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Garage Door Opener - simple mod

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I needed a spot to stash my garage door opener and the wife discovered it fits right in the little cubby behind the shifter like it was meant for it. Decided I would make it look more stealth with some flat black spray paint.

Its for a Chamberlain opener but its a rolling code transmitter, I guess you could probably use it on other openers if you could find one.
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I thought about putting my iphone there until I shifted into 3rd and hit it. I settled on putting it in the handle of the door. I had to throw my sunglasses in the cupholder of my door. I really wish the compartment on the dash was a bit deeper...oh well. I can live with it.
 

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Definitely better than clipped to a visor. As my ECO hasn't arrived yet I can't remember what the top of the cubby is like. Any chance to attach it upside down to the top of the cubby so you still have usable space for change or other small items?
 

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Definitely better than clipped to a visor. As my ECO hasn't arrived yet I can't remember what the top of the cubby is like. Any chance to attach it upside down to the top of the cubby so you still have usable space for change or other small items?
I suppose you could with some velcro or two-side tape. That cubby is so small I don't know what else I would use it for, maybe some change I guess. It could have been a good spot for a phone but I too found out it will not clear the gear shift.
 

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I disagree. Clipped to the visor, it's out of sight, not taking up any storage space and it is much easier to use... just reach up & press button as opposed to picking up out of cubby to use. To each their own...
Yeah, same here. I keep my parking meter coins in that spot. Also, the new opener I have is not square but more resembles a key fob in a clip holster so its really small and round. Not sure I like it.
 

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I also keep my opener on the visor because it has one button to open my garage and another button to open the gate to my community so it is used quite a bit.
FWIW, I actually CAN put my sunglasses in the top cubby without any problem but that is probably because they are the flat aviator glasses and not wrap arounds.
 

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Hiding the Opener...

For years, I have added a push button to an empty switch spot on the dash and wired my opener to it. I then clip, or hang, the opener up under the dash to keep it out of sight. I opened the openers and spliced into the button contacts with a bit of wire and an plug. The switch on the dash has a mating plug. In Ohio, we have to have the registration and proof of insurance for the authorities if you are stopped, so they are usually in the glovebox with the owner's manual. This way, if a creep breaks into the car, he likely won't steal the opener (and your registration with the address on it), go to your house, and break in through the garage. It also saves the hassle with replacing the opener and re-programming everything with a new code. Hopefully, I'll be able to find a spot on the Cruze dash to easily mount a push button.
 

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For years, I have added a push button to an empty switch spot on the dash and wired my opener to it. I then clip, or hang, the opener up under the dash to keep it out of sight. I opened the openers and spliced into the button contacts with a bit of wire and an plug. The switch on the dash has a mating plug. In Ohio, we have to have the registration and proof of insurance for the authorities if you are stopped, so they are usually in the glovebox with the owner's manual. This way, if a creep breaks into the car, he likely won't steal the opener (and your registration with the address on it), go to your house, and break in through the garage. It also saves the hassle with replacing the opener and re-programming everything with a new code. Hopefully, I'll be able to find a spot on the Cruze dash to easily mount a push button.
I just wire in a Flash2Pass system... works great, and no new buttons required. Best part, took it off the old car I traded it and put it into the Cruze in about 20 mins. total and I'm back in action.
 

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Is there an after market programable garage door opener? Why doesn't Cruze come with them?
:D:D You must be young. It's all about saving $$$$$$.
 

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I just wire in a Flash2Pass system... works great, and no new buttons required. Best part, took it off the old car I traded it and put it into the Cruze in about 20 mins. total and I'm back in action.
Pretty slick! I like the way it ties into the vehicle. Today was a success, I learned something new!
 

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Pretty slick! I like the way it ties into the vehicle. Today was a success, I learned something new!
Yeah, quick and easy and good for any vehicle. I did this originally because I have a convertible and didn't want an opener visible if I left the top down. Now I have one for every car... LOVE IT.
 

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I just bought a Flash2Pass for my Harley... I also picked up one for the Cruze I just purchased. Our previous car had a garage door opener built in and thought this would be a great alternative! rlhammon could you please give me a hint on what wire you tapped into on your cruze? and where you mounted the transmitter?

Thanks!!!
 
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