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Leveling your tow mirrors, a "How To"

SS FORCE

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I've been all over the web looking at what it took to level the 06+ tow mirrors and figured since it was a balmy 32 Degrees outside I would attempt the mod and share the steps in case anyone else was interested.


A picture before, not a fan of the tipped up mirror angle



Before picture with mirrors extended



And one from behind just for fun.


Its extremely simple to level your mirrors, job was done in about 30 minutes. To start you'll pop off the little plastic cover between the telescoping arms of the mirror. I just pinched the plastic together on both sides and it popped off. Some others mention using a flat blade screw driver and pry from the back(furthest away from the hood). Based on the year of truck you'll either find allen head screws or phillips. My 06 was phillips, shown below.


From here you will loosen the bottom two screws several turns, and completely remove the top two screws. Like most of us this mod will end up being free as we all have a couple washers lying around. I used 3 1/4'' washers per top screw (12 total for both sides).



Put the washers behind the upper bracket, tighten the screws down and you've leveled your mirrors.
Side note - Some have experienced issues with the tension on the spring holding the mirror from folding forward or backwards while driving, since you've rocked the mirror out and away from the spring it does decrease spring pressure against the mirror, and if you pry up on the mirror it can flex back to its "tipped up" position, I have not yet experienced any issues with wind blowing the mirrors out of driving position or bouncing around, but if you do you can add a washer behind the spring to regain that pressure back.

One more modification, now that your mirrors are leveled you will have to trim the top of the plastic cover piece you popped off in step one. There is a ridge on the back side of the plastic piece about 1/8'' to 3/16'' from the top, if you trim to this line it will allow enough room to let the mirror swivel yet not show too much gap. I ended up doing this with a razor knife, and yes I cleaned up the top so its not choppy and uneven looking like in the picture below.



Now the finished product. Enjoy


extended


extended from the back


normal from the back
 

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Looks great. Nice job on the write up as well!
 
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SS FORCE

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Thank you all for the positive feedback. I love the way it looks. It seems to give a better viewing angle too from the driver seat as well.
 

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Awesome DIY fix!
I have somehow gotten used to the dihedral wing type of mirror. But I think I will attempt this fix when the weather breaks.
Thanks for doing this for all of us.
 
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