While surfing another car forum I came across a guy who was 'explanting' a Homelink transmitter out of one vehicle and 'implanting' it into another. Turns out that the brains of the system are very small and in most cases not integrated into the vehicle computers. My donor vehicles were a 2004 Lexus for the electronics and tan parts and a 94 Chrysler for the black parts. I discovered that the 94 electronics would not operate my garage door openers so had to go back and get a newer model. The tan Lexus was the only one I could find locally as most newer vehicles have the Homelink built into the rear view mirror.
The visor from the Chrysler
Rear view of the newer Homelink transmitter
Front view - Round holes for push buttons, square for LED
Inner view of the left side dash panel
Dash panel with location holes roughed in
Test fitting the cover plate
Wiring harness connected to transmitter
Because the buttons were installed over fabric on the visor, they were too short once installed in the dash. The black buttons were cut up and glued to the tan ones using Permatex Weatherstripping Adhesive.
Two sided tape was used to position the transmitter before the bracket was attached.
Bracket secured with SS hardware and plastic covers.
Wiring harness routed to upper dash area and connected to power and ground.
Tan button glued to dash after trimming black extensions to correct length.
Black cover plate glued in place.
Visor #1 - $20
Visor #2 - $20 (after a little wheeling and dealing). Asked for $35
Assorted hardware - less than $10
Time invested: about 1/2 a day
Difficulty rating: Moderate (after you drill the first hole in the dash, the rest get easier
Art - aka Kartcon
Port Orange, Florida