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Which is the mirror your purchased on Ebay. Do share your link. Also make sure it comes with the harness and cables.
This is the one: New Gentex Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror with Installation Kit | eBay

Looks like it comes with some wiring components and taps, nothing special.
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Just finished installing the mirror I ordered for $40. Install was easy. Pop off rearview mounting plate cap and push tab / slide to remove. Installed new mirror. Pulled the map light and sunroof buttons / panel. Pulled wires through headliner.

Found switched 12v and ground for the sunroof connector. Tapped the wires, tested it all and reassembled. Installed the little trim piece that came with new mirror and tightened down set screw.

12v switched was solid black (bottom left in pic below). Ground was black & white stripe wire (top right).



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Some notes on my upcoming install of a Gentex, frameless mirror w/Homelink as I know some people are considering this modification and thought I would post the info I have gathered.

PLEASE NOTE: While the extension on this mirror should work and clear the housing, I have not personally verified the operation.

Car: 2016 Rav4 Hybrid XLE
Mirror: GENTEX Model 50-GENK80A
Mirror Extension: Gentex Model 50-BRKTEXT
Radar Detector Mount: Blend mount for Escort Passport and stem type mirrors. BlendMount Escort Beltronics | Valentine One| K40 | Cobra Radar Detector Mounts | GoPro DashCam

First of all, for those of you with the Lane Departure System, you will need to get a extension block to allow the stem to clear the camera housing (plastic).

Secondly, on this mirror specifically, it rides higher than the factory mirror. It looks odd but it is normal.

I plan on installing a blend mount mirror stem mount for my radar detector, I will post how/if that fits with the mirror extension and the LDS housing.

I plan on looking for power, switched power and ground in the overhead console as many have posted here.

I will post pictures once completed and note any difficulties.
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Use of Extension Bracket....

Ziran:

I've already posted this information in the Forums.

Thanks & Good luck.

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Thanks, I wanted to post model numbers and any exceptions when using the frameless Gentex Mirror and blend mount radar detector mount.
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I picked up a Gen 4 RAV4 OEM autodim mirror (basic, no compass, no Homelink) from a salvage place on the cheap. $26 with plug and black plastic extendable cover. My 2013 XLE came with the manual flip mirror.
Mirror looks brand new. The 2 wires were short on the plug but I extended them out by soldering extensions and heat shrinking the new joint. I picked up a few of the quick tap connectors from Wal-Mart and used the pics above from cpz32 to help determine which to hook up for ground and 12V with key power. The job was done in less than 30 minutes for less than $35.


It looks factory installed once I put everything back in place. :-) I kinda wish that I had gotten a fancier mirror (with a hidden compass (hidden and homelink) but I don't really need them and cost would have been several times higher although they are available. The factory plug is a five pin which seems to be common for both current generation RAV4 and Camry. Other makes and models seem to use a different connector.


A hands free mirror and heated seats were two things that I missed when I switched back to a RAV4 from a Subaru Forester. Funny how you get used to some of the creature comforts that are optioned out differently between makes of cars. I don't know if I will want to tackle the heated seats but may try one of those cheap heated covers this winter.
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Finally installed my 453 yesterday. I have a sunroof so it all went pretty smoothly. Homelink was a breeze. I just need to calibrate the compass and it will be all set. Thanks to everyone for the helpful psots.
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I have a 2016 SE with the Tech Package, with the basic mirror, no autodim or homelink, i would like to add one. Has anyone validated that even with the tech package there isnt a plug to add the homelink mirror under the headliner? Also, how do you remove the black box on the windshield that goes around the mirror mount. (the box conceals the camera for the safety sense)
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I have a 2016 SE with the Tech Package, with the basic mirror, no autodim or homelink, i would like to add one. Has anyone validated that even with the tech package there isnt a plug to add the homelink mirror under the headliner? Also, how do you remove the black box on the windshield that goes around the mirror mount. (the box conceals the camera for the safety sense)
I have not looked under the headliner on the 2016 with AT package, but I pulled the camera box off. Remove the small piece in the middle it just snaps off. The large plastic camera box has two orange tabs on the Left and Right side. Disengage on both sides and the box slides down along the windshield glass. The camera wire goes up into the headliner.
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Good day. Can somebody sign for this photo, where and within which the pin is inserted into each color wire? Or make the photo from the wires.
Black - pin #
Red - pin #
Brown - pin #
Orange - pin #
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