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Old 08-11-2011, 07:34 AM   #29
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Old 08-11-2011, 11:32 AM   #30
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Hi Mrs. Bale, which model are you using? I do like that 240 MPH clamp... Is there any online sales?
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We got the Aero 2 mirrors. Can't vouch for 240 mph, but they are more secure than the 3 other brands we tried. Here is the link: https://www.makariosboatparts.com/pr...-Products.html
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Old 08-11-2011, 11:45 AM   #31
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I guess I will check with my Toyota dealer about this. It seems hard to believe that a dealership isn't interested in making some money.

waltb your solution seems to be the best ive seen so far, but not sure what you mean about "work" trunk level?

guess i would have to check with dealer to see what grade level my double cab is... it may be work model in that it has shifter on the column...

im just afraid that my cipa's may not take another summer of texas heat... the wedges aren't sitting in the channels very well......
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Old 08-11-2011, 01:03 PM   #32
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Hi TPI
We got the Aero 2 mirrors. Can't vouch for 240 mph, but they are more secure than the 3 other brands we tried. Here is the link: https://www.makariosboatparts.com/pr...-Products.html
Mrs. Bale,

What other three brands have you tried, I am currently looking to get some 'ad-on' tow mirrors for my Tundra and am intrested in what you didn't like about the brands.
Thanks!
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Old 08-11-2011, 01:18 PM   #33
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Today I ordered a pair of the Aero mirrors. I have used the Cipa mirrors on one trip. i'll report on the comparison when I take my next trip in Sept.

I had no issues with the Cipa on a 600 mile trip, but to get them tight I had to screw down the thumbscrew enough to grossly deform the plastic case and wedge channel. i'm interested in seeing if the Aero mirrors have a better hold down mechanism. These Aero mirrors are about double the price of the Cipas.. lol I'm spending enough on these add ons I could order the factory tow mirrors from Sparks. For non towing I do like the standard mirrors though.
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Old 08-11-2011, 06:39 PM   #34
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Don't feel like the Lone Ranger. Nissan does the same thing with the Titan. There's a lot of things you can upgrade, but tow mirrors are not among them.


Beg to differ: I bought my '04 Titan SE without the Big Tow package and got aftermarket mirrors that were half of what the dealer wanted for Tow mirrors. Same hole pattern, wiring harnesses. Bolted right in, hooked right up. Still working after almost eight years.
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Old 08-11-2011, 06:53 PM   #35
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I have had CIPAs for a year and they are cracking around the foot posts. Ordered some Aero 2s today. Hoping I can make it through my trip berfore the CIPAs come apart. Leaving tomorrow, so the Aeros won't be here.
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Old 08-11-2011, 10:07 PM   #38
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I tried to buy a 2011 Tundra and finally gave up . Ordering what I wanted was impossible even though the factory brochure and web site said what I had specified was available. I guess their dealers must be overrun with customers even though one in my area had 45 trucks sitting on his lot. Seems you can't get the dealers to order in one. When I called Toyota ,they told me the dealers from each region get together, decide how they want the trucks for that region built , and that what you want may not be avialable in your region. How's that for a business model ? Guess I'll be sticking with Dodge and all that Hemi power .
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Mrs. Bale,

What other three brands have you tried, I am currently looking to get some 'ad-on' tow mirrors for my Tundra and am intrested in what you didn't like about the brands.
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One was Cipa and I can't remember the brands of the other 2. I will check my receipts when I get home and get back to you. The first pair was supposed to slide over the existing mirrors and then clamp down with a thumb screw. These would have worked fine but they didn't fit. The Cipa mirrors strapped on- the plastic strap connector piece broke and fell off while we were on the road. It was surprising that the mirror didn't fly off. The third pair clamped on, but they were very unstable and vibrated so badly that they were useless. They also impeded the electric mirrors. The Aeros fit very securely on our Durango and don't impede the OEM mirrors. They do vibrate, but not excessively. I'll get back to you with the brands that didn't work.
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Today I ordered a pair of the Aero mirrors. I have used the Cipa mirrors on one trip. i'll report on the comparison when I take my next trip in Sept.

I had no issues with the Cipa on a 600 mile trip, but to get them tight I had to screw down the thumbscrew enough to grossly deform the plastic case and wedge channel. i'm interested in seeing if the Aero mirrors have a better hold down mechanism. These Aero mirrors are about double the price of the Cipas.. lol I'm spending enough on these add ons I could order the factory tow mirrors from Sparks. For non towing I do like the standard mirrors though.
Hope these work for you, TPI. The clamp mechanism on the Aeros consists of 4 thumb screws- 2 to secure the mirror to the existing mirrors, and 2 for controlling the up/down rotation. No way to rotate laterally but this hasn't been a problem.
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We didn't have any problems getting the tow package with tow mirrors and the TRD option when we bought our '07 at the end of that model year. Since we bought in Colorado, we may have had a problem if we wanted the 2WD version. The dealer checked the computer and saw where all the versions were; I think we ended up with one off their lot anyway. I'm sure it would be harder to get a 4WD version in southern Cal. or Fla. I have read before Toyota does not allow you to order from the factory—you have to buy what a dealer has. The theory may be that it supports the dealers and moves inventory.

With the internet, you can deal with dealers in other regions. This is a pain, but it depends just how much you want a specific truck.

Our mirrors have the turn signals, heat up to remove fogging or ice and fold in. They do not extend out with a motor—it is manual—but the upper mirror can be adjusted electrically inside the truck. This requires a lot of wires and if Toyota does not use the same harness for all Tundras, then the harness would have to be replaced (seems like it would be cheaper to use one harness for all trucks, but maybe it isn't). A dealer may not want to do that, but should be able to sell you the proper harness. A good mechanic can figure it out and replace the harness (or make one) and solve the problem. Money and a good mechanic should solve the problem.

A service dep't that does not want to change a harness and solve a problem is a service dep't I would not return to—do they give up when they have a really hard problem to solve?

I can't understand how the tow mirror wouldn't fold in and do it in both directions. It is hard to understand why Toyota would make two different styles of tow mirror that fold and don't fold. For years now all mirrors fold.

I would also check for aftermarket tow mirrors. I think there may be some issues finding the exact mirror, but here's one I found for a 2011 Limited in about 2 minutes at a substantial saving: PartsTrain.com - Hard to Find Auto Parts and Truck Parts - Towing Mirror - For 2011 Toyota Tundra Limited 8 Cyl 5.7L

My experience with buying aftermarket parts on the internet is that a fair number of them are the wrong ones and have to be returned, but prices are usually much better than going to a local aftermarket parts store. Those guys get it wrong a lot too.

It can be hard to deal with Toyota. They have a tendency to be arrogant at times. I try to ignore that so long as they make reliable vehicles.

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