|Welcome to my guide to integrating your garage door opener into your highbeam switch. This was done on a J series Kawasaki ZX6R (2000-2002) but the directions should be easily adaptable to most modern bikes.
I got sick of having to get off my bike, run inside the house, into the garage, push the button,and run back out to my bike. So I decided to make it much easier. I had heard of a couple other people wiring a garage door opener into a switch on the bike, like the horn, highbeam light, or 4ways/hazards.
I decided to go with either the highbeam switch or the hazards, as I dont want to by honking my horn at 3am when I come home. After disassembling everything and breaking out my trustly volt meter, I decided the headlight switch is the easiest way to do it.
So below begins the directions on how to do this, I hope you find it informative.
WARNING :Do this at your own risk, It worked for me, but dont come crying to me if you mess something up. Also keep in mind, this may void a warranty depening on how friendly your dealer is.
TOOLS NEEDED: Soldering iron/pen, 2-3 feet of wire (2 of them), scissors or wire strippers, screwdriver, electrical tape, ziplock bag, motorcycle, garage door remote.
Step 1: Making sure your remote is compatible.
You need a remote that runs on 12V (assuming your bikes battery is 12V). Most of them are these days. If you have something else, like a 9 volt remote, you'll either need to get a 12V remote, or get a kit from radioshack to lower the 12V signal to 9V.
Step2: Setting up the remote.
Once you know your remote is 12V, take it apart, right down to the circuit board. We dont need the plastic case it was inside.
Now here is one of the places you need some electircal skills. You need to find which 2 pins are connected when you push the button on the remote. Holding the circuit board upto a bright light should help. To test, just take a piece of wire and start touching the possible contacts (they will be right under the button). You need to connect 2 together at a time. If there is a light on your remote that comes on when you hit the button, watch for it to come on, otherwise listen for the garage door to start opening.
Once you find the 2 pins that are needed mark them with a marker or something so you dont forget. You can take the battery out too, we have no need for that anymore. Now we need that soldering iron/pen. Solder a piece of wire between those 2 pins, effectively making the button always on.
We're done with the remote for a bit, lets move over onto the bike.
|Step 3: Finding the right connections on the bike
Now that the remote is mostly ready to go, we need to find where on the bike to connect it too. Start by removing the assembly that holds the highbeam switch. On the 00-02 6R there are 2 screws on the back side of the assembly. You will have an easier time putting it back together if you leave the back peice on the bike, so just remove the front of the assembly (the part witha ll the buttons). This prevents the choke from coming loose, as it is a big fidgity to get back together. For easy access to the connection points we need, remove the little screw that holds the headlight switch in place and pull the switch free of the housing. There will be 3 wires attatched to it. We need the red with yellow stripe one, and the blue with yellow stripe one. The red one should be +12V when you put the volt meter from it to the blue wire. Make sure by using your volt meter though. To test this the headlights need to be on, so the bike needs to be running (or do what I did, just tap the starter for a half second, that will make the lights come on). If you measure the voltage when it is on low beams, it should be around 0 (it might have a tiny amount, a few mV, those digital meters are so finiky..and read 12V when the higheams are on.
When you switch on the highbeams, it should have a reading near 12V, if you're getting -12V, then you have the meter wires backwards.
So solder your wires onto thise. In the picture the wires I added are the white ones. These will run upto the remote in a minute...
|Step 4: Wiring it all together
Now that we found the contacts on the bike we need, and the remote is ready, we need to attatch them together. I used a cord that was about 2 feet long, I tucked the remote right at the front of the bike, in front of the gauges, there is room there.
To hook up the wires, we need the soldering iron again. Connect one wire to the +12V wire on the headlight switch(red), then attatch another to the ground(blue). Make sure you can tell the 2 wires you use apart, you dont want to reverse them when you attatch it to the remote.
Take the +12V wire and solder it to the +12V terminal on the remote(+ battery terminal). Now do the same with the ground wire from the switch to remote (- battery terminal).
You should now have a working switch, so test it :). start the bike, and flick from lowbeams to high, your garage door should open or close.
If it all works, now you can worry about where to put it, and make sure its waterproof. I put a black plastic wire cover along the wires I used, and ran the whole thing under the guages and then behind them ( I removed my windscreen to make is easier). You'll want to make sure you have enough free play on the cord so its not strained at all going from full left steering to full right, lock to lock.
Now you need to waterproof it. I put it in a ziplock back, folded it up, and wrapped electrical tape all over it. it looked good when done, but you'll never see it anyway, so looks are not as important as it being water proof. If you mount it where I did, it will only get water near it if you wash the bike and spray water down there, but its still a good idea to get it nice and tight.
|Now you can reassemble everything, the headlight assembly seems a little tight when trying to get it back together, but this is normal, it needs to be tight to keep the water out.
So that is it, I hope these instructions helped you a bit. It took me about an hour to do, I did not have any directions, but have worked with electronics for years. So if you're electrically inclined it could take you less time with these instructions. If you have never touched electrical stuff, you might wanna get some help from someone.
For those worried about this opening your garage door, or other peoples as you are riding around, keep in mind most remotes only have a range of a couple hundred feet, and on most remotes, once you hit the button, even if you hold it down for an hour, it will only send 1 signal. So if you turn your highbeams on, then ride home like that, your door wont open unless you flick them back to lowbeam, then highbeam again.
I actually would have preffered to use the hazard light button, but the voltages were incompatible (they were reverse of what is needed).