Easy "Homelink" option

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Audio and Electronics' started by TowDawg, May 24, 2013.

  1. TowDawg

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    The III I bought Tuesday didn't come with a Homelink mirror, but I was just going to add one until I read all the threads about how the auto-dimming function doesn't work that well in the gen III models. I really couldn't care less about having the auto-dimming mirror, and I tinted the windows today, so it probably wouldn't be huge deal anyway. What I DID want was to be able to program my gate and garage doors into the car and not have to have remotes clipped anywhere. As I was looking around, I noticed a bare plastic panel just in front of the sunglasses holder.
    I went to ACE and bought some momentary switches and took them apart, so all I had left was the button that physically moved in and out (spring loaded to always be out except when you press it). I used velcro to stick my gate remote and garage door opener against the roof where I removed the plastic panel, and then drilled holes to mount the buttons. Basically, all that happens is that I push the button, and that, in turn, pushes the button on the remote. It's very simple, and now that I know it works, I might look for some nicer looking buttons at some point. Because of spacing up there, I couldn't fit buttons for the other garage doors, but I got the gate and the garage where the Prius will park taken care of anyway.
    Just thought I'd share in case anyone was interested in not having remotes laying around, but didn't want to add the whole Homelink mirror.
     

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    well done!(y) any way to hardwire to the 12v?
     
  3. TowDawg

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    Do you mean to hardwire the openers into the car's electrical system?
    I'm sure there is, but I didn't feel like looking for wires and figuring out how to connect them to the circuits on the remotes. Plus, by doing it the way I did, all I have to do is pop the panel off and grab one of the remotes if I need it somewhere else since I didn't modify them at all and used velcro to hold them in.
     
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    Be nice if you can find some factory or factory look like buttons.
     
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    Looks great. I really like DIY creative stuff like this.

    I did something similar and was able to tap into the 12v in the dome light harness.
     
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    Thank for the great idea. I did mine the same day as your original post.
     

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    Nice! Glad I could help. It looks like you even got the exact same button. lol
     
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    Had a chance to snap a pic of my mod. I got this idea from a local member on the board.

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    Those are a hell of a lot nicer looking. Where did you come up with them?
     
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    I wanted a homelink option but didn't care for the dimming mirrors. I met up with a local member to sell my extra grill. We were showing our mods off and his homelink mod caught my eye. Basically he took a visor homelink unit and retrofitted it in that empty space. Since I didn't care for the dimming function, this unit is so much cheaper than the gentex mirrors. $20 vs $150. The DIY took me about 2 hrs because I was using a razor. Could have taken out the dremel and finished much much quicker.
     
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    I did something similar to the visor of my XJ6 (Jaguar Homelink Photos by mgb4tim | Photobucket), and then to the visor of my mother's Solara convertible.
     
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    Do you have any details on the wiring? Does it require running wires to the fuse box, etc.?

     
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    Where did you buy that module?
     
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    I got the module off eBay. It is about 20 and just needs a (+) and (-). I got the constant 12v from the dome light harness about 3inches away. The dome light harness should have its own fuse. Search for 'homelink visor' on eBay it should come up.
     
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    genetiix, your install looks much nicer than mine! You did a great job! I had to install mine a bit off center to avoid having to cut into the plastic underneath. Were you able to install the homelink unit without breaking it apart, like I did, or you were able to fit it in one piece?
     
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    Steve,

    I broke it apart, however that cause more harm. Because how my module is (single circuit board) , the buttons need to physically push onto the circuit board to work. I then had to tape it back when assembling in order for the little rubber buttons to reach. Ill take out the hot glue gun one day and make it permanent.

    I remember seeing yours with 2 circuit boards, and that install would have been much cleaner.
     
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    The 3 or 4 Homelink visor modules I've played with snapped together with tabs, no glue involved. I powered mine from the driver's side vanity mirror light power lead. That light is always powered, but grounded when you drop the visor and slide open the mirror cover. I don't recall where I grounded my Homelink, but it's I'm guessing it was a ground wire in the overhead console.
     
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    very nice... just wonder how to remove the panel? thanks
     
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    The cover is held in place with two plastic retainers. Grab it from the windshield side. It snaps right off. Look at the pictures in post #6 above.
     
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    I did the ebay homelink thing on my Goldwing and a few cars I have had. With the Prius I have the Gentex mirror with homelink. The autodimming mirror work well and I have not had any problems. You do have to wire both a switched and an unswitched power source, however.
     
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