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Posted: July 06, 2007 at 8:25 AM / IP Logged  
Just wanted to get some opinions on their alarms. I believe under their umbrella is the following: Astra, Galaxy, Precision and Precision Vision. I think I installed two of their alarms and I have not had any of them come back. I think you can get most of them around 130 bucks and less. Here is the link to their website: I am in no means promoting their products.
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Posted: July 06, 2007 at 10:37 AM / IP Logged  
Umm I heard of scytek and got some pretty good feedback. The only things to me is having this camera mounted on your ride. Kinda ghetto. I mean whats the meaning of anti-theft? to prevent people from stealing. An alarm is meant for a thief to see its armed with an alarm. When seeing that they skip to the next ride. And with this system the key fobs are ugly and the picture is not quite clear. But its a good concept. Plus range is always off and on. So with this particular system i would be sketchy on its range and its two way compatibility. Word
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Posted: July 06, 2007 at 1:14 PM / IP Logged  
Although I have not done any of the vision systems I have done a few Scytek pieces and their systems have a 'cheaper' feel than other systems out there. They look and feel a lot like the stuff that TRC ( sells (even the highlighted text in the manual looks the same). They do not offer the same outputs and inputs (pulse before start, after start, etc) as other companies do and the programming options are a little limited. However, they have all worked and I have never had one come back for any reason.
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Posted: July 06, 2007 at 3:34 PM / IP Logged  

I have sold and installed a number of scytek products in my shop for a couple of years, and here are my thoughts on the subject.

1) These units do have a cheaper feel. They are obviously manufactured overseas with the main focus of the company being saving money.

2) They do tend to be rather reliable, as I have only seen a few comebacks, and I have yet to see one that failed in a manner that would cause damage or undesired operation to the vehicle.

3) Thier LCD remotes suck down batteries like nobodys business. You will find yourself replacing the batteries every 2 weeks, as opposed to the 6 to 12 months that my customers report from other products.

4) The Vision guard security camera sucks.

5) They do have some pretty innovative things going on with the way they program. You can do the standard valet switch/remote programming, or you can use a laptop to program and access advanced programming menues.

6) They do have all the necessary outputs that you need to install one of these into any car. Pulse before, after, during crank etc, as well as a few programmables that can be momentary, constant with buton press, or latch w/ time out, or rest w/ ignition.

The bottom line is, that while these are in no way of as high quality as a few of the other lines I carry, I can still feel confident that my customers will not have any of the problems associated with other low end lines like Black Widow, or Design tech.

I no longer offer these units however, not because of the product itself, but because the company has poor customer service and is a pain to deal with.

BTW, on thier website they offer a free download called Scytek Companion that is a great wire reference for installers. It is fairly accurate, and it tellls you the software you need for different vehicles if you are using xpresskit modules. Did I mention its free?

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Posted: July 06, 2007 at 9:02 PM / IP Logged  

i have installed these units skytek and there 2 ways are horrible nutting but problems with the remotes (color) and had a few units put them self in valet mode customer coming back remote start and alarm not working unit was in valet  had it happen to many times you get what you pay for

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Posted: July 06, 2007 at 11:25 PM / IP Logged  
good call on the program tragik, I use tons of diffrent resources, but the companion was a good addition to my smart phone and my pc
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Posted: July 11, 2007 at 7:09 PM / IP Logged  
I have installed a number of these units, programming them sucks, but they work great if you are doing a starter on a manual transmission. That is all we use them for and they work great. The 2way pager remotes have had alot of problems.
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Posted: July 12, 2007 at 12:21 AM / IP Logged  
a guy i work with installed a scytek video alaram in a customers car. its really kinda cool. i hope this is just a beta for more alarms like this in the future. the alarm takes 2 grainy pics which wouldnt be admissable in ANY court and we've found no way to upload the pictures to ANY device via usb, bluetooth, or otherwise
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