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    Rear Door Popper Question...Again

    I know that I've seen a couple of threads on this, but I am in the middle of the rear door popper install and I was wondering if y'all (hey I'm from the South) could help me out.

    I've already gotten the pin switch connected to the interior light, and that works just fine. My problem is mounting the actual solenoid/pulley assembly. I know someone asked about this just recently, but I couldn't see the images of JohnnyApollo's set-up. Could someone repost the links? Also, how does the rigid wire thingy (very technical term) connect to the door release mechanism? I stared at it for a while last night, but couldn't quite figure it out.

    The other big thing is the wiring for the factory switch. I've clipped a pigtail for the factory switch out of a salvage yard Rodeo, but does anyone know what wire goes where to make it work like a factory job? I've seen Moncha's diagram for the back of the switch, but I'm still a little confused.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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    If you have my CD that I include with all shipments, the install instructions with pictures are on there. I can send you the pdf of it later this afternoon.

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    Tone,

    I did print out your instructions, and I'll check on the CD again, but the pictures that I saw never said how to connect the rigid wire end to the door release mechanism. From the looks of the pictures where you have the solenoid and the pulley mounted means that the wire from the solenoid has to move a little perpendicular to the pulley to get back to the release mechanism. Is that the case? If so, is there any issue with the wire jumping off of the pulley as it goes up and back out of the solenoid to the pulley, and then down and back from the pulley to the release mechanism?

    Thanks for the help. So far the instructions, and the kit, have been very helpful and easy to install.

    See you on the 15th for the Zuvoy!!

    Mark

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    The pic shows the pin layout for the factory switch.. The black text tells what function the pin serves.. eg. On Indicator (slit) is the internat light that comes on if the door is ajar or dashlights, the light in the switch that turns on when the dashlights turn on....

    The red text tells where the leads need to be hooked to.
    (The "pin switch/ground" one is for a second pin switch that will light the "On Indicator" when the rear door is ajar.. If you hook it to the regular "overhead light" pin switch, the "On Indicator" light will come on whenever ANY light comes on, making this an option)

    Any other ???'s
    Scott / moncha.com

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    I assume (you know what that means! ) the kit you have is similar to mine. You want to bolt the solenoid inside the door several inches above the latch/lock mechanism.





    You need to drill a hole through the bar that actuates the latch.



    I don't remeber the size of the bit, but keep it small. Start the hole with a nailset or center-punch so the drill bit doesn't walk on you. put the cable through, loop it back towards the solenoid, and clamp the two ends together. You may have to adjust the tension of the cable a few times to get the desired result.

    Hope this helps.

    Brian
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    BBVX's way looks good too without the pulley or the solid wire hook that comes in the kit (it should have had instructions for it on a separate piece of paper). I only saw the part about the pulley but if you look at some of the pictures, I thought the rigid wire thing was shown. The hook hooks under the latch mechanism, the cable it attached to the rigid wire thingy with the attached screw and clamp. The cable runs up from the solenoid, over the pulley, and then hooks under the latch mechanism. The you adjust either the pulley or the cable length until the cable is almost taught. If the VX is off, it typically takes two pushes of the release button to open the door fully. When running, it only takes one due to additional current flowing through the system. I spent an hour adjusting and adjusting until I figured that one out.

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    Ok - I have read everything I can get my hands on and I STILL can't figure out this factory fog light switch. WHY IS THIS STUMPING ME?!! (Wait, don't answer that!) I have studied the diagram, played with this thing with a multi-meter and dash wires for longer than I care to admit... and it still doesn't make sense to me. The only conclusion is that it must be a negative ground / trigger type of switch... or would that be positve... Seems opposite of what I need.

    I am trying to wire up a set of Hella Black Magics that I have mounted. As per the wiring they came with, I'll be using a standard 12V relay. The switching mechanism will be a 12V trigger from a 12V tap off of the high-beam side of the headlights. HOW DO I MAKE THIS WORK WITH THE FACTORY (fog light) SWITCH, I ASK YOU? : )
    Please... someone?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Lightbulb

    Quote Originally Posted by Amnesia
    Ok - I have read everything I can get my hands on and I STILL can't figure out this factory fog light switch. WHY IS THIS STUMPING ME?!! (Wait, don't answer that!) I have studied the diagram, played with this thing with a multi-meter and dash wires for longer than I care to admit... and it still doesn't make sense to me. The only conclusion is that it must be a negative ground / trigger type of switch... or would that be positve... Seems opposite of what I need.

    I am trying to wire up a set of Hella Black Magics that I have mounted. As per the wiring they came with, I'll be using a standard 12V relay. The switching mechanism will be a 12V trigger from a 12V tap off of the high-beam side of the headlights. HOW DO I MAKE THIS WORK WITH THE FACTORY (fog light) SWITCH, I ASK YOU? : )
    Please... someone?

    Thanks in advance!
    Ummm...Maybe there's no current to your scource until the high beams are on ?
    Just a "maybe".

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    I'm looking for a PDF of the Tone (RIP) install instructions for the rear door popper. Any one have one that they can post or email me? Thanks.
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    Earl, I think I may have one tucked away somewhere. Let me look on my "Tone" disc at home and see what I can dig up.

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    Found it!

    See attached file.VX Rear Door Release Instructions.pdf At least I hope that works. Not sure if the document attachment is working on the site now. If it doesn't work shoot me your email address and I'll get it to you that way.

    That CD that Tone sent is a wealth of information. I've got all kinds of stuff on there that I forgot about. Actually have the entire workshop manual in digital, searchable, form. If anyone needs ANYTHING let me know and I'll find it.

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    That worked...thanks so much. Do you have anything that shows a more specific mount on the pulley or do you have the pics of the parts that came with his kit? Thanks again.

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    Let me look through the CD tonight to see if there are any other pictures. I seem to remember there being some additional information because I had the same question(s) that you do. I know there is a picture of the items in the kit that I can get to you.
    If it comes down to it I can take a picture of the popper installed in my VX and get that to you.
    Stay tuned....

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    Thanks...I have pics of the one that I installed on my Dragon when we both lived in CO. I just want to make sure I'm not missing something before I get started.

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    Got caught up in New Year's festivities (like going to bed before midnight) and didn't get a chance to search the CD. I'll look through it tonight and let you know what I find.

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