Garage Door Opener

Friday, Apr 24 2020 [5,132 miles]

I keep garage door openers in most of my riding gear. Now that I’m back down to only one bike it makes sense to keep the opener on the bike. I did that with my K1100LT 25 years ago and it worked well. Today I installed an opener on the 790 adventure.

Add external switch

Add external switch

Add external switch

First things first. I took apart one of the openers and wired a momentary push button in parallel with the built in switch. I cut a small slot in the back of the case to get the wires out of the opener. There is a male/female connector between the opener and the switch to let me separate the two if necessary.

Fits -- if cover removed

Fits – if cover removed

Fits – if cover removed

I put the opener back together and ran into a minor problem. There is little space under the removable cover to the right side of the console as that is partially wired for the KTM heated seat option. The cover on the left side of the console has space, but not enough for the opener to fit in its plastic body. I removed the top cover of the opener and wrapped some gaffers tape around the batter, circuit board, and bottom part of the case to hold them together. The opener without it’s top cover fits into the available space.

Push to open garage door

Push to open garage door

Push to open garage door

Push the button to open (or close) the garage door. The opener is not fastened to anything. If that turns out to be a problem – too much rattling around – I might shove some bubble wrap or foam or something similar to keep it steady.

Yes, I tried it after installation. Works fine. It is easy enough to get at for eventual battery swaps.

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