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Dante04SRT 01-08-2012 06:15 AM

My quest for (as close to 2008+ factory) fully functioning 08-12 power mirrors...
EDIT: The project was a SUCCESS! The following pages are a step by step of the process(es) used to figure everything out. I opted not to use the factory extend switch (although it could easily be wired up and made to work). I used an aftermarket telescope/extend switch instead.

I've written a How-To for this mod. It's located here:

Please use this thread to continue discussion on the OEM switch and operation here, as the How-To write-up doesn't allow replies.

I have had my eye on the 08+ power fold/telescoping mirrors for a while now. I finally picked up a set of 2011 OEM power fold mirrors a couple weeks ago. Now begins my quest to get them fully functional AND still keep things as close to factory as possible.

First off, the 2008+ trucks use two switches to control the mirrors - The first is a round power mirror control switch that included the power fold in it. For power extending, it has another rectangular switch mounted on the same bezel. My goal is to use both of those switches in my 2005 to get the factory look and function with my new mirrors.

To start, my 05 has the same switch/lock/mirror bezel that the 99-05 trucks had, and therefore had the square shaped mirror switch. The 2006-2007 trucks use a slightly different switch and bezel - Their mirror switch is VERY close to the 2008+ mirror switch and is the same size. The only difference (aside from wiring harness) is that the 2008+ switch mounts with the plug towards the front, whereas the 2006-07 switch mounts with the plug towards the rear. Aside from a very small notch required to mount the 2008 switch in backwards, it's virtually a direct drop in.

Pics for reference, 99-05 is on the left, 06-07 is on the right:

Here is a reference pic for the 2008-12 switch:
(Note the plug is actually 180* different than the 06-07 switch. I believe this is one of the reasons that people always report their switch controls are reversed after install/wiring 2008+ mirrors)

Here's one more; showing the 08+ switch and power extend button:

So, the basic plan is to install an 08+ adjustment switch into the 06-07 bezel that I bought and wire it up. The next is to install the power extend button in my dash. The previous owner had a toggle switch drilled into the lower dash to the left of the wheel, so I'm just going to cut that hole to fit the power extend switch and mount it there.

Obviously the wiring is another matter. Through my searches here, I've found the wiring diagrams/color codes for both my '05's factory wiring and also for the replacement mirrors. The switches don't look that tough - I'll figure that out and report back.

This process won't be an overnight thing, but over the next few weeks, I'll be updating to include new pics and overall progress. In the end, it should look as though it was completely factory and should function as such.

...stay tuned...


trophy_23 01-08-2012 08:55 AM

Looks like a great mod. I will be following along, can't wait to see the finished product!

Tennesseepowerstroke 01-09-2012 06:18 AM

Do you mind saying what you paid for the mirrors? The local Ford Dealer's parts department thought they were made of gold when I priced them. I was quoted $1800 new.

Dante04SRT 01-09-2012 06:23 AM

$600 for OEM. eBay. ;)

Dante04SRT 01-09-2012 05:16 PM

During my ebay check today, I came across this:


If your truck is a pre-06 and you are thinking of trying this same swap/install as me, you'll need this part. These seem to be somewhat hard to find; at least finding an 06-07 one was for me.

Tennesseepowerstroke 01-09-2012 07:01 PM

Were the mirrors new or used at that price? I need to look at ebay but don't like to use it.

Dante04SRT 01-09-2012 07:11 PM


Originally Posted by Tennesseepowerstroke (Post 2843628)
Were the mirrors new or used at that price? I need to look at ebay but don't like to use it.

Used - New, these things are like $1000+/ea.

AFAIK, all of the 08+ power folding/tele mirrors are OEM - I've not ever seen an aftermarket set of power fold/tele.

You can get a set of manual fold/tele aftermarket, but they're still like $500 new for the pair.

agjake11 01-09-2012 08:11 PM

ill just throw this in there. i changed to the 06-07 mirror switch and with my pre-06 mirrors the controls are reversed. it has something to do with the switch and not really its orientation impo.

dieselmatt 01-09-2012 08:25 PM

99 Attachment(s)
I'm interested in seeing how these turn out.

co04cobra 01-10-2012 03:04 AM

I want to see this one too. I have the mirrors and the switches but need to figure out the wiring. I am only doing it if I can get it to look and function OEM. Looking forward to the progress.

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