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Well, folks, here's a little project I just finished that I thought I'd share. It's simple and fairly quick and useful as all getout to me.



Here's what you need:


Normally open momentary switch. I had one of these laying around, but any will do. http://www.madvapes.com/Horn-style-switch--Black_p_2086.html -- Black Radio shack has them in spades.
Something to put the switch in. I used a black bottle top from some fuel treatment, I think. Quart of oil cap. Project box. Whatever.
Plumbers epoxy. Or JB weld. Or regular epoxy. Whatever. I used plumbers epoxy, because it's like putty and I had some on hand
Some way to mount it on your bike. I used some double-sided tape that came with an LED kit for my wife's bike. Now that I think on it, velcro would probably be the e-ticket
Some wire. Any gauge will do. I think I used 22 or something.
Heat shrink or electrical tape.
The garage door remote you already have.
Soldering iron and solder, of course...
Here's what I didn't take pictures of:

Solder one wire to each post of your switch. Make sure your wires are long enough to reach wherever you want to stash the real garage door opener.

Mount the switch in whatever you're putting it in. Since I used a bottle cap, I drilled the top of the cap. Used a dremel with one of these to notch a place for the wires to come out in the bottom. You could do it with a file or something.

Make sure the switch and wires are where you want them, and fill the cap with epoxy so it's flat on the bottom. I peeled one side of my double sided tape and put it in the glue while it was drying.

After that's dry, put your heat shrink on the wires for whatever length you want. Or just tape them up. Protects the wires a bit and makes it look cleaner.

Okay, so the switch is made.

Pick where you want your button to be. I put mine under the left side of the tank, where it was about flush with what you see of the tank.

Next, run your wire from there to wherever you're going to stick the actual opener. I put mine under the seat. Zip ties are your friend.

Okay, now is the time to stick your switch in place, and we can get on to the interesting bit. The remote.

Open up the remote and figure out what button on it opens the door. Usually these things are four-posted, a pair on each side of the switch. You have to figure out where to connect your wires. I used a meter to ohm it out, but you can usually see it on the circuit board. You want to pick the ones that are not connected by a line. Using a meter, set it to ohms. Pic two posts, you should read 1, then press the button and you should read close to 0 ohms. Here it is already connected:




That's the hard part. Now all you have to do is notch the remote for the wires to come out, put the board back in and stash it.



That's it. Woohoo. No more digging in pockets or getting off to punch in the code for me.
 

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Thats really Cool! Thnaks for sharing and the great instructions & Pics. Now I just got to learn to solder small things LOL.
 

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11stryker said:
Thats really Cool! Thnaks for sharing and the great instructions & Pics. Now I just got to learn to solder small things LOL.
Soldering's really easy. Youtube taught me one afternoon.
 

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Mentat said:
11stryker said:
Thats really Cool! Thnaks for sharing and the great instructions & Pics. Now I just got to learn to solder small things LOL.
Soldering's really easy. Youtube taught me one afternoon.
Oh, I know how, except how to keep my hands from shaking.
 

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I really like that except I think you chose the wrong side. When I hit my garage door opener I am usually coasting to a stop and have my clutch in. If this is the case, then getting to it on your left side could be a problem.

I ended up buying one of the small programmable remotes from Home Depot or Lowe's and painted it black. Then mounted it to my bars with a bracket that matches the one that holds my drink holder. I throw a small baggie over the remote when I wash the bike. I also wrapped the internal circuit board with plastic wrap to give it some extra protection in the rain.

 

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Cool Deal Ares and makes sense. Thanks !! Goin to have to try something along the same lines.
 

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Here's mine, look at the bottom of the glossy side panel:
 

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Here's mine - right with all the other buttons.

 

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KCL-LABRAT said:
thats an awesome spot, what remote did you use?
I used one of the 3 that came with my garage door opener. It's just a regular 3 button Genie remote. I used double sided tape to stick it in the battery compartment.
 

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KCL-LABRAT said:
thats an awesome spot, what remote did you use?
I used one of the 3 that came with my garage door opener. It's just a regular 3 button Genie remote. I used double sided tape to stick it in the battery compartment.
I need this....... I've forgotten the remote everytime I've taken my bike out. Your method is sweet, and very clean.....

I'm assuming you:
Remove the compartment from the bar
Dremel the face to fit the button
Re-install compartment
Remove remote button and re- soldered wires to re-connect button
Routed wires with existing wire routing, which end up under seat

A bit more detailed explanation would be appreciated.....


Thanks
 
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