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Old 09-29-2010, 03:07 PM
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this might be a stupid question, but i'm going to ask it anyway...
i've done some searching and can't come to a clear answer if my 98 prelude has a remote trunk release feature built into the key fob. i have the standard remote from the factory with the unlock, lock, and panic buttons, as well as black button that i think used to say "option" on it. i just bought the car a couple months ago and noticed that whenever i have to use the trunk, i have the put the key in it, and open it manually unless i use the lever on the driver's side floor. is there anyway to program the option button to open the trunk?? and does the trunk have a solenoid to support this feature in the first place?
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Re: Remote Trunk Release

no its dose not have this feature, there is not solenoid for the trunk. however you can purchase a solenoid from different web sites for cheap and hook it up, then run the wire to your option button on the key fub module.
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Re: Remote Trunk Release

No, annoyingly the Prelude never came with a remote trunk release function. TBH it pisses me (and many others) off that a car that was $50k brand new lacked many features that a base model ($28k) large sedan comes with - things like aluminum door sills, lumbar support in the seats, headlights that switch off when you take the key out etc.

Anyways, a local boy was pissed off enough to do something about it.

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Firstly, I grabbed a set of 4 self-contained car door solenoids. They come in a pack from most stores that sell car sound systems, along with some places like Repco, and JB HiFi (if it’s one with a car sound section.) The ones that I opted for cost me about $45 for a set of 4 plus the triggering device.

Once I’d spent more than half an hour figuring out how I wanted to mount it, run the wires etc. I got to work. Firstly, I had to dig out my car alarm system, which was located in the area near the driver’s side fuse box kick panel. Once that was all exposed, I found the triggering wires, a 12v supply and a good ground point. These were all soldered up to the triggering box (which was the part that came with the solenoids) and the whole lot heat-shrunk and wrapped with electrical tape to prevent short circuits and keep moisture out.

From there, I soldered on extensions to the solenoid. It had 5 wires – 2 power and 3 signal. Each one has to be at least 6m long to allow it to run the length of your car plus your boot lid. After heat-shrinking all the solder joins, I added crimping lugs between the leads and the solenoid, leaving about 6 inches of wire before the lug on the solenoid. This is so that if I ever have trouble with the solenoid, I don’t have to go through the hassle of pulling out all the cables. Then the whole lot was neatly bundled up and ¾” pieces of heat-shrink put on every 6” or so to keep the 5 wires together neatly.

From there, I threaded the whole 6m of wire through a hole in the boot lid underside where several other cables also run. This takes a little patience to get right but is necessary. From there, the cables are run down the boot lid support, under the boot liner, past the rear shock tower, under the rear seat paneling, under the driver’s side door sill and up to the kick panel. This is time consuming but necessary to create a neat job. You’ll notice if you do it that there are already a bundle of wires under the door sill, they are for brake lights, tail lights, indicators etc.

After that exciting job *cough cough* the wires for the solenoid were soldered and heat-shrunk to the triggering unit. It was all then tucked away nicely under the dash with cable ties.

After that, I fitted the solenoid to the boot lid with some metal brackets and stainless steel nuts and bolts. A custom bent metal rod had to also be made to twist around to reach the existing release rod in the trunk lid. This take some trial and error, it was the 4th rod that I made that was a success.

The whole process took me about 4.5 hours. If you want to attempt it, you’ll need an aftermarket alarm that supports trunk release (which mine did.) If you already have a soldering iron, the cost of materials to make this is under $50.

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this might be a stupid question, but i'm going to ask it anyway...
i've done some searching and can't come to a clear answer if my 98 prelude has a remote trunk release feature built into the key fob. i have the standard remote from the factory with the unlock, lock, and panic buttons, as well as black button that i think used to say "option" on it. i just bought the car a couple months ago and noticed that whenever i have to use the trunk, i have the put the key in it, and open it manually unless i use the lever on the driver's side floor. is there anyway to program the option button to open the trunk?? and does the trunk have a solenoid to support this feature in the first place?
You can get a Accord "trunk opener" model number 08e49-s84-100h and install it then hook up a 3rd party alarm to open the trunk. Gives it an OEM fill instead of the solenoid that have to be mounted.

