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Old 01-19-2011, 10:21 PM   #1
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How to, Garage door opener

If you're like me you hate having that garage door opener stuffed on a visor or inside some cubby hole.

I like the clean look of those installed garage door openers they have available in newer autos so I like to install one myself.

Here's what I did.

First find a garage door opener. Now the voltage for some are 12 volts. You can use the jeep's power to run it but since those batteries last a long time I use the opener's battery instead of worrying about amperage and voltage. Just because something uses a little 12 battery, doesn't mean you can use your jeeps power to run it.

Take the opener apart. most are just snapped together or there's a screw behind the battery cover.
Then find the micro switch that is clicked when you press the button.


For anyone who's tinkered with electronics you've probably already figured out the next part. For anyone who isn't this is what you do.
Find the posts that stick out the back of the circuit board that belong to the micro switch. Solder a couple wires onto the posts.



Notice the metal lines in the Printed Circuit Board ( from now on I'll call that the PCB ). Make sure you are not soldering any onto the other circuits. You might notice that I have soldered my wires onto all four of the posts. that's ok if the circuit is all connected like mine is. I have one wire soldered to both positive posts and another wire soldered to both negative lines. Oh... Don't worry about positive and negative. There really is no positive or negative in what we're doing here.

The wires need to be long enough to reach the button you'll install in your jeep.... but not so long as to add a whole lot of resistance or the opener might not be able to determine if you're pushing the button. The little "computer" in the opener might not be able to tell the difference between alot of resistance( your 20 feet of wires ) and infinite resistance ( the switch in the open position ).

I put some spade connectors on the ends of my wires that plug right into the switch I use.
That's about it. I just velcro the opener behind the place I mounted my switch and plug in my wires to my new switch.



You may want to keep the opener in a place that is accessable for changing the battery someday.

In my JK, I made an overhead rack and my opener is there. When I had my TJ, I used the center console. I had to take the center console apart again when I changed the battery in the TJ but it's not that hard to do and the battert last a long time. In my JK I can just reach above the overhead console and pull the opener off.

Anyway... It's really easy to do and you'll never have to see that ugly opener hanging on your visor again.

Enjoy!

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Old 01-20-2011, 03:42 PM   #2
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pretty crafty. i wont use it due to lack of a garage, but i can appreciate some creative thinking when i see it.

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Old 01-20-2011, 07:07 PM   #3
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Thanks! I've been doing this before they added built in openers.
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:21 PM   #4
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That is pretty slick. Do you have any pictures you could post of the finished product in your Jeep?
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:40 PM   #5
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Sure thing... i'll see if I can get some.
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Old 01-25-2011, 05:05 PM   #6
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Better yet...if I send you a garage door opener or two will you make me a couple?

Would love one for my Jeep and my car that does not have factory dealio
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Old 01-25-2011, 05:46 PM   #7
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There little red button on the right is the opener. The original opener is just velcroed above that plate.

Of course you can put it anywhere you want. just find a good spot for a button and hide the opener behind the dash near it.

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I wish to thank Captgentry for this idea, we have two Garage door openers, my wife(love her to death) isn't so graceful sometimes when it comes to switches and select buttons ie. Door openers,radio presets, etc. etc. Needless to say her opener wouldn't work MOST of the time, his idea of the garage door hid-a button was a great find, instead of spending 25 bucks on a new opener I was able to solder a tiny button switch and hide it well out of site and mount the opener assm under the kick panel, like most ppl w/soft tops the opener is attractive to thieves, during summer seasons I remove it, now it's in for good... Thank you very much
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Nice job this is just what I have been looking for.
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:57 PM   #10
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Really cool idea! I normally keep my opener in my cargo pocket in my shorts or pants and am always fumbling with it. Thanks for sharing this!
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My opener has a clip on it and has been clipped on my visor for 7 years with no problem.
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My opener has a clip on it and has been clipped on my visor for 7 years with no problem.
4 months out of the year I normally have just the bikini top on it, the opener is out in plane sight, sense we don't park in the garage it's like a key to my house, grab it and your in... so now I don't have to remove it ever...
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4 months out of the year I normally have just the bikini top on it, the opener is out in plane sight, sense we don't park in the garage it's like a key to my house, grab it and your in... so now I don't have to remove it ever...
I like removing it when I'm parked outside the garage for that very reason.
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Just stuck mine behind the cover on the roll bar. Just push on the cover where it is at and it works. Out of sight so no one even knows it is there.
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Behind the padding is a good idea too and less work... kinda shady..

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