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.