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El Cheapo Heated Mirrors

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by tsilliker, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. Oct 7, 2008 at 10:39 AM
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    tsilliker

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    I had been waiting for the Tacoma community to source a heated mirror kit for some time, and recently had a flash of brilliance that allowed me to move forward on my installation of heated mirrors on my 2005 Access Cab V6.

    This procedure details what I did to my truck. Attempt at your own risk.

    Being an avid all-weather motorcyclist, I have been using heated grips for some time. The kit I have on my Honda ST1100 is a Kimpex kit commonly available at Canadian Tire.

    I promptly drove my trusty motorcycle to Canadian Tire and purchased the following kit off the shelf for $30. It was located in the snowmobile section.

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    I opened up the package and sure enough, the heating elements are sized just right!

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    First step was removing the mirrors from the housing. I did this by tilting the mirror up, prying out the bottom of the mirror straight out toward the back of the truck, then pulling it downwards.

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    Removing the mirror from the plastic backing was simple. I put my kitchen range on the lowest possible setting and one at a time placed the mirror inside for a few minutes. This could melt the plastic if left too long.

    Then I removed the mirror using gloves and inserted four kitchen knives into the mirror as illustrated. You might want to go buy knives for this as a lot of the adhesive which was holding the mirror on will end up on the knives.

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    Moving the knives back and forth very quickly separated the mirrors. Then it was a matter of gently prying the plastic off at the corners.

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    This adhesive needs to be removed as much as possible as this is where the elements will be stuck on. The grip elements have adhesive to be able to stick them on the handlebars of a snowmobile or motorcycle.

    cont...
     
  2. Oct 7, 2008 at 10:47 AM
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    After the adhesive pads were removed, I placed the plastic up against the mirror and marked where the hole was located that I wanted to route the wires through.

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    I then stuck the heating element to the mirror, with the two wires located close to where they would be routed through the mirror. I didn't get a pic of the element on the mirror, but the following three pics show what I did to reassemble the mirror to the backer.

    I used exterior grade silicone and put it on all the ridges of the plastic that would be against the mirror.

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    Then routed the wires through the hole I wanted to use then pressed the mirror back into the plastic housing. I made sure all the plastic edges were wrapped properly around the edges of the mirrors.

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    Then I used some clamps to hold the works in place overnight.

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    cont...
     
  3. Oct 7, 2008 at 11:15 AM
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    I then set to work disassembling both mirrors from the truck. This requires removing the door panels. You must remove two screws - located behind the latch handle and the door pull. Then the three nuts that hold each mirror on.

    To disassemble the mirror, remove a screw holding on the rubber grommet, and three screws on the underside of the mirror assembly. Two of them are under a cover that must be pried off.

    When you are ready to put the mirrors in, get everything together and begin the route the heater wires through where the motor wires go through. It is a twisting path and you will need to be careful not to pinch any wires on reassembly. It helped me to tape the heater wires to the motor wires to route them through the pivot section.

    It took a bit of time and care, but I was happy with the results. Be sure you have the motor wires pulled all the way out upon completion or they won't plug back into the harness in the door.

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    At this point with each mirror, I mounted the mirror back on the door and soldered three feet of wire to the heater wires.

    The following pic shows the wire routing.

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    I then removed both ends of the rubber protective sleeve which runs between the door and the truck body. I used flexible but rigid wire with a loop on the end to help pull the wires through the various holes and rubber.

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    At the end of this routing process, I brought the heater wires to the back of the blank plugs on the lower left part of the dash.

    The final wiring is not what I would consider factory looking or even ideal. I got fed up looking for a nice Toyota switch that would do the job, so I used a lighted rocker from Canadian Tire. I dremeled out one of the plugs and installed the switch into it. This part is quite rough looking, and I may clean it up with some black silicone around the edges of the switch to hide the rough cuts.

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    Anyway, here is what I did to wire up my heated grips. I had already previously installed a constant power circuit into the fuse panel under the hood to power my brake controller. This constant power circuit has a self resetting circuit breaker instead of a fuse. I had to cut out a little plastic wall in the lid in order to route the wire as shown. A female spade was used and inserted into a constant power source in the panel.

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    My heated grips are on constantly, even with the ignition off. This is dangerous to the health of the battery for obvious reasons. I couldn't find a nice switched source to trigger a relay as I have done the constant power mod to my power outlets by modifying the relay for that circuit.

    Power is routed through the switch and to one side of each heater circuit. The other side of each heater circuit is routed to ground. I did not use the dropping resistor in the grip kit as I wanted full heat output. Fairly simple connections, but as I mentioned, dangerous as hell!

