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Saw this on a few other sites. Hated reaching around for my opener (I don't have visors to clip it to). Simply took an existing programmed remote and added a momentary switch. Wired the switch to the remote and installed the remote (the little red button) in the ABS 'panel' I have to the left of my wheel (on the tray) that houses a 12V charger outlet and the remote mute for my Escort 9500.

Parts needed:

- some 20g wire
- some spade connectors (crimp on style) - cheap at radio shack
- momentary switch - $2 at radio shack

Tools:

- Wire strippers/crimpter tool
- Soldering Iron with solder
- Your remote
- Electrical tape

Process:

- Pry (or Prise as the Brits say) your remote apart. Look near the switching area - you should see two contacts that 'actuate' the remote. You can easily test which are which by 'pressing' them with a flat blade screwdriver.

- Solder ends of two wires (stripped about 1/2") to those contacts.

- Crimp female spade connector ends to the opposite ends of the two wires.

- Solder the ends of two other wires to the momentary switch tangs. Wrap it with electrical tape or heat shrink tubing if you are fancy.

- Crimp male spade connector ends to the opposite ends of the two wires.

- Open up a small hole on the side of the remote case so the wires can extend out (I just used the solder iron to burn some holes). Reassemble the remote case and wrap some tape around it.

Done.

Find a place to install it in your car. Mine was in the panel. Another option is somewhere on the center console. Another good spot would be the plastic access panel with the switch right below the engine start button. I may move it over there eventually and get really fancy and put two buttons - one for each of the doors on my garage.

Keep in mind that it still uses the remote (which needs to be hidden someone). The spade connector allows you to remove it if you ever need to change the battery.

Drill a 1/2 hole (I used a unibit) where you want the switch. Feed the wires through, connect/hide your remote. Tighten the plastic thumb nut on the switch. Done.

Assuming you have wire strippers and a solder gun, this mod costs about $4 (for the switch and some connectors). If you don't have a solder gun, The Shack has a cheapy kit (with solder) for $10.

Works great. No more shuffling for remote and easy peasy lemon squeezy.
 

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One mod update. I may have gotten polarity crossed. My neighbor across the street has a pacemaker and every time I push the red button, he pisses his pants and forgets his name for an hour or so.
 
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Excellent idea!

If I were to do this, I'd mount the transmitter under an access panel to get best range, and put the momentary switch in a hidden spot for a bit of added security.
 

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What kinda range do you get?
Haven't really tried it, but as long as it's kinda sorta while I'm going up the driveway, it's cool.
 

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Excellent idea!

If I were to do this, I'd mount the transmitter under an access panel to get best range, and put the momentary switch in a hidden spot for a bit of added security.
Yeah, I may move it. Car is in winter storage in an office park garage 1/2 mile from my house, so really haven't played around with it. The beauty of this mod is that you can put the switch and the remote anywhere.

An option for security would be to put it on the access panel (by starter button) and the switch button on the underside of the panel (in the cubby).

I could have gone with the black switch and it would have been invisible, but chose red so I can see it. Not really worried about security. No one can really see it and if so, they'd think it was the most uber turbo flux capacitor button. The car is never parked outside so wouldn't really matter if people got in to press the button to get into my man cave.
 

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BTW, this mod is on like 8 million sites of various types. Seems to be a common mod in the motorcycle world.

It's the first time I've ever soldered anything and it's fun as hell. I'm like walking around the house looking for sh*t to solder!
 

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Not being nearly as handy (and brave), I simply have a conventional remote with the metal clip on it, and clip it to the left of the steering wheel on the aluminum tray, so that the buttons are facing up. Works fine.
 

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Great mod. Heck, I want to know where you got the panel for the Cig lighter? And since I am asking, do you have a 9500 ci installed?
 

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And is that one of the bunny suits I want Zack to do with the children's shirt orders?
I had no power this weekend and would have loved one of those!
 

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@ Sturgeon - there's no drilling of the dash.

@ R4 - it's not a panel.

Here's the deal. It's just a little piece of black abs plastic - you can probably find it from something laying around your house. It's 3 sided and just 3m taped to the tray. I made a pattern out of cardboard and cut the abs.

The 12V outlet is like $8 at Radio Shack. Installed in the ABS and I had the stereo guys wire it up when they had my dash apart for my double din install.

The Escort is hard wired, but removable. They make a remote mute thing - that's it. It has a cable that routes through the center console and terminates at the radar bracket over the interior light. Allows me to take the Escort and use it in other cars.

The mute thing then terminates at that panel and the little display/button is grafted in to the ABS panel - allows me to mute the Escort with a push of the button.

 

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Great mod but I can't bring myself to actually drill a hole in my dash.

If you put the switch on access panel with the lighting switches - basically right under the STARTER button, you can put the remote itself in the cubby underneath.

It's a simple 1/2" hole. If you screw it up, those plastic access panels are like $15. Just get a new one!
 

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If you put the switch on access panel with the lighting switches - basically right under the STARTER button, you can put the remote itself in the cubby underneath.

It's a simple 1/2" hole. If you screw it up, those plastic access panels are like $15. Just get a new one!
Hmmmm. I may just have to buy an extra piece and play with it. The remote button is cool and adding an extra power port would be great. Where do I get a panel from?
 

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Lotus garage or your dealer. Just look it up on the parts diagram on lotus Garage. Make sure you order the correct one (2 or 3 light switch).

Or put a wtb thread - someone might have one. Keinayo might too.

When you take that panel off, make sure to follow the directions on the site so you don't break the starter button like I did!!
 

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I did the same thing to my Elan years ago. One suggestion. You don't need to worry about the battery going dead. You can wire the transmitter right into the 12V system in the car. It doesn't mind having 12V going through it. Put the antenna (transmitter) anywhere. You'll have plenty of range. Mine works from 50 meters.
 
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