Can this thing just be unhooked and removed? I have a 97 F250LD Extended Cab 4X4 XLT Lariat, it has a factory anti-theft / remote entry system. I have the FORD TSP Disk for the 97 year vehicles and it shows how to uninstall this thing. But doesn't say if there is anything that has to be done after removing it (if anything does need to be done). I was curious if anyone knew whether or not there were any risks or problems associated with just removing it? The reason I want to remove it is I am getting ready to install a Clifford Matrix Remote Start / Security System and don't want the factory system to interfere with it. Thanks guys - BTW if anyone has anything specific (within reason) they want me to look up for the 97 year vehicles I'd be glad to...
Don't think it will run without the RAP module. Many components tap into that, and I believe your aftermarket remote start/security system will, too. I know my "Ford Gold" remote start/ security system does. I bought the Ford system to be sure of compatibility (and so I wouldn't have to carry two remotes), but I think its actually made by Clifford or somebody like them, and the aftermarket systems now integrate fine.
PS: Actually, mine has the "Central Security Module" rather than the your older "Remote Anti-theft Personality Module", so maybe I am leading you astray, but I think it's similar. Incidentally, you will probably want to have the wiring diagrams to make your installation easier. I was surprised to find that my print edition of the shop manual did not provide these and had to buy a separate book of wiring diagrams. You might want to check if your CD has them.
Thanks for the input - and you are correct, I found out a couple of things - and some good info for anyone else installing one of these yourself, the vehicle will NOT run without the RAP module or the newer version as in your case. However the newer alarms like the Matrix RSX 3.5 by Clifford will actually arm & disarm the factory module as it arms and disarms itself - so it works in conjunction with it. The wiring diagrams on the TSP Disk are too vague for alarm installation. So will be looking for resources on the net for wiring info...
guy, I have a small Red Led in the knee panel at the left of my steering wheel.
I think it's a RAP indicator, but I've looked all over under the dash and cant find a switch.
My Speaker out under the hood is disconnected. Somebody yanked the wire out of a connector (which I cant find).
Did you find your alarm processor in the door panel?
I'm just too busy right now to take this thing apart looking for the Bugger alarm stuff, but it'd be nice if I had it.
The alarm processor / RAP Module is on the firewall behind and above the e-brake pedal. It's a grey box, mounted up high (you have to lay on your back looking up with your head by the brake pedal to see it). It's difficult to trace the leads, you need a good color coded schematic to figure it out. If it was a dealer installed or aftermarket item it could be anywhere, but that's still the most common place for it. Hope that helps...