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Hey everyone, I was thinking about getting an autodimming mirror but not sure if any mirror is compatable. I was searching on ebay and found a few of them i might consider with or without homelink.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Gentex-313-...sspagenameZWDVW

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Auto-Dimmin...sspagenameZWDVW

Also if most of the auto dimming rearview mirrors can work, is there anything specific i need to look for like suction cups or the way the mirror is mounted? And does anyone have any good links to places i can get an autodimming rearview mirror? Thanks.
 

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Have you tried the Mazda Dealer , that's where I got mine (sig.) ... came stock in the 6GT with the Homelink Auto-Dim ... I just payed the difference for a Homelink Auto-Dim WITH Compass and switched it ... came out to 166 no tax in difference $ . Since it was installed at delivery it came with the same warranty of 3 years like the car .... otherwise only one year .

Your second choice looks interesting with all the gadgets in it .... sorry I can't help you with the install as the dealer installed mine .
 

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thats what i'm trying to avoid because the dealer usually charges way more. I read on another thread that the installation was easy-medium so i thought if i bought it, i could install myself, so i can save a little more money.
 
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I just completed this project and it was pretty simple. The instructions found on this site helped but didn’t really answer all my questions.

First, I bought an autodimming mirror from ebay, shipped from overseas. It cost $61 shipped believe it or not and it has more features than most of the other more expensive ones (expect home link)
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/New-AUTO-DI...riendlyZ1QQpvZ1

As long as you get a mirror with a wedge style button for mounting it will work.

To remove the factory mirror, slide a flat head screwdriver in the bottom of the mount and twist to create some separation. While you are doing that, wiggle the mirror up toward the top of the car. Start with a small amount of pressure and increase. Don’t use brute force! You can and will crack your windshield. (Also, ignore the other slits and pressure button on the front of the rear view mirror mount, they are meaningless for removal. Just use the screw driver and wiggle up)

In my car, I have a sunroof and map lights. It was easy to use the power from there for the mirror.
Instructions are here to remove it: http://forum.mazda6club.com/index.php?show...p;hl=map+lights
Take your time, not to damage any of the cloth or break the headliner plastic.

For my mirror, I needed one ignition-triggered power source and one constant power source. You will find both with the map lights. There may be two harnesses hooked to the console to remove, the smaller one will have 4 wires. There is a red stripped wire which can be used for the ignition power and a green striped wire which is constant power. Use a simple volt test light to verify the wires. http://www.ipdusa.com/productscat.aspx?Cat...&RootID=629

Mine also had an temp sensor which I routed through the firewall and mounted. The car already has a outside sensor, but I wanted to have the inside and outside visible at the same time. If you do not choose to do that you don’t need to route any of the excess wires under the head liner, or down the a-pillar. You can just feed the extra wire to the right and the left of where the map lights console slides in.

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>> Keep the area were the console belongs clear of wires so that the console fits. There is limited space up there of excess wires. When I replace the console, i had to push hard and wait for the obvious clicks of the tabs to snap back in place.

>> If you want route the temp sensor, you don’t need to remove any trim - - just file it away under the head board and then in the a-pillar by pulling back the rubber weather stripping small amounts at a time. Getting through the fire wall was tough. I have wire fishing/routing (push/pull) rods I used to wire my house with cat 5. There were 30 bucks at Home Depot but well worth it http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/product.do?...UseBVCookie=Yes They are strong and bend well. I used one of these to push through the rubber where the rest of the wires go through the firewall under the drive side. I attached the cable and pulled it back through. Be mindful of the other wires - you do NOT want to expose or break one of those wires!


I did not take any pictures of the wiring in the map light console but would be happy to attach the finished product or anything else if requested.
 

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Yeah, post a pic of the mirror if you don't mind. Also, just curious why you had to go through the firewall if you wanted the inside temp to be shown ? Or did I read that wrong.

I've also been planning to put in a similar mirror and want it to display the inside cabin temp which I plan on mounting next to the stock sensor to the lower right of the steering wheel.

Thanks,

-Nik
 

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yes please post some pics of the final look it would be nice to see if it looks good this is a great option over the homelink.


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