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Old 03-18-2011, 05:24 AM   #1
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Use your mirror monitor for something else...

Hey guys, was going to make a how-to but got deployed to Afghan... maybe when I get back I can edit some of my mistakes and do a decent write up.

No real need for a movie playing in that tiny monitor but it is nice to have my speedo up there!!

























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Old 04-06-2011, 08:06 AM   #3
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that's awesome man. way beyond my capabilities though.
X2

As soon as a saw all the wires I was like ah crap Nevermind.
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Old 04-06-2011, 08:10 AM   #4
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Old 04-06-2011, 08:30 AM   #6
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Old 04-06-2011, 08:34 AM   #7
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Old 04-06-2011, 08:36 AM   #8
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Old 04-06-2011, 09:11 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the feedback guys! I’m feeling a little guilty now though….

Come to find out, the monitor in the mirror is only designed to stay on for five minutes!!!! I assume to prevent it from burning out.

Anyway, the work-around, unfortunately, was to open up the mirror and solder a wire from the +12 VDC reverse signal (which is now being supplied by the relay) to the monitor power lead. This works really well and the monitor will always stay on now!

The only catch is the monitor only requires +3.8 VDC so now it is almost three times brighter. I need a way to step down the 12 volts… any ideas?
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Thanks for all the feedback guys! I’m feeling a little guilty now though….

Come to find out, the monitor in the mirror is only designed to stay on for five minutes!!!! I assume to prevent it from burning out.

Anyway, the work-around, unfortunately, was to open up the mirror and solder a wire from the +12 VDC reverse signal (which is now being supplied by the relay) to the monitor power lead. This works really well and the monitor will always stay on now!

The only catch is the monitor only requires +3.8 VDC so now it is almost three times brighter. I need a way to step down the 12 volts… any ideas?
Dude, I was lost on your first post (anything electrical is gibberish to me) but good luck. I'm sure you'll come up with something. If not, you an always try a hammer. That's what I use.
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Old 04-06-2011, 09:37 AM   #12
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yep, you need a transistor - very similar to this....
http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=355342

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Old 04-06-2011, 09:41 AM   #13
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Old 04-06-2011, 10:59 AM   #14
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badass mod!

x2 on what bizzjet said, solder in a resistor that can step down the power
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Looks great but yeah the 5 minute deal sucks. It does the same thing to those that do the rear view camera anytime mod.
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Why not get an aftermarket mirror with a monitor built in and running it the same way you are trying to run the stock one?
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Never thought of running the GPS into the mirror. That's awesome.
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