Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Northeastern BC
I've done it before twice. First was on my old '87 Nissan (manual trans., barebones), and then I reinstalled the same remote starter in my B4000 (manual trans., power everything).
The Nissan was easy as pie, since it was about as complex as a lawnmower. Installing in the Mazda was three times more complicated. First, I needed to bypass the clutch switch, since the Nissan didn't have that. You could actually start it in gear. Then there was the ignition bypass module I had to buy from Ebay, and I wanted the power locks to work with the starter remote, and that needed isolation diodes.
Even benefitting from the fact that I had the factory service manual for my truck, and that I had already installed the same system previously, that I am an electronic technician and an industrial instrument mechanic, I wouldn't waste my time doing it again. It was VERY time-consuming and there are a lot of potential pitfalls. It's quite possible to damage the vehicle, or your starter module.
It all works fine, and I have the security of knowing all my connections are well-soldered and insulated, and not done by some pimply-faced minimum wage nimrod at Futureshop -- but that's about it. If I had broken my truck or the starter module, then I would have been crying.
Conclusion: If I had to do it over again, I would have just ordered the factory installed remote starter. I would have also bought stock in Microsoft in 1980 with my paper route money.
I second what shelbyx1 says -- go with the Ford system. It will work, and you'll have a warranty, and no amateur is going to hack up your vehicle.
If Princess Auto were a real girl, I'd ask her to marry me.