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Side view mirror mod

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  1. cwol97401

    cwol97401 FEOA Member

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    Has anyone disassembled the side view mirrors on a third gen? I would like to put some puddle lamps and maybe a turn signal repeater in the back of the housing. When I pull the glass off, it appears to be a sealed unit. When I took the assembly off of the door, it seems to be clipped together but I don't want to ruin it by prying it apart.
    Any suggestions?

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    As far as I know the way to get to the inner workings is to remove the mirror. Not sure how to do that without breaking anything. Maybe a trip to the junkyard is in order to practice".

    If I remember correctly, once you get the mirror off there are some screws that attach the inner workings to the shell. Once you get that off you should be able to install the puddle lamp.

    John
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    I was able to get the shell apart but not really enough room to put in some puddle lights unless I surface mount them, which is opposite of what I want.
    Once the back cover is off (clips pried out from access holes behind the glass) there seems to be no way to get into the motor compartment without breaking things

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    What if you modified the mount stem with another mirror that already has a puddle light?

    John
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    I'll have to go on a junk yard trek and look for similar shaped mirrors.
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    Were you ever able to get this to work? Pics?

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    I wonder if you could use a cob strip like the ones I used for the underhood light.

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    I had to go back and search for the pictures of the cob lights you've installed, those would work on the outside mirror if they were bendable. I don't know how short they make those. I'd like to put led arrows behind the mirror glass but they have to be custom made to work right.

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    Instead of an arrow what if you backlight the mirror so the backlight flashes?

    4 3/4" x 1" cob strips. Not sure how bendable they are.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/352249687380

    COB tape?

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    Thought about it... I don't know how much it would glare at night

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    You could cut a section out of the mirror body and insert a custom lens of some sort. When you backlight the mirror the section you cut out and stuck a lens in will also blink. A bright LED would probably be bright enough to see the backlight blink during the day.

    This cold work with a little customization.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/2x-Switchb...725173&hash=item362dca81e4:g:z7oAAOSwHG9as5dz

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