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Old 14th August 2014, 22:30   #1
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Could not find any related thread, hence creating a new one. For cars with electrically operated ORVMs is it possible to use aftermarket solutions to add the auto folding/retracting functionality?

I understand this comes as an optional accessory in the Toyota Fortuner. Is this possible in other cars e.g. Toyota Innova?
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It most certainly is. I know a place in Hyderabad that does this so there definitely ought to be a few options in Bangalore
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I would sincerely suggest you not to let after-market dealers tamper with the circuit of a car as reliable as Innova or Fortuner. A cut in the wire at the wrong place to draw current can have irritating long-term effects. Electrically-folding is a nice to have feature but not a must-have feature. Electrically-adjusting in contrast is a must-have feature which I am sure you car would have. Finally, your call, your are the master of your car! :-)
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Could not find any related thread, hence creating a new one. For cars with electrically operated ORVMs is it possible to use aftermarket solutions to add the auto folding/retracting functionality?

I understand this comes as an optional accessory in the Toyota Fortuner. Is this possible in other cars e.g. Toyota Innova?
It just might be possible to fit the Fortuner's harness(related to this feature) into the Innova
But as the folding would depend on a different servo motor - which spins along the axis of the joint...you are probably going to be looking at replacing the old mirrors altogether.
Now a pair of the Innova mirrors (electrically adjustable but not folding) - itself costs Rs 20k. Assuming the Fortuner's mirror set costs at least that (but probably more) , and a few K for the harness.
And you can ask at the spares department for the kit, and get it fitted by a competent electrician.

But do you want to go through all this hassle and expense just for the joy of folding it? Surely more easily done by just folding them shut with your hands.. isn't it?
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Now a pair of the Innova mirrors (electrically adjustable but not folding) - itself costs Rs 20k. p

The Figo's electric mirrors cost me about 2k apiece (1.3k for the housing & motor + 350 for the mirror + ??? for the plastic cover)

Considering that,I find the cost of the Innova's mirror atrocious!
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Considering that,I find the cost of the Innova's mirror atrocious!
hold on.... I did not tell you about the labour - add another 600 for that. And essentially you can see how quickly the money drains from the pocket.
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Wow. Thanks for the feedback. Wonder why such a huge price difference.

The reason I was considering this is that my daily office route takes me through some narrow by-lanes and having electrically folding mirrors is very useful, specially if you have a wide vehicle (btw, i currently drive a Manza, which is pretty wide and am planning to get a pre-owned Innova). When you have to squeeze in those tiny gaps, it does help to have retractable mirrors, for sure.

That said, i first chanced upon this thought when reading one of the ownership threads on the Fortuner, which indicated that the cost of adding something like this should cost around 4-4.5K, which i think is reasonable.

In hindsight, i think i misread the context. Fortuner perhaps comes with electrically retractable mirrors, which is missing on the Innova (at least the 2009-2012 models) and thus the additional cost involved in just for the auto folding option.

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The costliest part is the auto folding mirror. But you can try to source the same from some car used parts dealer. If your car model has a top variant from manufacturer with retractable mirrors then things become easier as you can get all the necessary parts like the folding switch and the wiring harness along with the mirrors. If not then you need to build a harness. Will not go in much details but for folding or unfolding the mirror there would be 2-3 wires which you need to connect to battery and use a aftermarket switch and you are done. Sounds complex but a good electrician can do the wiring in an hour or so.
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Was looking out for a similar option for my Ecosport. Power folding mirrors are sorely missed

I don't understand why Ford would not provide such a useful feature on a 12L+ car. My daily route also takes me through small narrow streets. Having power folding mirrors would be so convenient!

But then again, I wouldn't want my car's wiring to be tampered outside Ford themselves.They could provide it as an accessory at least (even the Grand i10 Sportz comes with these). Ford, are you listening?
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Are you sure cedia does not have this feather as my 2004 lancer has it.
You can try and use some parts from lancer.
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It most certainly is. I know a place in Hyderabad that does this so there definitely ought to be a few options in Bangalore
Can you please share the Hyderabad address?


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Was looking out for a similar option for my Ecosport. Power folding mirrors are sorely missed
But then again, I wouldn't want my car's wiring to be tampered outside Ford themselves.They could provide it as an accessory at least (even the Grand i10 Sportz comes with these). Ford, are you listening?
Did you find a solution for the auto fold ORVM's for your Ecosport ?
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Can you please share the Hyderabad address?
Road No. 4 Banjara Hills after you take a right at the vet on the left side. Got this done on a friend's Baleno many years ago completely out of touch with the owner and forgot the name of the store unfortunately
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Road No. 4 Banjara Hills after you take a right at the vet on the left side. Got this done on a friend's Baleno many years ago completely out of touch with the owner and forgot the name of the store unfortunately
Thanks for the quick response.
It it between Dr.Laxmi's clinic and Meriden school?
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Thanks for the quick response.
It it between Dr.Laxmi's clinic and Meriden school?
Yup exactly Let me know how it goes or if even if there is a shop left there anymore. I could suggest a few other guys who might know how to do it (not sure since I would not have ever had such a job done by them)
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Can you please share the Hyderabad address?




Did you find a solution for the auto fold ORVM's for your Ecosport ?
Unfortunately I haven't found a satisfactory solution for this. Have learned to live with it (or should I say without it ) now.
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