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Old 09-09-2011, 10:19 PM
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Time for a design change...

Saw this over on FTE. This has been a known issue for many years now, they are basically unchanged since the 1999 SD. Time for a design change!! Watch this video about the Super Duty door handles, and break ins. This happens all the time to these trucks in California. I get nervous whenever I visit family there in my truck just because of this My Jimmi Jammers should deter the thieves hopefully, but many folks don't have them installed on their trucks.

Thieves Pop Locks, Break Into Trucks - Automotive News Story - WPLG Miami
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Old 09-10-2011, 01:02 PM
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Gives me the cringes every time I hear about it. Sad thing is, they tend to jack things up even more when the JJ are in place. It's almost better to put a disabler on the vehicle, remove everything worth stealing and leave it unlocked with the windows down. At least your less likely to have damage then.
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Old 09-10-2011, 09:35 PM
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Gives me the cringes every time I hear about it. Sad thing is, they tend to jack things up even more when the JJ are in place. It's almost better to put a disabler on the vehicle, remove everything worth stealing and leave it unlocked with the windows down. At least your less likely to have damage then.
True, a thief that is determined will get in no matter what. It's just that after so many years of the same handle design, one would think changes would be made to make breaking in more difficult. Even something as simple as a backing plate installed at the factory, similar to the Jimmi Jammers, this could add a whole $1 to cost of production
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Old 09-11-2011, 06:05 AM
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It happened to me a month ago. They got both my 08 F350 and my 02 HD F150. For now I just filled the key holes with an epoxy till I get the handle's without the key hole. It's just stupid how fast they can do it. But like they say if a thief wants in he will get in.
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Old 09-11-2011, 10:41 AM
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The Dodge has the same design. Friend of mine had a break in took a while to figure out how they got in. Very little sign of forced entry. The JJ work. Yes who ever wants to break in and is determined will do so. Most thief's don't like the extra time to break in.
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dk, I agree completely, very sad that after so many years, no change has been made.
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Old 09-11-2011, 01:11 PM
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I want to get that Ravelco system that you have Smotrs. But it's pretty pricey though isn't it? How do you like it Smotrs?
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Dixie, normally $469. But if you have AAA, make sure you mention that as well and you'll get a discount, I ended up paying about $422 +tax.

I like it, haven't had to prove mine yet but a friend of mine did. His vehicle was broken into, wires yanked, ignition and column jacked, some wires connected directly to the starter. They even tried popping the hood and trying to get it started under there. Truck was never taken.
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