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Garage opener integrated into bike

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  1. FlikhdDok
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    Ok, so I was bored and running out of things I could do to the bike so I thought I would integrate my garage door opener into the bike. If you follow the directions below the final product will be just that. When you switch the Passing Lamps (accessory switch) on the right handlebar to ON your garage door will open/close. So, the utility of this MOD is small but it is kinda cool pulling up to the garage and not having to dig around for the opener. Also, if your like me and always looking for something to do to the bike this will keep you entertained. If interested, go on and read thru so you know what to expect.

    1) Take apart the headlight by removing the 2 silver screws. The headlight just pulls out and it should hang out of the way.

    2) Inside the lamp there will be a lot of wire harnesses. You are looking for the one that has 2 wires (one black, one blue with black dashes). You will know you have the right one because it is connected to a blank female connector.

    3) Ok, take apart your garage door opener. If you only have one, you may want to buy another and make sure it works before continuing. Once you have it apart look for two things that will be important for us.
    a) The button on the circuit board that activates the garage door.
    b) The power supply wires.

    4) Next you are going to have to bypass the button on the garage door opener. Eletrically this will make it as if you are constantly pressing the button. This will allow us to control the opener with the passing lamp switch later.
    a) Leave the opener connected to its battery. The button on the opener will be soldered to its board. Mine was connected in four places. I used a voltmeter to determine which of these two were connected as a function of pressing the button. When you think you figured it out (the voltmeter will measure a Voltage drop across the correct ones when the button is not being pressed) take a small wire and connect them. Your garage will open/close.
    b) Remove battery from the opener. Solder the connections we determined above (use a small wire). If you want to test your work just reconnect the battery momentarly and your garage door should open/close.

    5) Here is where things may get a little complicated. Determine what voltage your door opener runs on. The ones I have seen are 9V and 1.5V. Basically if you try to hook up a 1.5V garage door opener to the 12V Passing lamp harness it will probably fry the door opener. To correct this you will need a voltage regulator.

    ( Radio shack sells an adjustable "Voltage Regulator" for about 2.99 but I could not get it to work. Basically the regulator adjusts the output voltage as a function of a ratio of 2 resistors (ie. Vout=1.25(1+R2/r1) for a 9 volt opener R2/R1= 6.2 so if you set R2=3000 and R1=470 SHOULD get you around 9.2 volts. I tried everything but could not get the voltage regulator to produce a predictable result. If I could have found an adjustable resistor to use for R2 I could have just tuned the voltage. Good luck if you choose this route and if your successful please post up)

    Anyhow, as a last resort I just hooked up my 9 volt garage door opener to see if it would work or not. Well it works fine, no problems. THIS MAY NOT BE THE CASE FOR YOU. I suggest you attempt using the voltage regulator. You just might happen to be smarter than me!

    6) Ok, the next step is to solder some leads onto the openers power supply. These leads only need to be a couple inches long. Mark the Positive lead with a marker or a piece of tape. I suggest you test what you have before proceeding.

    (Positive from Opener to Blue w/ black stripes, Negative to plain black. Remember-You need to start the bike in order for the lights to be powered. After you start you can use the kill switch and the lights will remain powered. Test with passing lamp switch!)

    7) To water proof the opener I poked a small hole is a zipplock sandwich bad, ran the leads we just soldered thru the hole, and then folded the zipplock bag as small as possible. Lastly, I gave the bag a healthy taping with some electric tape. The final product here was about 1.5"X1.5" black square with two wires coming out of it.

    8)Solder the positive wire of the opener to the Blue w/ black striped wire of the passing lamp harness. Solder the negative to the plain black wire. Ok, there you are. DONE! In the headlight housing you will notice a small white plastic bracket, I placed the opener behind it. Re-assemble and you are totally done.

  2. Kremer901
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    Well I dont have an electric door so I definitely dont have to screw that mod all up lol. Good job man. You must have a lot of experience modding or have a career in electronics.Very creative! If you do any more mods definitely do more write ups!

