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FEELER: Rear View Mirror Height Extension

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Relik, May 25, 2011.

  1. May 25, 2011 at 3:41 PM
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    Relik

    Relik [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hey all,

    Well I'm just another tall Tacoma driver that had an itch about attacking the idea of raising the center rear view mirror.

    I designed and grew this piece out of plastic (ABS) that mounts to the stock "slide" while creating a new entended "slide" that the mirror can mount to. Also tapped a screw in to secure it.

    Its not much, but I got a 5/8" lift (Using the top of the auto shifter as a reference). I could not go any higher since the electrical connector is now flush with the headliner.

    Minimal issues so far with prototype:
    -Very slight vibration on bumps, but not much noticable difference. I'm thinking a padding/tape can be added between the extending part of the plastic piece and window for stability (Cantilever bending)
    -Now the large black wire cover cannot fit back on, so it must be modified or a new cover must also be made...

    What you all think?

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  2. May 25, 2011 at 6:18 PM
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    rcbs204

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    Cool, you selling those?
     
  3. May 25, 2011 at 7:09 PM
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    I was debating so, so I posted this thread...figure if there was enough interest I would :D
     
  4. May 25, 2011 at 7:24 PM
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    Initial prototype shows promise. I'm not that tall (5'10") and even I have to constantly pull the mirror up to center it on the back window. I'd be interested if cosmetic issues can be resolved so it looks "OEM".

    If you don't mind a suggestion - apply for a patent before some Chinese plastic factory copies it and starts pumping them out before you finish the final prototype. There are probably other applications that could benefit from this idea.
     
  5. Nov 12, 2011 at 5:28 PM
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    I too agree that the mirror is very low. I am 6' 1'' and it seems as if that damn mirror is always in the way. I would go as far as to say it is dangerous. Looking out for pedestrians has become even more of a challenge.

    Reading about moving the pivot point up (never occurred to me) did help a tiny bit, but it still needs to move up that extra inch. I did realize that the headliner felt a little low and the windshield narrow by a bit, but the mirror is the real crux of the visibility problem.

    Took me around 400 miles to pinpoint my frustration (call me slow)!

    Can't believe Toyota can get away with that (and didn't fix it for the 2012). At the very least a third party extension arm or extender (like you have made) would be enormously helpful.

    I know you did this months ago, but do you have any pics of what you eventually came up with?

    I applaud your efforts with this problem.
     
  6. Nov 13, 2011 at 6:14 AM
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    At 6'2" I've had the exact same problem. That mirror is just too low in the windshield. If the OP's solution is finalized and looks like OEM I would definitely buy this product.

    So how's it coming OP? :D
     
  7. Nov 17, 2011 at 8:03 AM
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    I would be interested :)
     
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  9. Feb 2, 2012 at 6:20 PM
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  10. Feb 2, 2012 at 6:21 PM
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    I would be interested in one as well.
     
  11. Feb 2, 2012 at 6:23 PM
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  12. Feb 2, 2012 at 6:43 PM
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    I just flipped mine upside down and it raises it up.
     
  13. Aug 10, 2015 at 7:55 PM
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    Lol...reading this thread from two years ago and the post before mine looks like it shut down this thread and everyone went and flipped their rearview mirror....
     
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