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Old 08-21-2011, 11:49 AM   #43
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I have a 2010 Tundra Double cab and went through the mirror thing. I was told by a former Toyota tech that the dealers do not want to install mirrors, for whatever reason. He said that unless you have a "work" or "fancy" trunk level, the wiring should be the same for tow mirrors. If your existing mirrors are heated and adjustable, the wiring should work with tow mirrors.

So I went to:

Tow Mirror, Right Side COMPLETE ASSEMBLY at Sparks Toyota-Scion, Myrtle Beach, SC

and ordered mirrors. I had an independent shop install them in about 30 minutes, just plugged them in and everything works great. The Toyota tow mirrors fold, and extend (not power), and the turn signal lights and heat work fine.
Thanks so much for the post. The Tundra forums taught me that if I had 8 wires on my harness all would be well. You gave me the link to the actual mirrors. I ordered them, watched a short You-tube video of how to remove the door panel, Skye and I installed them (by ourselves) in less than an hour. Everything works fine, even the blinkers (and I did not have blinkers on the original mirrors.)


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Old 08-22-2011, 03:10 PM   #44
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I'm ornery enough that I'd be inclined to go back to the first dealer and show them your new mirrors.
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Old 08-22-2011, 03:41 PM   #45
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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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I just got my Aero 2 Mirrors the day before may last trip. I love them. By far the best I have used.

I've had various "rubber band" brands. They were too small. Didn't always fit the various vehicles I have driven and the bands break due to sun rot eventually

My CIPAs began to crack at the three feet posts after only one year, always slipped down (especiall during a rain, due to nylon strap stretch when wet).

The Areos never moved, have a well designed mounting system, and appear to be of high quality. All the hardware is stainless steel with brass inserts in all the plastic. They are adjustable as to their length, and with them all the way out, I can see EVERYTHING behind me...even if a car is crowding me a little close, I can see his rear quarter a little and certainly his shadow from one side or the other. Highly recommend them.

BTW, CASA, great that it worked out. I was having trouble grasping that Toyota would use different harness for different trucks. Minimizing build combinations with a universal harness is WAY cheaper than the material not utilized on a decontented truck.
Most mfrs. use one or MAYBE two harnesses these days.
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Old 08-22-2011, 04:06 PM   #46
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BTW, CASA, great that it worked out. I was having trouble grasping that Toyota would use different harness for different trucks. Minimizing build combinations with a universal harness is WAY cheaper than the material not utilized on a decontented truck.
Most mfrs. use one or MAYBE two harnesses these days.
Thanks. I also had trouble with that. Can't imagine you save 30 cents or so per harness but lose all kinds of money on parts and installation later...But it is true. We popped the panel of my son in laws Tundra last night. 3 wires instead of the 8 he would need. Ahh well...I recommended he stay away from the Cipa's and try the Aero's. (It was Cipa that blew off on the bridge and started me on this quest) That one thumbscrew and the little plastic insert just never really seemed right.
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Old 10-14-2011, 06:05 PM   #47
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I'm in the process of buying a 2011 Tundra Double Cab and am getting conflicting info from dealers about adding the Tundra Tow Mirrors.... The latest dealer service manager is saying that he doesn't recommend putting them on because "they vibrate". What experience have you all had with these mirrors when and if you have had them installed with the proper wiring harness?
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My 07 Tundra came with the mirrors. They do not vibrate...
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Our 09 also has the mirrors and they do not rattle or vibrate. They are great.
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Old 10-14-2011, 07:17 PM   #50
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My 07 Tundra came with the mirrors. They do not vibrate...
Same here.

Maybe if he installs them they do, but the factory installed ones haven't.

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I put tow mirrors on my Tundra and they don't vibrate. The dealer told me they wouldn't sell the mirrors to me because Toyota doesn't let them unless they came with the truck. Seems a crock to me... I bought them from another dealer and had an independent install them. I could have done it myself after watching though.
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I'm in the process of buying a 2011 Tundra Double Cab and am getting conflicting info from dealers about adding the Tundra Tow Mirrors.... The latest dealer service manager is saying that he doesn't recommend putting them on because "they vibrate". What experience have you all had with these mirrors when and if you have had them installed with the proper wiring harness?
Reshecca, I guess I started this thread out of frustration with Toyota but I can tell you the ones we installed do not vibrate a bit. Same bolts that hold on the original ones. I am so glad we put them on.

Sometimes I think they say whatever they can to get you to buy what is on the lot and keep you from going somewhere else. I was told I would be able to get them later (salesman) but when later came, the Service dept. disagreed.
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Reshecca, I guess I started this thread out of frustration with Toyota but I can tell you the ones we installed do not vibrate a bit. Same bolts that hold on the original ones. I am so glad we put them on.

Sometimes I think they say whatever they can to get you to buy what is on the lot and keep you from going somewhere else. I was told I would be able to get them later (salesman) but when later came, the Service dept. disagreed.
The irony then is that the trouble they are giving me about the mirrors may drive me to another dealer. They have the truck I want with most of the features i'm looking for. I want to pay them extra to add these mirrors, but the service manager is resisting. The salesman seems to be on my side (he realizes that these mirrors are the only thing remaining between him and my money ~ we've even already agreed on price).

At this point i'm considering getting the truck without the tow mirrors and adding them on myself....
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Like waltb we got the same story from our Toyota dealer regarding adding tow mirrors. I checked tundra solutions too and then decided to go for it. I purchased the tow mirrors from Sparks Toyota. And I must say they were easy to install.
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At this point i'm considering getting the truck without the tow mirrors and adding them on myself....
Take a look back at post 43. No exaggeration in that post. My wife and I installed both sides less than an hour. Nothing was hard about it at all. I did watch a you tube video about how to remove the door panel (I think it was designed for replacing speakers) but all you need to do is pop loose the top half of the panel, no need to take it all the way off to get to the mirror connections. And, like the previous poster, we got ours from Sparks. Cheaper than Toyota. Heated, power adjust, and with a blinker. Before you go on a trip, you pull them out for full extension. Push back in when back home. Here is a pic from when we installed them. (pushed in) well over 1000 miles since then, no vibration and no more worries about it blowing off on the road somewhere.
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how many wires did you have in the harness?

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