  3. twmohz
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    Thats cool! Thanks for the info,

  4. tocdorvho
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    Man...so the thought process was..."I'm bored, what other mods can I do to the bike?...I know, a garage door opener!!" LOL

    What a great story and creative a sh*t.

    Let us know when you get the sybian mod on the pillion figured out.

    Doc

  5. photke
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    Really Cool!

    Brent

  6. Pavbj
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    I clip my opener control on the handlebar cables. Takes like 2 seconds, still works. I guess I'm missing something here.

  7. FlikhdDok
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    Damn it Pavbj! I wish I would have thought of that! Now your just making me look bad.

  8. Pavbj
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    Damn it Pavbj! I wish I would have thought of that! Now your just making me look bad.
    Naw, just bein a smartazz.

  9. TrojRaiter
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    I am going to try this integration. I don't want to loose the door opener. Besides I am an electronic technician. So, this is right down my alley. And I don't really have any other use for the available switch.

  10. ROB2
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    So we now know who lived in the house before the people on that commercial for geico, i think it was, or some other insurance company, where the guy asked his wife to watch and see what this light switch does,and it SMASHES that little old ladies car next door, because it operated her garage door,ON,OFF,ON,OFF,ON,OFFON,OFF...REMEMBER? everyone now knows who you are! FlikhdDok....LOL

  11. FinkerTikhd
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    So we now know who lived in the house before the people on that commercial for geico, i think it was, or some other insurance company, where the guy asked his wife to watch and see what this light switch does,and it SMASHES that little old ladies car next door, because it operated her garage door,ON,OFF,ON,OFF,ON,OFFON,OFF...REMEMBER? everyone now knows who you are! FlikhdDok....LOL
    Nationwide...looking for youtube link...

  12. FlikhdDok
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    So we now know who lived in the house before the people on that commercial for geico, i think it was, or some other insurance company, where the guy asked his wife to watch and see what this light switch does,and it SMASHES that little old ladies car next door, because it operated her garage door,ON,OFF,ON,OFF,ON,OFFON,OFF...REMEMBER? everyone now knows who you are! FlikhdDok....LOL

    Yeah...that was me! Too funny, I love that commercial!

  13. FlikhdDok
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    I am going to try this integration. I don't want to loose the door opener. Besides I am an electronic technician. So, this is right down my alley. And I don't really have any other use for the available switch.
    Awesome! This should be childs play for you then. Let me know if you need some clarification!

  14. TrojRaiter
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    Will do.

    It's great when someone else had done most of the leg work. I bought a 6 volt series regulator from the local Electronic supply house yesterday. Just got to find some time to wire it in and make it work. I wished the switch on the handle bar was spring loaded to return to off. Oh, well, can't have everything.

  15. FinkerTikhd
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    fwiw

    youtube.com

  16. mintirazer
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    seems like a lot of work for a garage door opener. Just buy a little mobile keychain fob. put it on the bike somewhere inconspicuous. I used to have one mounted under a piece of plastic on my Yamaha R1...all you saw was a little black button. to each his own.

  17. matcruser
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    I finally have enough room in my new driveway and garage that I can ride right in. It looks like this mod would be pretty handy.

  18. ModoHero
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    Of all the mods I have seen this is the tops for useless boredom curing stuff. I found using velcro to hold the opener inside my right saddle bag lid is pretty good for access. You may ask why the right? So I can keep the bike in gear and pull the clutch in...When I had it in the windshield bag it was pretty easy also.

    Do you guys come in and out of the garage that often or is this off season dreaming?

    Dwayne

  19. macrozzfan
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    Hopefully everyone remembers to program their remotes first. I know my old garage door requires you to hold the remote within a foot or so from the unit to program it (no dip switches). Might be hard holding your bike upto the rafters to get it programmed.

    Great mod though.

  20. KS1A
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    Do you guys come in and out of the garage that often or is this off season dreaming?
    I did mine to 1) hide the ugly thing, 2) make it more secure (vibration,goblins,etc) and 3) get my bike and myself into the garage more quickly during the rain.

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