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post #1 of 10 Old Apr 2nd, 2009, 7:39 am Thread Starter
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Momentary Waterproof Switch

Before I "reinvent the wheel" I'm looking for a simple push button switch to wire into my garage remote control. I already have a 1/2" hole to fill and I need to fill it with something other than a small BMW roundale.

There is a marine supply store on my way home from the fish tank, just thought I'd ask first.

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post #2 of 10 Old Apr 2nd, 2009, 7:55 am
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Before I "reinvent the wheel" I'm looking for a simple push button switch to wire into my garage remote control. I already have a 1/2" hole to fill and I need to fill it with something other than a small BMW roundale.

There is a marine supply store on my way home from the fish tank, just thought I'd ask first.
Hey, Dan. You in a hurry? I got a momentary switch stuck in ole Toad's handlebar. Been wanting to take it out, butt couldn't think of a 'coverup'. Great idea you gave me, on the smallish roundel. I got a bunch of those and maybe can make one work? I don't know for sure if the switch bezel is large enough around to cover up your 1/2" drilled out hole.

Anyway, I need to git down to the storage unit, wake ole Toad up, and see how much of a pigtail I left on the switch for a wire connection. You want how many wires, to your door opener? I *think* the switch I have has two wires. I'll be going there today and can ping ya this afternoon. Don't wait on me tho, if West Marine store is on your way home and you need a switch right away.

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Re: Momentary Waterproof Switch

Hi Dick,

I'm in no hurry and I really appreciate the generious offer. I already owe you a few cold ones! I've been doing the remote thing manually and just looking for my next project! Before you mail anything out though, see if the switch will cover a 1/2 " hole. If not maybe there is someone else who could use it. Two conductor is what I'm looking for, just something that will connect the two contacts.

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Re: Momentary Waterproof Switch

I just purchased a simple switch from Radio Shack. It been working fine for many years. What I learned the hard way after my first remote (sending unit) failed was to cover the new remote with a small plastic bag and tape it. It is located below the headlight so it gets lots of water when it rains. The plastic keeps it nice and dry.

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post #5 of 10 Old Apr 2nd, 2009, 3:36 pm
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Re: Momentary Waterproof Switch

I have the high beam switch wired to my garage remote. To operate the remote I just flip the high beam switch. No additional switch required.
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Mr. B,

I like that idea.... How difficult was it to get to the connection points and where are they? Seems like a good way if it does not interfere with the high beams integrity. I like the idea of a simple stock look without lots of bells and switches. Hidden secrets!

Yes, a plastic bag is in the works to protect the remote.

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Re: Momentary Waterproof Switch

Other option for a momentary switch:

Push-to-talk (PTT) switch, typically used for CB/FRS 2-way radio.

Autoswitch makes a thing for using High Beam or Turn Signal Cancel (non-CANBUS) as your momentary switch....designed for garage door opener in mind.

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Re: Momentary Waterproof Switch

The contacts inside the opener have been connected so that it is as if the opener button is pushed all the time. The battery contacts on the opener have been connected to the bike. The positive is connected to the wire to the high beam light and the negative is connected to a ground wire to the battery. I used this on my previous bike and transferred it to the LT. It works well and I have not had any problems. It has worked for 5 years.
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Re: Momentary Waterproof Switch

Interesting approach. So the remote is shorted out and you use the batter connection to open/close connection? Not a big deal, but seems to be an added step? Why not leave the remote battery connection the way it is and simply use your "short" as the open/close connection since it is already open?

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post #10 of 10 Old Apr 5th, 2009, 10:14 am
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This way the remote is placed in a sealed plastic bag near the headlight and there is no remote battery that needs to be replaced.
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