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Old 3rd November 2015, 19:00   #1
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Default DIY: Auto-dimming IRVM for the Hyundai Creta

Auto-dimming IRVM was a feature that I sorely missed in my Creta SX Plus automatic. I did a little research and found an easy way to solve the problem.

Before I start, I should apologise for my mediocre writing skills. Being a doctor with zero knowledge about electricals or electronics, I felt quite ill-equipped writing this. But, I thought I'd give it a go purely due to the excitement of being able to complete this modification without any help.

Let's start.

1) Ordering the right part
You don't want to dismantle too many things or crack your windshield pulling out the IRVM. So I ordered this kit from aliexpress. Choose option no.1 for the type of bracket. This costed around Rs. 6,000 (with express shipping and customs duty included). It will probably cost you Rs. 5,000 if you choose slower shipping methods. This is where your expense ends.

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/2015-...307532815.html

2) Removing the existing IRVM
First, remove the screw at the bottom (near the junction where the IRVM meets the windshield). Then, just pull the base of the IRVM upwards and that's it. You've completely removed the IRVM now. What's left is the silver metal piece where the new IRVM is going to slot in.

3) Remove the the interior cabin light and the sunglass holder. Once you open the sunglass holder, two screws will be visible. Unscrew them and you can easily remove the whole part. Two connections have to be unplugged here - 1) interior light wiring harness and 2) Bluetooth microphone harness. Once these two connections are unplugged, the cabin lights + sunglass holder trim can be removed.

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4) Making the wiring connection
There are four wires in the wiring harness that connects to the cabin lights. The last two wires on the right side are orange and black in colour. Black is the ground wire and orange is the active power supply. To check if it works, connect the bare end of the red wire (from the new auto-dimming IRVM) to the other end of the harness, where the orange wire terminates. Similarly, do the same with the black wire from the new auto-dimming IRVM (connect it to the to the other end of the harness, where the black wire terminates). When I say connect, I mean just insert it into the other end of the harness, so that the wires touch the other end. This will make the connection active and the green light from the auto-dimming IRVM will light up. Now you know it works! You also need to ensure the power supply gets cut off when you leave the car. So ask someone to hold the wires in place, switch the engine off and lock the car. Within 5 seconds the green light from auto-dimming IRVM will go off. Unlock the car and the light comes back on. Done! Confirmed! Now you know the power supply gets cut off when you leave the car and lock the door.
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5) Securing the connection
Once you know the connection is right and everything works, you need to fix and secure it. There are many ways of doing this. You could use a wire tap connector and tap the orange and black wire from the existing wiring to make the connection. See the picture:

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I didn't want to meddle with the original wires. So, as you saw in the picture where I tested the connection, I left the two wires from the auto-dimming IRVM on the other end of the harness. I bent the bare wires so that the wires don't cause any obstruction when I attempt to plug it back in directly into the cabin light port. Then, slowly plug it back into cabin light port. You can ask someone to hold the wires in place while you push the harness back into the plug. Throughout this process, ensure that the green light from the IRVM remains on, so that you know the connection is still active. I tried to pull the wires to check if it was a tight fit and it was. The red and black wires sent with the IRVM are quite long, so the extra wires were tucked into the sides. There's plenty of room there.

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6) Closing up
Now that the main connection is done, plug the Bluetooth mic harness back in. Put the cabin light trim back in position and screw it in. An extra cover is provided that slots in easily and covers the wire that goes from the IRVM to the roof lining.
That's it! You're done! You've got an auto-dimming IRVM for around Rs. 6,000 rupees (or 5,000 if you don't choose express shipping) without cutting any wires!

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I forgot to take pictures of a few steps, So, I've tried to describe whatever I did to the best of my abilities. It would have been much easier if I had taken more pictures though. But, this is honestly an easy mod and you shouldn't have any problems.

Cheers!

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hi vinj14
What do you think of the auto dimming ability and build quality of the mirror? Ive been thinking of picking up the c-link one with the dash cam http://www.aliexpress.com/store/prod...318249466.html
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Thats a great DIY vinj14. Nicely done. I have a few questions.

1. How is the quality of the mirror with both the auto-dim function on and off and also in the nights?
2. Can this be used in other cars like the fiesta classic or the honda city?

It is disappointing to see such nifty little functions which are immensely useful like the speed sensing door lock and auto dimming mirrors being skipped by manufacturers.
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hi vinj14

What do you think of the auto dimming ability and build quality of the mirror? Ive been thinking of picking up the c-link one with the dash cam http://www.aliexpress.com/store/prod...318249466.html

Quality of the mirror is good! Only two small issues.
1) the on off button is a little flimsy
2) the green light, when the autodimming is on, is a little too bright at night.

But the mirror works brilliantly..

