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Old 03-27-2010, 06:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Mirror Swap - VW Golf MK3 1.9 Turbo Diesel

Hi there fellow modders,

Progress has been slow with this build, mostly due to bad weather and lack of funds.

Today I got a chance to fit my DTM style mirrors to my car. I'm hoping that I will see a gain from the loss of frontal area compared with the large OEM ones, but I will have to wait until my next fill up to find out.

I have attached some pics of the car before and after.

As a side note I don't recommend buying these mirrors from e-bay because they are awful quality and the passenger side will need severe modification to allow me to see where I want to. If you want this kind of kit go to a local tuning shop. That way you can see before you by and return if they don't work. -That said, they were second hand and extremely cheap!

Hopefully I'l have some results soon, from what I have read on this site I am expecting to get + .5 / +1 mpg.

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Old 03-27-2010, 07:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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As a side note I don't recommend buying these mirrors from e-bay because they are awful quality and the passenger side will need severe modification to allow me to see where I want to. If you want this kind of kit go to a local tuning shop. That way you can see before you by and return if they don't work. -That said, they were second hand and extremely cheap!

Hopefully I'l have some results soon, from what I have read on this site I am expecting to get + .5 / +1 mpg.
Bonrath, German tuners, were the originators for this design and are produced to a quality standard, not cheap though. DTM style is out of fashion these days so second-hand, as you bagged, are a possibility. The ebay mirrors were probably taken from a LHD mould, which may explain your difficulties experienced with the left one.

Please update if you do find some MPG improvements
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Old 03-28-2010, 05:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info, I'm sure getting the better quality German items will be possible, then making base plates to suit your own car.

I was also thinking that it was a LHD car that the mirrors were made for. After much re-jiggin of the mechanism and filing down of the mirror surround and housing, I can now see the road where the other cars are.

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