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1A Auto Parts 08 Style Tow Mirrors -- Review and Install (pic heavy)

Review

I’ll begin with few pictures taken after the installation was completed.




Passenger side installed





Notice the improvement in visibility in the lower mirror!!





For reference, the white sign post (outer edge of the lower mirror) is mid-cab and less than 3' away from the side of the truck. This has turned out to be incredibly helpful when travelling on multi-lane highways: no more blind spots!





I have to admit these mirrors from 1A Auto Parts impressed me. I’ve wanted to replace my 2005 mirrors with the 08 style tow mirrors ever since I drove a Superduty with them. Visibility is drastically improved, and I was determined to buy OEM mirrors after reading countless negative reviews about aftermarket mirrors shaking and blurring out while driving. However, my enthusiasm was curbed after pricing OEM mirrors. I was also concerned about the wiring challenges associated with the different connector plugs used since 2003 and how much more expensive it might be to install upgraded towing mirrors the right way. I put this mod on the back burner until several people I know told me about their experiences with the 08 style tow mirrors from 1A Auto Parts: not only are these 100% plug and play, but they turned out to be less blurry than the OEM mirrors they replaced. The installation was very straightforward and took approximately 30 minutes. Time will tell, but I think they’re as good as OEM mirrors.

I chose the upgraded tow mirrors from 1A Auto, Item 1AMRP00611, for 1999-2007 Superduty’s. These are 2008 style tow mirrors wired for pre-08 trucks and offer the following:
• Paint to match caps and chrome caps (textured black caps are also available)
• Turn signal / marker light
• Power adjustable
• Heated
• Manual folding
• Manual telescoping

In other words, they should function exactly the same as the mirrors they’re replacing.

As received…







These come with both paint to match (PTM) and chrome mirror caps





1A Auto Parts also includes this connector to convert a square plug (mirror) to a round plug (truck). My 2005 F-250 did not need to use this part to complete the installation, but earlier model years will.





I decided to tint the marker light covers while the PTM covers were getting color matched.






I think they turned out perfect and couldn’t wait to install them, and the installation turned out to be incredibly easy.

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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).





Here’s 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. There’s 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 “X” 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 door’s armrest. Then align the clip at the top of the switch panel with the other slot on the door’s 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 that’s it!

I’ve 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.

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Great write up. Looks good.
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I have been on the fence with the A1 brand vs OEM I have read nothing but positive so far and I will say I would be bummed if these had any shakes

now if someone with some credibility would do a write up and endorse them I might buy some






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I have been on the fence with the A1 brand

now if someone with some credibility would do a write up and endorse them I might buy some






Cough

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Maybe someone credible could just vouch for this thread?

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Maybe someone credible could just vouch for this thread?

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Could I be that guy? I have the same mirriors and love them. I have had no issues with mine.
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No way

your a Moderator and that negative is only offset by 90% by being a Military Member







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Could I be that guy? I have the same mirriors and love them. I have had no issues with mine.
It's official. A mod vouched. The mirrors are legit.

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So these are plug and play for my 06? No modding needed like that one guy did in the write up? I known his had power fold too...
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So these are plug and play for my 06? No modding needed like that one guy did in the write up? I known his had power fold too...

Snake all your hard work and still no one reads they just look at pictures


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not only are these 100% plug and play

I chose the upgraded tow mirrors from 1A Auto, Item 1AMRP00611, for 1999-2007 Superduty’s. These are 2008 style tow mirrors wired for pre-08 trucks and offer the following:
• Paint to match caps and chrome caps (textured black caps are also available)
• Turn signal / marker light
• Power adjustable
• Heated
• Manual folding
• Manual telescoping

In other words, they should function exactly the same as the mirrors they’re replacing.

As received…
but you will get
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