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Old 02-05-2020, 02:52 PM   #21
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My Mirrors have always been a weak spot of the truck. The PS mirror had a huge round, convex, bubble type of thing bolted to it, and the DS mirror always tilted down when I shut the door.
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So my Dad and I went to the JY this weekend looking for some Lincoln Continental parts, and I saw decent hardbody (silver w/purple graphics) and figured it had some good pieces. All I could salvage was the console. More on that later. On my way back to find my Pops, I spotted a Red Xterra. Not sure what year it was, I forgot to look. But what I did notice, was that the Xterra mirrors looked like they would fit my D21.
So I snatched one off the Xterra, and dry fit it to the HB in the yard, and WHA-LA, a match. Fast Forward to the next day or so.
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I dry fit them on my HB, and instantly noticed I had some cutting to do.
DS cut out for Xterra mirror.jpg
PS cuts for Xterra mirror.jpg
I also noticed the DS Xterra mirror was heavier, maybe the motor for the power mirror option. It also had a slightly different mounting bracket, but nothing the cut outs wont fix.
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So I plan on cutting out the little triangles and cleaning the area up, before priming and painting the cut area. I will also clean up the Xterra mirrors a bit before mounting them up to the HB.
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Old 02-05-2020, 07:39 PM   #22
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cool.
can't wait to see how they end up
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So the stock mirrors were in bad shape. The DS was "OK", but the PS had no shiny stuff and there was a huge convex mirror, bolted to the stock mirror assembly
OG mirrors.jpg

Used this rotary tool to make the simple cuts
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Used the grinder to make the cut outs nice & straight
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Then I used this reciprocating tool to get to this pesky screw
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See the pesky screw, it was stopping the mirror from going in flush.
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Here is the First cut on the PS
PS 1st cut.jpg

First and second cuts on the DS
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After the cut out was complete, I noticed the rubber "boot" was making it more difficult. So I could A) open the whole hole up on all 3 sides, B) remove the boot all together, or C) perform surgery on the boot.
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I chose C.
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Hindsight says I could have used the boots of off of the stock mirrors, but they were not in good condition from dry rot and whatnot.
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PS taped&primed.jpg
After everything had been mocked up and fit well, It was time for some protection on the fresh cuts, so a quick tape up, some sanding and primer before a shot of Gloss Black, Thankfully the mirrors covered up most of my work. lol
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So, since these pieces were off, and small enough to cover quickly, I covered them in microfiber too.
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Here is a shot of the Xterra Mirror and the covered trim piece.
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I had those mirrors on my rallycross truck.
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Both sides complete. Not too shabby, IMO.
DS done.jpgPS done.jpg


Just for comparisons sake. The Xterra mirrors are definitely beefier
Old vs New.jpg

Added bonus (no pic yet, but soon): these mirrors fold in and out of the way completely.

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Old 02-10-2020, 09:31 PM   #29
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I also did this
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To see what shape the floors were in. They were in great shape, aside from the factory flooring being worn down to the metal floors. lol
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My leaf spring bushing kit came today. I've been hitting the bolts up with PB Blaster every now and then, since I ordered them, about a week ago. The v6 brake upgrade components have also arrived and are waiting to be done. Along with all the goodies, came bad weather. I don't have a garage or carport, so most of my work is done outside. But I did make a little moveable "tent" thing that I can position pretty much anywhere I need cover. from ,wind, sun, rain or whatever.
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That's it to the left of this^^^^^ pic. Right now my seats and console are under the blue/white striped fabric, under the "tent"

Here is the skeleton over my Ranger ( the reason I built the thing)
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And here is what it looks like with the tarps on it.
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I can hang lights on the inside if I need light. I 've used it as a spray booth for small parts, too. It has wheels so it is easily moved around, and it's lightweight.

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