Removal of existing mirrors
Start by removing the switch panel for the windows/mirrors/door locks from the door panel by pulling up on the front of the switch panel. The panel is held in place by only one clip at the front (closest to the door hinges). The mirror connector is behind the switch panel and is likely secured to the door. After removing the switch panels, unplug the mirror connector.
Passenger side (mirror connector is behind the aftermarket sound deadening material)
Driver side switch panel (four connectors)
Driver side mirror connector
Next, remove the sail panel / mirror cover interior panel and the three rubber grommets in front of it. The sail panel is held in place with two clips and just needs to be gently pulled directly away from the door. The rubber grommets just pull out as well (no tools are required to remove either the sail panel or the rubber grommets).
Hereís the clips on the inside of the sail panel and should give you a better idea exactly which direction you need to pull to get the panel off.
The upper and lower rubber grommets each hide a nut (labeled 1 and 2) that must be removed in order to take the mirror off. Thereís also a piece of anti-vibration material underneath the sail panel that hides two nuts (labeled 3 and 4) that also hold the mirror in place.
Remove the mirror by loosening the 11mm nuts using a deep socket.
*** TIP *** Use a 11mm deep socket to initially loosen the nuts, but use nut driver with a magnetic bit to complete the removal. These nuts are very difficult to reach and can easily fall down into the door panel.
Once the four nuts are removed, the mirror can be pulled directly away from the door.
Installation of the new mirrors
Insert the mirror connector through the hole indicated by the white arrow and align the four bolts on the mounting surface of the mirror with the four holes in the door (red arrows).
Loosely secure the mirror to the door using the four 11mm nuts and locate the new mirror wiring connector inside the door. Route the connector and the mirror wiring through the door to the connector on the truck and plug the two connectors together. Next, tighten the four nuts in an ďXĒ pattern to fully secure the mirror to the door.
*** TIP *** Use a nut driver with a magnetic bit to start the nut on the bolt, and then complete the installation using a deep socket.
Test the operation of the mirrors before replacing the switch panels. Once the mirrors are operating correctly, replace the switch panel by sliding the bottom edge of the switch panel into the slot on the doorís armrest. Then align the clip at the top of the switch panel with the other slot on the doorís armrest and push down on the top of the switch panel until it snaps in place.
Replace the grommets by pressing them back into their respective holes, and then replace the sail panel by aligning the clips on the back of the panel with the slots in the door. One slot is in the middle of the sound deadening material that was peeled back to expose the two hidden nuts, and the other slot is directly above the sound deadening material.
And thatís it!
Iíve had these installed for just over a month and continue to be very happy with them. Backing the truck, especially with a trailer, is so much easier when you can see where things are. Lane changes on the highway are easier and safer because 90% of the blind spots have been eliminated. And many say the newer style mirrors look better.