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garage door button with pictures

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by spyshot, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. Aug 26, 2010 at 2:56 PM
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    spyshot

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    i wanted to put a button in the blank spot next to the A-Trac button below the HVAC controls. this button activates my garage door using my wireless remote. i didn't find any posts on putting a switch in this location, so i figured I'd post some pics if someone else was interested in doing that.

    i bought a push button switch: B Electrical Inc Model: GSW-22. I recommend this exact model because it worked perfect, you'll see why later.

    start by removing the 4X4 switch knob then pull the 4X4 shroud out. should pull straight out. i used two needle nose pliers to grab behind where the knob was and pull. then reach your fingers behind the HVAC controls and push on the clips that hold the housing in. that pops the left side of the HVAC off and the right comes off with some more tweaking and pulling.
    I put my fingers in the hole above the blank and felt around till i could feel the clip holding the blank in on the top. and after some pushing it popped out.
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    as you can see, there is a lot of plastic on the back side of the blank. i used a dremel and other tools at my disposal to remove the excess plastic in order to make room for the switch.
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    here's what it looks like after the cutting. make sure you do not cut off the clips. these will be used to hold the blank and switch back in when you're done.
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    every garage door remote is different. you'll have to open yours up and determine where to connect your wires to complete the circuit when the new switch in used. here's the circuit board out of my remote.
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    then i took the button covers out of the remote and here is my completed setup.
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    you'll need to drill a hole in the blank and insert the switch. notice how perfectly it fits? the only thing i did was i bent the brass arms inward a little bit, to allow the clips on the blank to flex in order for it to be inserted back into the dash.
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    here is the finished project. be sure to do several tests along the way. you don't want to repeat any of this if you don't have to. after putting the blank back i tucked the remote under the dash just to the right of the steering column. easy access in order to change the battery when needed.
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    helper is optional....
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  2. Aug 26, 2010 at 2:58 PM
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    JohnnyGato

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    Dude... killer job. I have a background in garage doors so to all you out there who attempt this make SURE you use the right compatible remote.
     
  3. Aug 26, 2010 at 3:22 PM
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    white91formula

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    why not just put the remote in the overhead console... theres a spot for it withi a button and everything...
     
  4. Aug 26, 2010 at 3:24 PM
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    Damn nice
     
  5. Aug 26, 2010 at 3:27 PM
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    WTtoolman

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    Awesome write-up, but my favorite part was the helper!! What a cute little guy!!
     
  6. Aug 26, 2010 at 3:29 PM
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    WTtoolman

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    Not all tacoma's have that. I believe if you have the TRD package with overhead compass, you don't have the garage door opener built in.
     
  7. Aug 26, 2010 at 3:33 PM
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    Very nice job, and great write up! it looks like your little guy was happy that the job was done right!! I hope he wasn't too tough of a supervisor!
     
  8. Aug 26, 2010 at 3:37 PM
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    wat?

    correct.....compass/temp>garage door button

    on that note, i'm trading my sunglass holder for a garage door button...lol
     
  9. Aug 26, 2010 at 4:15 PM
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    Because my garage door opener doesn't work in that little "one size fits most" compartment. This is a pretty cool write up - thanks.
     
  10. Aug 26, 2010 at 4:20 PM
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    Nice work!
     
  11. Aug 26, 2010 at 4:30 PM
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    Nice work and I also like the assistant. I wonder though, I've seen quite a few garage door opener mods here in the short time I've been reading the forum. Some are very inventive, but wouldn't it be easier and cleaner to use a Flash2Pass opener? See http://www.f2ptechnologies.com/ It takes about 5 minutes to install.
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  12. Aug 26, 2010 at 4:31 PM
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    That "garage door button" is known as "Homelink." It should be compatible with most contemporary garage door openers.
     
  13. Aug 26, 2010 at 5:16 PM
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    The baby made the thread. LOL
     
  14. Aug 26, 2010 at 5:18 PM
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    I got a gentex homelink rear view mirror...just haven't had the time to install it...
     
  15. Aug 26, 2010 at 5:21 PM
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    wat?
    05+s w/o TRD have a garage door opener holder in the center roof console instead of the compass. the garage door button at least i was referring to was this, not mirror buttons
     
  16. Aug 26, 2010 at 5:28 PM
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    that's correct. i have an overhead compass and two map lights.
     
  17. Aug 26, 2010 at 5:32 PM
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    if it's anything like homelink, i have another vehicle with homelink that would not work on this opener. plus all this cost was a $3 switch. it was kind of fun too!
    adam
     
  18. Aug 26, 2010 at 5:39 PM
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    [quote="OldManTan";2107517]Very nice job, and great write up! it looks like your little guy was happy that the job was done right!! I hope he wasn't too tough of a supervisor![/quote]

    not too bad at all. Easy way to keep Brendan entertained for a little while.

    adam
     
  19. Aug 26, 2010 at 6:23 PM
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    Verynice job and use of the switch location. Gotta love Bumbo chairs!
     
  20. Aug 26, 2010 at 6:28 PM
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    Well done!
     
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