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Aftermarket Towing Mirrors

Discussion in 'Towing & Hauling' started by ronlunan, Jan 3, 2018.

  1. Jan 3, 2018 at 6:05 AM
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    ronlunan

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    I bought $239 Power Heated Amber & Smoked Signal Towing Mirrors Pair Set for Toyota Tundra Newthese tow mirrors for my '18 TSS SR5 v8. I read that the truck was wired for marker and turn signals even though they aren't present on the stock mirrors.

    The install was a breeze, but the left side turn signal doesn't work and the right side marker light doesn't work. One works on one mirror and the other works on the other. I've contacted the seller and they claim the mirrors don't work for my year/make/model. But, as evidenced by what is working, clearly I am wired for it.

    The seller has offered to take my return with no restocking fee, but I want these mirrors. Is this likely faulty hardware and should I press for a replacement set?
     
  2. Jan 3, 2018 at 6:15 AM
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    JMHO, I would return and look for OEM. Not much more in cost.
     
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  3. Jan 3, 2018 at 6:22 AM
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    Thanks @johnxmccoy. I probably should've gone that route to begin with. I see now that they aren't that much more $$.
     
  4. Jan 5, 2018 at 6:06 AM
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    ronlunan

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    @johnxmccoy Thanks for your input. Try as I might, the seller wouldn't budge on the return and replace. So, I took the thing apart and realized that I bent one of the pins during install. It works great now. Live and learn!
     
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  5. Jan 5, 2018 at 8:33 AM
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    Glad you figure it out, $200 with free shipping ain't bad, how's the heated part and smoked lights working out? do they heat up as fast as the stock ones? are the lights bright enough? post some pics if you can.
     
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  6. Jan 5, 2018 at 9:35 AM
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    I agree with the others. OEM.

    I have the OEM mirrors on my 14' and everything works as it should.
     
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  7. Jan 5, 2018 at 11:30 AM
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    @Dmas Here are some photos for you. Now, I haven't had a lot of time with them. But, for the price (and now that I know they work as they should) I'm really happy with them. They look sharp with the smoked markers look great. I will say that the marker and blinker lights aren't terribly bright during the daytime. I'd give them a 7 out of 10 compared to similar pieces. You can see in the photos that they're small LEDs. Plenty bright at night, though. If you want other pictures let me know.

    Back - In

    Side Marker:

    Side Blinker + Marker

    Back Folded

    Front Folded

    Front Extended

    I'll try to take some pictures tonight so you can see what they look like in the dark.
     
  8. Jan 5, 2018 at 11:36 AM
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    I agree OEM is the best way to go, no doubt about it, but those look really good and the LED's are pretty bright, also, price is damn good for the pair, I was just wondering about the heated part, thanks Ron!! great pics and nice looking truck.
     
  9. Jan 5, 2018 at 11:37 AM
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    Oh yeah @Dmas Totally forgot about heat. I don't know yet! It's cold hear in Austin, but hasn't been THAT cold since I installed. I'll keep you posted though!
     
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  10. Jan 5, 2018 at 1:54 PM
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    How about BSM? Do those have that feature? I have some Tow mirrors that don't have BSM , so I took them off because I like that added safety feature.
     
  11. Jan 5, 2018 at 9:43 PM
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    So how are the tow mirrors. Does the glass shake while driving. And is the bottom glass concave or flat. I had tow mirrors in previous truck and liked the bottom mirror concave so I used it as a blind spot mirror basically. I need tow mirrors. Trying to decided on aftermarket or oem
     
  12. Jan 5, 2018 at 9:57 PM
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    Firestone Airbags; remote starter; replaced stock mirrors with larger, pull-out mirrors for towing; hard plastic sectional cover for bed.
    I also needed tow mirrors and used my parts discount at the dealer to just get the OEMs and had the mechanic swap them out. They do stick out a few more inches so I collapse them whenever I'm parked out in public so nobody hits them.

    Oh the 2018 Tundra Platinum have outside mirrors that have a button to collapse them...just throwing that out there!
     
  13. Jan 6, 2018 at 7:04 AM
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    I saw the prices on the power fold tow mirrors. Seems pricey for almost 400 each
     
  14. Jan 6, 2018 at 8:48 AM
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    Yes Toyota OEM parts are not cheap by a long shot! In my old 05 Tacoma, a small device on the cab which told outside temp and direction went out and the dealer priced it at around $285! It was the only thing I used my extended warranty on...my deductible was $100. (I don't buy extended warranties for my Toyota's anymore)
     
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    Looks Good. Works Great!
     
  17. May 8, 2018 at 1:32 PM
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    I only tow a couple of times a year. has anyone ever used those slide on, slide off mirror extensions. I do not mind a little vibration as I hear that they all do some.
     
  18. May 14, 2018 at 9:27 PM
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    How has Toyota not come out with BSM with their tow mirrors.. that’s fckn shitty!! Seriously dropping the ball.. has anyone with aftermarket mirrors had ones that work well? Not vibrating ?
     
  19. May 15, 2018 at 4:01 AM
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    If you would have asked me a couple weeks ago I would have said yes - my mirrors from 1AAuto are fine. I had to replace the passenger side once due to excessive play where it folded - allowed it to move back and forth while driving at highway speed and was very annoying. Customer service replaced it with no questions.

    However recently, about 1 year after purchase, both mirrors are having issues folding (power fold mirrors). Sometimes they fold part way, sometimes they will not unfold completely, sometimes they do nothing. They have discontinued these mirrors so I need to call and ask for a new set. Lifetime warranty.

    If it wasn't for the power fold issues I would recommend what I have.
     
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  20. May 15, 2018 at 8:20 AM
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    What brand are they? Maybe getting non powerfold would be worth it.. not having BSM on OEM mirrors will bother me
     
  21. May 15, 2018 at 9:15 AM
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    They don't have a brand name on them...that's why they're 1/2 the price of OEM. OEM power fold mirrors are $800. I wanted to keep the power fold functionality that comes with my Platinum but couldn't see spending that much. I didn't realize how nice power fold mirrors are until you start parking in small spaces and don't want to get out every time to manually fold the mirrors. Now I use it constantly.

    I've never had a vehicle with BSM so I don't know if it would bother me losing it or not. Also keep in mind that you'll lose the auto-dim if you have that functionality. Though it was nice to have I don't seem to miss that feature much.
     
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  22. May 17, 2018 at 6:21 AM
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    I called 1AAuto today and they sent a new pair right out for warranty replacement. Their customer service is great. They say they have very few problems with these mirrors. I must be the lucky customer getting all the defective ones...

    Good thing they only take 10min each side to replace.
     

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