, I knew the 86 had a black interior so painted the ultrasonics black in advance. They sure looked the mutts nuts in matt black 🙂
Smart Keyless Entry
The GT version of the 86 has proximity keyless entry which unlocks the doors as soon as your hand reaches behind the door handle (assuming to remote is in proximity). The alarm was wired so it disarmed with the smart proximity unlock as well as the remote buttons.
As with all good upgrade alarm installs I made sure it was not possible to arm or disarm the alarm by forcing the door lock or by pressing the lock/unlock switch on the driver’s door.
Finally, I found a neat location for the LED over-ride switch opposite the Start button in the centre console.
The result was a very stealth install and another car to add to my database. I’ve also drawn the conclusion that the 86 is more Subaru than Toyota!
Update: Since this install, the CAN-Bus software has been released for the Cobra AK4615.