How to Install Carbon Fiber Mirrors
- Aftermarket Mirrors (APC Carbonfiber 82-93 S-10 Mirrors Used)
- Phillips screw driver
- 10mm & 11mm deep socket
- Ziz wheel/hacksaw
- Primer & paint (optional)
- Tape measure
- Black silicone sealant
- Masking tape
- Allen wrench
How To Do It
Remove the one screw holding on the black triangular piece behind the mirror, on the inside of the door. Remove the foam and use the 10mm deep socket to take off the 3 nuts. On the drivers side, you have an adjuster that needs to come apart, (I dont remember what size Allen wrench i used on it) but use the an Allen wrench to get the manual adjuster apart from the mirror.
Once you get the 3 nuts off, kinda wiggle the mirror off. (it doesn't just pull straight out)! In the corner of the door closest to the front fender there is a black nut that takes the 11mm deep socket to get off. Fold down the window trim (window needs to be down), and there yet another Phillips head screw there, you should be able to take that screw out w/o taking the door panel off! Then pull the black trim piece off that the mirror was connect to & it should look something like the below picture.
Take the new mirror and line it up on the door where you want it. Use the Marker to trace the outline of it. Set the old trim back in place & place the APC mirror where you had it marked out. Then mark on the old trim of how much needs to be cut off.
Once the old trim is marked, then use the wheel/hacksaw to cut the waste off. Place the lower part of the trim (shown in the picture above) back on the car and line the APC mirror back up to the outline. Jon and I used a Punch to mark the holes that needed to be drilled. We did the top first, then the bottom 2 holes. Take the trim and APC mirrors off and drill a pre-hole, then test fit, then drill the size hole to fit the screws APC sent with the mirrors. Use the Tape measure to get the exact size of the old trim on the opposite side. After all 3 holes were drilled I sanded the area because it had black & red mixed in.
Once both sides have been painted and dried, put the APC mirrors back on. Tighten the screws down (note: some of the screws may need to be shortened with the Ziz wheel/hacksaw. Once mirrors are on, you may notice a slight gap between the mirror & door. This could be prevented if you wanted to sand on the APC mirror to make the mounting surface of it flat). Use the Masking tape to mask over the edge of the mirror & the door, like below.
Use the Black silicone sealant to fill in the gaps. What I did to save on sealant was to use newspaper to stuff in the cracks so I wouldn't use as much sealant. When dry, pull the tape off & scrape any excess silicone from the mirrors or car.