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Mirror Replacement on 96 Bronco - same for many

Even though this is for a 96 with signal mirrors, the install would be the same for all year broncos with this flag style mirror.

The mirror on the drivers door meet an unfortunate fate, finding a replacement proved challenging. My 96 Eddie Bauer Bronco comes with what they call signal light mirrors, a cluster of LEDS behind the mirror form an arrow. What’s interesting is the mirror has a laminated optic over the LEDS so the driver does not see the LEDS when illuminated, but is visible from the side and back of the bronco. I soon found out these were discontinued from ford and no one made an aftermarket replacement with the built in signal light.

It wasn’t so much the coolness of the signal light as it was the uniqueness to my bronco that I wanted to preserve – only 96 Broncos had this option.
After much searching I found a site http://car-part.com/ and after searching for a drivers side mirror with signal it came up with a few sites and on in particular Alpha Automotive, Inc. Reporting they had a new one in stock. I emailed for more information and gentleman named Wade replied back confirming he had what I needed, I called to close the transaction and found out not only did he have one but 38 in stock!


Today my new OEM drivers side mirror showed up.


Lets begin the install.

Tools
Philip Scredriver
#25 Torx bit
8mm Socket
Large flat tip screwdriver or upholstery tool


Drivers door with the broken mirror, you'll want to start with the window down.


There are a total of 8 screws to remove before the door panel can come off.


There is 1 screw in the arm rest


1 in the upper right hand corner


5 along the bottom


rug covering might be hiding some of them, but they are there so find them and remove them


The last and 8th screw is in the switch pad


You may remove the switch pad all togeather or you can tuck it into the panel as i did.


The vent latch need to be out of the way, open the window only slightly


Using a flat tip screw driver locate the plastic clips holding the panel on.


Pry them free and work your way around the panel till it hangs freely.


After you remove the panel you will need to unhook the light, 1/4 turn and it pops out.


This is what you should be looking at, great time to upgrade the speakers.


Locate the 8mm bolt that supports the mirror


remove the bolt


The mirror wire harness connector is located below the speaker


With a 25 Torx bit remove the 2 torx screws holding the mirror, support the mirror so it doesn't fall out


Slowly pull the mirror and its wire harness out


The new and old mirror


Clean up the surface where the mirror mounts.


Install the new mirror:

Start by feeding the wire harness from the mirror in the hole in the door


Care must be used so the support bracket doesn't pinch the harness


Apply Anti Seize to the new screws that came with the mirror


On the bolt use some sort of Loc Tight, you don't want this to work its way loss or you have to take the panel off again to get at it.


With the harness hooked up its time to test the mirror, this is a view to other drivers


What the driver sees - just a mirror.


Before reinstalling the panel, apply some grease to the window track


Panel install is the reverse

And heres the end result





Special Thanks to Wade at Alpha Automotive, Inc.
3980 Velp Avenue
Green Bay, WI, 54313
Phone: 1-920-434-0772 or 1-800-317-1270
Fax: 1-920-434-0884
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how much was the mirror? ive considered buying them just beucase mine are beat up
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If they're cheap enough I might buy them just to add them to my truck. So ... how much?
Looking at 500.00 for a pair.
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i think new from ford was 250.00 back in the long ago. may be worth picking up a set just to have


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i think new from ford was 250.00 back in the long ago. may be worth picking up a set just to have

Bet you it was more like 500.00 each from ford.
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do you have to already have the signal mirror you get those cuase i ahve a 92 eddie bauer but not the signal ones can i still install em?

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do you have to already have the signal mirror you get those cuase i ahve a 92 eddie bauer but not the signal ones can i still install em?
It could be done, you would have to mod your harness.
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Bet you it was more like 500.00 each from ford.
nah, this had to be about 10 years ago. when i got my truck, used from the dealer. the mirror had a defect in it, 250 comes to mind from the parts department... dealer cost.


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nah, this had to be about 10 years ago. when i got my truck, used from the dealer. the mirror had a defect in it, 250 comes to mind from the parts department... dealer cost.
391.69 with Signal
219.91 with out.
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damn. I didnt even realize my bronco had the signal mirrors till last week but my pass side doesnt lights up. Are they servicable? I havent taken it apart yet.
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damn. I didnt even realize my bronco had the signal mirrors till last week but my pass side doesnt lights up. Are they servicable? I havent taken it apart yet.
Not really, but it might just be a bad wire.
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i ahve a 92 eddie bauer but not the signal ones can i still install em?
You can retrofit them, but your mirror connector won't match the signal mirror's, so you'll have to either splice some wires or track down the proper connector to splice onto your door harness. Click my black Bronco below & look thru the Flag Mount Mirror album.
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i'll post up some pics of the guts. just had mine broken over me elbow.... i think, busted in 4 pc's.(the light not the bow)


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not the best pic, it looks like the glass pops out to get to the motors and than the chrome or black back is held by 4 torx screws. cant make out the leds, but its the white blob in the corner
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not the best pic, it looks like the glass pops out to get to the motors and than the chrome or black back is held by 4 torx screws. cant make out the leds, but its the white blob in the corner
Thanks for posting the pic!

Heres whats on the back side of the mirror.
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You can retrofit them, but your mirror connector won't match the signal mirror's, so you'll have to either splice some wires or track down the proper connector to splice onto your door harness. Click my black Bronco below & look thru the Flag Mount Mirror album.
wouldn't happen to have a wiring diagram for a 94 power mirror...would you?


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Yeah, it's either in my Diagrams album, or the Flag-Mount Mirrors album.
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Yeah, it's either in my Diagrams album, or the Flag-Mount Mirrors album.
got it steve, was in the diagram section. looks like all the wires are the same color/function, but the 96 has two extra for the arrow led's.


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after calling every junkie in the book i ordered one from alpha, placed the order tuesday afternoon and it was sitting on my door friday after "happy hour" thanks for the info
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Im not much of a poster over here but the info is great here at FSB. So if I have this right, it was an option on 96's but all have the wiring. not all have the signals. Because I have a 96 F150, would that have the wiring? I am very interested in these mirrors.
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