Mostly since I haven't had a chance to play with my new soldering gun yet and wanted to try something different, I figured why not switch the switches?
Here's the basic differences, The stock (EATON) is from the 20th century, the new hotness(ALPS) is from the 21st century
Before anyone asks or critiques, there are
horizontal lock switches available in this style. Unfortunately I had to settle temporarily because the vehicles I can source them from always have their door panel assemblies MIA. But the pinout is the same when I do find a pair and I still think it looks better, sideways or not.
I started with the window switch. Nothing too fancy, I just used in line splices from the pigtails and redid my horrid amateurish soldering job I did way back when I first installed the autodowns (2006!!!). All the splices are under the bundle, insulated with two layers of cloth friction tape and electrical tape.
Pinned the motor backwards accidentally at first (up was down, down was up) but in my defense, I didn't have an EVTM for these new switches, so I still call it an instant success and it took literally 30 seconds to fix.
As you can see, I moved right on to the lock switch pigtail.
Can you see the inline splice?
Of course you can't. It's at the terminal!
Been wanting to try this forever since individual terminals for specialty connectors like this are virtually unobtainable, I figured soldering the wire directly to the old ones would work perfect so long as it still fit the connector body.
Wires all done. No drama. No flipped wires. No gremlins at all.
Of course there was the matter of mounting the switches to the base. I ground down their stock clips and secured them with pieces of ABS and the original hold down screws.
Most work for the most subtle change I've ever done? Not even close, sadly lol
There's a certain extra quality to the look and even the feel/sound these make when you press them so I'll enjoy them and call it worthwhile. Little bs things like this I tend to like more than some of the big things I've done.
Part II (driver side) tomorrow.