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Old 09-28-2009, 08:47 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by zhp pilot View Post
I've considered jumping in on the ED group buy but things are taking way too long. Do you know if this is basically the same process for putting ribbon motors in OEM M3 mirrors. If this much work is required for the ED reps then why not just buy OEM ones and do the same retrofit? Plus, I'm very partial to the OEM blue tinted glass and I'm not wanting the clear offered by ED.
A couple of things:

1. A coupe can use the OEM M3 mirrors (non-ribbon) and bolt right up.

2. The sedans CAN NOT use the OEM M3 mirrors (ribbon or non-ribbon) without modifying the bases. Not a job for the weak of heart as it involves a grinder and multiple testing on the car.

3. I don't know if the ribbon mirror motors will work within the OEM M3 mirror mounts. I have never torn down an OEM mirror so I can't speak on it. If they do fit in the OEM M3 mirror mount then you should be able to swap em out with this DIY and bolt your mirrors right up on your coupe.
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