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Old 11-10-2008, 03:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cameras for Mirrors

It has been discussed before that in some states if not most it is illegal to replace your mirrors for cameras, despite some obvious benefits.

Now in the case of my 4-runner, mirror deletes would save me more than 3mpg as I have seen with my scangauge. I get a 2mpg boost when I simply fold them in.

That got me thinking. These things are huge on the 4-runner, why not install cameras on the edge of the mirror so they work when folded in?

Yeah its a gray area in the law, but I would technically not be breaking the law because if the cop wants to be a prick I simply fold them out until he leaves then fold them right back in and continue using my cameras. If I wanted to get really fancy I can replace the glass with 2 way mirrored plexi and mount the screens inside the mirror itself which would be easy to see when they were folded in.

Infact with a little fiberglass work I could even improve the profile of the mirror when folded without disturbing its folded out use.

What do you guys think? I love flirting with trouble.

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Old 11-10-2008, 04:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would add an inside mirror, to meet the letter of the law.
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Old 11-10-2008, 04:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sounds like a plan to me.

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Old 11-10-2008, 07:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Why not greatly reduce your side view mirror's size AND add cameras at the same time? maybe someone here knows how to search the Florida motor vehicle code book on-line? Assuming for a moment your state doesn't required a minimum number of square inches for an outside side view mirror...

I could imagine starting with a mirror pod 1/4 the regular size, maybe shaped from a block of foam and made from fiberglass, or scanvenged from a sport bike.

Housed inside would be both a tiny mirror element of say 6cm x 4cm, and a camera beside it. If you wanted to get cute, core a hole in the mirror glass and nest the camera in the glass mirror. You'd technically have a traditional mirror (anyone here old enough to remember dental mirrors on Harley choppers in the 70's?) The mirror would hopefully pass muster with your local law enforcement, and you'd have a camera for a useful 'real' view of things.

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