Interior is almost done.

Discussion in 'Ranger Media' started by Shawn, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. OP

    Shawn Cranky old man

    Heated mirrors are done..Timer is from a Volvo. Auto shut off after 12 minutes. I used the rear defogger switch in the Explorer bezel for a factory installed look. I even wired up the in switch indicator. Next up is the heated washer nozzles and hose from a MB.


    Last edited: Oct 9, 2013
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  3. Scrambler82

    Scrambler82 Old Guy User

    Should be a good mod for your area.

    When I got my replacement mirrors I got new replacement glass with heat and directionals built in, just haven't got to it YET ! LOL... Now I am moving to warmer limit but there still may be a cold morning to two so I might ge to use them

    I am sssoooo far behind on mod.

    You truck is looking good, keep the mod coming.
  4. Fx4wannabe01

    Fx4wannabe01 New Member

    Info on heated mirrors? Were they just replacement glass with heated element or a universal retrofit kit? Links please and any other info please.

    I've fallen in love with heated mirrors in the tow trucks that I regularly drive in rainy and soggy Mt. Hood, Oregon. Thanks for any info.
  5. Scrambler82

    Scrambler82 Old Guy User

  6. OP

    Shawn Cranky old man

    Maybe yours are a kit.... I don't need no stinkin kit........:laughing:

    I bought the stick on elements from fleabay. Measure and make sure these fit your glass.
    I took my mirror heads apart and installed them on the rear of the glass. I used a Volvo rear defroster relay timer. Part number 9148300 It auto shuts off in 12 minutes. I have an Explorer radio bezel and wired the timer relay to the existing rear defogger switch.
    You could find Explorer heated mirror glass and swap them on. They are expensive when compared to the $5.00 I spent on the universal elements. And another $5.00 on the timer.
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2013
  7. Scrambler82

    Scrambler82 Old Guy User

    That’s a great idea and you can’t beat the price but I have the mirrors and the replacement glass units, just trying to find a minute in between everything else to get it done.

    The new mirrors are powered and I need to power up my doors but that will take at least a full day. (I have 2001 doors, not in bad condition that I am raping for the parts)

    Good Info for the site.
  8. OP

    Shawn Cranky old man

    Small addition. A Filter Minder...

    Last edited: Oct 18, 2013
  9. Fx4wannabe01

    Fx4wannabe01 New Member

    Thanks for the info, guys.

    Shawn... did you need to break the old mirror glass off the backing plate, apply the universal heating element onto a replacement "just glass", then install the combo onto the backing plate?? I can't imagine heat passing through the plastic backing plate and resulting in what your images show. Thanks for any help.

    The heating element pattern and size is what I was questioning in my head and lead me to believe they were add-on elements, not glass. If the modified mirrors were the result of the super expensive Muthco, I would have been greatly disappointed. I've located a different brand that is just a heated drop-in (no signals) with bracket for a really good price that I may take the chance on for my 06+ OE mirrors. But first I need to head to an old employer and look at the product first hand.
  10. OP

    Shawn Cranky old man

    I separated the glass from the backing plate using a 1" plastic putty knife. If I remember correctly, that's the tool I used. I applied the element and glued or taped the glass back onto the backing plate. I did not break the glass. I would have preferred to have a better, read larger, element but this is what I found for a good price. They do work nicely and I have VERY little invested.
  11. Scrambler82

    Scrambler82 Old Guy User

    You , might consider it a kit but the mirrors are separate, the harness for the heater is separate and the mirror control is still Ford.
    It is piece meal, so to speak, but can be used with OEM harnessing.

    Pricey but not super expensive, a god set of seat covers will cost more than that.
    I have seen the Muthco Units on an F150s, they work and the built in directional not only looks good but looks OEM.
  12. OP

    Shawn Cranky old man

    Scrambler, You called my mod a "H-mod Kit" and I was just messin with you a bit.....
    It was an example of my odd sense of humor. A reference to a line in the movie "Blazing Saddles" "We don't need no stinkin badges".......
    It's all good. I am just too cheap to spend that on the mirror glass. I did look at those and other heated/signal glass before I decided on the elements. I had experience with the stick on elements from working in a bus garage. I knew what to expect ahead of time.
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  13. Scrambler82

    Scrambler82 Old Guy User

    Actually the “H-Mod-Kit” is from Muth Co, when you buy their directional/heated mirrors glass and don’t have the wiring for the Heat then you need their H-Mod-Kit.

    I wanted the Directionals in the mirrors and didn’t like any of the mods I had seen, so I went for it. Yes pricey but I think I will like it when and if it ever gets installed.
  14. Fx4wannabe01

    Fx4wannabe01 New Member

    In my case, I didn't want the arrow signal indicator. I've never liked them and I LOVE my convex blind spot mirrors. And Muth doesn't offer them without. At least from what I could tell. Do the Muth mirrors come with the bracket? If so, I've never seen an aftermarket mirror assy with the stock shaped bracket/pivot panel that's like the OE ones. Stock shape is if you cut Nebraska in half and leaving the eastern half. Hard to explain but you can see the bracket shape in the Muth Co instructions.

    Have you seen mine? I wasn't too happy with anybody's signal mirror mods either on the 06+ mirrors. Except mine once I finally found the LED frequency I was looking for. lol.

    Last edited: Oct 19, 2013
  15. Shaneomac

    Shaneomac New Member

    What LEDs did you end up using for the turn signals in the mirror?

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  16. Scrambler82

    Scrambler82 Old Guy User

    It looks decent enough but to me the blind spot mirror takes up too much of the mirror.
    The directional strip is a good idea though.

    I have been looking at some add-on blind spot mirrors, they fit on the bottom of the mirrors where I would want them but so far all I can find are the ones with clips not a bolt on thing.

    Here is one on e-bay that I liked, will need to make a better mounting system. Next question would be how long will china chroming on plastic last ?

    Maybe something could be built out of fiberglass, and have a mounting system that will withstand the car wash.
  17. Emilenaw

    Emilenaw New Member

    yes I leave Friday for the lake bed from the 1st to the 11th are you going to be out there?Ha I know that Cherokee =0 and they Run my wheels too

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