Garage door opener and low beams all the time
First off, I don't recommend the headlight mod to anyone.
Second off, I did the garage opener at the same time. I would've loved to kept them separate but you're going to have to deal with it.
I'm going to bounce around so try to pay attention.
First off, I'd bought an HID headlight kit. It was one that was recommended on this site. I want to say it was 50 bucks but it was plug and play.
I took my Christmas bonus and bought a garage door and opener from Lowes. It's nice, because my old door was manual.
I keep an opener in my jacket pocket but it's the pocket I use for toll money and it got weird. I'd also have to stop and fumble to open the pocket, reach in and feel the buttons out. It was a hassle for my fat sausage fingers.
Bought a backup, single button opener on ebay for 20 bucks, shipped.
I read the forums about the Pass light button and liked the idea, didn't care for switches on the chrome speedo bezel or neck. I also didn't like the idea of taking my hand off the bars to operate it.
I could've wired it in to the bike but then I would've needed a transistor to bring the voltage down since my opener used a single 2032 coin battery.
I chose to crack open the left instrument box dealy.
I took the headlight apart (two little Phillips screws at 4 and 8 o'clock)
I spent a long time measuring continuity and voltages and referencing wiring diagrams with different colors and years.
My bike is an '08. YMMV.
I disconnected the switch box harness and completely removed it from the bike. I got an old coat hanger, cut off the end, and fed it through carefully.
Once through I put a wire in it and squished it nice and tight. Tight.
There's barely enough room for what's in there already.
I pulled my wire through.
I was smart... lucky enough that when I pulled it through the two cut ends were on the switch box side.
I used my soldering iron to remove my red and white wire from the pass switch and soldered my new wires.
After much experimenting I cut the exposed end off the red wire and wrapped it with tape.
I took the white wire and soldered it to the white wire on the rocker switch for high/low beams.
I tucked it all back together (somehow), re routed the wire bundle, and back into the headlight housing.
I was complaining of warbling sound after I did the HID the first time so I mounted the ballast on a bracket.
Now, I cut the wires I added in. Opened the garage door opener, and soldered them in to switch 4.
I used the soldering iron to melt the case a little bit so I could close it with the wires sticking out.
Then secured it with a ziptie.
The end result is I click the pass button to open my garage door now.
Now, the stock bulb is a 55/60 watt. At 12 volt it's a 5 amp draw. The HID's draw almost half that so I'm not worried about drawing too much current through the wire. The HID only draws peak current during the inrush of initial startup. This is why I don't advise doing this: on a stock bulb you'd be pulling high 9 amps.
I wanted to put a diode near the relay to reduce the load on the wiring but I couldn't isolate what I needed because my diagrams were all different colors than what my bike is.
Anyway, my lights are bright and I can open my garage door.
Awesome job, thanks for the pics. Someone should sticky this.
Well done, and sticky it is!
Ingenious, and a lot of work........I just used a relay in the headlight bucket and the "flash to pass" button activated the relay which in turn activated the garage door opener. All the work was in the headlight bucket and no worries about disturbing the switch housing. Was a long time ago but I didn't have any problems with using 12 volts to activate the garage door switch. I left the "flash to pass" feature in place.
Hmmm... I turn the blinker on. Downshift to first. Let go with the left hand for 1-2 seconds to reach into my windshield bag, slip my finger onto the garage door opener hanging on the left side of the bag. Press firmly. Drive into the garage. Try to remember to hit the button to close the garage door when I get inside the house.
Time to install... five seconds.
I do like your mod though. Very cool to simply hit the pass switch and drive into the garage. I considered doing this mod last year.
Good work and cool idea.How do you like the hid light I was thinking of doing it as well would like to see a pic of light on if u could also is it alot brighter than the stock?
Another easier version is to install the GD opener behind the side cover with a push button attached to the cover. Solder the PB to the door opener.
I used this one on the Vulcan...........until the opener bit the bullet. Then I just stuck the new one onto the inside of the fairing with some velcro. Worked good.
Mine is in the pouch of my Desert Dawgs bar chaps on my VTX. I activate it with the tow of my shoes.
Well, putting a radio transmitter inside a metal bowl cuts the range by about 2/3.
But it is a lot nicer pulling into the garage now.
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