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Rear window switch question/idea

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Pugsley, Sep 8, 2001.

  1. Pugsley

    Pugsley 1/2 ton status

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    My tailgate switch has once again taken the big dirt nap - I have the capability of rolling it up from outside, but not down. Not wanting to undertake changing the #$%* thing again, I came up with an idea - Why even mess with the OEM setup? I could get a piece of aluminum machined into a new bezel, and install a keyed DPDT momentary contact switch and be free and clear of that problem child OEM switch for good. Is there any reason that this wouldn't work?

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    Sounds good, you know they build things to break so they can create more money... We build/ fabricate/ modify/ rejuvinate/ create/ recreate in an attempt to be the baddest mofo's on the planet and have the things we build outlast our childrens children or atleast until the next time we need to fix them[​IMG]besides dudes who build they're own SH!T rock[​IMG]

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    What is the DPDT switch you are talking about? Off topic, what size tubing is your bumpers? I can only afford to get one die with my bender and I've been thinking 1.5" die.

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    ...or how about a keyless entry unit? One button to lock/unlock the doors...the second button (usually for a trunk) to open/close the back window......add a "one touch" unit from Autoloc.....then an alternate action on the pushbutton....push once to open...push again to close....might be cool.

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  5. Pugsley

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    I was thinking of the "coke machine" type switch like used on elevator overrides http://www.lockingsystems.com/SwitchLocks.htm

    BTW - my bumpers are 1.75" OD

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    I thought of that too - I might add it in eventually, but I still have to do something with the existing switch, or it'll drive me bonkers. Ever since I disabled my cruise control, the mere fact that I still have the button that doesn't do anything annoys me to no end. I'm just anal retentive that way[​IMG]

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    I'm lost by the posts, is it ths switch in the dash you are talking about? Mine was toast, its now a toggle , I'm planning on moving it over next to the headlight switch, with two more toggles for my driving lights. The remote entry feature sounds nice, but would just end up with more problems then you have now. The "connector" for the wires in the back was no good either, went and got a trailer wire harness, and switched those, since then, haven't had any problems.

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    I'm talking about the one on the tailgate - I've replaced it twice already, and it's dead again. I figure that I could brew up a replacement setup, and be free of this problem for good.

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    Something to keep in mind is the amp draw the switch sees. The switch is in-line in the circuit, so it sees every amp the window motor pulls (at least on my '87, anyway...). Maybe a relay in the tailgate to handle the electrical load will extend the lifespan of the switch...??

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