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Hello, just purchased two spark 60s today. Take delivery this Friday. Just wondering, I read on the forum that the spark uses a generic magnetic key. I plan to frequent an island that several others in the area do as well, I would really like another way to protect my spark from theft if we decide to walk around the island. Hidden kill switch in battery storage bin or something like that maybe. Thoughts?
 

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I had my dealer get me a second key. They didn't know that it didn't need programing. They had me tow my spark 100 miles to them to get it programed. Well no programing needed. I like the idea of a hidden kill switch. I guess I have a project this weekend.
 

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hidden kill switch isnt a bad idea. of course chaining it to something will stop most from moving it anywhere.
 

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My sparks will be locked to trailer and garaged, the kill switch would be for when I go to the island and want to leave the ski for a short period of time to explore or whatever.

I was thinking about a kill switch or a keyed kill switch, something like this
Keyed Battery Master Switch - Overton's



I dont have my sparks yet, pick them up friday, so I really dont know how hard it is to get to battery box and if there would be room to mount something.
 

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My sparks will be locked to trailer and garaged, the kill switch would be for when I go to the island and want to leave the ski for a short period of time to explore or whatever.

I was thinking about a kill switch or a keyed kill switch, something like this
Keyed Battery Master Switch - Overton's



I dont have my sparks yet, pick them up friday, so I really dont know how hard it is to get to battery box and if there would be room to mount something.
The battery box is down under the top deck. Its relatively easy to get the top deck off, check out Rampages video...

 

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I believe I have a solution. I am going to purchase a keyed ON/OFF switch. Much like you might see in an elevator to turn on or off a floor. I am going to panel mount it in the "glove box" Similar to the instructions for adding the 12V accessory kit. I then will switch the wires coming out of the post where the Sea Doo Key / Magnet goes on. This way I can use the key to lock it out while docked overnight.

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I believe I have a solution. I am going to purchase a keyed ON/OFF switch. Much like you might see in an elevator to turn on or off a floor. I am going to panel mount it in the "glove box" Similar to the instructions for adding the 12V accessory kit. I then will switch the wires coming out of the post where the Sea Doo Key / Magnet goes on. This way I can use the key to lock it out while docked overnight.

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I can tell you as a thief, the first two places i would look would be the glovebox and the storage bin...

Not trying to rain on your parade...but it would be very very easy for someone to either pop up, cut out, etc etc...the switch and just connect the hot wires in behind the terminal...have you though about ways to get around this?

I think a better idea might be to just put the switch in there and maybe create a lock for the actual glovebox itself...

Either that or completely hide the switch where they would have to hunt for it...like an ideal place would inside of the hull where you could push it with your finger if you knew where it was, but where you couldn't see it or find it with a flashlight otherwise...

Again, just trying to throw some thoughts out there....
 

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The switch in the glove box requires a key to turn on or off. I have it installed and will put up some pictures this week.
 

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but like tmobile said, isn't it entirely possible to pop the receptor out and hotwire?
Yes but this keeps honest people honest. If they are going to steal it they will. Even if you have it locked up with a chain. Simple bolt cutter and it's gone.
 

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Yes but this keeps honest people honest. If they are going to steal it they will. Even if you have it locked up with a chain. Simple bolt cutter and it's gone.
true, but I still subscribe to the idea that a hidden kill switch would be much more effective and more time consuming for a thief...and take about the same amount of time to install as the keyed switch...

it would take someone a matter of 20 seconds to cut that plastic out with a hole saw and jump the wires behind to disable that ignition switch....

With a hidden switch, they would either have to hunt for the switch, take off the top of the hull, or (which is what I would prob do) cut out the factory ignition and jump it to a source of equivalent voltage....but those things still would take more time...

the other thing, cutting out the factory ignition is going to be an expensive fix for a thief if they want to sell the whole ski, or will deprive them off a valuable part....vs cutting the bottom of the glove box insert which would only require them to replace (or lose the sale of) a very inexpense part....

I agree with chaining down though, easy to take bolt cutters and chop those off...only way to keep them safe is either to restrict access such as a locked garage, boat house, etc etc....and then when you have them out and about, is to make it take as long as possible to start it up (which I think a hidden kill switch would be best for)...of course all this is moot if they have a couple of people and can just carry it off to a truck or trailer...then the only thing that will help would be a hidden gps or locating device that depends on its on battery source...
 
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