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Slightly different Garage door opener Mod

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by cvillechopper, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. Jan 4, 2010 at 4:00 AM
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    cvillechopper

    cvillechopper [OP] Jackass to the masses

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    So I wanted to do the garage door opener mod but wanted to have buttons in the overhead console. Since I've got the temp gauge I had to find a place to put the buttons. Here's what I did.

    Went to Radio Shack and picked up some momentary buttons
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    Took off the console and the wife said it was smiling at her...
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    Drilled the holes for the buttons
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    Soldered the connections for both buttons and power
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    Wrapped wires and routed extra wire in console. I used the power to the temp gauge. Light green = positive White with black stripe = negative
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    Added some Velcro to the back of the opener remote
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    Stuck remote to the inside of the top of the cab
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    Installed the console
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    Of course it would be too easy if everything worked right away. I had tested the buttons before I made the power connections. What I had not done is MAKE SURE IT WAS A 12V REMOTE...

    Pulled everything back apart, soldered the button leads to a spare remote (first one is trash) and put it back together with the battery as the power. Going to find a way to step down the power and hook that up later. Works for now but I don't get the "only on with accessory power" benefit just yet. Might also just look for a 12V 2 door remote that will work with my openers but that doesn't sound as fun. I'll post an update when I figure out the power conversion thing since I'm sure others have the same issue and since I want to wire in the same thing for my motorcycle.
     
  2. Jan 4, 2010 at 4:02 AM
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    brianr

    brianr go shit in your hat

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  3. Jan 4, 2010 at 12:01 PM
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    cvillechopper

    cvillechopper [OP] Jackass to the masses

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    K&N drop-in air-filter, extra D-rings, Custom Console lock-box, Leather heated seats, Studly Driver
    So looking up how to build a voltage step-down i think it's as easy as putting 30ohm and 10ohm resistors in serial on the positive lead. Anyone with more electrical knowledge know if this sounds right or if there are any issues with trying this. Wife might get pissed if I fry a second opener...
     
  4. Jan 9, 2010 at 7:35 PM
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    cvillechopper

    cvillechopper [OP] Jackass to the masses

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    Got it worked out. $4 of parts from Radio Shack and a few minutes to wire it all together. Works like a charm. For anyone with 3VDC remotes this will work.

    Parts
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    Ghetto board made from an old light switch cover.

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    Power connection
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