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Hi all,

When I bought the van, the previous owner had colour coded the mirrors and surrounding housing. It does look nice, but I am after a more OEM look so want to replace the entire mirror housing to the factory black. I understand that the factory only colour code the front mirror caps, leaving the rest black.

This is how it looks currently:


I have electric mirrors and have been trying to source the parts myself. It looks like the following:
- Wing Mirror Cap lower trim (left and right) @ £11.99 each
- Mirror Glass trim (left and right) @ £15.99 each
That comes to £55.96 but looks like that isn't it as I'd need the arm/door part itself. I have no idea whether this is a trim or the electrics are all part of it. The whole unit primed (i could swap over the mirror caps) is £79.99 per side, so it makes financial sense to buy that and sell the left over bits.

My question is, if I am buying the whole lot, should I look to make the left and right one match? I know they are different on the pre GP but not sure if you can do this with off the shelf products and keep visibility.

I like the OEM euro look and don't want to put GP ones on.

Any thoughts? T:
 

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Hi dubious,

I looked into the same thing (almost), and concluded that making a LHD drivers mirror work on a RHD passenger side wasn't feasible if you also want OEM. The angles are different, so you have to mod it and the mods that I saw I wasn't happy with.

I also added up some costs like you as I also concluded that I wanted folding, and they just didn't add up.

So in my drive for symmetry, I ended up going the GP route...

You could always spray the plastics black (gloss or satin), that way they always look like they have just been cleaned, but look more OEM.

AB.
 

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Hi dubious,

I looked into the same thing (almost), and concluded that making a LHD drivers mirror work on a RHD passenger side wasn't feasible if you also want OEM. The angles are different, so you have to mod it and the mods that I saw I wasn't happy with.

I also added up some costs like you as I also concluded that I wanted folding, and they just didn't add up.

So in my drive for symmetry, I ended up going the GP route...

You could always spray the plastics black (gloss or satin), that way they always look like they have just been cleaned, but look more OEM.

AB.
Nice one. I won't go down that route then. It's good to hear! T:

The spraying is a nice idea. Hmm got me thinking now.......
 

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Hi Dubious, I've got an almost identical looking van in the same VW silver. I am looking at fitting fog lamps to mine so was interested what you did to get yours fitted. Was it purchased as a kit and what did you do about colour coding the fog lamp mounts?
 

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Hi Dubious, I've got an almost identical looking van in the same VW silver. I am looking at fitting fog lamps to mine so was interested what you did to get yours fitted. Was it purchased as a kit and what did you do about colour coding the fog lamp mounts?
I can't remember the cost as I had some other work done at the same time from a specialist nearby. I'll try and find the paperwork later.

The bumper was already colour coded (inc the fog lamp mounts).
 

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Hi - I've fitted a LHD mirror on the passenger side I bought new from the German eBay site - it was only about £35 for a new heated electric one. I did have to mod the internal angle restrictors a bit (some plastic moulded in pegs) to allow a greater angle to be achieved to see behind on that side. The original mirror housing must be angled more to get the rearward angle.

I didn't like the idea of odd mirrors - and my passenger one now does give me a much wider angle too.

I think they look OK - see my pics in my album!
 

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Hi - I've fitted a LHD mirror on the passenger side I bought new from the German eBay site - it was only about £35 for a new heated electric one. I did have to mod the internal angle restrictors a bit (some plastic moulded in pegs) to allow a greater angle to be achieved to see behind on that side. The original mirror housing must be angled more to get the rearward angle.

I didn't like the idea of odd mirrors - and my passenger one now does give me a much wider angle too.

I think they look OK - see my pics in my album!
Thanks for the info! German eBay eh - now have a new hunting ground! :D

Good to see pics too, really helpful!
 

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I can't remember the cost as I had some other work done at the same time from a specialist nearby. I'll try and find the paperwork later.

The bumper was already colour coded (inc the fog lamp mounts).
It was £160 fitted with the new dash light switch unit. Forgot to check VAT. I'd assume excluding VAT!
 

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I can't remember the cost as I had some other work done at the same time from a specialist nearby. I'll try and find the paperwork later.

The bumper was already colour coded (inc the fog lamp mounts).
The bumpers and mounts on my van were already colour coded too, in which case I assume you had the mounts cut?
 
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