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I am now able to sell the mirror auto folding conversion kit for IS250 models that have the manual electric folding capability. The kit is NOT suitable for your car if you cannot manually and electrically fold the mirrors.

You can see the kit in action at this link

Price each is $81 inclusive of GST post paid to Australian addresses from Sydney. The price now includes a more convenient cable set that now only means three wires to be spliced into the car's system (no more wires to be cut).

The kit, which comes from Thailand is expertly made with all electronics embedded in epoxy with generous length cables for connection to your car. Installation involves removing the driver door internal trim, cutting two wires and making 9 connections.

I installed mine in about 45 minutes taking my time to double check the method, correct the language in the instructions, take photos and measurements.

Send me a PM if you want additional details.

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are you selling your products? or are you going to offer your review and install?

I am selling the product and expect the buyers to arrange or do their own installation.

As to a review how it works...

Best to study the YouTube link.

At rest, with the car locked, the two external mirrors are retracted and out of the way.

If I open either front door, by key button or by opening the door handle, the two mirrors fold out to the working settings.

When I lock the car, by key button or by door button, the mirrors retract.

There is an option that I chose to omit during my installation that would allow me to enter the car with the mirrors folded and for the unfolding to happen when I press the KeySwitch to Acc or ON.

Given some advance notice and geographic closeness (near Bondi, NSW), I would be pleased to assist in an installation.

One thing I need to stress is that this electronic modification is designed for the IS250 that has a manual powered mirror retraction button.

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I'd be interested in getting one of these, but I'm not that confident with taking my door trim apart lol

How much would you charge for the kit + install?

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Hi guys...

I am the vendor of the product and I currently have a few left with another order for more on its way from the manufacturer. The kit is really done well and the result protects the mirrors from passing traffic and turns heads when I lock/unlock the car.

I don't have a photo of a unit - but that's a good idea and the next time I break the seal on a package, I will photograph it. It is however VERY well made. It is two components:

A: an epoxy sealed plastic box about 40mm x 40mm x 25mm and

B: a hank of wires with a connector to the sealed box. These wires go to 9 points in your door harness.

I can't see how I can attach the file for the instruction sheet so call me on 0418 229 934 or email to MichaelR@Ashpoint.com.au and I'll send the sheets and/or discuss anything over the phone.

As to installation, removing the door trim is easy (two or three screws if my memory is correct) and an auto-electrician will have little trouble doing the job. Anyone capable of soldering will have no problems either. My own installation took about 45 minutes but I went slowly verifying the work. It really was straight forward, easy and worked first shot! I've had it running for several months now - not missed a beat! The obstruction sheet has many high quality photos and the step-by-step sequence is easy to follow.

To "DUY", give me a call to discuss.

Michael

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Oh, so it is not a plug and play situation?

Sounds like you need to splice and solder, not sure if that is something I like to do to my car but each to their own.

Good idea but would be far better if it was a plug and play with existing OEM wires etc.

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Oh, so it is not a plug and play situation?

Sounds like you need to splice and solder, not sure if that is something I like to do to my car but each to their own.

Good idea but would be far better if it was a plug and play with existing OEM wires etc.

You are correct that it is a "Splce and Solder" instalation. I imagine that there would be many "unique to Toyota" electrical connectors throughout the car and a "Plug to Plug" solution may not have been feasible, cheap or easy to do. Certainly there's nothing wrong with "solder and Spice" if the joints are securely insulated. The instrucion sheet recommends this and even supplies small lengths of heat shrink tube for some of the joints.

As you correctly say - each to their own!

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WooHoo, asked dealer about this but they couldn't help but this looks perfect. Sent email.

Ok OzBoy I've responded to your email with a copy of the installation manual.

When I can get sufficient stock, I'll approach some of the Dealers in case they want to either offer the product themselves or just be aware of the aailability in case owners like you want the modification.

Rarely does a few days go by without someone commenting on seeing the mirrors moving when I get in or out of the car.

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Rarely does a few days go by without someone commenting on seeing the mirrors moving when I get in or out of the car.

haha really? These come with the later of the models pre installed only comment I got was from Terrrrrrrry lol.

But yeah this is a really good thing to have. Love it!

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Rarely does a few days go by without someone commenting on seeing the mirrors moving when I get in or out of the car.

haha really? These come with the later of the models pre installed only comment I got was from Terrrrrrrry lol.

But yeah this is a really good thing to have. Love it!

really????

my 350 doesnt have it

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Rarely does a few days go by without someone commenting on seeing the mirrors moving when I get in or out of the car.

haha really? These come with the later of the models pre installed ...

really????

my 350 doesnt have it

Only later SL models. The circuitry is totally different to this aftermarket goodie, although the end result is the same.

