Side-View Mirror Glass Removal

Side-View Mirror Glass Removal

I'd like to disassemble the rear view mirrors mounted on the door before
painting (yes, it's still in the paint shop).

What is the trick of taking the "rubber" that surrounds the mirror casing off? The parts book pictures makes it look like this is part of the transmission assembly. My painter didn't seem to know and recommended that I leave it alone and paint around it (I think we all know what is motivating
that opinion).

Do you just pull this off? I can't find any fasteners. Will I find these after the mirror is removed from the door?

Dan Perez
78 5 speed


The mirror glass sits on three friction fit pins. You have to run it to the end of its travel in several directions and then use a body tool to remove the glass. If you are the luckiest guy in the world you won't break the pins off of the back of the glass. If you do you can normally glue them back on with the same kit that you would use to do your mirror button for the windshield. After the glass is removed you can then access the three hex bolts (10mm wrench) that hold the "transmission" to the housing. The transmission uncouples via a connector inside. If you want to remove the whole mirror for painting if that ever actually happens :) you can remove the pins from the connector with an AMP pin remover available at Radio Shack or equiv. Then the mirror can be removed and completely disassembled for painting.

Lot of work for a small detail but worth it.

Jay Kempf
79 US 5ish speed

Dan,the procedure is quite simple. If you have the flag type mirrors mounted on your car, rotate them towards the front of the car where you'll see an Allen bolt socket at the base of the mirror mount. Remove this bolt and the mirror comes off. Because your car is an early model, it possesses a "Z"-type flat bar which holds the mirror mount to the door. This may fall into the door cavity which may necessitate door panel removal. Installation is in reverse order.

I suggest you replace the rubber/plastic mirror mount gaskets with new ones when remounting the mirrors. A good trick is to place the gasket in warm-to-hot water for a few minutes before stretching it over the mirror mount base.

If you wish to paint the mirrors (w/o painting the rubber flanges), first remove glass from the mirror housing using a putty knife. Afterwards, remove three 8-mm mounting screws to separate the plate from the mirror housing. Once out, the rubber flange can be separated from the painted mirror housing.

Painting? Maybe it would be a good time to convert over to GTS aero-mirrors? For under $400 bucks, you get a complete kit from any one of the "big three" 928 supply houses.

N.B.:Coming soon to the 928oc website.....GTS aero-mirror conversion procedure w/photos

Andy Evangelidis
'91 928S4 horizon blue/cobalt (with GTS mirrors)
member 928oc
member PCA-Rennsport

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