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Thats a great DIY vinj14. Nicely done. I have a few questions.

1. How is the quality of the mirror with both the auto-dim function on and off and also in the nights?
2. Can this be used in other cars like the fiesta classic or the honda city?

It is disappointing to see such nifty little functions which are immensely useful like the speed sensing door lock and auto dimming mirrors being skipped by manufacturers.

I know. I would have gladly paid another 50k if they had all the sx (o) features in the sx plus auto version.

Quality is good. This will fit a wide range of cars. Read the description from the link I sent. There different types of brackets for different cars.

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2) the green light, when the autodimming is on, is a little too bright at night.
Great DIY, and I'm sure all the Petrol owners will be happy upgrading their IRVMs at a small cost.

Try sticking a small bit of tinting material over the green light to dim it a bit - that should complete the DIY along with sorting the minor issue with the unit that you've purchased

Polarised might be good, but that may also be too expensive to buy a sheet considering that you will only be using a small patch over the green light.
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Quality of the mirror is good! Only two small issues.
1) the on off button is a little flimsy
2) the green light, when the autodimming is on, is a little too bright at night.
Great DIY.

Just try using a sketch pen over the green light. That should dim it. Not sure if you would endorse this idea.
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Great DIY.

Just try using a sketch pen over the green light. That should dim it. Not sure if you would endorse this idea.


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Great DIY, and I'm sure all the Petrol owners will be happy upgrading their IRVMs at a small cost.



Try sticking a small bit of tinting material over the green light to dim it a bit - that should complete the DIY along with sorting the minor issue with the unit that you've purchased



Polarised might be good, but that may also be too expensive to buy a sheet considering that you will only be using a small patch over the green light.

I'm using distraction techniques to overcome this issue 😁. Trying to not let it bother me. If my attempt fails then I'll try what you guys suggested 😀. It's really not that bad. Just a tad brighter than oem autodimming irvms
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Nice one and probably the first to install on the Creta. Did you check if the OEM IRVMs of the Elantra or Verna can be fitted?Though these would come with the rear camera display) Any idea how much these would cost?Probably a good option for the SX variant owners.

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Nice one and probably the first to install on the Creta. Did you check if the OEM IRVMs of the Elantra or Verna can be fitted?Though these would come with the rear camera display) Any idea how much these would cost?Probably a good option for the SX variant owners.
I didn't check the oem options. I didn't want one with the reverse camera display. The seller I purchased from had a very good rating. In fact, a few Indians buyers bought the same autodimming IRVM for their vw polo and gave a very good feedback. So i blindly went with this one without looking at oem options.
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Great work vinj14. Kudos to you.

Since you were researching on auto dimming IRVMs, did you come across auto dimming ORVMs?
I would love to get them fixed, thanks to all the idiots who drive right behind you with their high beams.

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Excellent D.I.Y Sir, great pricing too and save a lot of moolah as compared to OEM IRVM. I had enquired at MASS for the same IRVM to be fit for my Swift and the cost they asked was around 9K around 1 year back. So I left it at that.

This seller that you chose is an excellent guy where the replies are timely and all doubts are answered. I have used their store for purchase too.

PS: The real-time Images that you see in the product description as of MOD Gannu_1.

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I'm sure all the Petrol owners
Why only petrol owners? All Creta owners will benefit as auto-dimming IRVMs aren't available on any variant.

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did you come across auto dimming ORVMs?
These are super useful, especially in our sunfilm-less times . I never realised their value until I started driving a car with them.
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These are super useful, especially in our sunfilm-less times . I never realised their value until I started driving a car with them.
Yes I can imagine how relieved you would be. Have you come across anyone who has got them fitted on a car for which these are not part of standard equipment?

I inquired at various Hyundai Service Centers and most of them were not even aware such mirrors exist.
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Why only petrol owners? All Creta owners will benefit as auto-dimming IRVMs aren't available on any variant.



These are super useful, especially in our sunfilm-less times . I never realised their value until I started driving a car with them.
Yup. This is my first car in the last 5 yrs without autodimming IRVM. But yeah, hyundai really should have provided this along with speed sensitive auto door locks. I keep forgetting to lock the door once I'm in.
Still, the creta ticked most of them boxes when I was looking for comfortable city commuter. I initially booked a polo tsi but thanks to a bit of divine intervention and some foresight I changed my decision to the creta. I would have felt queasy about buying a car from a company that has just been caught red handed for scamming millions of buyers.
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... auto-dimming IRVMs aren't available on any variant.
Oh yeah. Forgot that

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I'm using distraction techniques to overcome this issue 😁.
IMHO it is generally easier to get used to something than to change. In this case, your step to switch to the auto-dimming IRVM is a change, so go the whole hog and do the "dimming the too-bright IRVM green light" DIY step too, and keep us posted! Cheers
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