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Best wishes to everyone adding this modification. I hope no one else breaks a mirror like I did. It’s amazing how tightly those little clips hold the mirrors on.
 

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Mark for soon-in-the-future project. Thank you guys for being so brave. Please take plenty of pictures and Youtube videos! :D
 

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Teaser: Mirror complete and functional, onto wire fishing. I took lots of pics. Will update when it's complete.
Nice, I have 1 side already fished for me from a previous owner's alarm.


Best wishes to everyone adding this modification. I hope no one else breaks a mirror like I did. It’s amazing how tightly those little clips hold the mirrors on.
You think a squirt of wd might help with removal?
 

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Nice, I have 1 side already fished for me from a previous owner's alarm.




You think a squirt of wd might help with removal?
You could try that. I think it’s real important that you only pull from the inside closest to the clips. I think I let my fingers get to close to the edge of the mirror and it flexed which doesn’t work well for glass. Once you hear a pop you have gotten the first clip free then try to move around the “circle” to get the next one to pop. I think once you have three or four loose the mirror will be free. Here’s a photo of the back side of the mirror showing the clips.
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This part really freaked me out especially because @Pairofkings busted one. I used a different method than the picture I posted on the first page, and it worked out good for me. Your results may vary... I adjusted the mirror up as high as it would go, so I had a gap at the bottom. I put several layers of protective tape on the bottom black plastic. Pushing on the top slightly, Using a flashlight you can just barely see the 2 bottom clips. I went after one of these with a long flat head screwdriver. I was able to pop one clip free and then I could just pull on the mirror plate and it popped off. There are 4 clips, they get kinda lost in the busyness of the mirror i think. I marked them from pairofkings picture above.

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Here i just barely got the clip free from the round mirror actuator. You can see a much bigger gap at the bottom.
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Thanks @Pairofkings for pioneering! His writeup post #12 is solid, I followed it while disassembling, so should you. so I'll just add picture and quick notes. Not sure how many pics I can add so I may make multiple posts.

Remove mirror glass and disconnect heating wires
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4 T15 torx
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Push mirror all the way towards front And remove front cover
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2 black clips hold on the painted cover and black lower cover as a unit. You can't really see them in the pic so I marked the locations Don't remove the body colored clips.
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Pull mirror all the way in towards the driver glass and remove front cover
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3 nuts hold the mirror on.
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There's also one white clip barely visible at the top right. I just pulled gently on the whole assembly and it came off.
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New light assembly connector, male pins inside
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I crimped on some generic female pins to 24" of wire. Covered in heat shrink
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Pins inserted, larger heatshrink then silicone to seal
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Sealed up with heatshrink ready for install
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One single LED lights the whole unit
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Remove 1 screw and 2 body colored clips to remove painted cover
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New cover clipped in.. Install LED held in place with removed screw.
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Remove foam from wire path
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Remove lower cover. Don't just pry up on it like me or you break the clips, doh! Super glue to the rescue. Cover slides off, notice the clips?
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Factory harness goes through a grommet, I drilled a small hole next to it, ran wires sealed with silicone.
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Here i put the mirror back together and tested then installed onto the truck.
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Inside wires running to door, remove foam
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Remove some inner skin to get inside door
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Remove door loom from door. Fish wiring through. Curse, bleed a little. Remember it will all be worth it
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I cut a hole in the grommet that holds on the inner padding and ran wires out the center, then soldered to mirror wires. Leaving a service loop in case I had to cut some off later since there is no clip.
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Positive wire attached at fusebox with a positap. I'll do something better with both grounds when I do the passenger. Works for now though.
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Im ordering the parts now. I'm curious where you ran the wiring from the fuse box. @Lunarmonkey

So far I have only completed the drivers side. My passenger mirror cap arrives next Monday. The wiring for the driver side goes through that hole with the foam cap, first picture post 51. That hole sits only inches away from the fuse box. The passenger side wiring will need to be run under the dash to that door but I haven't gotten there yet.
 

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The last few days driving I have noticed a ton of vibration in my driver's mirror. It would shake like crazy on the freeway or anytime I had the stereo volume moderately high. It looked like I had huge subwoofers playing. I was bit sad as I figured I had messed something up taking the mirror apart. I checked today and it seemed like there was some extra play in the mirror actuator, but the mirror appeared to be attached. Again I thought maybe I had messed up the actuator by prying on it. I decided to push on the mirror plate just to see what would happen. I pushed squarely in the center very firmly and I got a nice click. To my surprise I guess I didn't seat it firmly last week, and have been driving it for a week with the clips not fully seated. Hopefully the heated mirror wires would have saved it from falling on the ground. But im glad it didn't come to that. Mirror doesn't vibrate anymore and seems as good as it did prior to the work. Maybe this will help anyone else doing the upgrade.
 

