July 26, 2011
Boxes, Nuts, Wires and Heaven
I was really concerned since this was my first time dealing with American Muscle, but the price was right and the reviews seemed balanced.
When the mirror arrived I was appalled because the box looked like something Tom Hanks fished out of the water in Castaway, but the unit was in perfect shape!
It was a perfect fit and worked first time, kinda (see below). Oh, I should mention there were no instructions (okay, how hard can this be?). You don't need the Ford manual or Chilton's to do this. It's simple.
Nuts -- there weren't any for the three bolt ends needed to connect the unit. Fortunately, I had the three required nuts from the previous mirror, but if you don't, make sure you can get them. They are flanged nuts, although you could probably substitute a washer, locker and regular nut.
The unit has a super three (female) prong connector, but I found that no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't fish the connector end from the old mirror out of the door (and I didn't want to open up the inner doorpanels), so I had to cut the wires and splice the new unit in. Better color-coding would help here. I found that the connection that worked was the one where no colors matched on any of the wire pairs.
Overall, excellent match, excellent fit, and basically easy installation (note that if you are replacing this ona GT with the super speaker system, you will have to remove the speaker cover and remove the speaker housing (a single screw).