Installed my new mirror Genk51a
My awesome wife bought me a new rear view mirror for my truck and even helped when I did the install
The mirror is a Genk51A from GenTex
who makes most of the highend mirrors in most makes of cars and is the same mirror you can get as an option in the Ford Ranger. In the Mazda they only offer the lower model with mirror but I wanted the exterior temp, 3xhomelink, autodiming and compass so I bought one new off ebay.
The install is straight forward with 4 wires
- Switched power for the mirror
- Constant power for the homelink
- Temp Sensor wire (2 prong)
I tied the two power powers to switched power as I don't want the home link working without the keys and ran the temp wire out to the front fender in the hole with the e-brake release cable.
The first plus I didn't expect was the mirror is slightly larger and slightly different shape than my stock was and that small diff makes a big difference in the view to the back. The stock mirror I was always adjusting left and right and this one no prob.
The next unexpected plus for me was the autodimming I thought it would be good but I'm suprised how much I like it in actual use
I wanted it for the exterior temp and homelink and I'm happy both work as expected. The homelink is very simple and the temp is accurate but was rising quickly 2-3 degrees if I was sitting still with the truck running... I took a look at the where I put the sensor and it was near/over the fog light so I moved it over so the heat rising off the light wouldn't affect it as much when sitting and it's more stable now increasing only one degree sometimes which I'd consider normal.
Overall I'm very happy with the upgrade and I'd recommend to anyone that's thinking of doing it. It's all on the plus side except the cost as it's pretty pricey but I considered it a long term thing as I'll move it to any vehicle I but in the future.
Here's a pic of the mirror installed
2010 B4000 4x4 SE+
mods:Tinted windows,Line-X,BAK Rail Caps,rust proofing, stebel natilus air horn,ScanGauge II,hitch reciever cover, Belkin Iphone mount charger, rubbermaid floor mats, hose clamp tailgate, mud flap delete, Cargo light 3rd brake light, explorer lighted visors, mustang dome light, fog light mod, Mountaineer ohc, bosch evolution wipers, GenK51a mirror,Kenwood p680c speakers, Underhood LED's, Ranger winter rims 245/75-16 Blizzak DMV-1's, 180lbs winter bed weight
Last edited by zx6rrdan; 02-06-2011 at 09:56 PM.