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@Lunarmonkey Did you get a chance to wire the passenger side? The wife gave me the go ahead to do the mod. I had everything in the cart the other day but i'm still hesitant on pulling the trigger. If my wife can see 1 wire it's a no deal situation..lol. I'm sure it can easily be tucked away but I just want to see how your install goes before I start ripping things apart.
 

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The last few days driving I have noticed a ton of vibration in my driver's mirror. It would shake like crazy on the freeway or anytime I had the stereo volume moderately high. It looked like I had huge subwoofers playing. I was bit sad as I figured I had messed something up taking the mirror apart. I checked today and it seemed like there was some extra play in the mirror actuator, but the mirror appeared to be attached. Again I thought maybe I had messed up the actuator by prying on it. I decided to push on the mirror plate just to see what would happen. I pushed squarely in the center very firmly and I got a nice click. To my surprise I guess I didn't seat it firmly last week, and have been driving it for a week with the clips not fully seated. Hopefully the heated mirror wires would have saved it from falling on the ground. But im glad it didn't come to that. Mirror doesn't vibrate anymore and seems as good as it did prior to the work. Maybe this will help anyone else doing the upgrade.
I had a similar thing happen to mine. The day after I finished I went to the car wash and as I was going through the brushes. I looked over and wondered why I couldn’t see my RH mirror. As I looked closer I saw it was dangling by the heater wires. Now I’m exiting the rinse cycle and headed for the blow dryers. My oh shit thought was not another broken mirror but also dents and scratches as it would pound against the door side. I jumped to the passenger side put the window down and grabbed the mirror. I can testify the hot air is 120F and has a velocity just shy of a fighter jet. I saved the mirror, got that wind blown look in my hair and then got to dry both the inside and outside of the Ridgeline. I reinstalled the mirror until I heard clicks and pops and gave it a good tug to make sure it was secure. Luckily I averted a big problem. 🤗
 

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I had a similar thing happen to mine. The day after I finished I went to the car wash and as I was going through the brushes. I looked over and wondered why I couldn’t see my RH mirror. As I looked closer I saw it was dangling by the heater wires. Now I’m exiting the rinse cycle and headed for the blow dryers. My oh shit thought was not another broken mirror but also dents and scratches as it would pound against the door side. I jumped to the passenger side put the window down and grabbed the mirror. I can testify the hot air is 120F and has a velocity just shy of a fighter jet. I saved the mirror, got that wind blown look in my hair and then got to dry both the inside and outside of the Ridgeline. I reinstalled the mirror until I heard clicks and pops and gave it a good tug to make sure it was secure. Luckily I averted a big problem. 🤗
😂 😂 another Dead mirror I pictured all of this in slo Mo
 

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@Lunarmonkey Did you get a chance to wire the passenger side?
My passenger mirror cap got delayed until tomorrow, but I did start on the wiring. Running the wires over to the passenger side wasn't too bad. I ran the wires from the fuse box through split loom under the steering column. I dopped the loom into the console near the accelerator, this is the only view of the wiring, and you have to be on your knees to see it. This is also where I ran my scanguage and amp volume wiring in the past. You can see the 2 looms and the scanguage cable.
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I removed the passenger console floor piece and fished the wire loom over near the carpet.
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Routed the loom up near the blower wiring and secured with zip ties.
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From here I went through the factory door loom just like the drivers side. Plenty of room to do that. Once the console panel and passenger lower panel are on, everything is hidden on this side.

The wiring tucks up nicely away from the door glass and exits out of that same hole as the drivers side. Here is the factory grommet that I cut a hole out of, its the only thing that needs to be modified on the vehicle. No holes to cut any where else.

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Grommet not attached here yet, but it fits over the loom and holds up the door felt just like the drivers.
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😂 😂 another Dead mirror I pictured all of this in slo Mo
There was no slow motion. There are only a few seconds between rinse 🚿 and dry 🌪. I didn’t realize I was still that agile and could move that fast. If the Ridgeline still had a shift lever on the console my voice would probably be higher and my family jewels damaged and broken. Thank goodness for the advanced transmission technology. LOL 😂
 

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@Lunarmonkey Thanks for all the detailed pictures and instructions! One more, hopefully last, question. I do not have any spare wire or loom. Do you recommend any off of amazon?
 
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