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nlowell 12-01-2012 05:38 PM

BlackOps CF Mirror Covers Installed
Installed my CF Mirror covers last night. Quality product and great CF weave but it will take some patience.

My number one recommendation is to remove the mirror housing and cover completely before trying to do the cover remove and reinstall. I don't think it is possible to do it any other way since the CF covers screw on instead of clip in. All I did was remove the 3 torx screws holding the power mirror center on and work the housing off the vehicle slowly. Doing it on a flat surface with plenty of light is way better than trying to do it on the vehicle.

And thanks to Chad @ Black Ops for support during installation. He responded to email as if it was an instant message.

Can't wait to complete the de-chroming with the CF front grill and rear brow along with the BMWShadowLine vinyl tape for the rest of the chrome trim.

JTS97Z28 12-01-2012 06:19 PM

Re: BlackOps CF Mirror Covers Installed
Looks great I like it. Only thing that you lost me on was installation. I have swapped between the painted and chrome covers on my Overland and removal/installation was pretty much a breeze. Pop the mirror off and remove wiring for blind spot indicator, heating element and LED turn signal, remove the screw, and pry the cover off. Nothing else to it all done on the car and within 5 minutes per side. I wonder where you got held up to where you had to go and remove the entire mirror housing from the car?!?

Thanks for posting pics and be sure to post more with your additional mods :-)

nlowell 12-01-2012 07:30 PM

Re: BlackOps CF Mirror Covers Installed
Both the painted and chrome mirror caps use clips to secure to the housing. This is easily done on the vehicle. The CF cap uses screws and washers. This requires you to get behind the powered mirror part with a screwdriver (something I don't think you can do with the housing on the vehicle).

Maybe these pics will help. Notice in the second pic how the cover is secured by screws and washers. Now imagine trying to do that with it on the vehicle in pic 1. Might be possible, but its definitely worth the 120 seconds extra to remove it from the vehicle first.

GBJeep 12-01-2012 09:24 PM

Re: BlackOps CF Mirror Covers Installed
That looks cool- I like it! And thanks for the info on how they're installed.

ClarkeyWKCRD 12-02-2012 04:04 AM

Hey nlowell,

The CF looks great and if it's affordable I'd like the CF grille especially after the other thread you started. Unfortunately, the pics didn't come through in your last post.



subbie09 12-02-2012 12:55 PM

Re: BlackOps CF Mirror Covers Installed
Very nice. What is this BMWShadowLine vinyl tape you speak of for the chrome trim around the windows? I was going to Plasti dip them but this sounds nicer.

nlowell 12-02-2012 02:30 PM

Re: BlackOps CF Mirror Covers Installed
I was looking for another reversible alternative to plasti-dip. I then came across the BMWShadowline product. Appears to be very highly regarded so I figured I would give it a shot.

BMW Shadowline Matte & Gloss Black Window Trim & Roof Vinyls

I ordered 2 4" rolls and one 5" roll. Should come in this week. I plan to cover the trim, the chrome on the rear step, the chrome on the front lip, and potentially the center pillar between the windows. Right now the center pillars are gloss black and they are the only gloss black on the vehicle. To match the trim I figured I would try to use the matte black and if I don't like it, I can just remove it.

Last, but not least (and this is the aggressive one) I think I am going to try the door handles. Again, if it doesn't work, I just remove it.

subbie09 12-02-2012 03:04 PM

please post pics of the matte. Really intererested in this for the chrome around the windows. Let me know how the installation goes and how easy it is to do it all in one piece. subscribe.

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FFBOS 12-02-2012 04:37 PM

Re: BlackOps CF Mirror Covers Installed
Trim brite is a good option too if your looking to save money

Scottina06 12-02-2012 06:18 PM

Re: BlackOps CF Mirror Covers Installed
I was gonna try the trimbrite on my SRT....but I couldnt find the wider 4" i got the BMW gloss trim vinyl. As soon as it arrives Ill let you guys know what its like. Sounds like its easy to install.

nlowell 12-02-2012 09:05 PM

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"Sounds like its easy to install"

hmmm....I think this is one of those jynx things cause I was thinking the same thing until tonight. Turned out it was waiting in my mailbox. I figured I might as well try an easy piece tonight to start (bottom window trim). Let me just say that this stuff takes a LOT of patience and time. I never did finish a piece and ended up wasting some of the tape...good thing I have extra.

I'm going to try again with another set of hands before paying for someone to install.

Scottina06 12-02-2012 09:43 PM

Re: BlackOps CF Mirror Covers Installed
did you do like they showed in the install pdf? Some people use a hair dryer to help stretch an get the bubbles etc. out

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