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Old 02-26-06, 07:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Integrated Garage Door Opener DIY (NO 56k)

I was tired of having my garage door openers clipped onto my sunvisor so I came up with a way to hide them. I'm sure this has been done before, but I thought I would write up a DIY for anybody else that wants to give it a shot.
I have two different kinds of openers, on is Genie and the other is Liftmaster. Im sure that the process will be similar with all kinds of openers.
I purchased these momentary push buttons from radio shack for about $2.

Then you must take apart your opener. Once you get it open, look at the circuit board and find the post on the back for the opening buttons. I decided to do a botton for all 4 of my doors.(3 on the Genie and one on the Liftmaster) solder a piece of wire to these post.

After measuring an apporximate length of wire, solder the other end of the wire to the post of the buttons.

Now you must remove the center console and wood trim to hide the remotes. To do this first remove these two screws in the coin tray.

Then pull up the wood trim and set it aside.

Next remove these 5 screws to remove the center console.

Then remove this single screw that is inside of the center arm rest.

After remove that screw, pull of the plastic cover on the back of the center console. (all of the yellow stuff is for the SRS system, so be careful)


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Old 02-26-06, 07:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Next, remove these two screws and then remove the same two on the other side.

Now you should be able to lift the console out of the way. Do so and set it aside.

I chose to mount the buttons where the heated seat controls would be. I removed this plastic tray and drilled 4 holes to hold the buttons. I staggered them so I would be able to find them easier without looking.

Reinstall the plastic tray and put it back into the center console. Place the center console back into the car and run your wires to your desired location.


Now test everything and make sure it works. If so, put everything back together and you're done!

I considered hardwiring the remotes to the car so I wouldn't have to worry about changing batteries, but I didn't want to require the power to the car to be on every time I wanted to use the remote buttons. So I opted for new batteries instead. The old ones were still working fine after about 7 years, so I should be ok in that regard. Let me know if you have any questions that I could answer to help you with this install. I really like the way it works, the range is great and its nice to have those ugly remotes out of the way.

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Old 02-26-06, 07:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Nice work. This is something I will probably do when I get into a house.
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very very nice setup.. great work man...
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Wow, that's really good; I always hated having those remotes on the visor. I normally keep mine in the arm rest but this is better.
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Wow--that's a genius mod. Great work, bro.

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sweet mod, wish I had a garage door opener... or even a garge.
that makes two of us..
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does anyone know how much a clicker costs?

i think i might do this for my cousins garage... i dont have one. :-D
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does anyone know how much a clicker costs?

i think i might do this for my cousins garage... i dont have one. :-D
Shouldn't cost too much, check on ebay....I bet you can find one pretty cheap up there.

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fantastic idea man. I am gonna do this straight away!
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does anyone know how much a clicker costs?

i think i might do this for my cousins garage... i dont have one. :-D
$40
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Excelent mod. I wish my legend would fit in my garage. Then i would have dont it in a heart beat.
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I just wired my tiny remote into the dome light. I have an L, (don't know if LS/GS are different), and there is a small compartment to the right and left of the dome light switches. I put it in there and wired the button to the dome light switch near me. So now, I just nudge or click the dome light and the garage door opens.

Pictures later.

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