Rear View Mirror Project

pdXDisco97

Well-known member
Dec 6, 2011
276
32
Oregon
My XD's original mirror had a broken swivel joint but was otherwise perfect, fortunately I kept it. I bought a D2 mirror from Will with a digital compass. The mirror works great but bugs me that it's not 'right' for a D1. My '98 parts D1 has the rear view mirror with map lights that work great but the glass is dimmed due to the fluid leaking.

So, need some advice on replacing the '98 mirror with the XD mirror so I have a fully functioning D1 mirror with map lights. Any advice on opening up the plastic housing? It looks glued or sealed so I'm hoping someone has some tricks or advice as I go to perform surgery.

Additionally, I have a dumb idea to take the compass out of the D2 mirror and put it into a D1 clock (placed where the coin tray is currently). Anyone ever done something like this? Is it doable? I know it's not really practical, but I kinda like the digital compass and would like it in the dash. I'm also going to add some USB chargers where the ashtray is, so it's kind of a whole project anyway...
 

eburrows

Well-known member
@pdXDisco97 digital compasses need to be away from anything magnetic. The clock spot is too near other electronics, and especially the blower motor. You'd probably be better off with one of those dash-mount floating compasses.

Actually, you'd probably be best off adding map lights to the bottom of your D2 mirror.
 
  • Like
Reactions: pdXDisco97

pdXDisco97

Well-known member
Dec 6, 2011
276
32
Oregon
@pdXDisco97 digital compasses need to be away from anything magnetic. The clock spot is too near other electronics, and especially the blower motor. You'd probably be better off with one of those dash-mount floating compasses.

Actually, you'd probably be best off adding map lights to the bottom of your D2 mirror.
Maybe a volt meter where the 'clock' would be...?
 
  • Like
Reactions: ankeneering

BlackSpeed66

New member
Apr 3, 2021
1
1
NE Ohio
There's a website i bookmarked awhile back called Radar Mirror or something like that. Guy does a bunch of stealth conversions to mirrors for hidden RD displays. But it looks like he also repairs the auto-dim mirrors which is of interest to me since the one on my D1 has been kaput since i've had the truck. If I remember it was about $100 for the mirror service plus shipping. Not a bad deal if you want to retain the factory look and map lights.

If you're interested in going for all the bells & whistles, Gentec (Gentek?) is the company that supplies a lot of mirrors as OE equipment. They do offer some combo units with auto-dim, compass, thermometer, and map lights. These are a bit pricier and require some additional wiring, plus running the lead for the outside temp sensor. My other concern is whether these are compatible with the D1 windshield mount. I haven't considered taking that gamble yet, but it would be pretty neat if it fit like factory!
 
  • Like
Reactions: pdXDisco97

pdXDisco97

Well-known member
Dec 6, 2011
276
32
Oregon
There's a website i bookmarked awhile back called Radar Mirror or something like that. Guy does a bunch of stealth conversions to mirrors for hidden RD displays. But it looks like he also repairs the auto-dim mirrors which is of interest to me since the one on my D1 has been kaput since i've had the truck. If I remember it was about $100 for the mirror service plus shipping. Not a bad deal if you want to retain the factory look and map lights.

If you're interested in going for all the bells & whistles, Gentec (Gentek?) is the company that supplies a lot of mirrors as OE equipment. They do offer some combo units with auto-dim, compass, thermometer, and map lights. These are a bit pricier and require some additional wiring, plus running the lead for the outside temp sensor. My other concern is whether these are compatible with the D1 windshield mount. I haven't considered taking that gamble yet, but it would be pretty neat if it fit like factory!
I ended up swapping the glass from my original mirror into the one with the Map Lights. It was pretty straight forward and works great.