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Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by futile, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. Oct 30, 2008 at 7:56 AM
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    futile

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    I'm not sure about the rest of you but I don't like my garage door remote hanging on my visor. I prefer a clean look and didn't care to pay $200 for a mirror that had a few buttons on it to give me that look so I decided to modify the remote. About $5 later and a few hours of modding, I had a hidden remote and a much cleaner look. The only downside that I can see is it still runs on batteries but I can't remember ever changing a battery in a garage door remote. I thought about doing a write-up but with all the different types of remotes out there, it would probably be more confusing. If you have any questions, let me know. Here are a couple pics to see what I did.

    I don't know how to get the descriptions by the pics so you all will have to match them up...:confused:
    Here is the remote's circuit board prior to modding.

    Here are the parts from Radio Shack. (momentary switch-make sure to get one that is open and not closed and a LED which isn't required but I wanted one)

    The three wires are soldered in place on the circuit board and all that's left is connecting them to the switch.

    All done!!:bananadance: ...Well...before someone says something, I know I'm not done...I forgot to put the coin tray back in. :rolleyes:

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  2. Oct 30, 2008 at 8:00 AM
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    SocalMan22

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    What Mods!
    Thats a bad ass mod Should go in the D.I.Y thread!
     
  3. Oct 30, 2008 at 8:02 AM
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    Bravo Good sir....Rep for you.
     
  4. Oct 30, 2008 at 8:05 AM
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    Dark Knight

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    Nice!!! did you mount the little remote or is it light enough to just hang there?
     
  5. Oct 30, 2008 at 8:13 AM
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    Justin626

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    Nice mod! I think I have a switch blank still.
     
  6. Oct 30, 2008 at 8:21 AM
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    HerNameIsLucy

    HerNameIsLucy I miss Lucy. :-(

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    That's excellent! For the battery, my Craftsman remote uses a 12 volter, one of those weird little things. If yours does wouldn't be too hard to tap off a fuse under the dash.
     
  7. Oct 30, 2008 at 8:31 AM
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    LonghornTaco

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    I bought a HomeLink visor off eBay for $25 and ripped out the HomeLink module. However, I haven't had the time (or found the parts) to hook it up anywhere yet.
     
  8. Oct 30, 2008 at 9:03 AM
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    Does yours not have the door opener pocket with button extension in the overhead console like my '07?
    What am I missing here?:confused:
     
  9. Oct 30, 2008 at 10:40 AM
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    Hey, pretty cool mod, nice work!:thumbsup:
     
  10. Oct 30, 2008 at 11:20 AM
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    Thanks guys...

    I just tucked the remote in a pocket behind some wires. I thought about using double sided tape but that would make it tough to get out.

    Hm, I need to look into that.:rolleyes:

    Mine has the computer console there.
     
  11. Oct 30, 2008 at 11:29 AM
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    Fing AWESOME idea man... I wish I was electrically inclined!!
     
  12. Oct 30, 2008 at 2:28 PM
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    We have two garage doors and you can't fit both garage door openers in there. I bought a homelink auto-dimming rearview mirror that has 3 buttons - it's nice being able to use the pocket for other things.
     
  14. Oct 30, 2008 at 3:46 PM
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    So if you get the compass and temp in the overhead it takes the place of the GD opener but they leave the sunglass holder that I don't use.
    Seems like for the price a Homelink should have been part of the package.
    My Rav had it and our new Camry SE-V6 has it. Next truck I hope it is an option.
     
  15. Oct 30, 2008 at 3:54 PM
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    this is next on my list.. i have 2 garage clickers :rolleyes:
     
  16. Oct 30, 2008 at 4:15 PM
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    LonghornTaco

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    I briefly glanced at it, but didn't spend too long... The site and parts list seems a little duanting if you don't know exactly what you are looking for. :eek:

    However, I've been working on other mods lately, so this got kinda pushed back just a bit. I plan to look at it again.
     
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