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Move to a “good neighborhood”. How do you even sell a stolen vehicle like that anyway?…
Export it overseas and sell it for twice the MSRP.
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This is the best antitheft plug AND easy to use. They come to your house and Wire it in the driveway.

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having the 14 GEN hybrid, it was wired to the transmission so I can keep my auto start stop with the AC or heat.
https://www.ravelco.com/

I also view insurance check as a bit of a challenge since it’s their goal to pay less for the value it is and if you special ordered, it’s the way you wanted it so often difficult to find the same but at the same price or my case I’ll never see 0% financing again. Best to keep the truck and yes I did modify my garage sheet rock to fit.
 

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It’s worth noting the GM is much easier to steal with the Onstar exploit than the F150 as a plus.
 

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Step 1 is to upgrade the alarm system.
Step 2 is to install a fuel cut-off switch that needs a key to be opened and closed.

The advantage of the fuel cut-off switch is that the thief drives a mile and then suddenly the engine stops despite the fuel gage indication that there is plenty of gas in the tank. I doubt many thieves are going to want to take the time to diagnose the problem and if they so they are not equipped with a way to defeat the key fuel switch.

https://dashcameras.net/car-kill-switch/

A kill switch for the battery used to be effective and one could use a length of hardened chain to prevent the hood from being opened to access the battery but now with $100 batttery powered grinders and a $4 cut-off wheel chains can be cut through in seconds.
 

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Here's an example of what Jesse is talking about.

 

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Some thoughts,
1) https://talonsgarage.com/products/ford-f-150-powerboost-skid-plate-catalytic-converter-shield
2) https://accessories.ford.com/produc...1-mcgard-tailgate-lock?variant=40733442244799
3) Wheel Locks
4) https://realtruck.com/p/bak-revolver-x4s-tonneau-cover/v/ford/f150/2023/
5) https://www.f150forum.com/f129/23-spare-tire-lock-whats-everyone-doing-541380/index2/ post #12
6) https://accessories.ford.com/produc...cle-security-system-21?variant=40747148247231

Kill switch, Steering wheel lock (club), Wheel Boot, remove fuel pump relay...and Armed Guard

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I have a question. I think I backed myself into a corner with this one

First, this lock is specc'd for the 2023 F150 XLT.

Following directions for my 2023 F150 XLT I attempted to install this lock. I had to remove the piece that holds the rotating hinge. This is exactly what I had to do on my 2014 F150 XLT, so I'm dumb enough to forget I will have problems with this since I have already done this before.

Turns out the torx bolt that holds that piece in place so the tailgate can rotate must have been installed with 2 lbs of loctite. Usually one can break through the loctite after a few pulls and the bolt will come on out. I could not get there. I gave up unbolting it for fear that I might break it. Then I tried to tighten it back up. That went nowhere I soon reached a point where it would tighten no more.

I am now afraid to put too much umph and nasty words on it for fear the bolt may break. I figured this must be Ford's new antitheft strategy.

Before I go to the dealer and let them laugh at me are there any pointers here?

2) https://accessories.ford.com/produc...1-mcgard-tailgate-lock?variant=40733442244799

SKU: VFL3Z18168B

McGard Tailgate Lock
 

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I knew the Faraday cage was a good idea, didn't know it was that easy. I got an APPLE AIR TAG for $30 - Activated it - hide in the truck. Then you at least know where it is. There are over 1 billion iphones out there with bluetooth, takes just one phone to ping the Air Tag in the truck then you look at your phone and know where the truck is.

I need to get a metal box for my keys. Still won't stop a Jerr-Dan.... (But I'll know where they took it)

Just grab some guns and head after it.
 

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$17.00 Club is one of the oldest and best deterrents around...
Sure they can (eventually) cut the bar or pick the lock but usually when a theif sees them, they just move on...
$17.00 done deal
Had a friend recently lose a Toyota Highlander even though he had a club on it. Cops told him with battery operated saws now can hack one off in under a minute. All depends if they want your specific truck or not. It isn't so much which one is easier to steal - it is which one has an order in for it. $100k+ trucks are creating an incentive.

Trucks are being stolen out of people's driveways - in good neighborhoods. Thieves put a magnetic gps/fob recorder with tracking on your vehicle. It records your fob signal and then thief locates it with gps and goes to your driveway and starts your vehicle.

Most stolen vehicles, at least in Canada, are loaded up in shipping containers within 24hrs and shipped over seas. Has been some recent catches due to air tags - actually find the truck in the shipping container being loaded. But if they don't find it in 24hrs, it is gone.

I agree with good insurance - the issue is the price tag is going to increase.
 

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The most commonly owned trucks are going to be the ones most commonly stolen. Best preventative measure is to have a fuel cutoff valve so the thief can get a mile down the road and then have no power from the engine and is going to abandon the vehicle. I did this with a sports roadster and with my 4WD vehicles that were easy to steal. Lots of kits for doing this and most can be done in less than an hour.

With a diesel engine there is already a fuel cutoff switch to kill the engine and so inserting a manual electrical switch would work very well and avoid having to bleed the fuel system of the diesel engine.
 

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I have also heard of guys uploading a custom tune at night - takes 3 mins. {every time you park it}

Top speed = 5 MPH - Throttle input 1% max. then they can't get far. But the Jerr-Dan is still an issue - edit just saw this gem (re: Jerr-Dann & tow trucks) Turn your wheels all the way to the left or right when you park your car. In the event a tow truck tries to steal your vehicle, the angle of the wheels will make your vehicle track in a big circle. This attracts attention . . . and no tow truck driver wants to tow a vehicle that is traveling beside him in the next lane
 
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pit bull or large dog with aids that cant be taken out of truck is only sure way the bad guy wont drive it
an ignition hard interlock really is only way to defeat the drive away.

but towing it is hard to defeat
the knuckle heads .. drive up, drop the stinger and take off with the car in short order.
I prefer an ill tempered Chihuahua with a laser beam on it's head.
 

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Look into the Ring Car Camera. I have had it since it came out and I love it. Very easy to install and works great. Does not have any type of kill features but alerts you as soon as there is any type of movement and you can view inside your vehicle at any time.
 

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Sorry @Eighthtry , as often the case, I am devoid of wisdom. But wow, the bold shouldn't be that tight. I am guessing that you either have to A) try nasty words and a breaker bar or B) be laughed at by the dealer (if no mechanic friends).
 

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Sorry @Eighthtry , as often the case, I am devoid of wisdom. But wow, the bold shouldn't be that tight. I am guessing that you either have to A) try nasty words and a breaker bar or B) be laughed at by the dealer (if no mechanic friends).
Clearly, you or he deleted his post, can't see what he said.
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