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post #1 of 12 Old 01-09-2012, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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Remote control windshield light

what i want to do but havent yet started any sketches for is to take the motor and switch from a car mirror and mount it to the drivers side windshield light.

has anyone done this before and any suggestions and ideas would be appreciated.

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post #2 of 12 Old 01-09-2012, 05:21 PM
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i wouldent see why it wouldent work, might have issues with weight and wind resistance pushing the light a certain way how are you planning to mount? personally i would try to mount with the light putting as little leverage as possable on the motor.

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im thinking of a U shaped bracket the has a motor inside of it that attaches to windshield bracket and has the light mounted on top of it and the motor spins the bracket that the light is attached to
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The stepper motor and a zoom switch the i took off a video camera:
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very interesting idea I would love to see how this turns out. What about a window motor? seems to me that youll need two motors one for up down one for side side I would think a mirror wouldnt go side to side up and down sure but wheres the side to side

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I was going to do this i would scrounge around the junkyards and find a powered mirror from something an F250...mine has them and it will adjust everyway you can think of,up,down,side to side,just get the switch and motor and the lil harness that comes with it..this way you'll have full adjustment all around and plus the motors in them i would imagine are sealed from weather since they just sit inside a plastice box in the mirror...

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and thats a GREATt idea..there's been many a times i was runnin the long back stretch of roads here in Ga and wishing i could adjust them on the fly looking for deer on the sides of the road way ahead............

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Interested to see how this turns out!

I just installed some A Pillar Police lights on my XJ for this same reason of adjustability.
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I was going to do this i would scrounge around the junkyards and find a powered mirror from something an F250...mine has them and it will adjust everyway you can think of,up,down,side to side,just get the switch and motor and the lil harness that comes with it..this way you'll have full adjustment all around and plus the motors in them i would imagine are sealed from weather since they just sit inside a plastice box in the mirror...

Just a thought......

and thats a GREATt idea..there's been many a times i was runnin the long back stretch of roads here in Ga and wishing i could adjust them on the fly looking for deer on the sides of the road way ahead............
i decided to not to use a door mirror motor because i didnt think it would give me the full 180 degree rotation i wanted
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Might want to check a lil closer into those power mirror motors,if i run mine all the way to one side the motor still runs but the mirror kind of clicks like its just slipping on some kind ratcheting system

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At a stop or while crawling slowly the motors should hold fine. I'd highly recommend you have whatever spotlight pointed down or at least where the back teardrop area is facing forward for highway driving. We had an entire fleet of inoperable motorized spotlights from the wind catching them and flopping them back. I've seen motorized ones on boats that work great, but for some reason (likely do to smaller size availability) car ones seem to break easily. I think the best or at least easiest to use are the old standard pillar mounted light with the handle inside the cab.

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At a stop or while crawling slowly the motors should hold fine. I'd highly recommend you have whatever spotlight pointed down or at least where the back teardrop area is facing forward for highway driving. We had an entire fleet of inoperable motorized spotlights from the wind catching them and flopping them back. I've seen motorized ones on boats that work great, but for some reason (likely do to smaller size availability) car ones seem to break easily. I think the best or at least easiest to use are the old standard pillar mounted light with the handle inside the cab.
i have thought about this and im thinking of putting a solenoid to lock it into holes that a drilled in the windshield bracket at desired positions
(the purpose of the second hole on the back of the bracket on the picture of sketch)
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I would use small power window motors and mount it on the bumper. Ive had to repair a bunch of power mirrors working with GM over the last 30 years and I don't think they would hold the load very long.
So here's my idea.
Mount the motor in a small box to the light housing, lay it on its side. This will be your "up/down". Mount the next motor/box under. This will be your "side to side"
Mount the whole thing in the center of your front bumper. Add something to cradle the light when not in use (face down onto a stop or ledge)
The problem with my idea is the side to side motor is carrying a bit of a load. Possibly reinforce the box it's in and use a bearing on the shaft.
The easy way would be go buy the ones they mount on the top of motor homes (probably the same mentioned earlier for boats)
This idea just got added to my never ending list of things to build for my Jeep.
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