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My DIY garage door opener

I just thought I would do a little write-up on how I did my garage door opener.

I wanted the remote up front, as it was a little finicky under the side panel on my Ultra.

I didn't get pics of it, but I just soldered the wires to remote board where the rubber button contacts to activate.

It didn't seem like I had many options on the RG without pulling the outer fairing and digging in to the birds nest in there. But I was able to put high enough, and in a decent spot for me to get at it, as well as finding it in the dark. I thought about a button with the lighted ring, but I didn't want to deal with wiring to a keyed source, (and I didn't think the light color would match the gauge lights).

I used a waterproof, "boat horn", momentary button I found on eBay. It has a rubber O ring to keep water out.
I was able put it right under the top vent panel.



The wire tie did not hinder getting the clip back in the slot either.

Although....I used a step bit which was too long and hit that little plastic mount there right behind the button.



A regular 5/8 bit would have been better to finish with, but 1/2 was all I had. So it got a little wonky.

Here is the button from riders side.





All-in-all, a very simple job that only cost $4, as I already had the opener and scrap wire from work.
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Good job, that looks clean! Now for all the people to tell you that they just keep their opener in the glove box or in their pocket.. :-)


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Good job, that looks clean! Now for all the people to tell you that they just keep their opener in the glove box or in their pocket.. :-)


Thanks!!

Also, I did keep it it the glove box for about a week. Had it clipped in the edge of the rubber dealio in there. But it didn't want to work all the time, and I hated having to pull it out to open the door. Mainly cuz my driveway is up hill. If I end up in the driveway and it's not up, I was having to hold the brake, fiddle with the remote. Psh....

I like to open it as I'm coming down the road, and ride right on in there.

Plus, I miiiiiight have a slight lazy streak in me.
Only slightly, only slightly. Heh heh.

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Nice job! How is it that your inner fering is matte black?
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Nice job! How is it that your inner fering is matte black?


Mine isn't a CVO. I have the FLTRU.

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nice clean job!! I was thinking about doing the same thing, now i gotta do it!! good to see pics!!
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nice clean job!! I was thinking about doing the same thing, now i gotta do it!! good to see pics!!


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Looks fantastic! Nice clean install.

I used to keep the remote in the left glove box. I hated trying to reach in there and do a slow speed left turn into the driveway at the same time, so I wanted an easy to use installation like yours.

I chose to do it a little differently on my 2012. I put the remote inside the Gauge Nacelle, and installed the button there. I used the same type of switch that is used for the trip meter reset so it would look as close to a factory install as possible.



Looks like you don't have as much room in that area. I powered it from the Aux Power connector under the seat. That's the same power source I used for the driving lights I installed.
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That's awesome!
Thinking If i used one of the Aux Buttons below the Speedo cluster then everything is stock looking.
Question to HD MoCO, Why is their Garage opener $450 and not $4 or even $44
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That's awesome!
Thinking If i used one of the Aux Buttons below the Speedo cluster then everything is stock looking.
Question to HD MoCO, Why is their Garage opener $450 and not $4 or even $44
"Why?" Because they can. Enough people are paying that price. They would lower it or discontinue otherwise.
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