Original thread: http://www.ranger-forums.com/f59/how...ht-way-107483/
Let the modding Begin!!
How-To: Install 06+ Mirrors
This how-to shows you how to install 2006+ Ranger mirrors into a 2005 and older truck WITHOUT modifying the truck in any way.
This mod is perfect for someone wanting not only a new look on their truck, but much better visibility out the sides. I noticed, and still notice, a very big improvement in seeing your surroundings over the 98-05 "styled" mirrors. I absolutely love them. They're not towing mirrors by any means, but a HUGE improvement over the older style mirrors. Overall glass is a little bit wider, but a whole lot taller. And I think the passenger side glass is more convex than the previous mirror style.
‘06+ Mirrors (duh!)
Dremel Tool (Or hack saw)
Small flat head screw driver
Cut-off wheel for Dremel
Sanding drum for Dremel
E6 socket(external torx)
There was less “impressive” tools that can get this done…using a hacksaw and sandpaper. But what a pain that would be! lol.
2 out of 10
Time spend on mod:
Less than 1 hour.
Note1: I will not cover how to remove the door panel to remove the mirror….those how-to’s can be found elsewhere, though I may add it to this how-to at a later date.
Note2: I do not have a power optioned truck, so this how-to in it's current state will not cover it. But I do know there are wiring plug differences between 06+ and '05 and older. You will have to retrofit your trucks existing pigtail onto the new mirrors. I do not have the info at this time to add this to the how-to, but look forward to making that happen sometime...SO STAY TUNED!!!
Pictured below will show you why this isn’t just a straight bolt-on mod. As you can see, this picture of a mirrorless ’06+ door, there’s a big outside hole and a small inside hole. ’05 and older doors have just a small outside hole and big inside hole. The 06+ Mirrors have steps that fit inside that big outside hole. The top is minor, but it is sticking out of the housing some.
*credit to 99offroadrngr for the photo.
Comparison of the actual mirrors side by side…98-05 on left, 06+ on right…
First, you’ll wanna remove the foam. Just grab a corner and work it off there. It may have a little bit of glue holding it to the mirror housing, but I experienced virtually no resistance to removal…
These two pics show what has to happen….all three raised bases for the mounting stud need shaved down to the major ‘flat spot” of the mounting surface, just like your stock ’05 and older mirrors.
Take your E6 external torx socket and remove the mounting studs. Lefty loosey! I used the nutdriver w/ ¼” socket bit…
Time to whip out the dremel and start cuttin!! You don’t need to cut all the way into the meat of the base…just enough to remove the part that’s protruding out…
Take your sanding drum and sand your area smooth and flush with the meat of the mounting surface…
You’ll be left with something that looks like this…
Now it’s time to clean up your cut/shave…take the small screwdriver and clean up the center hole and the 4 side holes…
Once your satisfied with your depth, take your mounting stud and begin to thread it into the hole. I started it in the hole using the nut driver, then moved to the ratchet because now I’m creating a new thread for the stud. It’s not very easy at all to make new threads using a nut driver….even in plastic. Lol.
If the stud starts to go in crooked….don’t worry! I had a few of those happen and it straightened itself out soon as the base of the stud made contact.
Repete your steps to the other 5 studs on your mirrors….put the foam back in place…done! I didn’t bother with the cut-off wheel on the top stud hole…I just sanded that one with the sanding wheel.
Here’s both old style and modded new style mirrors side by side and with the foam padding back on…
Install them just like your old ones…..done!! NO modifications to the truck itself!! See below why THIS version is the RIGHT way to rock ‘06+ mirrors on your ’05 and older rig!! I’ve had them on my truck since summer ’08 and never want to not have these mirrors on the truck. I even put on adjustable blind spot mirrors. I virtually have NO blindspots at all!
Plus...should you ever wanna go back to your old mirrors, it's no problem. Simply swap 'em and you can sell those 06+'s to someone who wants to upgrade...and they'll bolt right up!
Enjoy your new, updated, awesome, tons of new visibility mirrors!!
The old way of doing this mod, in fact the only how-to written for this mod is what’s pictured below…. DRILLING YOUR DOOR and using washers!!! Ewwwwwwwwww. Not only are you drilling huge holes into your door, but it makes install/removal a real pain in the butt. Removing the speaker is pretty much a requirement to get the washers in there. My mirrors were never as secure as I would’ve liked them to be. Plus, if too many washers were used, you’d lose threads for your nuts to thread onto the mirror.
I’ve read of people modifying the mirrors instead of the doors and since I had my mirrors off anyway, I figure I’d update/upgrade my upgrade. Lol. Though, I am forced to use one washer on each stud now. If you do the mod as I wrote above, you won’t have this issue. But you will if you already drilled your doors.