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Old 07-30-2006, 10:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Help installing LED side door mirror covers

Hey folks,

A while ago while going through a "must buy everything on ebay" phase I purchased these LED side door mirrors (covers)..

I initially just put them over the current mirror and it didn't fit right/was way too bulky etc which is what I expected..

From what I understand and the seller tells me I need to remove the mirror 'cover' and I believe it's then that I put these new LED covers on?

I just am finding it hard how I am supposed to remove the current mirror covers.. I can't seem to find a latch point or anything that will allow them to come free. I realise I then feed the wire through the internals of the mirror and then feed it through and it just wires into the blinker signal (the led blinkers will draw next to no current, correct?)

I only just got a service before I purchased these and don't really want to spend half a day going to my mechanic and getting him to do it for me if its an easy task. Even if I can get the covers physically mounted myself and leave the wiring to him that will make me a happy man.

The covers are curved and from the looks of them if they go over the top of the mirror and the current cover isn't there they will fit quite well and not look out of place or anything like that.

Any help is appreciated.


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Old 07-30-2006, 02:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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the mirror assemblies come off with three bolts, which are accessed on the inside of the door behind trim panels.
the entire mirror will drop with the springy base thing.
i never yanked off the glass to see what the inside looked like, so im not sure if its an easy cover swap..
tell us if it goes on correct tho... those would look cool on my car, painted tho

edit: i just noticed the double sided tape
i guess you just slap it on to your mirror and drive
hehe, take some pictures after you install it
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Old 07-31-2006, 08:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Definately post some pics when you are done. Would like to know how it looks.

I would have to drill it on if I got a pair . Too many stick fingers around
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Old 08-01-2006, 12:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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true about the stick plates

ii had my cusomised numberplates stolen the other week cositng me $45 to replace etc and 2-4weeks to be made sucks
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Old 08-01-2006, 06:29 AM   #5 (permalink)
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When Mercedes switched to painted W124 mirror covers, the covers became removeable. Cars older than that, not.
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i took the screws out and got the miiror to come off however i couldn't find a way to get the actual end (front end of the car) mirror cover off..

maybe these covers are just meant to go over the orignial mirrors and you aren't meant to remove the covers.. but from the sounds of it the original cover it meant to come off .. it doesn't fit and is too bulky otherwise
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I've just installed exactly the same turn signal mirrors last month, and documented all the steps with my digital camera : )

You don't take the covers off the old mirrors. These just go over the existing ones with the peel-and-stick (very strong) 3M double-sided tape. That's why they give you a small pointed plastic spatula to peel off the protective cover.

I was afraid that they lwould ook too "blingy" but they look OK (I'll take a picture tomorrow). I understand the seller now sells a paintable version, more in line with the look of the factory signal mirrors in their more recent models. I didn't get chrome wheels, so it kind of balanced out.

The fun part is routing the wires back to underneath the dash, near the steering column, to make the necessary electrical connections. That means I had to learn how to take off both door panels and dash lower pieces. All told I think it took me about 10 hours to figure out how to do everything properly.

Tip: get some 1/4" plastic spiral wrap to protect your wires. It also gives it more stiffness, which really helps in feeding the wires through the door into the car.

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I've just installed exactly the same turn signal mirrors last month, and documented all the steps with my digital camera : )

You don't take the covers off the old mirrors. These just go over the existing ones with the peel-and-stick (very strong) 3M double-sided tape. That's why they give you a small pointed plastic spatula to peel off the protective cover.

I was afraid that they lwould ook too "blingy" but they look OK (I'll take a picture tomorrow). I understand the seller now sells a paintable version, more in line with the look of the factory signal mirrors in their more recent models. I didn't get chrome wheels, so it kind of balanced out.

The fun part is routing the wires back to underneath the dash, near the steering column, to make the necessary electrical connections. That means I had to learn how to take off both door panels and dash lower pieces. All told I think it took me about 10 hours to figure out how to do everything properly.

Tip: get some 1/4" plastic spiral wrap to protect your wires. It also gives it more stiffness, which really helps in feeding the wires through the door into the car.

Eric
Thanks for your help

I tried putting the covers just over the original mirrors this morning but realised as I had forgotten I had tried before that not only do they look oversized and hideously bulky but they don't fit on properly. On each mirror there is a good 2-7mm gap closest to the car side where the cover doesn't fit over. So there's chrome and then you see some of the original white cover... any ideas why ths is happening? Wouldn't have anything to do with that my car is right hand drive and the mirrors are alternated.. bit confusing and annoying to say the least.
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Wouldn't have anything to do with that my car is right hand drive and the mirrors are alternated.. bit confusing and annoying to say the least.
That could very well be the problem.
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they don't fit on properly
Perhaps the part number "BMWMB" is a clue.

BMW and MB mirrors aren't even close to the same.
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