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Re: Remote Trunk Release

i wanna do this lmfaooo does anyone on here have it and have pics?
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hahah thanks guys...guess i wasn't the only one annoyed by this
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i wanna do this lmfaooo does anyone on here have it and have pics?
What do you need pictures of ? The trunk popper?
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Re: Remote Trunk Release

like if they have a DIY, if they have pics
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Re: Remote Trunk Release

Its really simple. You unbolt your latch, install accord latch that you order from honda. You connect relay that comes with latch and run a wire to an alarm system. Good thing about is you still can use the manual trunk popper next to the driver seat too... Thats pretty much how simple it is.

Relay Wiring:
#1: 12V constant (don't use + from alarm)
#2: trunk/aux on alarm brain (-)
#3: 12V constant (don't use + from alarm)
#5: Trunk wire



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Unlike the instructions I left the relay in my trunk hidden away under open areas by the latch.

There are better guides if you Google for them.. Accord Trunk Popper Prelude will give you hundreds of results. I can't find one with pictures but I know it exist because I had seen it once.
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and its cheap too first gotta get me an alarm then do this in a couple of weeks
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and its cheap too first gotta get me an alarm then do this in a couple of weeks
I have a ScyTek Galaxy: comes with 2 remotes 1 color 1 analog, remote start, trunk, window roll up, alarm, GPS connection option with service fee, onboard temp sensor, and all kinda extras.

I'd suggest any alarm you install that you do it in an area not easily accessible by a thief and buy a back up battery for alarms in case they get under the hood, the alarm still has power to keep ignition off and still annoy them with sound.

I've read about some people who install it behind air ducts, door panels, trunk, seats, center columns, etc. JUST NOT UNDER THE STEERING WHEEL I won't tell where I put mine, however a hint is you wouldn't find it unless you stripped the car.

The relay is in the area by the popper in my pictures, the wires run through the existing wire protector as pictured all the way to the alarm unit. Pretty much looks like it belongs there...
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Re: Remote Trunk Release

i just replaced my stock trunk actuator with a new accord one for the ability to have remote access to the trunk. i have a couple questions now though...

1. There is a two-pronged connector that plugged into the stock unit and also plugs into the accord unit. What is the purpose of that connection?

2. There is a blue wire coming off the accord unit. What is that for?

3. I am having a Viper 5901 alarm/remote start/keyless entry installed. Will I need the relay that came with the accord unit? Is it possible to have the trunk release work with the factory Honda key fob that has an auxiliary button that is not programmed to do anything as of right now?

I am also installing two gas struts to literally pop the trunk open once the trunk release is activated. Can I get rid of the torsion bars that hold the trunk in the open position once the struts are installed? Is there any benefit to doing so?
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Was interested in this. Not only is there no trunk pop for my car but the trunk lock on my car is seized so i have to open it with the latch which is a pain in the ass sometimes.
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Ok i have the answer to #2 which is the 12V power wire for the new actuator.
Still don't know the answer to #1 and #3 though...any help is greatly appreciated
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any way to get this done on a 4th gen?
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Re: Remote Trunk Release

Also, does anyone have a diagram or know where to find one for wiring the relay that came with the accord trunk actuator? And is there a pigtail or connector made to plug into the relay?
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Its really simple. You unbolt your latch, install accord latch that you order from honda. You connect relay that comes with latch and run a wire to an alarm system. Good thing about is you still can use the manual trunk popper next to the driver seat too... Thats pretty much how simple it is.

Relay Wiring:
#1: 12V constant (don't use + from alarm)
#2: trunk/aux on alarm brain (-)
#3: 12V constant (don't use + from alarm)
#5: Trunk wire
Is there a recommended place to run the 12V constant wires for #1 and #3 to? Like is there a positive junction box under the hood that everyone runs them to, or do you tap into an existing wire somewhere?
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