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Old 12-28-2010, 11:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok,another question? I work at Bass pro on the side here in Nashville and we have to park forever away in the upper lot and we have been having a lot of car break ins!One last week was attempted to hot wire,he was parked beside me!My zuk looks good for ones around nashville and people stop me at red lights and look me up in the store all the time wanting to buy my zuk,which has NO for sale sign!!!! Kinda makes me nervous!Im still in process of fixing it up including in march im getting shrockworks front & rear bumpers and sliders.My question is ,you guys that have your zuks fixed up what do you do to prevent them from being stolen?????I was A cop for 5 yrs so Im not stupid to the fact but any ideas you guys have used would be helpful....
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ah... not sure =-\. Can't really do much but you could complain to the store manager that you NEED security cameras for the parking lot for the employees.
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lol,oh,we have cameras and security guards driving around but both are useless!! Just trying to take care of myself.I hate to do all of this work to my zuk and then some one take it!!!
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Old 12-28-2010, 02:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Easy way is to pull the injector fuse.... it will just turn over, if you want pull the starter fuse as well.

Still not feeling safe? pull the ignition fuse (if you have one)
still not feeling safe? pull the plug wires and stick them in your locker..
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Well,I have thought about some sort of disconnect? My luck they'll just hook to it and tow it off!!! I seen somewhere(maybe ebay?)of a steering wheel that disconnects like a nascar style.That would be cool?
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I'm sure they would have a pair of vice grips in their bag of theft that they could connect.

just pull the fuse and call it safe.
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Unfortunately, these little zooks can fit i the back of a full size pickup, so all you can do is secure the working parts and hope they just don't pick it up and cart it off.

Grant, the company that makes most of the common aftermarket steering wheels used to have a removable wheel adapter that just added an extra 2 inches of height to the column. you just unlock the wheel and take it with you (or lock it to the roll bar), but I haven't seen that kit available for awhile now.

There is a trick that you can do pretty easily with the clutch safety switch wire. The switch is down by the clutch pedal and doesn't let you start the car without pushing in the clutch. If you trace the wire up the steering column you can add another 'hidden' switch that will do the same thing hether the clutch is depressed or not. Kind of frustrating when you know it should be turning over... Just hide the switch well, and don't forget to tell the spouse if she ever drives it.
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Update:
Found 'em!

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There is a trick that you can do pretty easily with the clutch safety switch wire. The switch is down by the clutch pedal and doesn't let you start the car without pushing in the clutch.
I think that's a very neat theft deterrent. I once saw something similar to that wherein the ignition was connected to the cigarette lighter. The car wouldn't start unless the cig lighter was pressed in. Not sure how that worked.

Some other suggestions: (some of these my friends have done while others I've seen from other forums).
1. If your rig is a softop, installing thin steel grills or chicken wire (inside the cabin) along the areas where you have the canvass would prevent the thief from getting into your cabin or accessing the front door locks easily.
2. While parked, shift the tcase to neutral. That way, an ignorant thief would wonder why the vehicle won't move when he tries to drive away... it would delay the theft by a few precious minutes as well.
3. Stickers showing security devices installed is also a deterrent.
4. Faux alarm light is also a deterrent. There are devices like these being sold on the internet. (Faux Car Alarm with Flashing LED)
5. Steering wheel locks are now pretty cheap and also is a deterrent (especially the ones that are obviously seen from the outside).

Hope this helps!
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Great ideas....I do like the one about the clutch switch,I'll have to look into that.As far as my top,I never lock my door just for that reason.I'd rather them try to take something than slit my new top!!I'll have to check out that link too Billjohn,thanks.Just getting really nervous about my zuk!Way too many people are wanting it and im not even half way thru with fixing it up.I can see it now,once I get my winch bumper and rock sliders on with the lift some group of kids will think "hey this will be cool to go 4 wheeling ,lets take it"!!
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