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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 26-09-2005, 21:14 Thread Starter
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Question Automatic boot release

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Has anybody fitted this Ebay boot release to their car?
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If yes, was it money well spent or steer clear?

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I think that link is bad, takes me to Mr Gates site.
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Sorry Pete.

I'll try again in a mo.
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Very close Chris, but I meant this one.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Electric-Boot-...QQcmdZViewItem

I hope the link works this time!!
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Yup, I've got this kit. The B&G one is a much tidyer (SP?) install but this one certainly does the trick. You'll need a relay as well really as the solenoid takes quite a thump of current. Well worth the money though.
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Thanks Phil

It does seem good value for money including P&P.

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It looks a lot like the kit I bought. As Phil said, not as tidy as the B&G one, but when the boots down....... I fitted mine without a relay, and yes, it could do with one really, sometime, one day, perhaps, maybe.
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..As Phil said, not as tidy as the B&G one, but when the boots down.......
One thing to keep an eye on though. The mounting plate for the solenoid screws into place using self tappers. mine has worked its way loose now and is ready to fall off. Now this may be due to my rotton boot lid being worse than I thought, but just thought I would mention it.
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One thing to keep an eye on though. The mounting plate for the solenoid screws into place using self tappers. mine has worked its way loose now and is ready to fall off. Now this may be due to my rotton boot lid being worse than I thought, but just thought I would mention it.
Phil,Ive found that most of the self tappers on my TF work loose!Thats why Ive been round them all with some liquid threadlock.Works a treat.
Just a thought.
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I'll probably go for the kit Chris highlighted as this is a UK supplier with no stipulation on what days there willing to deliver. I'll think I'll get hold of a relay and some threadlock. Hopefully that'll stop me having to revisit my handywork.Has anyone thought about using one of the redundant switch spaces on their fascia panel? i.e next to the fog switch. Security shouldnt be a problem as it can be wired to operate on the ignition keyswitch. Or is using one of these switches a no, no due to someone inadvertantly pressing the button at 70mph.
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Yes I was thinking about fitting using a consol switch I think a rear fog light switch should do it with it wired up so it only operates with the hand brake on (to prevent operation when the car is moving) and the ignition on, with a hidden emergency button for that time the keys are in the boot. The alternative is the Maplin remote controlled relay that I found last week.

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I'll probably go for the kit Chris highlighted as this is a UK supplier with no stipulation on what days there willing to deliver. I'll think I'll get hold of a relay and some threadlock. Hopefully that'll stop me having to revisit my handywork.Has anyone thought about using one of the redundant switch spaces on their fascia panel? i.e next to the fog switch. Security shouldnt be a problem as it can be wired to operate on the ignition keyswitch. Or is using one of these switches a no, no due to someone inadvertantly pressing the button at 70mph.
Best thing is to wire it in to the ignition and handbrake circuit. That avoids the 70mph issue. There is no reason why you couldn't use a spare switch. You could get the right kind of switch from a local dealer but I'm not sure which one you'd need. It would have to be a live while pressed switch rather than a one press on/another press off type switch. Hope that makes sense.
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I'll probably go for the kit Chris highlighted as this is a UK supplier with no stipulation on what days there willing to deliver......
thats the kit I fitted, with help from Chris
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Thanks everyone for all the info,especially Chris.Ive been thinking about this for a while now.I wanted to use a swicth on the console too,but wired up so only live when the ignitions off.
Not worried about anyone finding it out as all thieving gits are dumbasses.
But I do like the idea of the remote.Oh decisions decisions.......
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Phil i have a spare boot lid sitting in me Garage - i went the Tf lid route


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PS MOT-ED her on Saturday and she is gonna be at Gaydon
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Phil i have a spare boot lid sitting in me Garage - i went the Tf lid route


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PS MOT'ED her on Saturday and she is gonna be at Gaydon
Great news Daz, glad the old girl made it through the MOT. Looking forward to seeing her at Gaydon.

Think I'm gonna go the TF bootlid route myself actually mate, thanks for the offer though.
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