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Old 01-30-2003, 11:37 PM   #1
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How would I go about getting heated mirrors for my WRX? In the winter they are always hard to see out of. How would I wire them up? Does anyone have ideas?
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Old 01-31-2003, 10:25 AM   #2
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i don't know but i'll be watching this thread like a hawk.
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Old 01-31-2003, 12:44 PM   #3
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well now it cant be that hard guys...

buy the heated mirrors...
snip off the connectors as they are not going to connect direct to your usa spec car...

snip of connectors on the harness end... fashion your own connectors... bam! connect...

i'm pretty sure it's gonna be just that easy.

i'll let u know after this weekend...

i have a canadian car... and am replacing the mirror with the MUCH less expensive USA spec mirror!!



check w/the electronics guru's.. but i think this should work??

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Old 01-31-2003, 02:27 PM   #4
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There's also the switch end of things. Are the US WRXs wired from mirror(s) to switch for heated mirrors already?
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Old 01-31-2003, 02:54 PM   #5
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In the Canadian version (and elsewhere maybe?) the heated mirrors are wired to operate with the rear defroster. If you have the wiring manual the info is in there. When I get home I'll take a look but IIRC there may be a place for the relay in the US car, just empty. In any case it would not be a big deal to wire this into the defrost system if the wiring isn't already there.
There was some discussion about this a while back but it never went anywhere.
Jamie, it would be great if you could come up with some part #'s and prices for this, maybe put together a "conversion kit". I'm sure there would be lots of takers, I know I'm interested as long as the price is somewhat reasonable.
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Old 01-31-2003, 03:05 PM   #6
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Ooh- I'll be watching this thread too...
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Old 01-31-2003, 04:31 PM   #7
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hmmm i'll see what i can do guys...
not 100% on what's involved...
but i'm willing to find out

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Old 01-31-2003, 06:14 PM   #8
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Thanx
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Old 02-01-2003, 08:27 PM   #9
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subaru heated mirrors are actually electrically heated?

dang most heated mirrors I've seen have little ducts that run the vehicle's warm HVAC air across the backsides of the glass.
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Old 02-01-2003, 08:31 PM   #10
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Yes, there are heating elements in the mirrors themselves behind the glass. This is nothing remarkable, other cars have had it for years.
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Old 02-01-2003, 09:47 PM   #11
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Just wanted to mention that they are optional on the outback. Maybe some of the electronics could be purchased at a dealer..
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Old 02-01-2003, 10:33 PM   #12
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someone come up with a way and my car would be one step closer to absolute perfection
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Old 02-01-2003, 11:19 PM   #13
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Looking at the Wiring diagrams it seems that all you need are the two mirrors and the extra relay in the relay box. Of course finding the mirrors will be the trick. And as the parts list I have shows the mirrors at $219 each (and I suspect that's the unheated ones) it could easily be $500-600 for the mirrors if you had to buy them new. Which is a bit much...
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Old 02-02-2003, 06:15 AM   #14
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I don't think the wiring will be too difficult. It's the heating element. If there was some additional part you could add on to the mirror that would be much better. Might be a lot cheaper than buying heated mirrors.
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http://www.subiegal.com/SGRacing/wrx...pics%202_1.htm

here ya go... i'm gonna start a new thread...
but it cant be that hard!!!


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Old 02-02-2003, 11:13 AM   #16
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Anyone interested in the heated mirrors check this vendor out.....

25% off for the month of February

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hreadid=308459
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Old 02-02-2003, 11:17 AM   #17
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Default I would agree about in not being to hard

But...
the hard part is finding Mirrors and relays. Installing them and wiring them is the easy part, finding all the bits (junkyard war term, sorry) is the part that is going to suck.

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Old 02-02-2003, 11:26 AM   #18
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what relay?
u dont need a relay...

mirrors can be had.
i'll check pricing.. they come PRE PAINTED even...

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Please see my above post regarding the purchase of mirrors.
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Old 02-02-2003, 11:28 AM   #20
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Please see my above post regarding the purchase of mirrors.
www.allsubaru.com offers that every day of the week.

(and that's where i work)

i'll set up some kind of heated package deal guys...
dont worry about that... get the wiring bits sorted first...
get an understanding of what you need to do in order to complete the job... etc...

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Old 02-02-2003, 12:05 PM   #21
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There is a relay-
Look at page 38, drawing RM01 in the factory wiring manual. You'll see a mirror heater relay. The wiring details for the harnesses are there as well. I have to take a closer look at my car, or maybe someone in a warmer place can do it, to see if the relay is there in a US car. I don't think it is and I don't know whether the wiring is there for it either.
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Old 02-02-2003, 01:55 PM   #22
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If the heating element is glued to the glass, replacing the glass
alone might work. Cheaper but not plug-and-play.
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I was wondering, Could we tie into the defroster relay or would that be to much for the relay to handle?
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Not a good idea. The contacts of the defroster relay are already handling the current for the rear window heating element which is pretty high, probably 10+ amps. The mirror heaters will draw several more amps themselves so you want to carry that load someplace else. That is why Subaru uses a separate relay for the mirrors.
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There is a relay-
Look at page 38, drawing RM01 in the factory wiring manual. You'll see a mirror heater relay. The wiring details for the harnesses are there as well. I have to take a closer look at my car, or maybe someone in a warmer place can do it, to see if the relay is there in a US car. I don't think it is and I don't know whether the wiring is there for it either.
The spot for the relay is there but it is NOT installed. It's the same part as the fog lamp relays, the heated seats relay and such, there are 8 of them in every US WRX , so the junkyards will have plenty of them. And the wiring at the fuse box is there, I'm just not positive about the wiring connector in the doors, I'd have to pull a door panel to know for sure.
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