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Old 07-19-2012, 06:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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99 tow mirrors on a 96

i have a 99 dodge 3500 with the tow mirrors and picked up a 96 dodge and want to pull the mirrors off the 99 and put them on the 96 well they be a bolt up or do i need to just order a new set
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I don't believe they will fit. I found tow mirrors on ebay, they type that swing-up for towing and just checked to see if the 94-97 ones I've been eyeing will fit your '99 and it says no. They have non-powered set for $135 and power set for $205, both shipped.
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Old 07-19-2012, 06:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The mirrors mount the same way on the same door. The only difference is the tow mirrors need a stabilizing plate. Hopefully those are included with the mirrors.

The only other issue is power. If you have power mirrors on both trucks the aftermarket mirrors on the 1999 have a different plug than the 1996. The solution is to cut the ends off and do a swap. Then you would have the correct ends to get power from your harness.

The only question is if you would use the heated mirror function and hook up some custom switch and timer or if you would just leave it unused.

Read the thread below for more information.
Tow mirror part numbers and descriptions for your search with your 1994-2002 truck.
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both doors are the same the mirros will swap out no problem but if they are power the electrical connection is different but can be wired up to worki had to buy a replacement for my 94 and it was sent with the newer plug style but i got it wired in and working with no issues
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there powered mirrors on the 99 and not on the 96 but i found a 95 at the junk yard with power mirrors i was going to pull the wiring out and put it in mine dont care about the heat part i live in florida
if its a bolt on set up ill do the swap and just splice wires i just dont want to be drilling holes and fabing up brackets
and country hick what does the stablilzing plate look like
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there powered mirrors on the 99 and not on the 96 but i found a 95 at the junk yard with power mirrors i was going to pull the wiring out and put it in mine dont care about the heat part i live in florida
if its a bolt on set up ill do the swap and just splice wires i just dont want to be drilling holes and fabing up brackets
and country hick what does the stablilzing plate look like
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It looks like this. One per side.
Dodge Ram Pickup Truck Tow Side Mirror Support Bracket Passenger Side Right RH | eBay
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what would happen if you didnt use them would in just bend the door or make the mirror shack alot
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They will shake like crazy.
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Due to excessive mirror weight and vibration the doorshell could eventually crack where the mirrors mount. The stabilizing plates take the stress from 3 little holes to a large plate covering several inches that prevents the thin sheet metal from cracking.
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If your taking these off one truck and putting them on another you should have the brackets already

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both doors are the same the mirros will swap out no problem but if they are power the electrical connection is different but can be wired up to worki had to buy a replacement for my 94 and it was sent with the newer plug style but i got it wired in and working with no issues
Hey is the wiring simple? I remember trying this on my old 95 nad blew something in the truck. I am doing it again with tow mirrors on my newer 95 and dont want to do the same thing.
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You can always just buy the 1994 to 1997 mirrors on ebay and not worry about wiring anything wrong. The key is watching the wires on the back of the mirror itself. Some people have reported they needed to make a better hole so they would not pinch the wires during installation.


Look here Tow mirror part numbers and descriptions for your search with your 1994-2002 truck.

To put Kool-Vue mirrors (1998-2002) on a '94 - '97 truck that has these connectors,
you need to wire it like this:

up/down wire to Kool-Vue white wire #1
common (center) wire to Kool-Vue blue wire #3
right/left wire to Kool-Vue yellow wire #2

Even if for some reason you wire it wrong you can always use a multimeter to verify that power goes to the right connector before you plug into the truck.
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