Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour
September 08, 2014
The last line in the instructions says.....you may need a tissue. It should read........you WILL need a tissue. These mirrors are drop dead gorgeous and the best upgrade you will ever make on your S197.
This may be lengthy, but please wade through it. I've got a couple tips that are beneficial when mounting. I tend to learn the hard way, so I like to pass on info when it may help the next guy.
I had my eye on these mirrors for a few weeks, and being a review reader, read all 91 reviews. The majority of them all said the same thing....5 thumbs up, but I read a couple reviews that said the fit was bad. Thinking they must've received a set of lemons, was really hoping that I wasn't one that might get a bad set. I know AM always takes care of their customers if there's a problem, I just didn't want to go through the hassle of contacting them and waiting on the next pair.
I had the video from Agent47 showing how to mount these mirrors set up in the garage on my laptop, and methodically watched a "section", paused, watched it again, before attempting to go on. I'm a guy that can do about anything, mechanically speaking, and some things worse than others. I usually have a few parts left over whenever I do work on my car. I also had the instructions that came with the mirrors, so I felt I had everything covered.
To the guys that said the fit was terrible, well the same thing happened to me after I put on the drivers side first. It was getting late last night and didn't want to go for the passenger side, so this morning I jumped on the pass side. I tossed and turned all night because I wasn't happy with the fit. At the top of the flange that joins under the rubber strip, there was a gap at least a half an inch. It stuck out far enough that I knew water would get down in there, plus it looked really bad. I had followed the directions to a tee, yet the fit was horrible.
I spent a good hour doing the drivers side, but the passenger side only took 20 minutes since I was familiar with the installation.
Ok, here's a critical part of the installation that the directions don't really tell you. First, pulling the wiring harness through the mirror housing is tricky, because the 2 inch long clip has to come through a rather small hole, and it's going sideways where it needs to be straight up an down. I used a real small flat blade screwdriver to "guide" the clip through the housing. It still took a little maneuvering but it came through with no problem. That's the first tip I'd like to pass on.
The 2nd tip, and this is to all the guys who said the fit was bad...like I mentioned, my first attempt at mounting the mirrors I had a bad gap at the top of the triangle piece that joins the car. But something dawned on me as I put the passenger side on the next morning. There had to be something between the triangular piece and the joining up with the car that was causing the bad fit.
Here's what I had done wrong......the studs that you take off and re-screw into the plastic bracket were not seated all the way down. The video guy says to just tighten until they "seat" with the plastic. These studs go in real hard, and you think you're cross threaded or something ain't right. I was afraid of over tightening them, as you're using a 5/64 socket on the cogs of the stud. Well if you'll pull back a little on the foam gasket you can see the top of the round plastic head of what you're screwing into. When I removed the drivers side this morning and looked, I was a good quarter inch from being screwed in all the way. I knew then that was my problem, even though last night I was sure I had screwed the stud in as far as it would go. Again, these studs go in really tight, almost like you don't want to keep screwing them in, but if you'll look at the top of the plastic hole you're screwing into, you can tell when you need to stop. Once I did this, the drivers side mirror fit like a glove. Now I needed a tissue.
I apologize for the length of this review, but if this will help the next guy, it was worth it. I've got a good 6 thousand dollars of upgrades to my '07 Windveil Blue V6 Pony, and these mirrors top the list of add on's I've done. Truly makes the Mustang have that retro look, and why Ford didn't make these OEM is beyond me.
I've got over 250 pictures of my Stang over the past 7+ years, and now I want to throw them all away and start taking current pictures, because all the previous photo's have those gawd awful truck mirrors on there, and I'm embarrassed to keep them. Thanks AM for all you do for us Pony guys!