beside the weight, i would look at the connectors that hte mirrors wire into. normal mirrors has a 3 pin conncetor, the JDM has a 5 pin. i had a very fun time converting my 5 pin to a 3 pin. still lookin for relays to wire it up to my windows...
not aaaall Japanese cars have the folding mirrors. It depends on where the mirrors are placed on the car. There's 2 places.. the standard (for us) at the front of our door, or, in he middle of the front fenders. If they're positioned on the fenders, they don't fold because they're in far enough that they don't extend past the width of the rest of the car. The reason the other mirrors fold is because they stick out past the width of the car, and in Japan, the roads are so narrow, and you have to drive with or against opposing traffic SO close, that you can't have anything wider than the car itself on the car, or they'll hit.
It's not just a cool doohiky, they surve a function.
that's what people think, but if you 'really' think about it.. that makes absolutely no sense. If you have to fold yoru mirrors to park, because you're that close to whatevers next to you, how are you supposed to get out of the car??
As for driving with them folded, that's for when you're on the narrow roads, when there's no point in looking behind you because it's only 1 lane. If there's multiple lanes, it's a large street or a toll road, and you can unfold the mirrors there.
i was at an Acura/VW dealership and they were trying to get a Passat into the showroom. They folded the mirrors to get it to fit through the doors. heh. that 1 lane street thing makes sense. hmm... it could come in real hand for my when i park in the garage...
They make them fold because most of Japans streets are very narrow - it's better than wiping one off on another parked car on the side of the road or a building. It's vary rare from about 1980 that cars have mirrors on the fenders, all now have them on the doors.
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