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Old 07-22-2008, 12:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just finished installing a garage door opener, and while I had initially planned to the the yellow PTP switch, I decided that I wanted to take take a different approach and keep the "Push To Pass" switch for it's intended purpose.

Parts used:
  • Clicker universal remote (Mod# KLIK1U) available at Lowes
  • Momentary switch (Radio Shack #275-0644)
  • 1/2" ID rubber flat washer
The momentary switch requires a 1/2" hole, so in order to drill the cleanest hole possible without the risk of damaging the dash console, I began by first drilling a 1/4" hole, and slowly increased the bit size until I reached 1/2". I then carefully de-burred the edges around the hole, where the chrome plating created a jagged edge.

Next, I soldered roughly 48" of 24ga solid strand wire to the 2 terminals on the switch, and sealed each wire with a small piece of heat shrink tubing to be sure they could not come into contact with each other at any point.

I inserted the momentary switch through the housing, then installed the flat washer on the inside over the threads in order to allow the nut to sit flat without creating a space on the top and bottom due to the moderately curved housing. The plastic nut that came with the momentary switch was then secured to the switch upside down, in order to be able to catch as many threads as possible. Once completely secured, I smeared a bead of clear aquarium silicone around the edge of the switch.

Next I removed the seats & gas tank in order to safely route the wires underneath the tank, alongside the existing wiring harness bundle. I then secured the wires to the bundle with several nylon wire ties to keep them from moving to somewhere that they shouldn't be...

Once the wires were secured, I removed the right side panel and routed the free end of the wires out the side. I trimmed off the excess, leaving about 8" of wire to work with.

Next I dissembled the Clicker remote module, and very carefully soldered the free ends of the wire to 2 contact points under button #1, notched the case for the wire, and reassembled the housing. Using 2 strips of high temp double sided tape, I mounted the Clicker remote inside the side panel and secured the panel back into place.

Aside from the tiny button at the very front of the console, there are no other indications that anything was ever done.

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very nice work!!
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Thank you.

I tend to be pretty meticulous about things, so I wasn't going to do anything that didn't actually look like it belonged there.

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Looks very good, I like it. Just wondering if you gave yourself a plug or disconnect under the speedo housing for the next time you need the gas tank off?
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I had never completely removed the housing before, I just let it dangle off to the side... This was the first time it had ever been removed, and that was just to drill the housing.

Bullet connectors or modular quick-connects could easily be installed under the housing to allow for complete removal when necessary.

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I was just needling you a little, I knew you would have thought of it if you needed it..
FYI, Liftmaster makes a 3 button key fob remote, probably others do too. It's always in my windshield bag or on my bike key. Not as handy as your button but for me it's better since I can operate both garages. I thought of mounting it somehow on the tree but I'm pretty sure it's not waterproof.
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Ahhh, but mine can never be misplaced or lost!
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Very good idea.
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Bah! I was gonna do that. Yours looks better than i thought mine would.
I was actually thinking of putting it under the buttons on the speedo. Do you think there is room for that? Putting it down there I can off set it so it is right under one of the 2 existing buttons.
Also, did your radio shack carry them? I see the buttons on the website but it costs more to ship than the button costs.
My only hold up on this is that i only have one garage door opener.
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Yes, this is a new part that Radio Shack has.

I too only had 1 remote, which is why I went to Lowes and bought a universal remote, which is what I used.

In regards to the spacing under the front buttons, I don't believe there is enough room... I had actually thought about that as well, but then decided that I didn't want it where it was so obvious, so I mounted it centered in the front.

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