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Installing OHC, Trying to decide about Auto Dim

Well I picked up the OHC and auto dim mirror a few months back and now Im getting around to installing it with some help from Marcus (mossyoak03)

Here is my thing. Should I install the auto dim mirror or not?

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It dims when someone with bright lights is behind me.

Cons:
Its Bulky
It also is setup to do auto Headlights which I dont want
More to install if I wanted to do auto lights


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if you install the mirror, you do not have to hook up the auto headlights. i have one sitting in my garage. just waiting for the right time.
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I personally think the auto-dim mirror would make the truck look old (atleast in my case it would). The script on your mirror looks older to me...
On the other hand, you are doin pretty much everything else except the mirror, and you'll be in there already...
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Do the mirror its a nice feature and it doesn't look out of place at all.
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I've got the same mirror in my truck & I didn't hook up the auto headlights feature.
I even modded my auto dim function with a tiny toggle switch mounted in the mirror frame so I can control the auto dim functions from the light; auto dim on (normal) auto dim off (acts like a regular mirror).
It's a little bulkier than the old mirror, but once you get used to it, it's not so bad.
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I've got the same mirror in my truck & I didn't hook up the auto headlights feature.
I even modded my auto dim function with a tiny toggle switch mounted in the mirror frame so I can control the auto dim functions from the light; auto dim on (normal) auto dim off (acts like a regular mirror).
It's a little bulkier than the old mirror, but once you get used to it, it's not so bad.
Yeah I was just texting Dan and I think I will go ahead and do it....

also Buggman I will be buying one of your OHC LED boards for myself sometime soon
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Yeah I was just texting Dan and I think I will go ahead and do it....

also Buggman I will be buying one of your OHC LED boards for myself sometime soon
Do it, you'll like it.

I've got one ohc led panel ready to go & one more in the works.
It will be a few days before I have more completed, but I just bought a ton of parts for them so I should be set for a while.
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I know it may sound weird that I cant afford a $25 light at the moment but money has been tight and they havent been giving me hours at work so the little hours they do give me pretty much pay for my gas to and from work. haha FAIL I know. But I will have a pay check soon and I think I will get your panel and I also need to come up with some LEDs for my mustang Dome light
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I recommend doing an auto dim, but a nicer one then that, mine is out of a 2010 f150 and was a 2 wire hookup, and IMO looks worlds better then the Exp one.

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I had that mirror in my Ranger, it didn't bother me at all. I do think the F150 ones look a little better, like the one Mikerider has above.

Auto headlights is pretty awesome, I had that hooked up in my Ranger. Not sure if its ok to do with your projectors or not though.
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Yeah I could do the auto headlights. but Im just not a fan of them. And that auto dim mirror there is alot nicer.

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And that auto dim mirror there is alot nicer.
Thanks man, it was only $20 on ebay and seams to work much better then the older ones, its very quick back and forth between dim and clear. my one wish is that I had electro-chromatic side mirrors to
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Hmm guess I have to keep my eye out for one... Did it come with wiring?
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Hmm guess I have to keep my eye out for one... Did it come with wiring?
Ya came with the pigtail, the hardest part was tracking down a wiring diagram.

most standard 7 pin harnesses will work so the one you have for that mirror may work.

There are a few up now for under 40 or so.
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