Power Mirror Rebuild

Mustang5L5

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So I ended up buying the above mirror. I figure $36 was worth a shot.

Initial impression. Not bad. The housings are shiny as hell, but it looks to be molded correctly. It just has a modern cheap plastic feel to it.

However, looks like they use the same mirror motor mounting bracket and motor setup. I'll confirm when I pull it apart. I'm basically going to take the guts out of this and put it in my existing housing.

As soon as I get a 9v battery to jog the mirror over, I'll disassemble and post pics.

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I'm sure the housing is fine but I'm just very overly anal about originality and prefer to keep my housing.
 
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Mustang5L5

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So I pulled it apart. This mirror is pretty much identical to the oem mirror.

I was able to install the original motor support bracket in the new housing

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The motor also features clip on mirror style attachments as well as the old post mounting method...so I could put the original mirror on if this one delaminates

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So basically for $37 you can buy that mirror and swap it into your original housing. This comes in handy if your mirrors are painted, as mine are to match all the window trim/moldings.

The new housings aren't all that bad. Just very, very glossy.
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As for the motor, it's a Chinese copy of the original. It's Very silent! Given that any replacement motor you find will likely be Chinese made, this is your best option really.

So, $37 shipped times 2...take the parts you want, or install the entire thing. Your call.

This concludes this thread
 

Mustang5L5

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It's more FYI then tech.


Want to fix your mirrors? Buy a new one!

The only real tech here is the howto on removing the motor/glass assembly if you want to use your original housings for various reasons like being painted body color or matching the various other trim work
 
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Hey thanks for the write up. I actually have to pull the mirrors on a '93 I bought so I can paint them inside and out.
 

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Very good write up....my passenger mirror has stripped out the gear. Smh

Glad to see I have options.
 

Mustang5L5

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Looking back, I wish I bought the identical aftermarket mirror for the driver's side. The pass side is nice and silent, but while my driver's side works fine..it's noisy.

No more $30 mirrors on ebay. Oh well.

And yes, after that big "science project" the best solution was to just buy aftermarket mirrors. I swapped the guts but that's because I liked my original housings. Good to know that you can do that....at least with the mirror I bought.

Still have the box and housing. Perhaps I can get some info off it to search and see if it can be bought cheaply off ebay
 

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