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Hi guys,

Sorry to say I've been surprised with the responses and have now sold all stock.

A new order is on the waay but past experiences tell me it might take two weeks to get here.

If you're going to order, do so as soon as possible but don't send me any money until I ask for it and have stocks to cover your order.

(Oh... an Edit to clear up confusion...) Please note that the Kit is NOT suitable for your car if you cannot already electrically fold the mirrors. I understand some very early IS250s did not have electrial mirrors.

Michael

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I now have an additional shipment in stock so please place your orders either to my email address or via PM. (Don't forget to include your own email address, delivery address and the name for the invoice.

Don't send money but wait till I send you a tax invoice. Once the invoice is paid I'll release the kit to you.

Some of you were wanting to see a photo of the kit (which I now have)

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As you can see there is the control box which has the electronics embedded in epoxy. The colour coded wire harness is connected to the car before being connected to the control box. Note the supplied heat sink tubes for wires that end up being cut and the (black) fuse in the wiring harness.

The second smaller connector on the control box is for the connection of a horn or buzzer. (This feature is used for cars that don't soound a noise when locking/unlocking. It isn't used in the Lexus but I'm explaining the socket for those who are curious).

The yellow wire loop controls the speaker volume (to be deleted from future kits) if an external horn is fitted.

The black loop wire (shown with heat shrink plastic) selects an alternate mode of Lock/Unlock operation.

Without wishing to rush any of you, please place your orders ASAP since the kit has proved to be popular and I expect to sell out before the next order arrives.

Michael

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  • 2 weeks later...

I bought one of these from Michael and the transaction was perfect. Once paid he actually overnighted it to me in Melbourne. Brilliant. As said earlier Lexus didn't want to install it but they did put me onto Tony at Audio Visual Security in Melbourne(free plug!) and he came out and fitted it today. Took just over an hour and he said it was simple to fit (for him maybe?!) and worked first time. All good. Highly recommend, woohoo this is my first mod.

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For those of you who have now got their kits installed and running I'll try to explain the poor English discussion in the "Special Functions" section of the Installation document. It involves the use of the Lock and Unlock buttons on your remote key where the "trick" is to press the two keys (Lock and Unlock) within one second.

Here's what happens with the Special Features.

A) With the car doors closed press Unlock then Lock (within ONE second). The car will lock but the mirrors will remain extended.

B) Now consider that you've locked the car normally and the mirrors have retracted. Press the Lock then Unlock keys within ONE second - the car will be unlocked but the mirrors will remain retracted. (Useful if you're in a tight spot). When you start the car, the mirrors will automatically fold out.

I hope that explains it better than the text in the Installation sheet.

As always, call me on my mobile phone or PM me if you want further information.

Regards,

Michael

PS: OzBay - thanks for the post. Good to see it was straight forward to install and worked first shot. One nice side benefit for me has been that I walk away from the car and wonder "Did I lock the car?" If I can see the mirrors have retraced, I know it's been locked!

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  • 1 month later...

Thank you LEX51S...

My problem is that I don't have many units left and with Bangkok under flood, my manufacturer has moved to higher ground and it could be several weeks till I get further supplies.

However, you don't say what time the Dyno Day starts. If you can let me know a suitable time, I wil come over to show my installation. If I don't hear from you I will try to get there 9:00am with at least one kit to show.

Happy however to take advance orders though <grin>

I'm looking forward to the meeting,

Regards,

Michael

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Only later SL models.

F-sport?

You'd know better than I would. :)

Not sure why I excluded F Sport in my summation back in August. I was probably influenced by an earlier exchange of posts about the auto-folding feature on earlier versus later SL models.

I dare say that any MY09 or later model that has auto-dimming wing mirrors will also have the auto-folding feature. Methinks both OEM features are controlled through the one IC that is absent in other models.

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Chatswood Lexus lent me a IS350 yesterday while they did the 60,000 service on my car. Certainly a candidate for the folding mirror kit! (I was under the impression that the IS250 has it as standarda!!)

Other observations of the IS350:

Firmer (read rougher) on the road

Noisier

Much MORE power in the Go peddle

Just LOVE the fact thaat the Paddles are alway on

The shiny console finish seems nicer than the (fake) wood grain effort of the IS250

I didn't like the chrome trimettes in the centre console

The display on the console is very much better than the IS250

Love the (Navigation) warning message goes away all by itself - retro fit PLEASE!

Didn't like the fact that the loan car did not have eTags fitted

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