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Old 02-01-2004, 12:28 AM   #1
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Question WRX auto-dim mirror upgrade

Has any attempted to install the auto-dim mirror themselves yet?

I am planning on buying the OEM model and doing the work myself but didn't know if there were any hukibuke gatchas that could trip me up.
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Old 02-01-2004, 12:33 AM   #2
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if you plan on getting a high wing or STi CF type wing,
keep your factory non- dimming mirrors. self dimming ones
dont work well when you use higher wings as the light
from the car from behind is usually blocked by the wing and
the mono-chrome dimming doesn't work well.
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Old 02-01-2004, 09:22 AM   #3
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The mirror has what is called a cam lock. Both the regular oem and auto dim mirror has it. Turn the mirror to the left and push up. It should come right out. The replacement auto dim mirror should have a metal u shape clip with it.

The word cam here is used to describe a shape. The human eye would be an exaggerated example. When the mirror is in it's locked position the eye would be in the position as it sits on the face. If you turn the eye upward the narrow part faces up and can then travel upward in a metal channel.
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Old 02-01-2004, 01:10 PM   #4
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The mirror has what is called a cam lock. Both the regular oem and auto dim mirror has it. Turn the mirror to the left and push up. It should come right out. The replacement auto dim mirror should have a metal u shape clip with it.

The word cam here is used to describe a shape. The human eye would be an exaggerated example. When the mirror is in it's locked position the eye would be in the position as it sits on the face. If you turn the eye upward the narrow part faces up and can then travel upward in a metal channel.
Any clue on the electrical hook up for the mirror (I assume there is one to power the compass part if not the photo-electronic dimming part)?
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Old 02-01-2004, 02:29 PM   #5
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Any clue on the electrical hook up for the mirror (I assume there is one to power the compass part if not the photo-electronic dimming part)?
You'll find the wire/harness waiting for you I believe in the map lights. The mirror comes with easy-to-follow/step-by-step instructions. Took all but 10 minutes to install.
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Old 02-01-2004, 03:50 PM   #6
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Thanks a ton for the advice guys!!!
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Old 02-01-2004, 10:41 PM   #7
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It's very easy to install and you'll find the included instructions to be well written. Only the simplest of tools are needed and a few minutes of your time.

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Old 02-28-2004, 10:17 PM   #8
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Could someone post a copy of the instructions? I want to swap my mirror for a friend's.
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Old 02-28-2004, 10:44 PM   #9
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Never mind. Found the link in an older thread:
http://subaruparts.com/install/2002icompassmirror.pdf
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Old 03-11-2004, 05:22 PM   #10
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Its really easy, and was the first thing I did with my car. I thought I had asked for it when I ordered my WRX, but the one I picked up did not have it installed (I later checked my sales slip and I was not charged for one either). So at my first time back at the dealer I picked one up. It took me a little while disconnecting the negative terminal on the battery as I did not have the correct socket size and had to use an adjustable cresent wrench. Otherwise the hardest part was fishing the power cable around to the front of the map lamps and through to the windshield without breaking the roof material. (I have big hands/fingers )

Otherwise it was easy and non of was required.
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Old 03-11-2004, 05:44 PM   #11
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I bought the oem auto dim mirror a couple of weeks ago. Very simple install. All the wiring is already in place.
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