So I came across this company called Blendmounts. They seem to make a mount for lots of things that sits right over top of your rear view mirror and looks pretty factory when itís installed.
Here is the Blendmount website. http://www.mgtmotorsports.com/blendmount.html. Please take note that they sell the Blendmount for $49.95, and the Scangauge II for the typical price of $159.95, but if you buy both pieces through them then you get a package deal price of $179.95 for everything including shipping. (I think) That is a no-brainer.
Since I already had the Scangauge II, I just purchased the Blendmount kit (Make sure to follow the instructions on their site for ordering the correct kit for your mirror.)
- Please note that while this install worked for me and I considered to be about a 1.5 on a difficulty scale of 5 it may not be for everyone, and if you are at all uncomfortable with anything that I have detailed in this write-up then perhaps this job is not for you and further note that if you choose to attempt this install I am not responsible for any damage that results to you or your vehicle.
- Those of you in cold climates may want to wait until spring to attempt this as the plastic clips on the trim pieces that will need to be removed are far more likely to break in the cold.
- In trucks with the side curtain air bag option, there may be a problem with following this install as I believe that the airbag lives in the A-pillar, and as such you may not be able to route the wire as described, and or you may risk setting of the airbag during the described install, so please check with Toyota about removing the A-pillar before doing so.
OK, on to tools required.
Ratchet with a 3-6Ē extension
Small flat blade screwdriver
Two crescent wrenches
Bicycle tire lever (Iíll explain this later)
The supplied Allen wrenches
And some additional zip ties (they never give you enough in the kit)
Continued in next post...