So I tried to take as many pictures as I could during a starter I did today on a pretty common vehicle. Everyone has their own way of doing things and this is simply how I like to do it. Here go's lol....
The car was a an automatic 2003 honda civic and the remote start being put in was a viper 5101 with a pkall for the bypass. Car was very simple and had no factory alarm.
The first thing I normally do is print out my wiring diagram for the vehicle and start to dismantle and locate wires in order to get a sense of where everything's at. However, because of time constraints, I was prepping this remote start in between doing other installs so it's not the prettiest, but it'll do lol. I start by plugging in all components and wiring harness'. Here is the brain and pkall -
Next figure out what wires you are going to need and which you don't based on the vehicle diagram. Some people de-pin the wires and others leave them intact. I normally leave atleast 6 inches of wire incase I ever might need it in the future, then cut it and stagger all the wires to different lengths.
Here is the floor beneath me after this step lol
On these viper units, don't forget to put in the parking light fuse. Based on the fuse position will determine if the parking light output is + or -
Next I tape up my wires based on their location in the vehicle. For instance my doorlocks, parking lights, and ground were all in the driver kick so I taped them up together.
Now that the prep work is done it's time to actually install it. I can't count the number of times I've completed and install and get no response at all from the unit because of a stupid piece I forgot to connect, so as a result the first thing I ALWAYS do is run the antenna lol
Next pull the underdash on the car.
The pkall needs to connect to wires straight from the key cylinder so I also took off the column shroud. Be VERY careful while removing this and never use too much force, if you break clips on these you're fucked - trust me.
I then found a spot to mount the brain and had a sense of what wire length's I'd need. Now it's time to start the connections! I do my primary harness first, which connects to the vehicles ignition harness here