1996 450hp n/a
Z28 Camaro SS
1995 Trans Am
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4th Generation Alarm Installation Guide
for the 1996 to 1998 F-Body
To start with, I'll give you a quick rundown of the common wires and locations that are used in most alarm installs.
These locations will go for both the Camaro and Firebird/Trans Am. However, since I did the install pictured below on a 1996 Camaro SS, you Firebird/Trans Am guys will have to improvise just a little when viewing the pictures below :) The following table will give you OPTIONS for where to splice into the particular wire. In one case, the book may suggest using a certain wire and maybe I didn't like this one so I used a different wire :) If I did this, I'll let you know but I'll also give you what my install book lists. Remember, there are about a 1000 different ways to install an alarm and this is just one variation :)
The above is just to give you an idea of what to look
for. I'll try to go into detail for each wire below.
First off, let me just say again that there are literally hundreds of different ways, methods, whatever to install an alarm system. If you don't like the way I do it, then quit reading this page ;-) I often don't solder connections as I've found the connectors I use to work very well. Some say you should solder all connections... well, I don't necessarily agree :) If you want, feel free to solder when ever and where ever you want! Also, the order in which the install is done isn't set in stone. You can do it however you wish. The purpose of this page is to provide guidance... it's not the only way it can me done! :) Well, lets get started!
Supplies and Tools
To install an alarm, you're going to need a few basic tools and supplies.
Here are some of the items I can think of that you'll probably end up needing.
Wire stripper and crimper
Here is a close-up of the blue quick splice connectors that will make your install MUCH easier!
Learn Your Alarm
The first thing you want to do is familiarize yourself with your alarm system. Lay everything out and take the time to read through the instructions and installation manual. At each point in the installation manual, take a look at the component the manual is talking about and where it plugs into/connects to the alarm. It is important that you at least read through the manuals once. This way, things will start "clicking" when we go along :-)
Looking at all this stuff and huge clumps of wires may be a bit intimidating, but don't worry, we'll work through it :-)
I got a little carried away making this guide :) When I went to test it, half the pictures showed up as an "x" image on my computer! There was far too much information and pictures for one page so I had to break it down into four different sections. These sections are listed below. I recommend going through them in order as that is how I laid out the project. Enjoy!
I hope you enjoyed this guide and got some use out of it! I always like to chat with fellow F-Body buds so feel free to send me your comments or suggestions! My email is