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How To presented by
SuperModulation and RShadd

Project Name
How To: SuperModulation Signal Mirrors

Project Description
Installation Procedures for Installing Signal Mirrors

Skill Level
Moderate

Project Vehicle
Make: Chevrolet
Model: Colorado/Cayon
Year: All
Engine: Any
Power Windows: Yes
Power Mirrors: Yes

Tools Needed
10 MM Socket,
Extension
Ratchet
Awl
Soldering iron
Solder
Wire Cutter
Needle Noise Pliers
2" wide Masking Tape
Ruler
Pencil or fine marker
Electric Drill
1/8" pilot drill bit
#8 (0.199" or 5 mm) drill bit
Black RTV Silicone Rubber
Super Glue
Panel Removal Tool (Optional)

Project Time
3 hour or less

Project Cost
Supermodulation Kit: $20.00

Project Parts

Courtesy LED's:
2 X 390 Ohms 1/4W Metal Oxide axial resistors
8 X 5 mm Flat Top WIDE ANGLE White 5,000 mcd LEDs

Signal LED's:
2 X 390 Ohms 1/4W Metal Oxide axial resistors
8 X 5 mm Flat Top WIDE ANGLE Red or Amber 5,000 mcd LEDs

LED Specifications:
Size (mm) : 5 mm
Lens Color : Water Clear
Reverse Current (uA) : <=30
Life Rating : 100,000 Hours
Viewing Angle : 180 Degrees
Absolute Maximum Ratings (Ta=25°C)
Max Power Dissipation : 80 mw
Max Continuous Forward Current : 24 mA
Max Peak Forward Current : 75 mA
Reverse Voltage : 5~6V
Lead Soldering Temperature : 240°C (<5Sec)
Operating Temperature Range : -25°C ~ +85°C
Preservative Temperature Range : -30°C ~ +100°C



FACTORY MIRROR REMOVAL INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Open windows

  2. Remove the mirror trim panel, located behind the mirror and above the door panel by prying the top away from the door. ( Use panel removal tool ) and pulling up to unhook the bottom.

  3. Unplug mirror from connector plug.

  4. Remove the three bolts securing mirror to door and remove mirror.

  5. Remove the gasket from mirror.

  6. Install the mounting plate to mirror head using the nuts provided. Tighten snugly. DO NOT USE LOCTITE. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN.

  7. Install the OEM gasket removed in step 5.

  8. Install mirror assemble to door. Use three nuts provided and tighten. Plug mirror into harness.

  9. Install the trim panel by first inserting the bottom tab into the slot in door and then snaping the top in the hole.


SUPERMODULATION LED SIGNAL MIRROR CONVERSION

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There are many colors to choose from:


SuperModulation will be offering you the choice of either AMBER or RED LED's.

Using some painters or masking tape, mark the desired pattern on the factory mirror housing.


Drill pilot holes once your satisfied with your pattern.


Enlarge the pilot holes to 5mm to fit the LED's.


Secure the LED's in the holes with Super glue.


Solder the LEDs together with a resistor as shown.


Pass the signal feed wire through the mirror housing.


Power them up with a 12 volt source and make sure they are all working.



It's necessary to spread a layer of black silicone RTV over the exposed wiring to protect from water.


OK now let's hook 'em up.


CONNECTING SUPERMODULATION SIGNAL MIRRORS

  1. Refer to mirror installation instructions and install mirrors.

  2. Remove door panels. This can be done by first removing the two phillips head screws located in the armrest. Make sure windows are in "UP" position. Remove the armrest by lifting up the FRONT first and once it is free, lift the rear to remove. Be Careful Not To Break Off The Front Tab. Remove the phillips screw located behind the door release handle and remove the bezel, secured by the screw. Use a suitable tool and pry the bottom side of door panel from door. Pry the sides from door and lift up to remove. If vehicle is equipped with a tweeter speaker, unplug it from door by reaching in from behind door panel before removing door panel.

