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#1 (permalink) Old 10-08-2011, 09:44 PM
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Installed a Homelink transmitter

Inspired by wing_woo's excellent post on installing a Homelink unit in his 2009, I decided to try the same project with my 2008. Searching on Ebay found hundreds of these units pulled from many different makes. There are many different styles and colors, but internally they are pretty much the same. I was looking for a gray unit and found one that looked a little different than the rest as it had numbered buttons which turned out to be lighted!



Got this one for $15.50! It was originally installed in a Volvo. I pretty much just followed wing_woo's instructions which worked out well. Since I don't have a sunroof, I tapped into the wiring going to my autodimming mirror, since the wires were right there. The scariest part is taking the X-acto knife to the headliner to cut the hole, but it was easier than I thought. To keep the headliner from flexing when pushing a button, I backed up the transmitter with a piece of styrofoam wedged nicely between the unit and the roof. Took me about an hour this morning and here is how it turned out:









BTW, the LED's in the unit were green, but I replaced them with amber for obvious reasons!

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Looks nice!
I just ordered one off of Ebay after seeing this. If it goes well I'll probably get another for my wife's Tribute.

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I was thinking if I could use the Lexus IS250's rear view mirror, since it has the homelink integrated into it
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That looks great! Nice work.

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Wow...looks great. I haven't been really active on the forum here lately and didn't even see this thread until now.

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Just wondering, could I use the power off of the visor mirror light wiring? I am amazed Toyota has lighted visor mirrors, but no home link in my Rav4. Of course, if I was a lady I would expect lighted visor mirrors. My daughter can't ride with me and not look at herself at least once in the mirror!

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Just wondering, could I use the power off of the visor mirror light wiring? I am amazed Toyota has lighted visor mirrors, but no home link in my Rav4. Of course, if I was a lady I would expect lighted visor mirrors. My daughter can't ride with me and not look at herself at least once in the mirror!
Yes, I was thinking of doing that. But you would have to flip the visor down, then slide open the mirror cover to turn on the light and power the Homelink. Unless you wired it up ahead of the switch so it would be powered at all times.

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Yep, I will just tap into the power wire ahead of the switch for the vanity lights.

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Yes, I was thinking of doing that. But you would have to flip the visor down, then slide open the mirror cover to turn on the light and power the Homelink. Unless you wired it up ahead of the switch so it would be powered at all times.

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Thanks for the post JuneBug. I plan on using the same homelink module in the same year/trim RAV4. Can you post the details of where & how you tapped into power, what you used to make the connections, and any other details on the finish of the install (i.e. any glue necessary, etc.)? I'd like to make a list of parts necessary before I start the job. Any info on how you switched the LED colors from green to amber would be great, too. Thanks.
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