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E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:51 PM
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Hidden Garage Door Opener

I was tired of my garage door opener being in my console and always having to hide it when I go into a store. Attached is a pic of my completed project. I soldered a couple of pieces of bell wire to the switch on the opener, then to a switch from Radio Shack. The opener is hidden under the second cup holder, which is shorter than the first and therefore there's about an inch of space under it.

To replace the battery all I have to do is remove the single screw in the back of the console. The opener is taped to the console so it all comes out as a single unit. I have not noticed any reduction in range.

The only problem I had is that my soldering abilities have not improved since high school shop!
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:58 PM
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I just put Velcro on my opener and stuck it to the side of the transmission tunnel along with my Fastrak transponder.
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:15 AM
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I did something similar. I used a momentary contact switch mounted in one of the free knock out switch covers connected to the transmitter underneath the center console. I did have to solder two connections in the transmitter in parallel to the transmitter mounted switch. I rarely have to replace batteries.

It's been working on my 2002 Z3 roadster since it was new.

A very worthwhile addition.

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Old 06-20-2012, 05:56 AM
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I guess I was the only one that got a garage door opener with a visor clip? It stays up there all time, no one sees it. What a country.

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Old 06-20-2012, 06:16 AM
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:38 AM
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Velcroed mine to underneath side of steering column. It is a small unit, rounded at corners so that worked great. Always there, easy to touch button, hidden and can release it for batts, anytime needed.
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:47 PM
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Here is mine.

I Velcroed the transmitter just under the left lower portion of the dash next the steering column. Did the same thing for wife's Camry. I love tinker and solder.
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:42 AM
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I also have a garage door opener with a visor clip, no problems yet
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Old 06-21-2012, 06:57 PM
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I did something similar. I used a momentary contact switch mounted in one of the free knock out switch covers connected to the transmitter underneath the center console. I did have to solder two connections in the transmitter in parallel to the transmitter mounted switch. I rarely have to replace batteries.

It's been working on my 2002 Z3 roadster since it was new.

A very worthwhile addition.

Fred
This is what I did. Less than $10>$$$$UGDO/HL
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Old 06-21-2012, 07:14 PM
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:24 PM
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Velcroed mine to underneath side of steering column. It is a small unit, rounded at corners so that worked great. Always there, easy to touch button, hidden and can release it for batts, anytime needed.
I did the same. I used heavy-duty Velcro, the kind they give you to mount the tollway transponders. Works great!
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