Last updated on April 1st, 2020
Have you installed a Coban GPS Tracker Alarm in your car or motorcycle? If that’s the case, you should get a Coban GPS tracker alarm remote replacement for it as soon as you get a chance. While they are excellent cheap alarms, there is virtually no way to replace the remote without the original one. Like car keys, it’s a lot cheaper to make a copy then to get a replacement. If you lose the original remote, you have to buy and reinstall a completely new GPS tracker. And that doesn’t sound fun at all. If you have a Coban (or rebranded) GPS tracker and you’re looking for a replacement remote, here I’m going to show you how to make your own copy with a generic universal cloning (learning) remote.
Note: This guide is a sidekick to my DIY “Motorcycle GPS Tracker Install With Remote Engine Disconnect“. You might wanna check it out if you’re installing a GPS tracker on your vehicle.
Coban GPS Tracker Alarm Remote Replacement Notes
What GPS Tracker Alarms Does This Work With?
Since Coban GPS trackers are so frequently rebranded, the exact brand of your alarm does not matter. What matters is that the product model number (TK103B, GPS103…etc). Basically, if it looks like a Coban model and it came with a remote it should work. I can’t make any promises given how ubiquitous they are, but if you have any issues simply bring it up in the comment section.
Keep in mind that there are models both with and without remotes. If you bought a version of GPS tracker alarm which didn’t include a remote, then this guide doesn’t apply to you. If your kit did include a remote, then it probably does.
Compatible Coban GPS Alarms
The following is a list of the GPS Tracker Alarms this how-to applies to. If you don’t yet have an alarm and want to see a detailed breakdown of the types of alarms best suited for vehicles (motorcycles in particular), check out my alarm types Guide. The Coban GPS tracker alarm remote replacement here applies to the following GPS trackers:
- GPS303-G – I mainly recommend this unit, specially for motorcycles
- GPS103-B+ – I recommend this unit for cars if the GPS303G isn’t suitable
* The prefix before the numbers seems to be interchangeable between “GPS” and “TK”. This means that the models “GPS303” and “TK303” seem to be the exact same thing and can be used interchangeably.
All of the models above include only one remote. The problem is that if you lose it, you’re effectively out of luck. You’d have to replace the whole GPS tracker alarm. The only way to get a direct replacement for a lost remote is to get one pre-programmed for your unit. That is something you are incredibly unlikely to find. The intelligent thing to do is get a Coban GPS tracker alarm remote replacement before you need it.
If you get the remote in advance, you can get it for about 5-15$. If you lose your only remote, you would have to replace the whole GPS tracker unit. At the least that would cost 30$. But the big issue is the installation costs or time it would take to replace it. It’s much smarter to get a few remotes when you first buy the alarm unit and simply store away the original remote away. That is what I did when I installed a GPS303G on my 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650. That way I can keep a different remote attached to each of my bags and key sets so that I never forget it.
Any cloning or learning remote with a fixed frequency of 433mhz should work. Luckily, that means the vast majority of cheap remotes under 10$ on Ebay (or your favorite cheap Asian-stuff site) are fine for this job.
Also, don’t be dissuaded by poor reviews. Most users complain about the remote not working because they try to use 2$ remotes with fixed frequencies instead of 20-100$ remotes with rolling codes. The fixed code isn’t a problem here. In this case, it works precisely because the tracker doesn’t have a complex rolling code. Of course, it isn’t nearly as secure as a rolling code, but when you’re paying so little for the tracker there is hardly room to complain.
In other words. If you simply buy any of the remotes below, they should work with your GPS tracker. I’ve included several links for more options as far as shape and size go. Again, don’t worry about the lukewarm reviews. Most people complaining tried to use them to clone their 200$ rolling-code car remotes to later find out it doesn’t work. That isn’t an issue here.
- Windfally Cloning Remote Control Duplicator
- XCSOURCE 4pcs Electric Cloning Universal Remote
- FTVOGUE 433MHz Garage Door Copy Remote Controller
- Yosoo 433MHz Garage Gate Copy Ceiling Fan Remote Control
Basically, the key words are 433mhz, Cloning or Learning, and that the listing either mentions “fixed” or DOES NOT mention rolling. But in most cases if the remote is under 10$ you can rest assured that it’s a fixed code remote.
How to Program the Remote
The instructions for each remote may vary, but generally they are all similar. A manual should come with the remote or be available where you purchased the remote. Keep in mind they are often wrong, though. Also worth checking is in the reviews of the item where you bought it.
Nonetheless, here are some generic instructions that should work for many cheap remotes. The steps should work to program your Coban GPS tracker alarm remote replacement.
Resetting the Remote
The first step, when possible, is to reset the remote and erase any programming that it already has stored. Follow the instructions to do so.
- Press and hold the top buttons (Lock and Unlock) simultaneously until the blue light flashes three times. This should take about 2 seconds.*
- After the light flashes three times, let go of the Unlock button while keeping the Lock button pressed.
- Press the Unlock button three times and the light should flash rapidly.
- Let go of both buttons.
*Throughout steps 1-3 of the reset process, keep the Lock button pressed down.
Programming the Remote
Once the replacement remote is cleared of previous configurations, you can copy the code from your original Coban GPS tracker alarm remote.
- Press and hold the button of the New Remote you want to program. The light should flash two times.
- While keeping the button pressed, press and hold the button of the original remote you want to copy, while physically touching it to the Universal Remote. Keep holding the buttons pressed down until you see the Universal Remote’s blue light start flashing rapidly. At this point the button has been copied successfully.
- Repeat with the other programmed buttons.
*You should program all buttons you intend to program at the same time, ideally.
You’re All Done!
The only thing left is to test the replacement remote. Hopefully all has gone well. If not, play around with the button presses, read other user reviews for your specific model of remote, or contact the seller. Regrettably
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