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Hi,


Recently picked up a 2019 790 Duke and thought it would be a good idea to fit the Meta alarm as it was plug and play.


Went for the cheap option and got the Def Com T from ebay, although I did buy the KTM fitting kit.


Having connected it all up, a very simple process, I have found that when it arms, the LED on the bikes dash doesn't flash.


I have connected the LED that came with the alarm to the alarm plug to test that and it does flash, although it is so dim you can hardly see it, I had to turn the garage lights off!


Can anyone that has fitted the Meta alarm advise if their dash LED flashes and how bright it is?


I have checked the prewired plug on the bike and all the wires are present and correct.


Thanks.


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Hi Matt

I did exactly the same, Def Com T from eBay and KTM bracket and seat reed switch and as you, I do not have the LED on the dash working. Spoke to my dealer and he reckons there is an option in their diagnostics system to say whether the bike has an alarm or not and hence it may see plausible that this configures the Dash LED?

When the bike is in next I may ask him to change the value to 'alarm installed' and see if that does the trick. He did say they have never fitted an alarm (due to the ridiculous price) so he couldn't really offer any further help.

Incidentally, he was very interested though when I told him the KTM alarm is actually an £80 Meta item, he was going to ask his boss if they could buy them in that way rather than via KTM!

Let me know how you get on.

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Hi, I actually got the people who supplied mine to swap it for another one as I believed it to be faulty, plugged it in yesterday and the LED still doesn't flash.

If yours doesn't either it does point to something in the bikes software maybe needing to be altered.

I will have a chat with the dealer when it goes in for it's first service.

I was wondering whether it may be due to the KTM plug not using all the connections on the alarm.
 

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Only just got around to having the first service done due to the lockdown.

Apparently according to my dealer the LED on the dash doesn't flash to show the alarm is armed on any 790's, there is no option in the software.

Oh well might have to look at connecting up the LED that came with the alarm.
 

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@mps711: can I ask you something else? Do you perhaps have the reed switch installed together with a pillion seat cover? If so, where are your reed switch connectors placed?

To me it seems the indicated reed switch spots don’t match as it is on the side on the bike and in the middle inside the cover. Assuming the two holes are for mounting the reed switch connector.

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The original pillion seat does to match.
 

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Hi,

On the underside of my pillion seat I do have a mounting position for the reed switch which lines up with the one on the bike, next to the plug in your picture.

Mine doesn't have the mounting position shown in your picture, in the middle of the seat.

The official KTM alarm fitting bracket does have an alternative switch mounting position on it which is in the centre of the bike, so will probably line up with the one on your seat.

My bike is a 2019 model, although I cant see why they would have changed the design.

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Yeah, that’s what also thought to see, the centered mounting spot on the alarm mounting kit. Was already thinking about ordering the kit for there solid and less reachable placement of the alarm system. This is an extra reason to just buy it.

And that adds up another 50 euros... 💸 🙈

Thanks Matt for the clarification, I appreciate it! 👍🏻
 

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No problem.

I noticed in your message that you talk about the pillion seat cover, is the picture of the underside of the actual pillion seat or the cover that replaces the pillion seat?

That may be where the different design comes in, if you check under your original pillion seat you may see the other mounting location.
 

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That’s correct, Matt. That’s what I mentioned my the last sentence below the pictures, but I assumed you missed this. 🙈

For the record: I will not put the pillion seat back on only to install the reed switch. Looks before safety! 😋
 

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I have installed the original PP KTM Alarm (pillion switch + mounting bracket) and it works great! I haven't had any problems with it. I've never seen a LED light on my dashboard, but I didn't want anything, after all, a surprise for thieves is the better solution. I prefer everything to be a stealth.
 

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Sorry I did miss that:) Makes sense now.

I was hoping to get the LED working more as a reminder to me that the alarm is armed:)

Stealth is good but a flashing light might mean someone doesn't touch it in the first place.
 

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I agree with both of you. If the led on the dash would have worked, I’d be happy with it, indeed also as I reminder for myself, haha. 😅 And it looks kind of fancy too. 🥳

But as it doesn’t work now I’m also okay with not having the flashing led as I don’t want to drill a hole somewhere in my bike to fit the separate led.

Therefore I am ordering the mounting kit to make it a bit harder for the ‘surprised by the sirene’ thieve to kill the alarm. All efforts help, I suppose. 💪🏻

Some other thing: do you also have to stand close to your bike to (de)activate the alarm system? As soon as I’m at any distance (6+ feet) the remote doesn’t work anymore. So walking away form my bike and activating the alarm with a smooth backward swing of my right arm... nit happening. :cautious:

Could be the battery maybe, but the system is brand new. :unsure:
 

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I agree with both of you. If the led on the dash would have worked, I’d be happy with it, indeed also as I reminder for myself, haha. 😅 And it looks kind of fancy too. 🥳

But as it doesn’t work now I’m also okay with not having the flashing led as I don’t want to drill a hole somewhere in my bike to fit the separate led.

Therefore I am ordering the mounting kit to make it a bit harder for the ‘surprised by the sirene’ thieve to kill the alarm. All efforts help, I suppose. 💪🏻

Some other thing: do you also have to stand close to your bike to (de)activate the alarm system? As soon as I’m at any distance (6+ feet) the remote doesn’t work anymore. So walking away form my bike and activating the alarm with a smooth backward swing of my right arm... nit happening. :cautious:

Could be the battery maybe, but the system is brand new. :unsure:
Try pressing the fob against your head when you push the button - (honestly) it usually increases the range of remote sender keys by quite a bit.
 

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Try pressing the fob against your head when you push the button - (honestly) it usually increases the range of remote sender keys by quite a bit.
Okay... so I should transfer myself into some kind of antenna? 📡 Will try that at several distances... and confuse my neighbours while doing so. Should be fun! 😁
 

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Okay... so I should transfer myself into some kind of antenna? 📡 Will try that at several distances... and confuse my neighbours while doing so. Should be fun! 😁
I think of it as using the power of my mind!

But yes, it makes your head a capacitively-coupled resonator - it can double the range quite easily.
 

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Thanks @Brian Gerrits - amazing isn't it?

Best I've managed with some remotes is over 100 feet (30m) - good for dark car parks when you can't remember exactly where the car is.
 
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