I guess for those of you not in tune with car-speak I think it’s appropriate to break down the acronym “OE”. What do those two letters mean? O is for Oh, I’m learning something or it may be more likely that it’s Oh my goodness, why is he patronizing me? Ok, I guess I should just cut to the chase. But why use 2-3 words when 20-30 can be such much, more. So without further adieu, OE revealed. Original Equipment. So back to the theme of this post, can you do better than OE?
Possibly, on a case by case basis. And it’s somewhat subjective as “better” can be in the eye of the beholder and not an absolute. Such is the case in this instance. I’ve noticed a blind spot while driving my R. The car is only 168″ long and I’ve already noticed a blind spot from the “B” pillar to “C” pillar (hatch). Strange, but true the OE mirrors leave you blind. What to do? Well, the good folk at ECS Tuning have the answer.
They offer their “Blind-Spot” mirror upgrade. So for $99 one can eliminate the current visibility issue, and get mirrored glass with a cool blue tint. A bonus if you have a blue exterior. The set come packed in two containers and truth be told, writing this post actually took longer to write then to actually change out the mirrors. Yeah, it’s that easy. The mirrors come with the two lead connections needed for the heating elements on the back side of the glass. The process is so simple, position your mirrors down and work in behind from the top and gently work the mirror off their posts.
Afterwards disconnect the two leads from the mirror housing and reconnect to the new ECS mirror and then place back on the post. Done and done.
The entire process took no more than five minutes, and that included rolling down each window to give me a little more elbow room during the procedure. And I can say the first drive with them installed the difference was like night and day. Well worth the money in my opinion. And I guess this was my first mod on the R. There will be more to come, stay tuned!