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Old 02-08-2014, 02:21 PM
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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.
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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.
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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

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Old 02-08-2014, 03:46 PM
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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.
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Those look great. I installed mine a year ago and could not be happier
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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...
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I want to get the lighted and heated ones but I am intimidated by the wiring.
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Now if the truck already has heat and lights, It should be plug and play right?
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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.

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Irishpilot, what wires did you tap into? I also have a 2000 so I'm guessing the colors would be the same.
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