New rear view in the caprice

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New rear view in the caprice

Postby hotwheelsboy28 » Sun Jul 06, 2014 6:04 pm

I bought a auto dim rear view with compass an temp in the Caprice this weekend simple setup very happy with it. Anyone else done this yet?

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Re: New rear view in the caprice

Postby Grover » Sun Jul 06, 2014 8:10 pm

I haven't been able to find a mirror that's large enough for me. I wound up replacing my mirror with another, less messed up one from the junkyard. It was stock, though. Most of the dimmer/compass mirrors I find are smaller than the original, typically less wide. How big is your new mirror?
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Re: New rear view in the caprice

Postby theholycow » Sun Jul 06, 2014 8:16 pm

I picked one up at the junkyard. The windshield mounting cleat is slightly smaller on my car but it holds securely once I screw its set screw. I ran wire to the temp sender that I placed hanging from the door hinge, thinking it was a good place for accurate temperature without wind chill, but accuracy is not as I wish...it's often incorrect by exactly 10 degrees. I got a second set of mirror and sender at the junkyard but it didn't help. I'm guessing that the wiring is tuned for perfect impedence and I need to use better wire/connectors.

Anyway, I can kinda guess the temp based on the readout, I am very happy to have a decent compass (I've never found a decent one in the auto accessories department), and I dislike auto-dim.

Auto-dim only has exactly one level of dimming, and activates only part of the time when I want it. I want to be able to dim it during the day when some jerk has high beams on behind me, for example. With old-fashioned mirrors you could aim it so it's dimmed in the day position, then flick the lever and get even more dimming. I put 5% tint on it. Occasionally it's tough to use, but most of the time it's about right and glare is mitigated.
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Re: New rear view in the caprice

Postby Grover » Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:17 pm

I hate auto dim. Manual dimming is the only way to go in my opinion. As for the thermocouple, sometimes there is a recessed or hidden calibration switch on those. Don't know if yours has it or not, but you might be able to find it if it's there.
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Re: New rear view in the caprice

Postby hotwheelsboy28 » Wed Jul 16, 2014 6:14 am

My mirror is slightly smaller than the orig, i mounted my sensor just behind the bumper, there is a bolt that holds a clamp for the blinker wiring so i utilized it. The compass,auto dim and temp work perfectly. I wanted one in my car because my truck has one, i was use to it and been driving the car a lot, the only difference my truck has tinted windows now thinking about getting the car's windows done but legal my truck is not.
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Re: New rear view in the caprice

Postby hotwheelsboy28 » Tue Jan 13, 2015 5:14 pm

I finally took a pic and posted it.
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Re: New rear view in the caprice

Postby Grover » Thu Jan 22, 2015 12:46 pm

Nice!
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Re: New rear view in the caprice

Postby hotwheelsboy28 » Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:44 pm

Grover wrote:Nice!

Thanks!
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