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OEM Side Mirrors vs. Aftermarket Tow Mirrors

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I just added a LEER 100XR Cap/Topper (SUV like) to my truck for additional storage (needed extra room for the double stroller) and a side effect to the topper is that my field of view between the side view mirrors and over my shoulder has dropped. I am interested in adding some aftermarket tow mirrors to help with this.

Has anyone done a side by side comparison with dimension on how much further the tow mirrors extend beyond the OEMs when retracted and extended? I have searched thru the forum and I see a lot of pictures showing what they look like retracted and extended but no dimensions. I may have overlooked something but I don't think I did.

Secondly, it was mentioned in one of the threads that I could add the heated option to the mirrors if I replace some of the harness from an SL truck (I do have factory rear defrost), does anyone have a Nissan PN or a write-up?

Here are a few of the threads that I have already reviewed thru:

https://www.clubfrontier.org/forums/f...89/index4.html

https://www.clubfrontier.org/forums/f...arlier-191490/

https://www.clubfrontier.org/forums/f...irrors-196409/

https://www.clubfrontier.org/forums/f...cement-113537/

and here is the company that I was interested in buying the mirrors from: https://www.1aauto.com/mirror-pair/i...=752915&y=2012

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Can't speak on the heated portion, but I seem to recall when not extended the tow mirrors stick out 3 1/2 inches farther EACH SIDE (7 total), and 9 inches farther each side (18 total) farther than stock. I have the non-heated 1A Auto version and am more than happy. Best upgrade so far...we regularly pull a 23' camper with the Frontier and have used the clip on style mirrors in the past. Won't go back to stock

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Can't speak on the heated portion, but I seem to recall when not extended the tow mirrors stick out 3 1/2 inches farther EACH SIDE (7 total), and 9 inches farther each side (18 total) farther than stock. I have the non-heated 1A Auto version and am more than happy. Best upgrade so far...we regularly pull a 23' camper with the Frontier and have used the clip on style mirrors in the past. Won't go back to stock


Excellent info. I have one more question to add to the OP's questions. Did you notice any increased wind noise after adding the tow mirrors? I've been interested in them, but for some reason I have it in my head that they will create some noise.


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Wind noise. Little bit, maybe. If there is I don't recognize it anymore.

Love my tow mirrors. Never go back.

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I also have the 1aauto tow mirrors, I really like them. Although I didn't know they extend! I bought mine used. I pull a 30' travel trailer and yes they help.
They also have the extra benefit of making our trucks look better, more rugged.
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I got mine at 1aauto.com for both my Frontier and NV2500. I would recommend them. The mirrors work well
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Thank you for all the info. Now to convince the wife that I need to spend even more money on the truck, lol.

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Are these the only aftermarket tow mirrors available? I had bought some but they seemed to be way too big for me (mostly in that additional width unextended). Something midway between those and the oem mirrors would be perfect i think.
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Are these the only aftermarket tow mirrors available? I had bought some but they seemed to be way too big for me (mostly in that additional width unextended). Something midway between those and the oem mirrors would be perfect i think.
Only ones that bolt on same as OEM.

It does create a new blind spot behind the mirror. Double watch for peds at xwalks

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