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Upgrades (non TDI Engine related) The place of handling, lighting and other upgrades that do not relate to the performance or economy of the TDI engine. In other words upgrades to your TDI that don't fit into TDI Fuel Economy & TDI Engine Enhancements.Please note the Performance Disclaimer

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Old June 25th, 2002, 16:34   #1
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Default Howto: Upgrade to autodim/rain sensor mirror

The link below is to a 412KB PDF describing the parts and process to install an autodimming/rain sensor mirror, complete with an adequate number of photos. This project is not for weak-of-wallet.

The requirements: (1) replace windshield with one that has the proper mirror mount, (2) dig deep into your wallet for the mirror parts, (3) have basic skills to do a minimal amount of wiring and r/r of trim panels.

Budget at least $550 dollars for the mirror parts plus the cost of the windshield. Mirror parts costs will vary depending on your sources of parts, discounts, taxes, shipping, etc.
If you're having the windshield replaced and insurance is picking up the majority of the tab, great. I don't know the cost of it, but I thought I saw a MSRP exceeding $800.

The only camera I had available is an old "eyeball" USB interface camera connected to a laptop. It wasn't easy arranging the lighting, focusing, holding the camera and finding a finger left to click the mouse at times. I apologize in advance for the quality of the pictures.

Upgrading to Automatic Dimming/Rain Sensor Mirror PDF
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Old June 25th, 2002, 22:32   #2
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MoGolf,

Nice job. Have you used the rain sensor feature yet??

I WILL do this upgrade since it's almost a gaurantee that some truck will kick up a stone on I-95 somewhere down the road.

I just need to hide my cheers of glee from my wife when she would normally expect explatives!!

Lito
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Old June 25th, 2002, 23:38   #3
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now THIS is cool! Great PDF. We should come up with a website and release these under a GPL or something..... setup a section on sourceforge or a similar site... hahahaaaa!!

I need to do this.... man, whatever happened to "the car is fine like it is! No need to change anything"?

oh well.
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Old June 26th, 2002, 05:01   #4
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Still no rain yet while driving since I did this, Lito. Figures.

I've only "dry tested" it.

I'm as anxious as you are.
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Old June 26th, 2002, 11:34   #5
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Nice MOGolf - very nice - we had some good rain up here yesterday . . . so much that you could almost see better w/o the wipers on [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img]

good luck with the rain dance [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
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Old June 26th, 2002, 19:07   #6
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Quote:
Originally posted by GeWilli:
good luck with the rain dance [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">[img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] YYYYYYEEESSSS!!!!!! [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

The rain dance worked!

After the threat of golf ball sized hail passed (I guess I over did it a little [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] ), I promptly went for a wet test. It works!!!!

Wiping varies according to the moisture hitting the windshield. Get behind a truck spraying up a lot moisture and they wipe faster. Rain lets up and they slow down or even stop. Seems even more speed sensitive than the original configuration.

[img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] Tongsli you were right. I like it. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]
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Old June 26th, 2002, 19:24   #7
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I have Raintronic in the Passat - one of the best features on it!
Sadly, the system does not yet work on New Beetles, since the windsheild is too curved.
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Old June 27th, 2002, 09:12   #8
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Glenn,

Man oh man where is that rock to crack my windshield??

Ever since I rode in a Mercedes with a rain sensor I thought it was really slick, and have been wanting to do the same upgrade you just did.

Lito
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Old June 27th, 2002, 09:43   #9
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I'll be happy to throw some rocks at your windshield for you Lito. Just name your time and place. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]
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Old June 27th, 2002, 14:40   #10
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you sir, are a very bad man.
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Old June 27th, 2002, 14:56   #11
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awww, cmon Matt. I was just kidding [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

been looking for you in the am. Was late today.

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Old June 27th, 2002, 15:07   #12
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I know you were, slacker. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

Now stop taking this excellent thread OT.

5:52 today?
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Old June 28th, 2002, 01:47   #13
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how 'bout on your street in the middle of the road?? Drink a bunch of beers first so I don't get charged with vehicular manslaughter?

L [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]
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Old July 8th, 2002, 12:18   #14
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Mo-

forgive me for asking the obvious, silly question, but why cant the original windshield be used? is it not possible to scrape off a small circle of that ceramic paint in the center of that "black dot" so the rain sensor can see through the old windshield?
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Old July 8th, 2002, 12:21   #15
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whoops, never mind. I just read the introduction to your procedure. interesting.
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