  3. Run the signal wire down into the door.

  4. Remove the access panel on each side of dash board. Pry up at notch with a small screwdriver to remove.


  5. Remove the panel below the steering column and the metal shield behind it.


  6. Open glove box and pinch sides inward and open glove box to full extend.


  7. Pull the rubber boot out between the door and door frame. Guide the signal wire through the exposed hole in the door and out the opening vacated by the rubber boot. Remove any slack in the wire.

  8. The rubber boot between the door and vehicle wraps around a plastic connector as it enters the door frame. Separate the boot from the connector.


  9. Use a small screwdriver and depress the top center of the connector and pull out the connector from the door frame.


  10. Pass the signal wire harness through the rubber boot and remove any slack in the wire.

  11. There is a small channel between the wire connector and the plastic connector.


    Guide the signal wire through this channel,


    and pass the wire into car through the door frame, Keep the wire flat and DO NOT TWIST wire when passing through the plastic connector.


  12. The wire on the passenger side mirror needs to run behind the dash board to the driver side area. Pass wire behind glove box area and over steering column.

  13. Using a utility knife separate the red and black wires from both Signal Mirror wire harness. Label the RED wire a each Signal mirror wire harness accordingly ( Driver's Side And Passenger Side ). Trim the black wires from both harness to length. Strip and twist the black wires together and crimp them to the supplied grounding ring terminal. Pull on the black wire and the grounding ring terminal to make sure the connection is secure. Attach the grounding ring terminal to the grounding bolt near the kick panel area.

  14. Remove the Driver's side kick panel by pulling it toward the brake pedal to release the fasteners.

  15. Pull the carpet back to expose the metal floor and the rubber gromet in the center.


  16. With an awl punture two small holes through the rubber gromet. Push the RED wires through.

  17. Raise the vehicle to gain access to the underside running along the frame rail locate the split loom containing the wire harness. Open the split loom and locate the dark green wire. Using a quick splice connector connect the RED wire labeled " Passenger Side "

  18. Locate the Yellow wire. If you are uncertain of the correct wire. Activate the Driver's Side turn signal and test with a test lamp. Connect the RED wire labeled " Driver's Side " to the white wire using the quick splice connector.

  19. Turn on ignition and test signals. If signal mirrors do not operate check splice connector or ground connection.

  20. Install all interior parts in reverse order of removal.
 

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But will it hurt to get those exposed connections wet when raining or at the car wash?

Excellent question!:thumbup:

I will post pics later but I covered all the exposed wiring and soldering connections with a thin layer of black RTV. Totally water proof and should provide years of trouble free operation.
 

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I was wondering how to get the glass off the mirror head, do you just have to push it up or twist in some direction?

Also does the MCD number of the LED refer to brightness? I have seen up to 20000 MCD, just never seen explanation of the MCD?
Thanks for the help
 

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I respectfully suggest you edit the part about removing the armrest. Once the screws are removed, lift the FRONT first and once it is free, lift the rear. Lifting the rear first breaks the tab.
 

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Discussion Starter #10 (Edited)
I respectfully suggest you edit the part about removing the armrest. Once the screws are removed, lift the FRONT first and once it is free, lift the rear. Lifting the rear first breaks the tab.
Thanks Scott. I'm glad you caught that. I've updated the how-to.
 

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Solid write up Rich!
 

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2 things I wouldn't suggest doing in your how too.
1 don't use quick splice connector they almost always loosen and are not a good connection.
2 Don't just go poking yellow wires with a test light if you poke a yellow airbag wire you will likely get a broken nose and have to get a new airbag.
 

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I was wondering how to get the glass off the mirror head, do you just have to push it up or twist in some direction?

Also does the MCD number of the LED refer to brightness? I have seen up to 20000 MCD, just never seen explanation of the MCD?
Thanks for the help
was wondering the same thing...

oh very good write up....:thumbup:
 
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