Join Date: Apr 2010
Ferrari Life Posts: 2,200
Chris, the remote trunk opener was an idea that Dave (Ferraridriver) and I hatched a few years ago because we were tired of not being able to lift the trunk lid remotely. It just shouldn't be this way on a car that cost $250K when new.
Basically our solution consists of:
1. A new rolling code 4 channel remote receiver and sets of fobs (there are many available, but it should be the "momentary" contact type)
2. We mounted an "original" fob in a box with the new remote receiver, and wired Channel 1 of the receiver to the fob so it would "actuate" the same circuit as the pushbutton. This box was then mounted in the 3rd brake light enclosure, where it was out of sight, but still could receive radio transmission very easily.
3. We located the wire that actuates the trunk solenoid and opens the trunk lid, and spliced into it (using correct connectors) and brought +12 to it via Channel 2 of the new receiver.
4. We then setup a normal garage door opener/closer mechanism on Channel 3 so that we could open/close our garage doors with the system
5. We were considering using Channel 4 of the new receiver to open the outer fuel lid, which is another small annoyance we had about these cars, but neither of us have done this yet.
So, Channel 1 of the new system arms/disarms the car as the original fobs did, Channel 2 opens the trunk lid, and Channel 3 opens/closes the garage door, and there is still another channel available for remote control of other things - perhaps disarming a house alarm system, etc.
The old Ferrari fobs will still work to arm/disarm the car, and the new fobs will work to arm/disarm the car, plus all the above. It's a very clean and neat solution we think, plus it has greater range than the old solution. We are able to actuate the new system from 25-30 meters away.
'99 550, Rosso Corsa / Nero, S/N:114654, Assy: 31836, Engine: 52084
High mileage, low compression, and missing on a few cylinders.....just like my cars.
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