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Raised my Rearview Mirror 2 inches!!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Taco-NB, Apr 24, 2010.

  1. Apr 24, 2010 at 1:20 PM
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    Taco-NB

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    I have a rearview mirror with the backup camera. I'm 6'1" tall and the mirror is WAY too low and I have to sort of duck down and look under the mirror when I make a right turn.

    Anyway, today I decided to raise the mirror so that it actually touched the headliner. I had to tuck the wires up into the headliner and then I used 3M tape to hold it in place. A lot of the weight is held by the headliner and, with the 3M tape, it seems pretty solid.

    I have used this 3M tape to attach a satellite radio mount onto the dash of my old Civic and it NEVER came loose. I'll let you guys know in a couple weeks if it holds up or not.

    Here are some pictures of the MOD.

    1)
    First you need to disconnect the mirror from the button that's on the windshield. There is a little allen key that needs to be loosened.
    You will need to remove the black plastic cover that hides the wires. The wires will be tucked up in the headliner so you won't see the wires anyway.

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    2)
    You need to clean the back, flat surface and the windshield. You want to stick the tape to the largest flat area near the white connector.

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    I just used some rubbing alcohol

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    3)
    Cut a piece of 3M tape to fit the flat area on the mirror mount

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    4)
    Push the wires up under the headliner. Line everything up, make sure the mirror is as high as possible, and then push the back of the mirror mount against the windshield. Make sure that the sticky tape doesn't touch the windshield until you have everything lined up.

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    5)
    In this picture you can see how much higher the mirror now sits. I left the button on the windshield. You can't see it when your driving because it's behind the review mirror.

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    Like I said, I'll let you guys know if it holds up or not.

    I have enough tape to do two more of these. If anyone needs a piece, send me a PM and I'll mail it to you. Then we can test it out on a few Taco's to see how well it works long term. First two PM's can have some tape.

    Cheers.
    :cheers:
     
  2. Apr 24, 2010 at 1:57 PM
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    Andrew H

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    See build thread.
    Cool mod. Good job!
     
  3. Apr 24, 2010 at 2:20 PM
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  4. Apr 24, 2010 at 2:26 PM
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    Cool, it would be awesome if someone invented an extension bracket that the male end would snap to the mirror and the female end would snap to the oem mount glued to the glass thus rasing the mirror.
     
  5. Apr 24, 2010 at 2:34 PM
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    Nice work!
     
  6. Apr 24, 2010 at 2:56 PM
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    Yea I was thinking the same thing! You can remove the mirror button and move it up but I was afraid that I might break the windshield! Also, I wasn't sure how good it would stick to those little black dots that are baked onto the windshield.
     
  7. Apr 24, 2010 at 4:59 PM
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    Had the same problem with the mirror being too low. You can flip the mirror upside down which will give you a little more adjustment.
    I bought another mirror button and glued it on above the original.
    Don't get the plastic buttton or use the silicon glue - the mirror wobbles. Metal button and special mirror glue (CA) works much better.
    And my dealer had the OEM button available. However you can only get it attached to the windshield. Tad too expensive.

    Fritz
     
  8. Jan 2, 2012 at 10:44 AM
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    Hey Fritz,

    I am trying to get my hands on the metal button and mirror glue but I'm running into the same problem that its only available attached to a new windshield. How did you end up with the metal button alone?

    Thanks!
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  9. Jan 3, 2012 at 6:40 AM
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    You can find a metal button if you look in enough auto stores. Alternatively, a junk yard or abandoned old car is a good source. The buttons are universal so any make will do. The special mirror glue is common and I got mine at Walmart. Quality CA can be found at Hobby Shops.

    Fritz
     
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