Want to add the cool new technology of keyless ignition to your old hot rod, muscle car or 4X4? Here’s your best option for both added security and this new creature comfort from the automotive aftermarket world.
The Painless Phantom Key allows for the total replacement of most current ignition switches. Simply remove your existing ignition switch, install the backlit stainless pushbutton and allow the Phantom Key’s Module/Relay center do all the work for you. Plus it adds options such as a trunk popper channel, door lock and unlock, dome light on and off along with the added security of not having any key tumblers for a thief to pick.
When you are more than 20 feet away from your vehicle, the LED backlit push button switch will blink showing there is a security device in the vehicle, warding off potential thieves. When you are within 20 feet of your vehicle, the blinking LED will turn solid. Push the unlock button on the key fob to unlock your doors, climb into the vehicle, push the brake pedal and finally push and hold stainless Phantom Key button to start the engine.
The key fobs have both lock and unlock buttons and can be programmed to be in what’s called “automatic mode” which is where the system will automatically enable when the fob is within about 20 feet of the vehicle OR they can be programmed where the unlock key must be pushed to enable the system.
What happens if the battery dies in your key fob? Can’t get in or drive if you can get in.
Their system is an ignition system only… so of course you can get in.
I suppose you could keep a spare battery in your glove compartment.
I have had several cars over the years with shaved door handles, and have always had more than one way to open the door.
Including: hidden buttons and remote cable releases. If you build a customized car it is always a good idea to prepare for the unexpected.
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How much did it cost?
Hi Russell. The painless system is still available from a few suppliers like Summit Racing (www.summitracing.com) for just under $700.
Although we no longer see any mention of it on the Painless Performance web site.
Looking for a push start to go in my 79’ Cutlass Supreme T-Top Blower supercharger. Will it lock & unlock the car? I’m looking for a key fog that has to be in the car in order to start the car.
Will this work with a 1986 Corvette Indy Convertible with VATS security system.
I can’t tell and the specs aren’t very clear, does the system have the ability to automatically lock/unlock the doors when the fob is in range? The system knows when the key is within 20 feet, but it seems you have to push a button to unlock/lock the doors. I borrow a car with a keyless ignition but found it useless (bordering on annoying) without the automatic door locks. Either I should be able to leave the fob in my pocket 100% of the time, or I might as well stick a key in the ignition.
Hello Douglas, thank you for your question. We are still waiting for a respond. We will get back to you soon. Thank you for your patient!
You can set it up to work either way. The key fobs have both lock and unlock buttons and can be programmed to be in what’s called “automatic mode” which is where the system will automatically enable when the fob is within about 20 feet of the vehicle OR they can be programmed where the unlock key must be pushed to enable the system.
The only issue you sometimes run into with the automatic mode is if the key is within the range then the system will be armed and someone can start the car even if they don’t have the fob on them. Hopefully that answers your question, but in the event you have additional questions about the specifics of this product, please visit their technical support and contact page at:http://www.painlessperformance.com/tech
While you’re there check out the complete line of great products offered by Painless Performance Products, as they have a solid reputation as one of the industries leaders.
Wrench Safe, Mark