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Old 05-26-2009, 04:20 PM   #1
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Thumbs Up Rear View Mirror AEM Gauge Integration for HPF M3's

I have never been crazy about having the gauges mounted on the steering column and I have yet to see another gauge setup I liked. I'm sure most have seen the Valentine radar detectors installed in the rear view mirror. I decided to try to figure out a way to get my A/F and Boost Gauges installed in my mirror. I've been working on this almost every day for the last couple of months, getting the gauges to fit inside the mirror housing, power on properly, automatically adjust brightness for day/night and achieve a factory appearance was not easy.

Then there was the issue of the SES light staring at me since the pods no longer hide it from view. I disabled the light so it no longer illuminates, this was a lot easier than I thought and will post a DIY if anyone else wants to do it.

I am very happy with the outcome. Here's a few pics and a video.





With the gauges shut off they are not visible through the mirror.



Once the led's are illuminated the only thing you see are the lights moving. This looks a lot better than the Valentine mirrors I've seen.



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Old 05-26-2009, 04:25 PM   #2
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Thats real sick..... can i send you my porsche mirror and have you do it?? lol.
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Old 05-26-2009, 04:25 PM   #3
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weird double post....
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Old 05-26-2009, 04:29 PM   #4
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I'm sure it can be done. Mostly depends on having enough room inside the mirror. Shoot some pics of your mirror and I can take a look.
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Old 05-26-2009, 04:29 PM   #5
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pretty freakin cool!
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Old 05-26-2009, 04:29 PM   #6
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Wow, that's amazing Scott. Did you gut the gauges and install?
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Old 05-26-2009, 04:31 PM   #7
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I want to know how to do that, I am always looking for any new way to do things to my car and keep it clean inside
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Old 05-26-2009, 04:34 PM   #8
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Amazing Scott. Great ingenuity. You might want to tell how you disabled the service engine soon light too.

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Old 05-26-2009, 04:34 PM   #9
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That must be the coolest thing I've ever seen!
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nice man...i a lot nicer up there then on the steering column
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Old 05-26-2009, 04:41 PM   #11
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I'm sure it can be done. Mostly depends on having enough room inside the mirror. Shoot some pics of your mirror and I can take a look.
Are you just putting the display in there??
I'll snap a pic and email it to you. Whats your email?
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That is frickin awesome!!! Super impressive. Also can't go wrong with a little Maynard doing his thing in the background.
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Very cool scott! Nice work!
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Subscribed! I can't wait to see the DIY for the gauges and service light.
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Awesome, any pics of the process? I assume that is a non dimming mirror, what was the PN on it? I'm going to get one of the ones with the compass and home link integrated to replace the normal one. Doubt that would leave room for this.

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I'm guessing he just disabled the light itself based on what he was doing.
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Awesome, any pics of the process? I assume that is a non dimming mirror, what was the PN on it? I'm going to get one of the ones with the compass and home link integrated to replace the normal one. Doubt that would leave room for this.



I'm guessing he just disabled the light itself based on what he was doing.
I will post a DIY for hiding the ses light shortly. The mirror was originally an auto dimming mirror but I messed the glass up in the process of learning how to etch off the silvering on the back of the mirror. I went through 5 mirrors getting it to look perfect and then decided I didn't like the appearance with a traditional mirror. A friend of mine owns a glass business and he fabricated a new mirror for me from a sheet of (very expensive) one way glass. This is the only way to make the gauges fully disappear when they are off. My car is tinted and the new mirror is just slightly less relective than the oem mirror and so far I haven't noticed anyone's headlights bothering me at all. I was also able to preserve the auto brightness function, which is very important.. it dims the led's at night and turns them up bright in daylight so you can see them.

Here's a picture of the gauge behind an oem mirror. The cutout for the gauges is always there and imo looks bad this way.



You can see here the new glass completely hides the gauges when they are off. I have considered adding a switch to turn the led's off when they aren't needed. When the gauges are on the only thing visible is the led's and 7 segment displays that are illuminated. Everything else is still a mirror.


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