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06 Mirrors on an '02 ('01 similar)

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself Articles - How To's & Product Revie' started by Diesel Dually, May 4, 2008.

  1. Diesel Dually

    Diesel Dually awaiting your return...signed... your friends

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    Here's the scoop for the '01 Chevy. It's very similar to Mr Losi's directions but the wire colors are different. I saved a few headaches by running the signal wires up to the front turn signal light wires as well as using a jimmy to snake the wires through the door so I didn't have to take the panel off. Also, I did not want to cut off the connectors so I used tap splices to join the wires. All the connectors stayed on. No soldering, no headache, no harm, no foul.

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    Take off cover and remove foam.

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    Remove wires from space. You can remove mounting clip on the truck's wire harness from the hole it locks into to get an extra inch of wire to work with

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    Trim back tape on wires.

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    I connected my turn signal wires to the actual wires for each of the front turn signal lights. This pic shows the wires going through the gasket in the firewall on the driver's side of the engine compartment. You can gain better access by moving the truck's computer to the side. It should snap out of it's bracket and lay out of the way. I used the tube of a BIC pen to shove through the gasket after peeling off the tape. Then you can run your wires through the pen, pull the pen through the other side and slide it off of the wires. Retape the gasket when finished. NOTE the broken black tube on the left was the only casualty of my install. It is the feed tube for the window washing fluid. I glued it back together when I was done

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    The BIC pen trick. Notice I cut a taper on the end to slide through the gasket easier. Be careful not to puncture the rubber.

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    Closeup of the modified BIC Pen

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    To connect the wires to the front signals, remove the pins for the top headlight brackets.

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    Slide the top headlight out. Now you can remove the lower light assembly by depressing the tab that I'm pointing to.

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    With the lower light assembly out, you can use a tap splice on the blue (positive) wire. My splice in the photo is without the wire running to the cab. It was for the picture.

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    To be continued
     
  2. Diesel Dually

    Diesel Dually awaiting your return...signed... your friends

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    A tap splice, if you don't know. They are cheap at your local hardware store in the electronics section. They make solid connections but if for some reason you aren't getting power, pull it apart and make sure the spade broke through the plastic sheath on the wire.

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    The tap splice with both wires.

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    Do not forget the other side!

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    This is the wire from the passenger side. I ran it along the inside of the grill. Behind the bowtie, there is a bracket. I ran the wire between the bowtie and the bracket to keep it away from the radiators as well as to hide the wire behind the chrome bar on the grill.

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    The wire is already through the firewall, connected to the light, the slack taken out. I have removed the passenger side kickpanel to go through the sidewall.

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    With a screwdriver (don't scratch the paint) slide off the rubber gasket and depress the tabs on the white plastic retainer. (Removing the retainer is simply to reattach the rubber gasket later). Feed your wire through the sidewall hole and through the plastic retainer.

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    Closeup of the removed gasket

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    Slide signsl wire through Footwell hole

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    Take your handy BIC pen tool and with both sides of the rubber seal removed, feed the pen through the seal. This will allow the wire to feed through easily.

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    Easy!

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    To be continued
     
  3. Diesel Dually

    Diesel Dually awaiting your return...signed... your friends

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    The BLK:BLK connection (ground for Heater).

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    The PPL/WHT:OR/BLK (Down function) and YEL:WHT (Up function) connections.


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    The RED/WHT:GRY/BLK (Left/Right movement) connection.

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    The Brown:BLK connection doubles up on a black wire. Either ground works.

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    The BLU/WHT: Your own wire from the Passenger side turn signal connection.

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    Believe it or not, everything fits and I can still revert back to the stock mirrors if I ever had to.

    Below is the wiring schematic for '01 Trucks. '02 Trucks are found in post #1. And if you do not want to run wires under the hood, you can catch the turn signals via this link..


    Driver Side
    Truck: Mirror

    Heater
    ORANGE: BLACK (EITHER ONE)
    BLK: BLK

    Movement
    YELLOW: WHITE (UP)
    WHT: GRAY/BLK (L/R)
    GREEN: OR/BLK (DOWN)

    Signal
    BLK BROWN (NEG)
    BLUE/WHT: YOUR OWN WIRE FROM DRIVERS SIDE TURN SIGNAL

    Passenger Side
    Truck: Mirror

    Heater
    OR: BLK
    BLK: BLK

    Movement
    YEL: WHT (UP)
    PURPLE: OR/BLK (DOWN)
    RED/WHT: GRAY/WHT (LEFT, RIGHT)

    Signal
    BLK: BROWN
    BLU/WHT: YOUR OWN WIRE FROM PASSENGER SIDE TURN SIGNAL
     
  4. Diesel Dually

    Diesel Dually awaiting your return...signed... your friends

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    Let me know if I missed anything
     
  5. bigpov

    bigpov New Member

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    Are all the years from 01 on interchangable? I have an 03 with regular mirrors on it. I love the look of the 06 towing mirrors. Where did you get yours?
     
  6. Diesel Dually

    Diesel Dually awaiting your return...signed... your friends

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    GMParts Direct is where I got mine, and 03+ should be plug and play.
     
  7. WanaDmxSub

    WanaDmxSub Recruit W/gray hair

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    03+ the door panel has to come off to get to the connectors.
     

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