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Mirrors - Power or not? Pictures

Discussion in 'Exterior' started by SnowDrift, Nov 21, 2017.

  1. SnowDrift

    SnowDrift Radical Right Wing Extremist

    What, exactly, do I have here with this wiring? I am replacing my factory mirrors and when I took the covers off to do so tonight, I found these wire harnesses. Both are unhooked and both appear that they belong together. There is no switch inside the truck to allow me to adjust, though, if they were supposed to be power mirrors. I also have no rear defrost function, if they were to be heated to come on with that. This is in my 2001 GMC 2500HD.

    (Calf picture is just for enjoyment - unrelated to real issue, here) DSC_0486.jpg DSC_0497.jpg DSC_0498.jpg
     
  2. MrMarty51

    MrMarty51 Well-Known Member

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    It was easier for the GM to install the mirrors with the wires, even for the non functional mirror option.
    Get the harness and switch to hookum up.
     
  3. SnowDrift

    SnowDrift Radical Right Wing Extremist

    Is there a "how to" on this that you're aware of? Not really what I had planned for, but I might be game to have power mirrors. I had purchased manual mirrors, but can sell them if needed.
     
  4. MrMarty51

    MrMarty51 Well-Known Member

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    I did a quick search and did not find anything in this forum about wiring in the mirrors.
    It may even be possible that the harness plug connectors might be under the dash to do a plug and play, after the switch is installed. If so, then all You would need would be the harness from that point to the switch then to the mirrors.
    There may already be connectors inside of the doors, if You have the panel{s} off, a quick peek would tell.
    @BoostN
    Did You auto salvage the harness for Your mirrors ?
     
  5. SnowDrift

    SnowDrift Radical Right Wing Extremist

    No, the mirrors that are on it are what the original owner must have put on. By giving the VIN to the dealer, he said it came from the factory with towing mirrors. Maybe the original owner traded the towing mirrors for the paddle style. The harness that is in the door is what I assume to be present from the factory. Just seemed strange to see a harness up there and no switch to operate.
     
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  6. Jaryd

    Jaryd Oh the sound a 6.5 makes

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    I’m pretty sure there is a “how to “ for the mirrors but I think it’s buried in a thread somewhere that has to do with truck upgrades. I feel sure I’ve read it but wouldn’t know the thread title or the thread o.p. Maybe lookup some post from @88gmctruck. I think I’ve seen stuff like this from him.
     
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  7. ak diesel driver

    ak diesel driver 6.5 driver

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    Others might be great white or seems like handcannon
     
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  8. SnowDrift

    SnowDrift Radical Right Wing Extremist

    Everything I've seen has been for the earlier model trucks, such as the '88-98 body style. I think I'll not worry about the power, anyhow. Once I set mirrors, I don't touch them, normally.
     
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  9. ak diesel driver

    ak diesel driver 6.5 driver

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    I adjust mine all the time. Move them out at night back in during the day. I adjust them when backing up to compensate for a slight turn.
     
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  10. Will L.

    Will L. Well-Known Member

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    I never used to care about power mirrors, then with the hummer having them- I found how often I used them offroading. Now I would hate not having them.

    I used to think- power versions- just more stuff to break. But really they kinda last forever —I would be amazed if 3 people on this entire forum have had mirror failures.
     
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