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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-22-2008, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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hardwiring a garage door opener

Anyone ever hard wire a garage door opener? I am running a door opener that uses 6Volt battery power. I would like to hardwire this in to run off of the car power so I dont have to replace the batteries every like 3 months. Plus I want to hide the opener so it doesnt look so tacky.

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you could base wire it to a cigarette lighter, you prolly dont need both lighter outlets, and you could stick it under the steering column, it will clip on nicely under there.
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I was thinking of tapping into either the cig lighter, or the fuse box. but in either case those are 12V outputs and my garage door opener is 6V's. How do I step down the voltage to be able to use it.
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I was thinking of tapping into either the cig lighter, or the fuse box. but in either case those are 12V outputs and my garage door opener is 6V's. How do I step down the voltage to be able to use it.
put in some resistors, you can get them at any electronic store.
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where ever you get the power from your going to have to step it down. A resistor that big is going to be hard to find. However i did stubble across this. ACC-C10-5754 - VOLTAGE DROP 12V TO 6V CONVERTER Another option would be to wire up a voltage regulator from radioshack but that is a lot more complicated. To hide the opener I would find somewhere under the dash or something that i could hide the circuit board and wire it into the car. Then rewire the switch to a new one and mount that in a conveinient out of sight place such as the little cubby where the trunk switch is located.

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Just because you think its pointless doesn't mean others wont find interest in it. If you do a search for it online you will see that lots of people have done this or want to do this. I think its a good idea personally for the clean look and no one would know that you have a door opener in your car to steal. I know people who have had their cars broke into just for the door opener and then ended up having their house broke into. The way I look at it is the less the a-holes can see what you have in your car the less chance you have of them breaking into your car to get something

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that and what if I wanted to put it on a motorcycle too? that way I wouldnt have to worry about the clicker falling off, I could just have a little easy access button I could just mash.

and thanks for the link to the converter.
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Mount it in the compartment the trunk switch is in, thats where i put the toggle for my LED's. Fits well, easy access, and cant be seen from the outside. I cant think of anywhere to put in on a motorcycle that wouldnt look ridiculous.

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Mount it in the compartment the trunk switch is in, thats where i put the toggle for my LED's. Fits well, easy access, and cant be seen from the outside. I cant think of anywhere to put in on a motorcycle that wouldnt look ridiculous.
well, if you had bike bags on the back, but it all depends on the bike, there are places you can put it too
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then go post in a motor cycle forum
this was just another example of where else it could be handy to have. My original question was what I needed to do to down convert the 12v to 6v so I could hardwire it into my balt.
Now unless you have something usefull to say how about you keep your mouth shut please.

back on topic... I think that hiding it in the trunk compartment is a good idea, although I was slightly considering a lighted led switch and sticking it next to the cigerette lighter... might be nice

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