Installation Time: Afternoon
September 24, 2017
Great Mirrors for our 2002 V6
The OEM mirrors look like Mickey Mouse ears or Taurus mirrors; I really wanted an upgrade. The mirror set is two parts, the base and a painted cover.
The paint and clear coat set I got for Torch Red (paint code D6, a.k.a., Durango Red) was $38 (TouchUp Express on Amazon), plus plastic primer for $7. The plastic is black and needed many coats before the black tone was gone. If you like to paint, go for it; otherwise I would recommend pre-painted.
The mirror base arrived with a line down the front of it, flash from the injection mold line. I got another set but it had the same problem. I chose to shave it down and sand it smooth, but needed to paint the whole thing black to make it look right. Lots of extra work to make it look like the picture, but AM gave me a credit to cover the extra black paint and effort. Hopefully MMD gets their injection mold process fixed (1 start deduction from "Bang/Buck" for a quality issue). The AM staff did a great job getting my issue settled; I even visited their office.
When I removed the old mirror, there was dirt underneath and pitting in the paint, so I scrubbed it clean and added clear coat to stop it from getting worse.
The small Torx Screws that mount the mirror motor need a push to get started but do not require much torque, be careful. After cleaning the mirror motor, I had trouble getting the mirror to click onto it, so I added some Teflon lubricant to the tabs on the mirror and the groove on the motor and that worked well. The passenger side is harder to set. It was easier to get the mirror surface to click in place by getting the 12 o'clock groove and tabs in place first.
I am really happy with the look of the new mirrors and would recommend them to anyone.