Home Forums Articles How To's FAQ Register
Go Back   Xoutpost.com > BMW SAV Forums > X5 (E53) Forum
User Name
Member List Premier Membership Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Xoutpost server transfer and maintenance is occurring....
Xoutpost is currently undergoing a planned server migration.... stay tuned for new developments.... sincerely, the management

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-27-2021, 08:10 AM
Join Date: Apr 2019
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 483
Effduration is on a distinguished road
Fun with side mirrors - wear on triangle piece

Hi Folks,

I didn't see much of a reference to this in any of the forums, so I thought I would share.

I have not liked how my driver's side mirror looked for a few years. Nearly all the black paint on the triangle portion of the mirror, that bolts to the door, had come off exposing bare, scruffy cast aluminum. My options were:

1. Get a new (used) mirror assembly with triangle portion included
2. attempt to re-paint the triangle portion while on car
3. Remove and repaint while off car
4. find a used triangle portion and swap it in.

I went with #4 and found a decent triangle piece off ebay in matte black (it came in gloss as well)

Separating mirror assembly from door and triangle portion from rest of mirror is not a problem, although I did snap one of the 4 screws that hold the mirror to the triangle. What IS a problem, is that there is no obvious way to feed the electrical connection thru the triangle assembly as the opening is too small. It looks like the manufacturer did not want to sell just the triangle portion of the assembly. In fact, there is no part number for it.

The trick is to disassemble the Tyco connector that is at the door end of the mirror wiring - the end that plugs into the window switch in the door panel. Upon close inspection, there is a little tab that releases the small inner wiring connector from the outer shell of the Tyco connector. This shrinks the size of the connector that needs to be routed through the triangle connector by half, and it easily fits through..

From this point, re-assembly is a snap. To be clear, I never opened up the mirror itself or removed the color-matched cover on the back of the mirror. I think I would have broken a bunch of tabs had I done that.
Attached Images

Last edited by Effduration; 07-27-2021 at 02:37 PM.
Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links

Old 07-27-2021, 12:24 PM
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Calgary, Canada
Posts: 2,096
Clockwork is on a distinguished road
I too have swapped he triangle mirror base becasue of paint peeling. I sadly have VERY intimate knowledge of the entire power close motor and wiring, so yes its very doable to swap wire harness parts, just not super quick, to a new person.
Glad you got it solved.
I swear, my cars are like a girlfriend.
Sometimes its a rough ride, sometimes its smooth motorin'.
Sometimes she doesnt like how i treat her and sometimes i dont like how she behaves.
BUT at the end of the day, she loves it when I am inside her.

'91 850i
'05 X5 4.4i
Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2021, 12:38 PM
LVP LVP is offline
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Ontario
Posts: 839
LVP is on a distinguished road
Thanks for the tip. I've got a good base or two and found the screws rusted and easily snap. I'll give it a go with the spare mirror and bases and see if I have the same success.
Daily Drivers:
- 2004 X5 4.4, 01/2004 production, 345,000km
- 2008 535i, 265,000km

- 1996 328i, track/race car, ~300,000km

- 2001 Ski-Doo MXZ 600 w/800 engine, exhaust
- 1978 Ski-Doo Olympique 340 (vintage race sled)
- 1977 Ski-Doo Olympique 340E

Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2021, 12:55 PM
Join Date: Jun 2021
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 223
X5chemist is on a distinguished road

Good information to know.
'06 X5 3.0i - bought @143,123 miles (12/26/20)
Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2021, 01:18 PM
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Canada
Posts: 441
c-bass is on a distinguished road
Originally Posted by X5chemist View Post

Good information to know.
Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2021, 02:38 PM
Join Date: Apr 2019
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 483
Effduration is on a distinguished road
Pictures added....
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:49 PM.
vBulletin, Copyright 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd. SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0
2017 Xoutpost.com. All rights reserved. Xoutpost.com is a private enthusiast site not associated with BMW AG.
The BMW name, marks, M stripe logo, and Roundel logo as well as X3, X5 and X6 designations used in the pages of this Web Site are the property of BMW AG.
This web site is not sponsored or affiliated in any way with BMW AG or any of its subsidiaries.