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Old 05-12-2017, 06:35 PM   #1
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Default F-150 Mirror Upgrade

There is a plethora of temporary tow mirror solutions out there. I have about decided that I don't like any of them. All have their shortcomings, vibration, potential theft, damage to finish of the vehicle, can't see what you're looking at, and so on.

The mirrors that come with the F-250 are way better.

So I got on E-bay and for $139 (free shipping) found a set of after-market copies of the F-250 mirrors. There are videos on YouTube about how to get the door panels off/on to install the mirrors. It took me 35 minutes, each side, start to finish.

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1. Like a new pair of glasses, it takes a bit to get used to them, but you can see so much more. The convex part on each side adds so much even to just daily driving.
2. They come with "Puddle Lights" but unless you currently have puddle lights they're not going to work. At least not on my truck.
3. They don't have the auto extend/retract feature.
4. If you watch the YouTube videos you'll understand how to r/r the door panel. Every video out there has the socket sizes wrong. You'll need a nice SAE/metric 1/4" drive socket set and a couple of slotted screwdrivers and a pair of pliers. That's all. A helper is nice but I did mine by myself.
5. None of the videos will tell you to roll down the windows before you start. I will tell you. Roll down the windows before you start, as you will need to reach through the open window to hold the mirror while you bolt it in place.
6. They do not have the auto day/night feature the original F-150 mirrors had. I think I'm going to miss that.

Your "mileage may vary" - this is a 2007 truck, the mirrors you will need and door panel instructions depend on your truck.

For the cost, about twice that of good "add on" mirrors, you can have permanent, real mirrors that won't vibrate, fall of or get stolen. If it takes 10 minutes to install clip ons each trip, you'll have made your time up in 6 trips.

They take a day or two to get used to, but you can see so much more. Almost like information overload. Towing, and backing in, just got a lot easier.
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Old 05-12-2017, 07:58 PM   #2
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Puddle Light Update...

Turns out the puddle lights DO work... and least the one on the drivers side. Looks like the passenger side is going to need a little trouble shooting.
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OK, I give up. What the Sam Hill is a puddle light?
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OK, I give up. What the Sam Hill is a puddle light?
It's a little light fixture on the underside of the rear view mirror that gives a small "puddle" of light on the ground or the side of the vehicle. It comes on with the other lights when you lock or unlock the vehicle with your remote.

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Oh. To keep you from stepping in unseen puddles?
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I wish I had the turn signal on the front of the mirror. But that vintage isn't compatible with my truck. Oh well.
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I wish I had the turn signal on the front of the mirror. Oh well.
I'm having difficulty imagining a reason to wish for that.
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Well, I give up on making the puddle light work. I removed the lamp assembly from the mirror, verified the bulb was good, verified I had a circuit from the little plug to the bulb.

Also verified there is no 12 volts getting to the lamp assembly. Probably a defect in the mirror. Not willing to pull the door panel off again just to find out. I really didn't expect either one to work since the original mirror didn't have puddle lights.

Everything else works. I guess this sort of thing is to be expected when you pay $139 for something that should cost $450.
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Mirror update:

Had some periodontal surgery this week. Let Sweet Wife drive the truck to do errands as it said plainly on the side of the hydrocodone bottle DO NOT DRIVE in big letters.

We got hungry, decided Captain D's would be easy enough to chew. And now there is Captain D Yellow paint all over my new drivers side mirror. I just knew I should have driven, anyway.

I like my truck. I really, really like my truck. But I like her even more so I didn't say much about it.
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And now there is Captain D Yellow paint all over my new drivers side mirror. I just knew I should have driven, anyway.
Yellow paint on the mirror is much better than blood on the pavement. When the bottle says "don't drive", don't drive.

If it's just a bit of house paint on the mirror, and you don't have any rubbing compound, try a damp rag and toothpaste. Any brand. Works well for polishing headlight lenses, too.
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