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Old 05-04-2012, 09:45 PM   #1
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New Project: Garage Door Openers...Any issues or ideas?

So I'm thinking of stating a new project, and I hope some of you experts can let me know if there are any issues with my plan. Or if anyone has additional ideas.

The Goal: Install Buttons for my garage door openers.
Requirements: The buttons must only work when the Jeep is on, so there is less chance someone walks up to my Jeep, pushes the buttons and gets in.

The plan:
My plan is to take my 2 existing garage door openers (both 12V) and tie them into the 12V power of the Jeep at the cigarette lighter.

I plan to remove the opener board from its case, remove the batter battery and solder electrical wire(s) to the power on the opener and then quick splice the wire(s) to the wire(s) of the 12V Cigarette lighter that is ignition powered. This will be done behind the center dash panel.

Then I will solder two wires to the button controls on the opener and run them to a pushbutton momentary switch that I will install somewhere (not sure where yet, probably to the right of the steering).

I will then hide the board behind the dash panel as well.

Should I put the board back in it's casing and drill holes to run the wires through to protect the board? Or is this not necessary? It would make a big difference in size of what I have to stuff back there and since I want to install two of them that could be an issue. Any other ways to protect the electronics in that situation?

Any other issues or problems with doing something like this?

I thought about using the rugged ridge a-pillar switch panel (since I may be adding lights later). But I think the fact that the buttons aren't momentary switches, that could be an issue. At the very least I would have to turn the switches on and then off, which might be annoying or might not.

Any other ideas?

I looked at Flash2Pass. Cool idea, and I could tie it to the two turn signals in that case (one right one left for the doors). But that's $160 solution, when I think my idea will cost me about $6-$10 and a little time. I also like them being on a dedicated switch, not tied to an existing piece of functionality.

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Old 05-04-2012, 09:55 PM   #2
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Awhile back someone posted doing this on your high beam switch, by soldering a jump wire across the switch points making it on all the time and soldering a wire to the high beam side for it to connect. Hope the op sees this and chimes in. It is on my to do list...

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Old 05-04-2012, 11:07 PM   #3
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Awhile back someone posted doing this on your high beam switch, by soldering a jump wire across the switch points making it on all the time and soldering a wire to the high beam side for it to connect. Hope the op sees this and chimes in. It is on my to do list...
Here's another one for the to-do list.
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Old 05-04-2012, 11:18 PM   #4
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I used to do this for people all the time back in the late 80's /90's . It's easy to do and your on the right track with your plan. The BRIGhT switch was always the most popular since there is nothing "new" on the dash that way for would be criminals to investigate (also I used to do a starter interrupt in the same manner so you can't hot wire the car"

Anyway your biggest issue is that you need to make sure you mount the remote HIGH in the dash and keep it away from the fan, electronics and steel of the dash. All of the before mentioned interfere with the transmission range.

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Old 05-04-2012, 11:24 PM   #5
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Hmm... Sounds really interesting. I just zipped mine inside of my rollbar cover just to the rear of where the windshield meets the rollbar. Took 30 seconds and is hidden from view. It doesn't work from very far away though, assumedly from the foam rollbar padding.
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:42 AM   #6
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I would wire it to your highbeams.

These are instructions a buddy of mine put together for the s2000 forum, but everything would be exactly the same on the JK, you just need to tap into the correct wire.

http://modifry.com/freebies/old/garage/garage.htm

Like my friend said in the link above, if you don't want to flash your house when you want your door opened, you can wire it to any 12V thing in a JK that you have control over....like a map light.
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Old 05-05-2012, 01:23 AM   #7
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Thanks for the info. Here's one I found where the guy is essentially doing what I'm talking about. except, he keeps the battery in the remote instead of wiring it to the car's electrical system.

DIY: Garage Door Opener Hard Wire - Bimmerforums - The Ultimate BMW Forum
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Old 05-06-2012, 05:02 PM   #9
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Here's my solution..

Place my garage remote in a ziplock...

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Hide it in the rear corner of the roll bar padding above the seat belt...

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This puts the button here, out of sight-out of mind.

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Old 05-06-2012, 06:26 PM   #10
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Thanks for the opener idea. I put it in a plastic bag tonight and put it in the overhead section. I used to lock it in the glove box then always forget to unlock it.
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:09 AM   #11
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X2 the roll bar solution. It also avoids having to hack up your wiring harness etc.
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:57 AM   #12
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X3 the roll bar solution. Works like a charm and no one knows it's there!!!
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:01 PM   #13
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Thanks. I just put them in the rollbar, for now. Plastic bag was a good tip. I had not thought of that.

Still deciding whether I want to do something more permanent and how I want to do it.
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We actually got one of those universal key pad openers that you mount on the frame of your garage door. I don't know why we waited so long!

I will probably do the Roll Bar Hide though! I like the sounds of that. We'll give 'er a go tonight to see how well it works. I have also been eyeballing the opener you can put right on your key ring. It's quite small and goes every where your key does! Win and win in my book!
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:54 AM   #15
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The roll bar trick looks cool. In the LJ, which had no hard top, I just bought a factory rear wiper switch and used the contacts from the sprayer which is momentary and wired it to the opener. Became more of a pain when we moved and the new house had opener remotes with 6 volt instead of 12 volt batteries. Then I had to wire in a regulator.

I've been afraid to mess around too much with the JKU due to the bus, so this might be just the ticket.

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