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Old 05-23-2007, 07:48 AM   #1
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How to make working push-buttons from the blank pieces

Blank Button Mod
Modify the blank switch buttons like this.
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I looked around the web, and there are a lot of spare switches to be found, ranging in price from about $45, to $100.
Being a bit more resourceful, and daring, I decided to make my own switches from the blank button fillers.
I removed the ceneter console switch panel, and removed the blank button cover.


They are easy to release.


I used a Dremel tool to slice off the top of the blank button, slicing about mid-way along the egde.




I used a small push button on a circuit board to form the button base. I got this from some old used scrap electronics.
I used the Dremel to cut away the PCB, and fitted it to the back of the button bezel. It slides in nicely over 2 bosses in the plastic after cutting 2 notches in the PCB. Epoxy cement holds it in place.




I glued the top of the false button onto the plastic housing of the switch, leaving room for switch travel.




Here's a shot of the completed garage door opener button in place.


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Old 05-23-2007, 07:56 AM   #2
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Very nice. I know you can find those type of electic on/off switches at your local radio shack too. I did the same mod for my extra set of fog lights.
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nice job - very well documented and informative.
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thx dude, thats an awesome write up
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That's awesome, but aren't the stock switches flat not curved?
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I hate to bump an old thread, but could you update the pictures. I would like to try this mod.
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pics work fine for me
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Nice work! I likey.
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Thanks, it must the new Safari 3 browser.
This beta version is horrible.
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I don't think that's it. There appears to be a DNS or server availability issue with where the pictures are hosted. When I try
http://jbipes.home.comcast.net/jpgs/boxster/switchconsole.jpg

I'm told my ISP (interestingly enough, comcast as well) can't locate the server.
If I try enough times, it eventually works. For instance, I couldn't see the pix myself,
but when I started this reply they actually appeared in the thread below. Go figure.

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Thanks, it must the new Safari 3 browser.
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Old 08-17-2007, 04:21 PM   #11
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Clem-Clone,
Thanks for this, I just did a couple of blanks in the dash for the onboard computer hack.
One small difference I did. If you can find some short travel pushbuttons you can only cut through about 80% of the blank top leaving the rest as a "hinge".
Keeps everything nicely lined up.

Back to the shadows again.


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