Ravelco Security System

[10/10/2005] Reviewed by: Keith Kimble - kjkmd@aol.com

Applicable to: '90 - '97 '99 + 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

Anti-hot-wire device that makes the car very difficult and time-consuming for a would-be thief to start. Device is wired thru starter, ignition, or fuel injection circuits. A plug receptacle terminates whereever you choose in the cockpit, and mates with a 16 pin ""key" (about as big around as a half-dollar, and about one-half inch thick) that you clip to your keychain when you park the car. If the key is not plugged into the receptacle, the car will not start. Each key and receptacle are near-unique mates.

Had it installed about six months ago. Initially wired into starter circuit, but ran into a conflict with starter motor kill switch. Installer came back and reinstalled system to disable fuel flow (for free), now no problems and two layers of protection.

Probably very effective in preventing the casual would-be thief from stealing your car. Defeating the system is no doubt possible, but would likely require raising the hood and tracing wiring--too time consuming to steal a lowly miata. Doesn't prevent vandalism, break-in, or towing, but neither does anything else. Price (around $350 with installation) is competitive with low-end name brand systems. No horns or sirens. No option for remote locking, passive arming (you have to take the "key" with you when you park), or remote starting. Installers are mobile, come to you. Search Ravelco on the web to find a local source. Can be used on any car-not just miatae.

Over 30 minutes to remove completely

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