Review & Install Video
So the SpeedForm Agent 47 Retro-Style mirrors would be a great choice for the early S197 owners out there looking to make a rather large departure from those boring rectangular factory mirrors and go with a bullet-style shape, better-fitting the retro lines of the '05 to '09 cars.
Now, these satin black options are currently the highest-rated and most popular after-market mirror on the site with well over 100-plus five star reviews and they are gonna land you right around that $200 price point for the pair. Now this is going to involve a little bit of work for the install but I'm still going one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter here and we will talk a little bit more about that later in the video. So again, these mirrors will definitely appeal to the '05 to '09 owners out there who are looking to make a pretty decent change to the appearance, but for not a lot of money.
And sure, I'll admit that swapping mirrors at least on the surface might not seem like it's a huge deal or would make a huge impact to the overall styling. But honestly, guys, I disagree. And here is why. Listen. The factory mirrors on these '05 to '09 cars, you drive them, you know the deal, looks like they're better suited for an F150 as opposed to a sports car or a pony car. They're big, they're black, and they really don't flow too well with the lines of the early S197 cars. So to help fix that, a couple of companies, including SpeedForm here, do offer a few different retro style mirrors a little better-fitting of that retro redesign of the '05 to '09 Mustangs.
Now, MMD will also offer you a pre-painted or matte black variation of the mirrors here while the SpeedForms that are currently on my table will be your only option in satin black on the site that does boast that modern kind of twist on the classic bullet mirror design. Now, if you did want to eventually paint these guys to switch up the look a little bit, maybe match them to the color of your car, you do have that option as well as the SpeedForm mirrors are paintable.
Construction-wise, things are very simple here, guys. You're looking at a durable automotive grade ABS plastic for the housing itself along with some fresh glass for the mirrors themselves. You will notice, however, there's no motors included with these guys so you will need to swap those over from your factory mirrors over to the new housing and we will cover that a little bit more in the install portion.
You're also going to be reusing the hardware from the factory mirrors in addition to the studs and weather stripping so don't expect to be receiving all of that with the new mirrors here. Instead, you're simply just receiving the housings themselves along with the fresh glass.
Now, I will say the one and possibly only drawback to making the switch to an aftermarket mirror like this is gonna be the slight reduction in visibility as you are reducing the size of the glass itself in the mirrors. Definitely not a deal breaker for you guys out there but it is something to be aware of when installing these things for the very first time.
Now, speaking of the installation, this one does involve a few steps but it is relatively straightforward so expect a solid one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter from me, maybe an hour or so from start to finish depending on how fast you like to work.
Tool list is very simple here, gang. Expect to use a basic socket set in addition to a Torx bit set as well which will be used to help you transfer those motors from the factory mirrors over to the new SpeedForm options.
Getting started, you will need to remove those factory mirrors first, so go ahead and pop off the plastic cover to expose the three nuts securing the factory mirrors to your door. Remove those and set those factory mirrors aside. At this point, you will need to swap those motors over to the new SpeedForm housing so remove the glass carefully and grab your torques tool to remove the three torque screws securing the motor to the factory housings. Transfer those motors over to the new mirrors and secure them with the hardware you just removed.
With the motors in place, go ahead and install the new glass on your SpeedForm mirrors and transfer over the factory foam weather stripping to the new housings themselves before installing back onto the door area. Reinstall the three nuts and the factory plastic and your installation is complete.
So if you're one of the many S197 owners out there who really aren't too crazy about those truck style factory mirrors, you'll definitely want to check out the extremely popular SpeedForm Agent 47 mirrors right here at americanmuscle.com