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Cig lighter into Garage door opener how to

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    Cig lighter into Garage door opener how to

    This mod will basically work for any type of vehicle with a push-in cigarette lighter. The pics I have are from the install on my 4th gen Z-28

    Objective:
    Convert cigarette lighter in center console into a push button garage door opener. The cig lighter will no longer function as a lighter only a stealthy james-bond style button. Could be used for an ejector seat as well......

    Parts needed:
    Garage door opener( duh )
    Remote for garage door with push button activation

    -Sauldering gun & saulder
    -Strand thin gauge wire. About 2 8 inch pieces, or just use a joined wire of 8 inches. Speaker wire will work.
    -Wire cutters & crimpers
    -(2) female spade connectors to fit wire

    **optional**
    -File

    1. Remove shift knob.
    -Automatics have a staple that needs to be pulled straight out (twoards the radio).

    2. Remove the upper center console.
    -Held on with 2 bolts inside the storage bin under the coin holder.
    -Console will then lift away from the base.
    -Unplug cigarette ligher and (if automatic) don't forget to unplug the small bulb for the shifter plate.

    3. Turn upper console over and attach spade connectors with wire to the two prongs shown





    4. Open remote and remove circuit board.
    -Find button that controls the door. Behind the button on the opposite side of the board you will see the saulder points for the button.
    -W/ remote battery installed, test the two prongs/saulder points with a jumper wire. When the circuit is complete the door will function.

    5. Remove battery and saulder other end of wire to each of these functioning posts



    6. Replace battery and test



    7. **Optional** file remote housing to create 2 notches for the wire to pass thru without pinching it.





    8. Bend in metal tab inside lighter housing with a screwdriver or file. It barely has to be moved, but you want it so when you depress the cig lighter it doesnt hold it down. Basically making the lighter a momentary switch.



    9. Replace console and position garage door opener in "factory location" (a small plastic cubby that looks as if it were made to hold a garage door opener)





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    nice writeup I might actually do this tomorrow. I like it

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    thats pretty sweet man, then i'd just have to mount a cig lighter elsewhere, maybe two. Just for cell phone and stuff like that. Nice though

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    Quote Originally Posted by MnLS1 View Post
    thats pretty sweet man, then i'd just have to mount a cig lighter elsewhere, maybe two. Just for cell phone and stuff like that. Nice though
    I still have the one under the e-brake handle to use. I took the wires from the cig lighter and bought a $5 socket from autozone and hooked it up for my XM radio reciever to plug into under the dash. Makes for a nice, hidden install.

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    Very cool idea
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    that is a cool little trick.

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    That is a really cool idea! I like it.

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    That is AWESOME Bro! Nice write up!

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