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      01-06-2010, 04:32 PM   #1
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Mirror Covers vs Replacements

I have searched and have not been able to find the answer to this question. What are the pros/cons of going with replacements vs covers? I read somewhere that the replacements will make you lose the functionality of the power feature of the mirror.

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I have searched and have not been able to find the answer to this question. What are the pros/cons of going with replacements vs covers? I read somewhere that the replacements will make you lose the functionality of the power feature of the mirror.

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I have CF mirror cover (replacement), and I don't lose any functions.
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      01-06-2010, 05:18 PM   #3
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I have CF mirror cover (replacement), and I don't lose any functions.
Did you put them on yourself? How hard was it?
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Did you put them on yourself? How hard was it?
Very easy, It's a simple swap job.
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Very easy, It's a simple swap job.
Really? Ok. I saw that "professional installation was recommended".

Now the question is just whether there is any reason not to go with just the covers for the price?
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I have new set of covers (replacement type, not overlay) from d1swoop if your interested. The OEM cover pops off with a plastic trim tool, new one snaps on.
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I have new set of covers (replacement type, not overlay) from d1swoop if your interested. The OEM cover pops off with a plastic trim tool, new one snaps on.
PM me a price please. I am also in Texas.
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ive been looking for mirror covers other than CF but to no avail

i was hoping to do this as well but with a gloss black cover.
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ive been looking for mirror covers other than CF but to no avail

i was hoping to do this as well but with a gloss black cover.
Can't you just buy a set of OEM caps and have a body shop paint it Jet Black? Problem solved.
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Can't you just buy a set of OEM caps and have a body shop paint it Jet Black? Problem solved.
I was about to say the same thing. Or get someone who is putting the CF mirror replacements on their black M3 to sell you their mirror caps.
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I have searched and have not been able to find the answer to this question. What are the pros/cons of going with replacements vs covers? I read somewhere that the replacements will make you lose the functionality of the power feature of the mirror.

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To answer your question, a replacement cover is just that, a replacement on to your mirror cap. This ensures a flush finish that snaps onto your mirror, you will not lose any functionality as they only replace the cap and not the actual mirror housing. A cover, which I believe you mean an overlay that goes on your existing covers, are stuck on by 3M tape. Under normal circumstances a good quality tape will hold against the elements, however, you do run the risk of them starting to peel off, someone taking them off easily, or not maintaining a flush finish. I highly recommend going with a replacement that is an OEM cover with carbon fiber layed on it to ensure perfect fitment. Hope that helps!
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do you guys think painting my mirror covers jet black will match pretty nicely with the black trim already on the mirrors? im pretty sure it will, but you never know..
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do you guys think painting my mirror covers jet black will match pretty nicely with the black trim already on the mirrors? im pretty sure it will, but you never know..
for sure. just show your shop what you want to do. if they act like they cant do it then they arent a very good shop...
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I have the mirror cover replacements and after 4 months they are beginning to bubble. I would put your money elsewhere.
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I have the mirror cover replacements and after 4 months they are beginning to bubble. I would put your money elsewhere.
Oh man dont tell me that. I just pulled the trigger on a pair. I guess Ill exercise the warranty if need be. Where did you get yours from?
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Oh man dont tell me that. I just pulled the trigger on a pair. I guess Ill exercise the warranty if need be. Where did you get yours from?
It's normal if you park your car under the sun a lot. These "carbon fiber" parts are merely fiberglass core with carbon overlay. If you let it heat up under the sun, there will differential expansion of the bonding material between the carbon sheet and the fiber glass core, causing the carbon to bubble out.
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It's normal if you park your car under the sun a lot. These "carbon fiber" parts are merely fiberglass core with carbon overlay. If you let it heat up under the sun, there will differential expansion of the bonding material between the carbon sheet and the fiber glass core, causing the carbon to bubble out.
I don't park my car outside. It's actually underground in a parking garage. Constant 78 degrees. I purchased them from JMD, a member from the forum.
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