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Orient Express

Integrated Garage Door Opener DIY

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Integrated Garage Door Opener DIY


Integrated Garage Door Opener DIY I got tired of forgetting to remove the garage door opener at Concours and getting points taken off, so I decided to integrate it into the center console. I got my inspiration from Kirby's Garage Door Opener DIY and added a few twists. I took the existing garage door opener from Genie and opened it up to use just the circuit board. This particular circuit board had lots of extra unused traces and holes that went back to were the switch was (probably

 

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Cool, I like the switch that matches the garage door opener, better than the factory homelink.

IMO, I think this works better then the factory homelink option. Unlike other brand, the homelink in my Cayenne only works with the ignition switched on. I always forget to close the door first before turn off the engine & I have to switch ignition on again to close the garage door. After many months later, I only use the separate garage door opener in the car.

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Integrated Garage Door Opener DIY

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I got tired of forgetting to remove the garage door opener at Concours and getting points taken off, so I decided to integrate it into the center console.

I got my inspiration from Kirby's Garage Door Opener DIY and added a few twists. 

I took the existing garage door opener from Genie

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and opened it up to use just the circuit board.

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This particular circuit board had lots of extra unused traces and holes that went back to were the switch was (probably for different enclosures), so I just picked 2 and ran about 5 feet of wire from each one.  Then I put a little cap over the switch to prevent it from being pushed and wrapped the whole board in electrical tape. 

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I wanted to put the circuit board transmitter as high in the car as possible to get the maximum sending range.  I settled on putting the transmitter at the top of the drivers side A pillar, secured with some velcro.  There is plenty of space under interior A pillar cover which goes over the transmitter with no problems.  The 2 wires are run down the A pillar in the wire conduit that is there, and along the bottom of the drivers side of the dash to the center console.

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This arrangement gives me a 1.5 block range on the transmitter, which is further than I can see the house.  The only downside to this arrangement is that you have to take off the A pillar cover to change the remote control battery.  But this only need to be done every other year or more, so I don't think it is an issue.

The parts that I used for the switch and its placement are from a 996 Targa.

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The batwing is called a Sole Switch Trim, P/N 996-552-335-01-01C and lists for $12.69.

The Switch is called a Tip Switch, P/N 996-613-119-10-A05 and lists for 23.56.  This switch is used to control the sunshade on the Targa.

The plug blank is one I had laying around is probably under $5.00.

Wiring the actual switch is pretty straight forward.  There are 5 spades on the switch, 3 are used for the Garage Door Opener, and 2 are for the switch icon lighting.

The 2 outboard vertical spades are for the lighting of the switch icon.  Looking at the switch from the front, the spade on the left is the + lead, and the right spade is the - lead.  I took lighting power from the seat heater switch lights.  On those switches connector the brown wire is -, and the blue/red wire is +.  The blue red wire is pigtailed between the 2 connectors, so that is the giveaway on it.  I used inline cable splicers to connect the new leads.

Back to the garage door switch, the center 3 spades are what are used for the wiring back to the remote control circuit board.  The bottom horizontal spade is for one wire connection, and the 2 vertical spades above it are ganged together for the other wire connection.  This way you can push the switch in either direction and the garage door remote will activate.

So there you have it, another nice way to integrate your garage door opener into your 996. :)

Very smooth.............great information!

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Hey George,

You have a FD w 5k mi??  Wow!!

Yeap, 4950 to be exact & still thinking what I'm going to do with it.

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Guys,

I have done this DIY but so far I've been unsuccessful in figuring out how to hook up the switch back-lighting so that it lights up with the rest of the switches and gauges when you turn on the parking lights.

Anyone have success here yet -- the original DIY says to use the two outer-most contacts of the switch, but that is incorrect. I tried it and it does not work.

Thanks,

Mark

P.S. Loren, any chance you hace a schematic drawing of the typical 996 toggle switch?? The switch I used is the same one everyone else is using for the garage door DIY. Thx.

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Guys,

I have done this DIY but so far I've been unsuccessful in figuring out how to hook up the switch back-lighting so that it lights up with the rest of the switches and gauges when you turn on the parking lights.

