How To: Change, Replace, and Swap your Exterior Mirrors on 1994-2004 Mustangs.
This write up was performed on a 1996 Ford Mustang GT in a swap from factory mirrors to 2003 Mustang Cobra Mirrors.
The process is the same regardless of year, model, and engine of your mustang - as long as it is a 1994-2004 Mustang.
From 1994-1998 Ford released the SN95 mustang platform (aka "Snive")
On the export models heading to aust., jap., and eur. they had a few minor changes. one of which was folding mirrors. This change came to the united states' models in 2003 with the Terminator Cobra.
Here is a picture of the OEM 1994-1998 plastic mirrors:
Here is a step-by-step how to on how to change your plastic, mirrors to the metal, folding cobra mirrors.
7/16 open end wrench. (or simular)
Long Flat head screw driver
Tools that HELP:
Long needle nose pliers
ratcheting box-end 7/16 wrench
Magnet on a stick
Partner in crime.
open the door and roll down the window
Use your flat head screwdriver to push the interior molding up, toward to the ceiling. DO NOT FORCE IT. It will *ONLY* more roughly 1/8"
Use your flathead screwdriver to pry the interior pannel out, toward you, to remove it.
Use your flathead to remove the door pannel that you pull on to close the door.
Disconect all wiring and place the door pannel in a safe location, as to not step on it.
The "Handle" part makes a good spot to store the extra parts.
inspect the interior of the door to ensure the water gaurd is in good condition, all wires are in good condition, and nothing seems out of the ordinary.
Disconnect the wiring to the mirror. Pull the pin out (towards you) that holds the wiring to the door.
*note: you can *slide* the wiring *up* off the holding-unit to give you extra "playing room."
unbolt the mirrors, try not to drop the nuts into the door pannel. a ratcheting box-end wrench will make this 100times easier.
Note: if doing this by yourself, leave the top bolt for last. unbolt it while HOLDING ONTO THE MIRROR.
if doing this with a partner, make sure tehy hold the mirror firmly.
Install is reverse of removal. Proceedure is same on both passenger and driver side mirrors.
Now you have awesome cobra (or if youre lucky export) mirrors!!
Here are pictures of export mirrors for 1994-1998 Mustangs.