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Has anyone installed an auto dimming mirror on an 05 EX (L)? I've read the instructions, and I'm just curious how hard it really is to do yourself.
 

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Not that anyone cares, but I installed this yesterday. Super easy! The dealer wanted about $400 as an installed option, but I bought it from Ray Laks Honda for $180 and installed it myself in 20 minutes.

I'd do a DIY with photos, but it's so simple.

1. Take off old mirror, rotating clockwise.
2. Remove old spring, put in new one.
3. Put on new mirror, rotating counterclockwise.
4. Take off overhead console.
5. Remove dummy plug, plug in mirror.
6. Put everything back together and calibrate the compass.
7. Drink beer
 

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I wouldn't mind seeing your DIY photos. I have a EX-L as well and had been looking at that option but was put off a bit by the factory instructions. The console part in the ceiling was what scared me, look like a pain to get in it without breaking something.

Have you done the fog lites yet? That is the other project I am interested in but it looks like a pain!!
 

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I wouldn't mind seeing your DIY photos. I have a EX-L as well and had been looking at that option but was put off a bit by the factory instructions. The console part in the ceiling was what scared me, look like a pain to get in it without breaking something.

Have you done the fog lites yet? That is the other project I am interested in but it looks like a pain!!
I didn't take photos, but you don't need them.

THIS IS FOR THE 05 ONLY. The 04 is slightly more complicated, the 03 even more.

To get the console off, you open the sunglass holder and take out two bolts. Then, you take off the two lens covers (like changing the bulbs) and the whole thing falls out of the ceiling. On the 05 there's a connector waiting for it in there.

I had to drill (5/16" bit) the existing hole in the cover (that comes with the kit), and that was super easy, you're just widening a hole in some plastic. I didn't have to "cut off the ribs" that they describe. I didn't use any EPT sealers as there was nothing to rattle, it's pretty tight.

I wasn't planning on doing the fogs, but I want a wing spoiler pretty bad.

Lemme know if you still have questions.
 

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Don't let the instructions intimidate you. This is cake. I had mine in (05 EX-L I4M) in less than 10 minutes. There are actually 4 screws in the ceiling console - 2 inside the sunglass holder and 1 under each light lens. Once the console was out, I could see the connector pushed back into the ceiling. Be careful working with bare hands - the metal in there is very sharp. Cut the insulating tape they give you into several pieces and put it any place where the wire might rub. Also put a piece between the headliner edge and the wire to keep the sharp edge of the headliner from eventually cutting the wire. I had plenty.

The auto-dim mirror is a very useful mod. Not only do I get lost less, I haven't been blinded by lights from traffic behind me since I've had it. :thmsup: You don't generally even notice it until you think about it and realize that you can always see behind you and never have to reach up and pull the tab to get the light out of your eyes.

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I think I see a new mirror in my future! I have a friend that works for the local dealer, have to see if the emp deal beats online. Will let ya know how it goes!!
 

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I installed one in my 04 EX-L and it took me about 1.5 hours but I was being extremely carful. It ended up looking great and I love it. The instructions are perfect to the t and it is not very hard. the hardest part was tapeing the wire to the ceiling under the head liner but it wasn't that bad and that part doesn't have to be perfect. I got mine from handa-accessories and I was very happy with the whole experience. :thmsup: :thmsup:
 

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greggdogg said:
1. Take off old mirror, rotating clockwise.
2. Remove old spring, put in new one.
3. Put on new mirror, rotating counterclockwise.
4. Take off overhead console.
5. Remove dummy plug, plug in mirror.
6. Put everything back together and calibrate the compass.
7. Drink beer
Hey, so for step 7, what kind of beer should I be chasing this project with? :naughty:

I used Corona after installing factory fogs, but feel this might require something stonger. Maybe I didn't use the correct quantity :paranoid:
 

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Question on install

Not to sound dumb, but did you disconnect the battery per the "formal" instructions, or was this not necessary?
 

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Not to sound dumb, but did you disconnect the battery per the "formal" instructions, or was this not necessary?
Psssh, naw. There's two plugs to unplug and three to plug back in, very simple.
Just keep in mind that there are hot terminals right next to your grounded screw/socket driver when you remove the 2 screws under the map light covers. I wrapped the metal shaft of my socket wrench with electrical tape just to be safe. ;)

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You could leave the door open for 10 minutes or simply flick the off switch so the lights would go out first. The power is cut off from a remote switch so there is no current going to the lights. I didn't bother with the battery. As long as you don't accidentally hit the white switch to turn on the lights you're safe.

If you're worried, you can always disconnect your battery first. The radio preset won't go away if you reconnect the battery within a few hours (at least in my '05). Actually, come to think of it, I don't think the radio stations are stored in volatile memory so it should stay "memorized" indefinately. You just got to know what the radio anti-theft code is if you remove the battery cable.
 

