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Guide: Electric boot and fuel flap Release

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Gut too big to reach the boot release lever?

Hands always full smoking cigarettes at the petrol station?

Disappointed you can't operate your car using pelvic thrusts?

 

Then look no further than to Mitsubishi for solutions.

 

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Difficulty = 7

Where 0 is stancing your Silvia, and 10 is avoiding trees at slow speed.

 

Time Required = 7 hours at a casual pace

 

Tools Required

  • 2x Mitsubishi Magna glovebox boot release buttons
  • 1x Aftermarket central locking actuator (can be slave or master)
  • 1000x20x3mm flat steel bar
  • 90 degree galvanised steel bracket from Bunnings
  • Falcon fuel release pull-cord (not installed in this guide, but all you do is run it through an eyelet on the chassis, then through the fuel latch)
  • Mig welder
  • Angle grinder
  • Drill
  • Various metric drill bits
  • Mitsubishi Magna electric boot release motor and cable
  • Light gauge wire
  • Miscellaneous bolts and nuts
  • Washers or ring terminals for wiring
  • Heatshrink tubing

Usage

  • Not cutting your brand new carpet
  • Opening the boot or fuel flap without opening your door to gain access to the lever
  • Automating your boot release with Alarm systems
  • Winning

Process (Boot Release)

Step 1. Test your Magna boot release motor using the car battery

 

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Step 2. Install the Magna release cable and test fit the bracket

 

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Step 3. Bend and cut the braket to cover the point at which the plastic retainer on the release cable should be positioned, to allow proper movement of the latch

 

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Step 4. Drill a hole and cut a 'V' channel into it, to allow the plastic retainer on the release cable to be inserted and held in place

 

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Step 5. Drill holes in the bracket and chassis, then bolt in place

 

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Step 6. Run the release cable over to the driver's tail light, then back past the latch to the passenger shock tower

 

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Step 7. Drill holes and bolt the motor to the passenger shock tower

 

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Step 8. Use a razor knife to enlarge blank holes on the plastic S15 trim below the gauge cluster, then install the Magna boot relase button.

 

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Step 9. Solder Accessories power into the button, then from the button to the motor, then to ground. Test the motor wires to confirm the push/pull direction.

 

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Process (Fuel Release)

Step 1. Remove the fuel latch

 

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Step 2. Mount the latch and central locking actuator on a board of wood, and adjust the positioning to establish full retraction without undue load

 

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Step 3. Cut some flat steel bar and mount it either side of the actuator, to ensure even clamping force

 

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Step 4. Cut some flat steel bar and bend it 90 degrees, then twist one side 90 degrees to make it perpendicular to the other

 

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Step 5. Weld the twisted side of the 90 degree bar to one of the bars bolted to the actuator

 

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Step 6. Modify the latch bracket by cutting off the main pull cable mount, and the prongs on the rotating lever. Drill a hole in the trailing end of the rotating lever, install a bolt facing away from the spring, then bolt it in place.

 

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Step 7. Run the bolt through the central locking actuator's hole, and hold it in place using double-nuts, to ensure the plunger can rotate easily. The orientation of the actuator is such that the plunger must be located between the chassis and latch spring, with the solenoid facing towards the passenger side.

 

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Step 8. Attach the 90 degree bracket to the top of the actuator

 

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Step 9. Install the fuel latch, then drill holes in the chassis to bolt the actuator in a position that allows complete movement without undue load.

 

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Step 10. Use a razor knife to enlarge blank holes on the plastic S15 trim below the gauge cluster, then install the second Magna boot relase button. Carefully sand off the boot icon to ensure clarify.

 

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Step 11. Solder Accessories power into the button, then from the button to the solenoid, then to ground. Test the solenoid wires to confirm the push/pull direction.

 

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Edited by pmod
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