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Just bought and installed the Advent ADVPMHL1LN Gentex frameless mirror.

Installation took all of 5 minutes.

This particular mirror is Homelink only with no auto dimming or compass feature so I didn’t have to tap into any wiring as it has a built in battery. Very happy with the purchase.


 

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Just bought and installed the Advent ADVPMHL1LN Gentex frameless mirror.

Installation took all of 5 minutes.

This particular mirror is Homelink only with no auto dimming or compass feature so I didn’t have to tap into any wiring as it has a built in battery. Very happy with the purchase.


Looks nice. Does the manual give any idea how many years you can get from the Non-serviceable, long life, lithium metal battery before the mirror is just a mirror?
 

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Looks nice. Does the manual give any idea how many years you can get from the Non-serviceable, long life, lithium metal battery before the mirror is just a mirror?
It didn’t but at a little less than $200 I won’t cry if I get at least 4+ years out of it and I’ll definitely try to take it apart and replace the battery myself. Nothing to lose.

I like the frameless look as well.
 

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It didn’t but at a little less than $200 I won’t cry if I get at least 4+ years out of it and I’ll definitely try to take it apart and replace the battery myself. Nothing to lose.

I like the frameless look as well.
Fifty dollars a year is worth the Homelink to me.
 

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If it dies in 4 to 5 years . Why not remove it from the truck , take into the house and open it up as gently as you can. To see if you could actually pop in a new battery or solder in a new battery . It might just take a hour to do and actually be pretty easy to do .
And if it doesn’t work out , you were going to throw it away anyway !
 

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It didn’t but at a little less than $200 I won’t cry if I get at least 4+ years out of it and I’ll definitely try to take it apart and replace the battery myself. Nothing to lose.

I like the frameless look as well.

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If it dies in 4 to 5 years . Why not remove it from the truck , take into the house and open it up as gently as you can. To see if you could actually pop in a new battery or solder in a new battery . It might just take a hour to do and actually be pretty easy to do .
And if it doesn’t work out , you were going to throw it away anyway !
Ummm, that’s what I said.
 

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Installed the McGuard tailgate lock. PITA for such a small thing but it still took less than 15 minutes.

Ok , The question is .
Is the tailgate hinge in the picture attached with just the ONE star screw that I see ? Because that’s the second key to removing the tailgate .
 

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Ok , The question is .
Is the tailgate hinge in the picture attached with just the ONE star screw that I see ? Because that’s the second key to removing the tailgate .
The tailgate is removed by aligning a slot to pull it out. You have to remove the lock to remove the tailgate. It is just the one star (unique) screw.
 

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Toyota Tacoma owners over the years used IDEAL Keyed stainless steel clamps to secure the tailgates from easy theft. Pros will get it no matter what you do to the gate.
Agreed, but $30 to dissuade the non-pros is still money well spent.
 

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The tailgate is removed by aligning a slot to pull it out. You have to remove the lock to remove the tailgate. It is just the one star (unique) screw.
I’m talking about the star screw that’s holding the hinge to the truck body . It is totally exposed above your new lock .
 

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I’m talking about the star screw that’s holding the hinge to the truck body . It is totally exposed above your new lock .
Ah. Got it. That does render this lock quite a bit less effective. I guess I bought about 30 seconds of additional security!
 

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Ah. Got it. That does render this lock quite a bit less effective. I guess I bought about 30 seconds of additional security!
Tailgates with Vin's stamped in are worthless as money makers. Kids 10 years ago would steal them to hang on bedroom walls. Go figure. We need locks or covers for catalytic converters, that's where the money is today.
 
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