    The heat output is significant and will positively eliminate any frost or dew on the mirrors.
     
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  4. Oct 7, 2008 at 11:23 AM
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    eordonez

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    Awesome! Thanks for the write up!
     
  5. Oct 7, 2008 at 11:28 AM
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    thats killer! nice job
     
  6. Oct 7, 2008 at 11:48 AM
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    Dude! That's so awesome! I've wanted heated mirrors since I got this truck 2 years ago and found out the mirrors are f'n useless first thing on a winter morning!

    Added to the cheap/free mod TOC!! :thumbsup: :bananadance: :D
     
  7. Oct 7, 2008 at 12:10 PM
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    Awesome!!
    This morning I got in my truck and the frost & dew was everywhere. The first thing that came to my mind was...I need heated mirrors!!

    Damnit, something else to put on the to-do list!!!
     
  8. Oct 7, 2008 at 12:11 PM
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  9. Oct 7, 2008 at 1:46 PM
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    genius. thanks for the tip. so simple and cheap.
     
  10. Oct 7, 2008 at 1:49 PM
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    Thats kick ass DIY
     
  11. Oct 7, 2008 at 1:50 PM
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    Just heads up, silicone adhesive will eat the silvering off the back of mirrors. It doesn't matter whether it's interior, exterior or marine grade. I installed glass in my past life and went to countless remodels to replace mirrors that someone cheaped out and used silicone in place of mastic.

    Just something to keep in mind. If and when the silvering starts to come apart, you'll notice black spots and then the mirror will have a foggy look to it.

    It won't happen overnight but being out in the elements will more than likely speed up the process.

    Fingers crossed it doesn't happen.
    http://www.mirro-mastic.com/products_mirromastic.shtml

    "but silicone will damage the silvering if applied to the mirror backing, which is what you're tryng to avoid. Mirror mastic is the only adhesive that should be applied to the backing of a mirror if you choose to glue it"

    "Do not use any substances which are combustible, toxic, wax or oil-based because these could emit harmful fumes or discolor your mirrors surface when heated. NEVER, allow ammonia based products, or silicone adhesives to come into contact with a mirror backing. You can literally watch the silvering turn black"

    Just some things I quoted from Google searches.
     
  12. Oct 7, 2008 at 4:38 PM
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    ^Thanks for the headsup! :thumbsup:
     
  13. Oct 7, 2008 at 7:28 PM
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    OMG! This was actually one of the things that I put on the survey after I bought my truck about what I wish that it had!!!! Even my beater/gas-saver 1993 Honda Prelude has heater mirrors!!! So good!!! I am going to do this mod this weekend! Thanks man!!! Such a good idea!

    (My other complaint about our trucks is no sunroof option).
     
  14. Oct 7, 2008 at 7:49 PM
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    Great write up!! I'm gonna head over to Crappy Tire and get me those grips before the frost arrives.

    Hey, is Joe Kools or Ceeps still around in London? Damn I miss going up to Grand Bend. London ON gals wondering around UWO campus sure made it hard to get any work done.

    Cheers!
     
  15. Oct 7, 2008 at 9:08 PM
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    Joseph Koolinski's is still alive as always. I hate that place. $7 for a Corona....NOT worth it. The Creeps/Barney's is still pumping like always. When was the last time you were here? Barney's has stepped it up in the past few years.

    This past weekend was homecoming. We toured the campus in a buddy's S2000. (We were both wearing our Toyota TRD jackets, I admit it was kinda gay, but still representing, right?) So many sweet sweet girls. :eek:
     
  16. Oct 7, 2008 at 9:16 PM
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    great idea and a great write-up! Thanks!
     
  17. Oct 8, 2008 at 6:19 AM
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    Here's a taste of what you've been missing at UWO...

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  18. Oct 9, 2008 at 2:01 PM
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    This morning leaving work, I got out to my truck and the mirrors were covered with mist from the morning dew. After starting the truck, I switched on the new heated mirrors. Immediately, the dew and mist over the area covered by the elements evaporated away. Within a minute and a half, the heat spread out to the rest of the mirror and the entire mirror was nice and clear.

    I love these things!
     
  19. Oct 9, 2008 at 5:44 PM
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    Thanks for the info, will the mastic be compatible with the heat from the pad.

    Also what do you think about wiring them into the defroster circuit as seems like anytime you use the defroster you'd be needing the heated mirrors.
     
  20. Oct 9, 2008 at 6:44 PM
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    thats how they turn on with my 4runner.
     
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