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Old 12-09-2004, 07:45 PM   #1
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I bought a set of visors (from a Mercury) with Homelink in them off eBay for $30. I ripped the Homelink unit out of the driver's side and was left with this:



The install was pretty easy. It took about 20-30 minutes. I spent most of the time thinning out the backing on the headliner so that the unit would snap back together. But it all went well:



Works, too! :woot:
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Old 12-10-2004, 01:03 AM   #2
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shhhhhveeeeet!
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Old 12-10-2004, 10:14 AM   #3
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Looks really nice man! Good job!
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Old 12-10-2004, 02:33 PM   #4
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Thanks. I'm pretty damn pleased about the whole thing.
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Old 12-10-2004, 03:53 PM   #5
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Man that looks clean.
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Old 12-14-2004, 01:59 AM   #6
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Dang yo! That is sweet! You should do a quick step by step write of that install. I know that I would love to see how you did it.
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Old 12-14-2004, 11:21 AM   #7
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There really isn't much to the install. Here is a quick and dirty:

- When you remove the Homelink unit from the donor visor, you need to pry off the gray piece with the buttons in it. Do it very carefully and do not put it back together until you install it in your car. You are relying on plastic tabs to hold it in the slots in the black portion and if you take it apart too often, they will not hold it together.
- Test the Homelink unit by connecting it to the battery on your car and programming it to work the garage door. You can download instructions here.
- Remove the map light unit in your car.
- Reach up behind the headliner and remove a block of foam that will be in the way of the black portion of the Homelink unit.
- Set the Homelink unit in place on the top of the headliner and figure out where you are going to make a hole for the buttons. Use a pencil to mark the headliner. I cut a flattened triangle-shaped hole by first using a small drill in the corners and then a utility knife to connect the dots.
- Try to install the Homelink unit. I found that I couldn't snap the button piece on the Homelink unit because the headliner was too thick. I took my utility knife and trimmed the backing material on the headliner away from the edge of the hole. I'm sure there are variations in the Homelink units so make sure you test the fit before you start hacking away at the back of the headliner.
- Connect the Homelink wires to the auto-dim mirror wires in the headliner. The yellow/red wire is 12v. Use the black wire for ground (brown is ground, too, but it goes away in reverse).

So everything looks great and you're ready to put the map light unit back in? Wait. If you push on the headliner around the buttons, it will move quite easily toward the roof of the car. Remember that block of foam you removed? It was there for a reason and we need to replace it with something. You can jam about anything between the back of the Homelink unit and the roof of the car, but how are you going to hold it in place? Enter a stroke of brilliance:


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FULLER Great Stuff® Space Filling Foam is a multi-purpose, easy to use expanding foam that will fill cavities ranging in size from small gaps to larger spaces. Great Stuff® is used for sealing around penetrations through walls and floors. It can also be used for filling holes in walls and filling wide gaps and cracks around window frames. Use Great Stuff® to seal against draughts, moisture and noise. Great Stuff® can be used inside and outside and will adhere to a wide range of substrates. Great Stuff® will not shrink when cured and will provide an airtight, moisture resistant seal. Great Stuff® can be cut, sanded, plastered or painted to produce a neat tidy finish.
This stuff is sold at Home Depot and works very well in this application. Spray in just enough to cover the top of the Homelink unit. Do not get it anywhere near the buttons (between the unit and the headliner). Let it cure overnight and do not press the buttons while you are letting it dry. You can put the map light console back in place while it is curing. In fact, if you squirt too much Great Stuff in there, its a real good idea to have the map lights in place while it cures. If you take a look after its cured, you will see that it has expanded and filled the void above the Homelink unit. If you push on the headliner now, it will only move a little bit and its harder to push. You don't have to worry about the back of the Homelink unit popping off if you hit the buttons too hard either.
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Old 12-14-2004, 12:54 PM   #8
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I set it off to the side as I have it within my reach and I can get another one and set it in the opposite side for a total of 6. (Yeas, between my house and properties, I have the homelink full and still have a 2button opener in the console!)



Sure beats what they want for the mirror!
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