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Taking apart the side mirror assembly - looking for help

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by pgrothe, Jul 9, 2014.

  1. pgrothe

    pgrothe Member

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    Hello everyone,

    I am the DIY kind of person. I managed to vinyl wrap most of my chrome trims so far and I am actually stuck with wrapping the chrome section of the mirror assembly. I have the non self folding mirror units. I am mentioning this because the two kind of units are very different.

    Wrapping the part that is attached to the door is the painful one. It seems that there is a way to disassemble the hinge that join the mirror unit to the mirror mount on the door. I'm sorry if my descriptions are not very clear. I could probably add some pictures later.

    Could anyone gives me the information how to take apart the to main sections of the mirror assembly of the Model S ? Removing the plastic covers is fairly easy.

    Many thanks
     
  2. Caloncho

    Caloncho LongerTelomeres?

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    can you put some pictures?
     
  3. pgrothe

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    I'm sorry, I had to borrow someone else picture. The red circle I drew is were the hinge is. The must be a way to unscrew or remove that part. That way I could easily wrap the lower portion of the mirror in vinyl. Otherwise it makes a messy job.

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  4. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    Probably not a lot of help but the side mirrors get delivered already assembled (as in your photo); I doubt the service centers even know how to take them apart. That said, there's a few folk who have had their cars wrapped so you might want to trawl the Model-S-Interior-Exterior section and post there or PM a couple of them.
     
  5. pgrothe

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    I sent a few PM. We will see if I can get some information. I will post any finding here.
     
  6. zax123

    zax123 CDN Model S P308

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    Hi Pierre. I got your PM. The place that wrapped my car definitely didn't take anything apart so they must have found a way to do the mirror assembly in place. I've actually looked at it a few times and couldn't see the seams anywhere!
     
  7. pgrothe

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    They are really good. Could you tel me where ? I guess that would be on the south shore. I believe I met last year at on of the meet of the Tesla club. Are you the one who had a fake hamster in the drunk to show that you have one more HP than anyone else ? :)
     
  8. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    Perhaps you're in the wrong part of the forum. I was trying to decide if you wanted information on the Roadster side mirrors or the Model S side mirrors & it took until you posted a picture to know.

    I'll ask the mod for this area to move it over to Model S.
     
  9. pgrothe

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    I thought I was pretty clear when I specified model S :)
     
  10. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    You did :). It was buried. It really belongs over in the Model S forum.
     
  11. zax123

    zax123 CDN Model S P308

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    That's me! :)

    I did it at affichage.ca in Brossard. Looks like a professional place, I'm very satisfied.
     
  12. pgrothe

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    I will call them tomorrow. Auto Bugatti is asking me 250 just for the mirrors and I have to leave the car for at least a day. If your shop can do it and if its closer to my place then its a deal.
     
  13. pgrothe

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    Thanks for helping me. I wasn't exactly sire where to post that one. I thought Technical discussions was appropriate.
     
  14. flodrab

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    can't help you with the disassembly part, but I do have a question/comment/suggestion ... what are you wrapping the mirror body with? ... my guy did a carbon fiber look, and every time I'm at a supercharger, people come up, ask about my car, and invariably tell me how much they like the mirrors
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  15. Caloncho

    Caloncho LongerTelomeres?

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    wow, @flodrab, I wish somebody in NYC could do my side mirrors like that! To the detailers I went it seemed really hard without taking them apart (and they did not know how to).

    Cheers!

    Cal
     
  16. flodrab

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    I called the guy who did my wrap and he says it isn't necessary to remove them, they just do it in place

    BTW, had a hard time deciding how to do the nosecone, but finally went with a "4 color" look ... mostly body color (matte gunmetal), matte black dechrome, carbon fiber in the skinny upper portion, and a red accent "T" ... (another BTW, the Model X model on display in the lobby at the Hawthorne Design Center has the same skinny top carbon fiber section) ... here's the nose, and a full side view ... (also did the rear diffuser in CF, but no pic):

    front T.JPG side.JPG
     
  17. Caloncho

    Caloncho LongerTelomeres?

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    well done, pretty cool ride!
     
  18. Killhaug

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    Im getting mine wrapped this wednesday and I cant decide on matte gunmetal metallic or charcoal metallic, but I think Ill go gunmetal. How has the quality been? Im also choosing Avery Dennison and Ive never had a wrapped vehicle before so dont know what to expect.
     

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