Anyone have success here yet -- the original DIY says to use the two outer-most contacts of the switch, but that is incorrect.  I tried it and it does not work.

Thanks,

Mark

P.S.  Loren, any chance you hace a schematic drawing of the typical 996 toggle switch??  The switch I used is the same one everyone else is using for the garage door DIY.  Thx.

The 2 outside vertical spades are the correct ones and they will work either in parking or headlight mode. They spades are polarized and the + side is the spade on the left (looking from the front of the switch) the other vertical spade on the other side is -. Take any other switch on the center console and look for a blue wire that has red hash marks on it (not a red stripe up the wires side) That is a + line for the icon lighting. Then find a brown (ground wire) on the switch. Those are your 2 leads to tap into.

This is what I have used for not only this garage door switch, but my spoiler switch as well, and it works with no problems.

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You must have a switch with an LED in it. The wiring is different for that, and I have never been able to figure out how to make it work for a garage door application that uses its own power for the transmitter. I believe that the middle pin is used for a common 12V feed, and that the twin middle pins are for the toggle switch, with the outside pins for lights and led power. I had to use the middle pins for the opener switch, and could not figure out how to get the switch to back light.

I tried jumping the outside pins from my PSM (which seem to have 8 volts across them with lights on and car off) to the outside pins on my switch, but no luck. Please let me know if you figure it out. Otherwise I might have to get the targa switch...

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I remember seeing a mod where the high beam stalk switch triggers the garage door opener. Where is that? - I would like to do that one instead even though this thread describes an ingenious setup. Way to go Orient Express!

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Loren,

Thnaks for the switch schematic and O.E., thanks for the feedback about polarity -- as soon as I saw the two diodes in the schematic that Loren posted (above) I knew it had to be a polarity issue.

I'll try to hook it up again. This time, with the switch schematic in hand, I should get it right. Thanks guys,

Mark

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hello,

i'm new here... but have been lurking for a while... can anyone recommend a place to order the needed switch(es)from? i'm going to need the garage door/gate opener (i guess the targa shade switch) and maybe the spoiler switch. any help pointing me in the right direction will be greatly appreciated. take care...

eric

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Building on a great idea, here is a slight enhancement. So that I could change the battery and use the opener elsewhere, I incorporated the use of a mini-phonejack.

Also added the tail switch.

Got the switches from the great guys at Sunset Porsche (1-800-346-0182). Jeff Clark was a great help.

BTW - Does anyone know where I can get the connectors for these switches like the ones on the harness???

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Building on a great idea, here is a slight enhancement. So that I could change the battery and use the opener elsewhere, I incorporated the use of a mini-phonejack.

Also added the tail switch.

Got the switches from the great guys at Sunset Porsche (1-800-346-0182). Jeff Clark was a great help.

BTW - Does anyone know where I can get the connectors for these switches like the ones on the harness???

i did the same thing, but my remote has such a lame range, that it cant get the signal through when its inside the glove box. i will be moving it into the A-pillar tomorrow -- hopefully it will give me a better range.

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Hi. I am ordering the Targa Tip Switch from Porsche today. My question is where does the soldering take place. In your photos you only display the top portion of the transmitter and not the bottom where the connection is made. Can you please help me on this?

Thank you,

Randy

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Hi. I am ordering the Targa Tip Switch from Porsche today. My question is where does the soldering take place. In your photos you only display the top portion of the transmitter and not the bottom where the connection is made. Can you please help me on this?

Thank you,

Randy

Check out the link below. Under the 2nd pic he describes how to determine where to solder the two wires.

http://gallery.rennlist.com/gallery/albur29

Hope this helps.

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Hi. I am ordering the Targa Tip Switch from Porsche today. My question is where does the soldering take place. In your photos you only display the top portion of the transmitter and not the bottom where the connection is made. Can you please help me on this?

Thank you,

Randy

Check out the link below. Under the 2nd pic he describes how to determine where to solder the two wires.

http://gallery.rennlist.com/gallery/albur29

Hope this helps.

Got it. I works great. I did it for both the garage door and property gate opener.

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Do you know if the Tip Switch Part being used to fit in the batwing area in this DIY also fits up above in the dash?

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