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TheMissingByte
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« on: July 16, 2019, 09:56:54 AM »

Hey all, new owner of an Aztek('03 fwd) here.

I'm missing my rear view mirror and looking around for cheap replacements. Autozone has some for 15usd but they aren't powered/don't have lights in them.  Not a big deal and I was going to live with it and the power wire tucked up under the sun visor, but my dad was riding with my last week and had an interesting idea. 

If I roll with a plain rear view mirror, I could route that cable into the headliner and run a strip of LEDs around the sun roof. I think that would be a fun little project, but I need to know what the voltage is supplied there at that cable to plan.

If anyone knows offhand what that voltage is, I would greatly appreciate it if you shared that info.

 - Byte
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« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2019, 11:41:51 AM »

Those lights are run off "12V", or system voltage. If you want to keep the stock rearview let me know. Have one on my donor Tek I don't need. Pay shipping and a couple bucks to cover paypal and package it up and I will send it to you.
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TheMissingByte
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« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2019, 11:53:06 AM »

Sweet, thank you Lonewolf!  I figured it was ~12v but wasn't 100% sure. And as far as the rear view mirror goes, I appreciate the offer but I'm not worried about keeping things original/stock.
This offers a great opportunity for a bit of customization and remedying the lack of interior light issue the '03s seem to have.

 - Byte

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« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2019, 01:00:22 PM »

Also there is 3 wires going to the mirror. One is ground and the other two are power. The 2 power are 1) door opening light power and 2) mirror push button light switch(instant on).
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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2019, 08:39:28 AM »

Gotcha. I haven't gone out and metered it yet(hence why I'm asking here) and that probably would have tripped me up. So one wire is ground, one is always hot and controlled by a switch on the RVM(?) and one is only hot when the door is open.  I'll need to either put a switch up top or somewhere on the console, and that somewhere might be next to the rear hatch button.

Now just to find some nice looking faux neon or LED strips, control electronics for them, and a switch.

 - Byte

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