Go Back   Club Lexus Forums > Lexus Model Forums > LS Models > LS400
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?

My next unnecessary modification

Reply
 
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 06-19-14, 08:32 PM   #1
Hiroshi12
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
Hiroshi12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: CA
Posts: 250
Default My next unnecessary modification

Here we go again. Since my last attempt at greatness fell flat, I decided to redeem myself with these nifty blinker mirrors. Got one side painted and ready to go for tomorrow install.
This ad is not displayed to registered members.
Register your free account today and become a member on Club Lexus!
Attached Images
 

Last edited by Hiroshi12; 06-21-14 at 11:21 PM..
Hiroshi12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-14, 09:09 PM   #2
sha4000
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (1)
 
sha4000's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: N.Y.
Posts: 3,643
Default

Where did you get the covers from?
__________________
1998 LS 400
sha4000 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-14, 09:21 PM   #3
Hiroshi12
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
Hiroshi12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: CA
Posts: 250
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by sha4000 View Post
Where did you get the covers from?
From China, aka Ebay.



Hiroshi12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-14, 09:25 PM   #4
AtlasLS400
Pole Position
Trader Score: (1)
 
AtlasLS400's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Florida
Posts: 379
Default

Yes please share where you got these from and install process. This is a mod I've been wanting to do.
__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Coach Edition
AtlasLS400 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-14, 09:28 PM   #5
sha4000
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (1)
 
sha4000's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: N.Y.
Posts: 3,643
Default

Nice find I've been thinking of doing this for years but don't feel like trying to pop the mirror out and end up breaking it.
__________________
1998 LS 400
sha4000 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-14, 09:37 PM   #6
Hiroshi12
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
Hiroshi12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: CA
Posts: 250
Default

Standby, more to follow tomorrow. I am making no predictions.
Hiroshi12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-14, 10:32 PM   #7
RA40
Moderator
Trader Score: (6)
 
RA40's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: California
Posts: 15,782
Default

The covers look good when the car is all worked over...that VIP style image. If the cover gap is filled, it looks If going that route, put LED lights on the bottom of the mirror and in the door handle pulls so that when you unlock the car, they come on to illuminate the exterior in those spots. Should work with the circuit that turns on the interior courtesy lights.
__________________

Mike
RA40 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-14, 11:26 PM   #8
Hiroshi12
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
Hiroshi12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: CA
Posts: 250
Default

Once I got one of the OEM covers off I noticed the size and shape difference. The replacement covers (pictured on the right) are about .5 inch wider and more "rounded"? Makes sense since there has to be extra room for the light fixtures.
Attached Images
 
Hiroshi12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-14, 11:34 PM   #9
Hiroshi12
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
Hiroshi12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: CA
Posts: 250
Default

The first obvious step is to disconnect the battery and remove the door panels. This is pretty straight-forward and is covered in other threads. One surprise I will mention is that the panels have an extra "hidden" screw (look under the door handle to the upper right) which nearly caused me to break it off with too much pulling. This photo shows the panel removed and if you look to the right of the tweeter, you see a wad of rubber foam covering the electric clip and the three bolts holding the mirror to the door.
Attached Images
  

Last edited by Hiroshi12; 07-07-14 at 04:24 PM..
Hiroshi12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-14, 11:40 PM   #10
Hiroshi12
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
Hiroshi12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: CA
Posts: 250
Default

Another obvious tip; once you loosen that last bolt be ready to catch the mirror in case it drops - although I really had to wiggle mine back and forth in order to break free 16 years of grime and dried sealant on the gasket.
Attached Images
 

Last edited by Hiroshi12; 06-21-14 at 11:53 PM..
Hiroshi12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-14, 11:51 PM   #11
Hiroshi12
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
Hiroshi12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: CA
Posts: 250
Default

Now that you got the original mirror off, find a clean flat surface to work on cause it's surgery time! Before you begin I recommend using some painters tape to cover the mirror glass and the body of the replacement cover. The reason: as soon as you take the OEM mirror apart your hands will be dirty and sticky with sealant and tape residue, grease, grime, etc. I learned this the hard way with the first side and then spent 30 minutes carefully cleaning off the finished mirror which was no longer nicely painted and clean.
Attached Images
 

Last edited by Hiroshi12; 07-30-14 at 08:46 PM..
Hiroshi12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-14, 12:01 AM   #12
Hiroshi12
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
Hiroshi12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: CA
Posts: 250
Default

Now the part that will make you cringe...popping off the mirror glass. Use your thumbs and with even pressure push the top edges of the mirror all the way in (angled away from you). Next, hold your nerve and with your flathead screwdriver placed roughly in the middle of the bottom edge, pry upward until it pops off the clips. It really was no big deal but in your mind the glass is shattering. Hinge the mirror upward and it will slide out of the upper clips.
Attached Images
  
Hiroshi12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-14, 12:07 AM   #13
Hiroshi12
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
Hiroshi12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: CA
Posts: 250
Default

Set the glass aside (it will still be attached via the motor wiring) and remove the motor from the housing with four screws while leaving the white plastic backing plate on. Next, flip the mirror over and remove the 3 screws holding the folding mounting bracket to the housing.
Attached Images
  

Last edited by Hiroshi12; 06-22-14 at 12:51 AM..
Hiroshi12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-14, 12:13 AM   #14
Hiroshi12
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
Hiroshi12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: CA
Posts: 250
Default

Pull the motor and mounting bracket out from the bottom hole of the mirror housing. It looks like it won't go, but it will - just takes some "finessing". You should now have the mirror glass, the motor, and the mounting bracket all strung together by the motor wiring. Are your hands sticky enough yet?
Attached Images
  
Hiroshi12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-14, 12:16 AM   #15
Hiroshi12
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
Hiroshi12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: CA
Posts: 250
Default

All you have to do now is stuff all of that into the new housing. Easy, right? The second time I did it - yes! First side not so much.
Attached Images
 

Last edited by Hiroshi12; 07-30-14 at 08:49 PM..
Hiroshi12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-14, 12:16 AM
 
 
 
 
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2007 SC Great Car mydakrri SC 430 5 07-15-14 08:48 AM
Video to Go! diggdyone ES350 and ES300h (2013+) 28 05-25-14 08:06 AM
What rotors? ehaze LS460, LS460L and LS600h 12 12-29-12 12:59 PM
new shim and fit kit necessary? soupdawg Suspension and Brakes 4 02-15-12 01:50 PM
Is there a valet mode? Damage IS F 13 05-13-10 08:40 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:27 PM.

Join ClubLexus
Advertising


Copyright © 2000-2008 Internet Brands, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Terms of Use | JOBS


Get all contact info