S3 8L - Electric Power Fold Mirrors Retrofit Kit DIY

Dohcwp

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I would be interested in this too... related (probably dumb) question, but did all S3 have heated wing mirrors?

all 8l's a3's and s3's had heated mirrors as standard, auto dipping wing mirrors were optional though (on SA/ZA spec models afaik)
 

Rogue.Goofball

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So the ultimate mod (in this context), would be to have auto dimming and folding mirrors. The folding option, would be controlled by the remote central locking (easier to implement, more useful and cleaner looking in the car), which is what people have been looking for here, so how hard to add auto dimming too? If a group were going to do this, why not go the whole hog (if reasonable).
 

syncro

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The auto dim mirror glasses are expensive, an auto dim rear view mirror should have an output to control the auto dim door mirror glasses. I got a USA spec b6 cabriolet black auto-aim mirror with compass for mine, it also has the auto light sensor built in.

Skoda superb puddle lights would also be a nice addition
 

superkarl

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I have auto dim rear view that I’m going to strip out. Does this mean the wing mirrors are auto dim?
I’ve never noticed it. The auto dim rear view however is an obvious difference
 

syncro

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The auto dim door mirror glasses have a heavy black trim around the edge so they are easy to distinguish
 

Rogue.Goofball

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I have auto dim rear view that I’m going to strip out. Does this mean the wing mirrors are auto dim?
I’ve never noticed it. The auto dim rear view however is an obvious difference
Why are you stripping it out? Is it broke... I'll be on the hunt to get one for mine, as it had one fitted as standard, but it broke and was replaced by a basic mirror.
 

warren9022

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If you do an internet search on Mk4 Golf retrofitting auto folding mirrors you’ll find 4 or 5 different mirror options that will work, doesn’t have to be the Leon ones
 

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warren9022

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Good find :thumbs up:.

I’d rather have the OEM install (manual selection with switch) so this is perfect. Already got the relay so just got to get connectors and give it a whirl (that’s if my mirrors have 3 connections rather than 2 when they arrive). I’m thinking the 3rd connection is the micro switch that can be transplanted from mirror base to base so should be able to do it.
 

warren9022

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The only thing I can’t work out from the wiring diagram is what the ‘Inter’ is on the left hand mirror, anyone got any ideas?
 

warren9022

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Has anyone got a picture of 8l s3 folding mirror switch?

Apparently it’s identical to ours, just open it up and remove a stop inside, this allows it to have a second position after the right adjustment mirror position which is for folding. I’ve ordered a switch to dissect and test the theory.
 

warren9022

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The only thing I can’t work out from the wiring diagram is what the ‘Inter’ is on the left hand mirror, anyone got any ideas?

If anyone is interested the ‘Inter’ referred to on the diagram is the ‘Safe’ signal.
 

hharry100

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+1 Folding Alu mirrors
 

warren9022

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The A4 B5 mirrors would take the aluminium housings but try finding a drivers side mirror that isn’t a stubby..... This was my first option, got a passenger side mirror but the drivers side ones in full size seem to be none existent.

And from what I've read they're a 2 wire system as opposed to the 3 wire system we would need (if fitting OEM styley).

Not gospel but just going on what I've read so far on the subject.
 

Tj 0785

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What about a passenger mirror from a German model have you tried ebay.de ?
 

warren9022

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What about a passenger mirror from a German model have you tried ebay.de ?

Yeah, looked mate. Still seem to be all stubby mirrors. If anyone knows of any let me know as I’ve got the passenger one ready to go....
 

IPG

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Yeah, looked mate. Still seem to be all stubby mirrors. If anyone knows of any let me know as I’ve got the passenger one ready to go....

wouldn't the motors / bases be swappable?

so if you get your hands on a motorized unit + all relevant boards/switches. Ditch the stumpy housing and switch all the good stuff into the regular sized housings?
 

warren9022

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wouldn't the motors / bases be swappable?

so if you get your hands on a motorized unit + all relevant boards/switches. Ditch the stumpy housing and switch all the good stuff into the regular sized housings?

I’ve read that the stubby mirrors were never available as auto folding (not enough room in the housings to get everything in)....which begs the question what in God’s name did they used to supply for the drivers side with a full size passenger auto folding mirror?! :wtf:
 

warren9022

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Scrap that last comment, just found a power folding drivers side stubby mirror on fleabay but the mirror body & motor are all one piece so you couldn’t take the guts out and transplant into a full sized housing.
 

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Tj 0785

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To be fair they were helpful when I asked the mfsw they told me the part number I needed for the airbag and wheel and that you need to adapt the harness I told them I wanted to get the parts 2nd hand to keep cost down and them fit it which to be honest the headache I’m having with it now I wish I did ha
 

warren9022

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So......HappyDayz will supply and fit for £850 + VAT and transfer over the aluminium covers and glass (Mind you for a grand I bet I could source some of the original folding mirrors)
 

syncro

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They are left hand drive mirrors according to the description there, you could swap the electric folding parts on to your own right hand drive mounting bases
 

Tj 0785

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Is it electric folding had this with a seller they are electric heated and glass movement and they can fold if you push them but are they electric folding if you get me
 
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