SUZUKIPictures of how I installed a DIY garage door opener remote on my 89-09 Suzuki GS500 motorcycle.

But first, lets pay some bills:

  1. Genie Garage Door Remote Opener. I tried attaching it to my backpack, carrying it in my jacket, carrying it in my jeans, even wedging it behind the brake fluid reservior. None of these was very convenient. I decided to wire up a remote button.
    Genie Garage Door Remote Opener

  2. I took off the clip and a screw from the back of the garage door opener.
    clip and screw

  3. Then it just pops apart. This is the circuit board with the button side up.
    circuit board button

  4. Here is the back of the circuit board. The button soldering points are here.
    soldering points

  5. Looks like shorting these points activates the opener. These are the soldering points on the back of the button.
    shorting soldering points

  6. I soldered a wire across these points to install the remote button. A little bit of electrical tape holds the wire still on the circuit board.
    solder wire

  7. The circuit board snaps back into the case. The wire has room to get out of the case through the garage door opener frequency adjusting hole.
    wire routing

  8. A knot in the wire will stop pulling from stressing the solder points.
    knot wire

  9. Garage door opener case snaps closed and wire is protected. Then I reinstalled the screw to hold the case together.
    garage door opener closed

  10. The only place I can think of to mount the remote is inside the headlight. The headlight lens is held on by these two screws, one on each side of the bucket.
    headlight bucket screws

  11. The wiring guts of the headlight.
    headlight wiring

  12. The big black clip on the left leads to the right handlebar. I will install the garage remote button on the right handlebar. I think it makes more sense on the left, but there is more room for the button on the right.
    handlebar wiring

  13. I unclipped the black wire connector and pulled it out of the back of the headlight. Here is the wiring all stretched out from the right handlebar. I am going to feed the garage door opener button wire through this protective wiring sleeve to keep the wiring looking neat.
    handlebar wiring

  14. I had to take the right handlebar off to work on the wiring. To take the handlebar off the first thing I had to do was remove the bar end weight. My bar end weights are the rubber plug kind. While they were off I also added weight to them. Writeup of that in the menu on the left or coming soon.
    bar end weight

  15. To get the right handlebar grip off I unscrewed these two screws to split the case.
    handlebar control screws

  16. With the bar end weight off and the control case split, and the brake light switch wire disconnected, I was able to get the grip off. It took some wiggling and repositioning of the handlebars to get enough slack in the control cables, but I did not have to remove the brake or throttle cables.
    slip off controls

  17. Inside the case.
    control case

  18. Snipped this zip tie to get to the wires and the wire sleeve.
    zip tie

  19. Put the other end of the electric wire into a piece of baling wire. I put some electrical tape around it too. I will lead this wire through from the headlamp side and pull it out to the handlebar control side.
    baling wire

  20. I pushed the baling wire through. Then I used it to pull the switch wire through.

  21. Now that the wire is through, I can solder on the momentary, normally off, Radio Shack, $3 switch. It does not matter which wire goes where. This is just shorting across the button soldering points just like I did with the opener clip earlier.

  22. Soldered it up to the switch. The plastic around the switch I carved from an old plastic trash can. It is carved to fit the huge gaping hole in the handlebar controls left by the previous owner when he installed something and took it back off before I bought it.

  23. Now there are four switches coming out of this bundle. From left to right we have the garage door opener, starter, kill, and brake light switches.

  24. Now I route the wires back through the headlight bucket.
    wire routing

  25. I installed the kill switch.

  26. I installed the starter switch
    starter switch     starter switch

  27. I zip tied the wiring back on to the handlebar control case.
    zip tie

  28. I line everything up and put the handlebar control case locating pin back into the little hole in the top of the handlebar, then install the two screws that hold the thing together. I have no idea what I am supposed to be pointing at in this picture.

  29. Shoe Goo is stronger than silicone caulk or gasket maker. I used it to hold the plastic piece of trash can into the hole in the control switch case.
    Shoe Goo

  30. I clip the wiring clip back onto the wiring clip. Clip clip clippety freakin clip. This is way too much freakin typing. It was faster to install this than it is to type about it.

  31. I stuffed the garage door remote control up into the wires of the headlight bucket. Fits snugly, and doesn't knock around.
    opener location

  32. I tightened the headlight back up. Two screws, easy peasy.

  33. When the shoe goo dries, looks sweet. Argh, matey, open the garage door. What am I talking about! I need a beer.
    button     pirate

  34. Next I sold out to make 02ยข so I can fulfill my lifelong dream of owning a 1986 944 with blown head gaskets.

    But no minivans!

  35. Then I finished my beer.


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