1A Auto Tow Mirror Install - Complete! - Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum
99-03 7.3L Exterior Discussion Body and Accessories Talk

 3Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 24 Old 02-08-2014, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
Powerstroke.org Fanatic
 
Irishpilot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Las Vegas
Posts: 90
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 7 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
1A Auto Tow Mirror Install - Complete!

Hey everyone, I just wanted to pass along my experience with installing 1A Auto 2008+ Tow Mirrors on my 2000 F250. After reading posts from several on this forum who installed the power lighted/heated tow mirrors with manual fold/extension, I decided to go with the 1A Auto mirrors. Here's what I think:

The mirrors are awesome and first-rate! There is absolutely no vibrations at highway speeds and they fit just as good as the OEM mirrors I pulled off the truck.

Installation was easier than expected. It took 2.5 hrs to install and wire. I used the tip I got from here and used trailer wiring. Those wires made it much easier to get them through the door casing and into the cab. I love the mirrors and I can actually see!


stock mirror and major blind spot


wiring with connectors in case I have to ever pull the mirrors


door wiring complete


I took the advice from previous installs and pulled power for the running lights and turn signals from the wiring harness under the steering column


Night and day difference between the paddle mirrors and tow mirrors


Finished product! They work as advertised


Best of luck to any of you getting ready to do this install. Let me know if you have any questions.
Big Papa 03 dually and TPlatt like this.

2000 Crew Cab F250 4x4:
Performance: Bone Stock
Mods: Indash Kenwood DVD/Nav, 08+ power/lighted/heat tow mirrors
Irishpilot is offline  
post #2 of 24 Old 02-08-2014, 03:07 PM
Fire From the Clouds!
 
Horizon122's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Thee Big Apple
Posts: 1,281
Thanks: 5
Thanked 58 Times in 58 Posts
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Quoted: 102 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Not bad, a big and better difference 100%. I personally don't like the 08+ mirrors on the older models. It seems to new and out of flow on a truck of that date. I also recently did a mirror swap and had the same little mirrors like you but I just put the power/heated towing mirrors of the same date and looks 100% better.

2002 Ford F350-Lariat-CrewCab-LongBed-7.3L PowerStroke Intercooled Turbo Diesel!
2.5 Pro Comp lift on 315/75r16 Fierce M/T's
Enough Stuff To Pull Yours!

Horizon122 is offline  
post #3 of 24 Old 02-08-2014, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
Powerstroke.org Fanatic
 
Irishpilot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Las Vegas
Posts: 90
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 7 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Yeah, I debated on the older style vs newer but I went after functionality. The lower mirrors are twice as big. I tow and the newer mirrors make it easy to see. However both are worlds better than paddle mirrors

Sent from AutoGuide.com Free App
Big Papa 03 dually likes this.

2000 Crew Cab F250 4x4:
Performance: Bone Stock
Mods: Indash Kenwood DVD/Nav, 08+ power/lighted/heat tow mirrors
Irishpilot is offline  
post #4 of 24 Old 02-08-2014, 03:46 PM
Fire From the Clouds!
 
Horizon122's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Thee Big Apple
Posts: 1,281
Thanks: 5
Thanked 58 Times in 58 Posts
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Quoted: 102 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
The only thing I'm jelly of is that you have the lights on yours, since mine is a 02 I'd have to do some wiring to get the blinkers to work but I'm in no mood to do that lol. An yea they're pretty big, with the old mirrors I could clear the gate into my yard no problem and now with these I fear I'm gonna hit the gate as the width is so much more even when they're not extended.

2002 Ford F350-Lariat-CrewCab-LongBed-7.3L PowerStroke Intercooled Turbo Diesel!
2.5 Pro Comp lift on 315/75r16 Fierce M/T's
Enough Stuff To Pull Yours!

Horizon122 is offline  
post #5 of 24 Old 02-08-2014, 04:32 PM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Motomez's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Livermore
Posts: 199
Thanks: 2
Thanked 11 Times in 11 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Those look great. I installed mine a year ago and could not be happier

2002 PHP Hydra Chip, Banks Monster Exhaust John Wood Transmission 6.0 Cooler 06 front Axel Pure Performance 6 inch lift and 4 link 08 Rear springs Fox Racing 2.0 Piggy Back Shocks Raceline Renegade 8 wheels with 35 Toyo RT's Auto Meter Gages PSC Hydro Steering Dorman Bellowed up pipes Ford AIS 08 Tow Mirrors
Motomez is offline  
post #6 of 24 Old 02-08-2014, 04:33 PM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Koda22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Ruidoso, NM
Posts: 1,833
Thanks: 5
Thanked 15 Times in 15 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I love the way these look, I keep trying to pull the trigger on these, but seem to find something else or something comes up...
Koda22 is offline  
post #7 of 24 Old 02-08-2014, 05:09 PM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
03ranger30's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Mount Airy, MD
Posts: 776
Thanks: 7
Thanked 18 Times in 18 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I want to get the lighted and heated ones but I am intimidated by the wiring.

Charlie
2003 F250 CCSB 7.3--Gearhead tuned, MBRP 5", 6637, Diesel Site Coolant Filter, 203* Thermostat, ISSPROs, HPx, 5% tint


03ranger30 is online now  
post #8 of 24 Old 02-08-2014, 05:11 PM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Koda22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Ruidoso, NM
Posts: 1,833
Thanks: 5
Thanked 15 Times in 15 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Now if the truck already has heat and lights, It should be plug and play right?
Koda22 is offline  
post #9 of 24 Old 02-08-2014, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
Powerstroke.org Fanatic
 
Irishpilot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Las Vegas
Posts: 90
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 7 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
The wiring is pretty easy. Ground, heat 12V, turn signals and running lights. That's it. The early trucks didn't come wired for heat and lights. I think the newer ones are plug n play.

Sent from AutoGuide.com Free App

2000 Crew Cab F250 4x4:
Performance: Bone Stock
Mods: Indash Kenwood DVD/Nav, 08+ power/lighted/heat tow mirrors
Irishpilot is offline  
post #10 of 24 Old 02-08-2014, 05:37 PM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
1997PSD's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Corpus Christi, TX
Posts: 204
Thanks: 7
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Irishpilot, what wires did you tap into? I also have a 2000 so I'm guessing the colors would be the same.


2000 F-250 XLT
Twisted Diesel Level II 4R100 w/ V10 Cooler
TS 6 Position w/ PHP Tunes.
4 inch turbo back straight pipe.
Wicked Wheel 2
18in XD's wrapped in 35in Toyo Open Country M/Ts
3 inch PMF shackles w/ Ford X-codes.
Re-routed CCV
Red Head Steering Gear
Isspro A-pillar Gauges.
7 inch pioneer touch screen.
'07 grille and Morimoto Retro'd headlights
'08 side mirrors.
Ranch Hand bumper.
1997PSD is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome