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Hi,

my Vee (08 but new to me) came with an immobilizer installed.

I'm not really crazy about it, it's one of those that require a button be pushed on a remote controller to enable the engine to start.

id like to remove this, but have no idea where to start, or what to look for.

any ideas?
 

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Good idea -- that alarm stuff is usually crap.

Basically, you start digging and remove all the non-stock wiring.

Somewhere, you'll find a place where a stock wire feeding the ignition or whatever has been cut and spliced into the alarm box, most likely with those damnable bastard evil cheap shonky hateful Scotchloks.

There will be other wires that have not been cut, but have been tapped into, also likely with Scotchloks.

If you remove a Scotchlok, make sure you seal the holes in the insulation with electronics-safe RTV, or cover the wire with heat shrink. You may need to replace some damaged lengths of wire.

Then burn the Scotchloks, shred the leftover pieces, set them on fire again, then bury the ash under a poison oak during the new moon. Sprinkle the site with holy water (Evian works in a pinch), then salt the earth and back away slowly while averting your eyes and repeating the first four lines from page 47 of the Electrical Engineering Handbook.

Seriously. Scotchloks really, really SUCK. They should not exist.
 

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Scotchloks have there place. Unfortunately their place has nothing whatsoever to do with electricity.
 

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Scotchloks have there place. Unfortunately their place has nothing whatsoever to do with electricity.
They're fine for allowing non-technical people to add things to low-voltage accessory circuits. Using them to tap into ignition circuits borders on lunacy.
 

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They're fine for allowing non-technical people to add things to low-voltage accessory circuits. Using them to tap into ignition circuits borders on lunacy.
The only thing scotchlocks are good for are creating intermittent failures that comsume hours of troubleshooting time. I agree that they suck, and shouldn't be used anywhere on a motorcycle.
 

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any idea what the actual immobilizer looks like?

They are usually big hairy men that grunt and stand in the doorways of night clubs to ward off the uninvited.
On a motorcycle probably a small black box with a lot of wires that controls the ignition.
 

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any idea what the actual immobilizer looks like?
Sorry, these things usually don't look like much. It'll just be an anonymous black box with some wires going into it. It's probably mounted with zip ties, or something that's obviously not from the Suzuki factory. Some of these things are the size of a deck of cards or a little smaller, and some are bigger, but it'll be a device that's obviously been added on. It may have a sticker on the box with the brand name on it.

Since you have the remote, try Googling the brand name and/or model number for more info.




If you can't find anything that looks like a black box, there's one type that's built into a relay, like this:
Cycle Sounds Ignition Immobilizer Active Relay/Remote Security System | 382-652 | J&P Cycles

So you'd have to carefully examine the relays to determine which is the culprit, and then locate a replacement... look at the brand name on the remote and see if one of the relays under the seat matches.
 
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