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      11-09-2008, 08:06 PM   #1
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I ordered my car with what I thought was the perfect set-up for me. When I looked at the $2,000 cost for the premium package, I didn't think it was worth it for me since the only item that I really wished I had in that package was the garage door opener. So, I figured I could live with the remote in the ash tray or arm rest. But, it doesn't fit in the ashtray and the arm rest is kind of a pain to open and close while pulling up to my garage, etc. In retrospect, I should have ordered the package since I just discovered that the incremental cost was only $500 since I have the fox red and aluminum trim...but oh well...its done. So... I decided to bypass the switch in the remote and place a momentary switch from radio shack.

This set up basically replaces having to fiddle with a garage door opener remote and puts control in a switch. I decided to place the momentary switch on the left of the light control switch. I should give credit to the person that posted pics on how to remove this switch when installing rear fogs and my son who modded his 360 controller in a similar fashion that gave me the idea. So here it goes followed by pictures:


1. Hacked the garage remote to find the soldering posts to find the closed circuit to trigger the switch...easy to do, but you should have a basic understanding of soldering, electronics, etc.
2. Removed light switch.
3. Drill holes. My car is not leased so I don't have to worry about permanent 'mods'.
4. Hard wired everything and tested.
5. I decided to wrap the remote in cloth to avoid any possible vibrations. I also left about an 8 inch long cable to make life easier to replace the battery in the future. In fact, in the future, I'll test the switch cables for constant 12v and may simply hardwire the remote and not bother with the remote battery.
5. Put pieces back together.

Radio Shack was out of smaller momentary switches and all black switches. So, I settled for what they had in stock. It turned out better than I expected. In the pictures below, the switch seems to stick out much more than IRL. In fact, the red button doesn't stand out considering that I have the Fox Red interior. Overall, it looks factory and its funtional. I hope this helps anyone out there.
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      11-09-2008, 08:11 PM   #2
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Oh... one more thing that seemed obvious to me that I did not mention...when you remove the switch, you will see that its sealed from the back. I removed the back of the switch casing by pushing in on the locking tabs. You MUST do this. DO NOT DRILL straight trhough or you will go through the lights circuit board!
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Wow, very nicely done from inception to execution!
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i would be too scared to do that
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      12-16-2008, 12:13 AM   #5
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good job, but change that red button to the black one ...


another think you can do is to buy this special module from eas and just flash your lights to open/close your garage ...
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i would be too scared to do that
... the biggest concern I had was opening the light module for drilling a whole because I did not know how the board would be inside it. But, it turned out to be very easy because it all sits at the farthest side from the front of the switch. Once the module is opened and the board moved out the way, it basically becomes just a shell.
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good job, but change that red button to the black one ...

The red button actually looks OK IRL since I have the red interior. And, the 09 switches have the aluminum trim... therefore they are not all black. It helps that by chance the switch abs plastic matches the look/texture of the factory dash/switch, etc. It really does look factory.

another think you can do is to buy this special module from eas and just flash your lights to open/close your garage ...
... did not know this existed. Oh well... its done now. Thanks!

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Looks great! I like the red button.

Just make sure your remote is 12V before you hardwire it to the car. Or use a resistor.
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Looks great! I like the red button.

Just make sure your remote is 12V before you hardwire it to the car. Or use a resistor.
Thanks for the tip... I will make sure it is 12v.
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Like the idea, but I would go with a low-profile button.
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Thanks! That was my first choice as well but there were none in stock. The button is actually 'lower' than the light dial so it seems to fit well and does not look 'out of place'. Nonetheless, when the battery runs out and I hard wire it, I will try to replace it with a lower profile button. Ed.
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Very cool... Just go to the dealers and pick up some oem switch to make it more nicer.. Props...
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Just found this thread. Neat install, but if anyone is interested... check out my thread on how to retain the stock look and use the blanks to the right side for switches like this.. Its just a little more work, but worth it! http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthr...=253661&page=4

(see page 3 or 4 for the pics, depending on your forum view settings.)
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