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It helps to remove the sun visor retaining clips. Just twist them 90 degrees counter clockwise and they should pop right out. The wire for the mirror is supposed to attach to the headliner, not the ceiling. :)

Honda's directions:
"Attach the mirror harness to the roof liner with
three pieces of the EPT sealer in the areas
shown."

Directions if you need it.
 

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A few more questions about the Auto-dimming mirror.

A few more questions about the Auto-dimming mirror.

I am considering adding Auto-dimming mirror to my EX-L as well, but have a few more questions.

First: Is there a way to adjust the dimming of the mirror? so for example if the mirror did not dimm enough or dimmed too much it could be adjusted.

Two: How large is the mirror in height? I would like to compare to my stock mirror to see if my visibility around it would be reduced. also is it any wider?

Three: Installation - when taking off the map light covers, which side of the covers do you pry? the side towards the centerline of the car or the outboard side. They look very easy to break, this is really the only part of the installation that concerns me. What did you use to pry with?

Four: Where did you buy your mirror? I'm looking for a place to buy one that is reputable, but also cheap. If you bought online please post a link to the site or suggest a site.

Thanks in advance.
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A few more questions about the Auto-dimming mirror.

I am considering adding Auto-dimming mirror to my EX-L as well, but have a few more questions.

First: Is there a way to adjust the dimming of the mirror? so for example if the mirror did not dimm enough or dimmed too much it could be adjusted.

Two: How large is the mirror in height? I would like to compare to my stock mirror to see if my visibility around it would be reduced. also is it any wider?

Three: Installation - when taking off the map light covers, which side of the covers do you pry? the side towards the centerline of the car or the outboard side. They look very easy to break, this is really the only part of the installation that concerns me. What did you use to pry with?

Four: Where did you buy your mirror? I'm looking for a place to buy one that is reputable, but also cheap. If you bought online please post a link to the site or suggest a site.

Thanks in advance.
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First: Nope, the mirror either dims or doesn't dim. It's not adjustable. But I don't know of any that are, and I have no complaints.

Two: The mirror is larger in height due to the compass, but the viewable area is the same, as far as I can tell.

Three: I used a small, flatblade screwdriver to pry the front and back (with respect to the car) of the covers. Started in the back. Wrap it in tape to keep it from scratching the panel.

Four: I bought it at hondacuraworld, http://www.hondacuraworld.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=Special6&Category_Code=SP
Make sure you tell them it's an EXL.
 

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Let me add a little more info about the mirror.... The auto-dimming feature infinitely varies depending on the exterior lighting and the headlight glare from behind. There are two light sensors on the mirror. The one towards the front (back of mirror) is for the ambient lighting (sunny, cloudy, tunnel lighting, pitch dark, etc). The one next to the compass is to determine the amount of glare (light) coming from the vehicle behind you.

The dimming rate is non adjustable, but you could always disable the auto dimming feature temporarily if needed. It takes about 3 seconds to go from full dimming to non dimming and vice-versa. At first, I found the dimming to be a little on the dark side, but that's only because I'm used to not setting the regular mirror to "night mode" unless there's big truck tailgating me. But now that I'm used to it, I realize that it provides the correct dimming all the time.

Hondaacuraworld is the cheapest place you're going to be able to find the mirror. They sell it for $180 right now, and most places I've seen sell it for over $200. Besides, they're our official vendor of Honda parts! (shameless plug for a great company) :D :thmsup:
 

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The Mito mirrors, as well as most self dimming mirrors are made by the same company. The correct fitment depends on how the mirror is mounted in the car. Almost all recent Hondas can be retrofitted with the self dimming mirror with the use of the adapter kit/button. The main install difference is the way the mirrors are wired. The oem mirror plugs into the wire harness, while the aftermarket harness just uses wire taps to make the connections. Both work well. We have navi so we just got the self dimming mirror only, no frills.
 

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adapter kit/button ?

dragoncoach said:
The Mito mirrors, as well as most self dimming mirrors are made by the same company. The correct fitment depends on how the mirror is mounted in the car. Almost all recent Hondas can be retrofitted with the self dimming mirror with the use of the adapter kit/button. The main install difference is the way the mirrors are wired. The oem mirror plugs into the wire harness, while the aftermarket harness just uses wire taps to make the connections. Both work well. We have navi so we just got the self dimming mirror only, no frills.
dragoncoach,

What does the adapter kit/button consist of and what is required for the install?

Did you also get the wire cover?

All of these can be purchase for about $100 delivered for the standard dimming mirror w/o compass. I just don't want to look too non OEM.

Thanks
 
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