View Full Version : Cable driven locks
06-12-2007, 09:27 PM
Has anyone ever installed a keyless entry alarm on a vehicle with cable driven locks? The vehicle is an 07 Focus and was always told that you cant add keyless to these vehicles because of the cable locks. But I have seen actuators that are specifically for vehicles with the cable driven locks. I have done many regular installs involving actuators and am just wondering how much more difficult it is to install these. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
06-13-2007, 11:16 AM
i looked on direct techs and didnt see anything special mentioned on it so just hook it up like normal.
06-13-2007, 07:38 PM
there is a way to do it but there is no guarantee that it will work with every car...cable driven locks are made in two parts there is usually a plastic sheilding wrapped around a metal cable....you neeed to strip back the plastic sheilding very carefully and attach the pole from your actuator to that and run as normal sometimes it work sometimes it doesn as you have to get the actuator mount perfect...good luck!
06-13-2007, 07:53 PM
Thanks Dre that is what I figured I just wasnt sure.
06-13-2007, 07:55 PM
06-13-2007, 08:05 PM
i actually did power locks on a 4 door focus before. they make kits for cable locks btw.
let me see if i can find the kit.
it was also a pain the the ***.
06-13-2007, 08:14 PM
06-13-2007, 09:02 PM
06-13-2007, 09:04 PM
^^ yep thats them.,
oh have fun putting them in :)
06-13-2007, 10:09 PM
Thanks for the help guys, I really appreciate it. I think I will go ahead and pass on that job. :fro:
06-13-2007, 10:16 PM
the adapters were not that bad to install, but the adjusting part and to get all 4 doors to act the same, takes time, plus you have to run wires in to the doors to power the actuators. then know how to wire it to the alarm.
06-13-2007, 10:17 PM
also when i got done with the doors to try em out, i had one door cable a little too tight, it actually pulled on the door handle and opened the door. ha
06-13-2007, 10:37 PM
How long would you say it took you? Its for a dealership and I wouldnt be doing the install and my installer works on commission. Did the shop charge any extra? I have plenty of alarm experience and even done many actuators and will be overlooking the install, so that isnt a problem. I just dont have any installers with this kind of actuator experience nor do I have anyone that around me that does in case there was a problem. Im sure I could figure it out if that came up but than I have to worry about my installer b*tching cuz he isnt making any money.
06-13-2007, 10:40 PM
i think it took me about half the day to get everything in, then adjusting it.
and i made bank for commission for that job.
06-13-2007, 10:43 PM
Could you pm me what you guys charged total for the job. and if it was just an alarm /keyless or remote start? Like stated before it is for a dealership so money isnt a problem. I just want to make sure that if we take the job on we are well compensated for it. Thanks.
06-13-2007, 10:46 PM
was over half a year ago. um i think it was like 100 a door. then installing a standard alarm with it.
06-13-2007, 10:53 PM
Cool, thanks alot for your input.
06-14-2007, 12:48 AM
I manage a shop in OKC and we do tons of expeditor work in fact its prob 90% of our business so Ive done cable door lock installs many many times, I kinda just developed my own setup using standard DEI Actuators and speed clips to hold the cable. As for pricing I charge $75 per door to the dealer plus $100 for wiring and a single switch in the driver door or add an additional $129 for keyless/$199 for alarm. I mainly do the Toyota's with cable locks and I can usually get a 4 door car with one switch in the drivers door and keyless entry in about 3-4 hrs.
06-14-2007, 12:51 AM
Thanks. I appreciate all the help.