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    E46 Electric Folding Wing Mirror Retrofit Pic Heavy

    E46 Electric Folding Mirrors Retrofit

    These are the components youll need to do this retrofit:
    Electric Folding Mirrors with 2 plugs, one normal 6 pin connector for glass adjustment and a 2 pin one that controls the folding action


    Folding Mirror Control Module with part # 61.35-8 376 506
    Module plug and backshell. Plug part # 61138364664 Backshell Part # 61138364652
    Folding mirror switch part # 61318373689 should have a yellow back


    2x 2 way plug opposite too folding mirror motor AMP part # 1-968699-1 RS part # 718-7066
    9x MQS Male Pin AMP part # 963730-1 RS part # 681-2795
    15x MQS Female Socket AMP part # 968221-1 RS part # 712-1808 (QTY 50)
    1x Power Timer (part number unkown will try and find this out)


    Now onto instalation!
    this is the wiring diagram for the mirrors and control module id advise too get your head around this before you start anything. its all pretty self explanitory besides the wire on pin 11 which is a speed sensor input so you cant fold the mirrors over a certain speed


    the first step is making a wiring loom too all these connections and then a sub loom from the door connector too the mirror with the ecu plug fitted




    the module itself sits in the left of the white carrier behind the glovebox


    then plug your loom in and start clipping it in


    i went too the passenger door first, you need too pull the carpet back too find the door connector behind some grey foam


    then begin removing the 8mm bolt from the outside


    once thats removed the connector should lift upwards and out


    disconnect the connectors and pull the car side back into the car too give more ease too work on


    you need too remove the blue lock too allow the contacts too be inserted it has too be lifted over the tab on each side as can be seen in pic


    bring your wires down too the connector securing as you go with cable ties or tape


    now fit 2 male contacts on the car side


    now insert into the connector on the correct pins by referencing from the diagram and reinstall blue lock


    now you need too lift the fusebox out of its hanger so you can insert the power connector into fuse 57



    there are also 2 locks on the fusebox on the right hand side a blue and a white one



    you can then insert the contact into fuse 57s empty slot there is already the incoming power there, this is rather dificult and fidily as there is not much room behind the fuse box id advise using a pair of pliers too help.


    i then began too run the speed sensor into the ecu in the engine bay i fed it through the grommet next too the white module carrier as it goes directly into the ecu box



    there are a few different pin numbers this wire can go in you need too look at the wiring schematics specific too your car mine was going into pin 22 on the 40 way connector (2nd connector from the left)


    you need too remove the shroud on the black connector this has a little tab on that needs to be lifted


    then you can remove the wire and join the two wires together with a new contact


    and reinsert into the housing on the correct pin


    i didnt get any pictures but i put the ground on an M6 eyelet on the ground point besides the passenger seat behind the carpet

    now go back too routing the loom throughout the car behind the centre console and onto the drivers footwell



    now fit 3 male conatcts too this and insert into door connector on correct pins


    next i began on the doors remove your door cards and remove thge front end off the foam soo you can feed your wire through the grommit


    i clipped the wiring with the standard loom too avoid the window


    then remove the lock from the connector there is a tab that has to be released


    now crimp 3 female sockets on too your wires and insert into connector



    you now need too have a split in your loom one to the mirror and one for the signal wire too the switch


    now you can fit 2 male pins and insert into the 2 way housing take note that they go into the correct pin the numbers are on the back


    and then put one female pin and insert it into pin 6 on the mirror switch plug


    undo these 3 bolts too remover your mirror and replace with the new folding mirrors then plug the 2 way plug together and sit in holder


    then reassemble the door back together plug the new yellow backed mirror switch in


    and the do the same for the passenger side which is similar but there is no switch wire, fit 2 female sockets and insert into the housing and plug the mirror together



    now for the hardest bit insert the fuse and press that button!



    there you go all fitted. with the 2 wire folding motors it is not possible too get the mirrors too fold off the key this is only possible with the memory mirrors that are used with electric memory seats, i am going to work out how to get the 2 wire mirror to fold in and out with lock and unlock ill do another how too for that so people with this option from the factory can do this also.

    hope this helps
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    great guide, thanks

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    Great guide Jon, thanks mate

    When I first got my E46, I did wonder about this. Might have to see if I can get my hands on a pair of folding mirrors.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mjojom View Post
    great guide, thanks
    Quote Originally Posted by Ferret View Post
    Great guide Jon, thanks mate

    When I first got my E46, I did wonder about this. Might have to see if I can get my hands on a pair of folding mirrors.
    No problem guys thought if I was fitting them no trouble in taking a few pictures along the way
    Yeh just keep an eye out on eBay they come up and its then another button too press

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    Great guide Jon they look the part too

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    Have you ever managed to connect to the door locks?

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    So far I figured the below from my own research:

    Pin 1 - Driver Mirror (white wire)
    Pin 2 - Driver Mirror (yellow wire)
    Pin 3 - Fuse Box, position 57 for 12V
    Pin 4 - ?
    Pin 5 - Ground
    Pin 6 - ?
    Pin 7 - Passenger Mirror (white wire)
    Pin 8 - Passenger Mirror (yellow wire)
    Pin 9 - ?
    Pin 10 - ?
    Pin 11 - Speed Sensor (Pin 21 of ABS Unit)
    Pin 12 - To Pin 6 on driver mirror switch

    And I'm wondering if the other pins can connect to my remote key when locking/unlocking and the reverse tilt function. As can seen below the mirror module does have available pins to pinouts 4, 6, 9 and 10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryn004 View Post
    Have you ever managed to connect to the door locks?
    No not yet mate its on my long list of jobs to do...

    Quote Originally Posted by ryn004 View Post
    So far I figured the below from my own research:

    Pin 1 - Driver Mirror (white wire)
    Pin 2 - Driver Mirror (yellow wire)
    Pin 3 - Fuse Box, position 57 for 12V
    Pin 4 - ?
    Pin 5 - Ground
    Pin 6 - ?
    Pin 7 - Passenger Mirror (white wire)
    Pin 8 - Passenger Mirror (yellow wire)
    Pin 9 - ?
    Pin 10 - ?
    Pin 11 - Speed Sensor (Pin 21 of ABS Unit)
    Pin 12 - To Pin 6 on driver mirror switch

    And I'm wondering if the other pins can connect to my remote key when locking/unlocking and the reverse tilt function. As can seen below the mirror module does have available pins to pinouts 4, 6, 9 and 10.
    You can't have folding of the key and reverse tilt with 2 wire motors you can only get it on the memory mirrors which are 12pin plugs and are controlled by a module in each door and it's all linked to electric seats aswell

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    I just manage to complete the retrofit, including the fuse in position 57 in the Fusebox.

    Is it factory for the folding mirrors to operate even if the key is not in the ignition?

    And have you ever figured how to fold the mirrors with the key on door lock?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryn004 View Post
    I just manage to complete the retrofit, including the fuse in position 57 in the Fusebox.

    Is it factory for the folding mirrors to operate even if the key is not in the ignition?

    And have you ever figured how to fold the mirrors with the key on door lock?

    Thanks.
    Good job on the retrofit
    Yeh they work without the ignition on
    Nope still on my list of stuff to do with the winter weather havnt had chance to do it yet ive got some m5 rep folding mirrors to go on now so it's becoming a higher priority will post up when I have cracked it

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