98-01 Mirrors on 94-97 Dodge Ram
Please read thoroughly before attempting
Phillips head screw driver #2 tip
3/8 drive 10mm deep socket and 3/8 drive ratchet w/ 3” or 6” extension
Panel pliers or large flat screwdriver (not recommended)
Small jewelers screwdriver and electrical tape for heating element wires
#1 Lower window then Remove inner door panel
This requires the removal of 3 Phillips head screws, 2 located in
Cup and 1 at very top of door panel just opposite mirror. (See photo #1a and 1b)
Once screws are removed the panel must be pried away from door
At each plastic button location on inner door panel—(see photos # 2a & 2b)
Preferably with the proper panel removal pliers ---(see photo #3)
A small pry bar can be used but be very careful as the door panel
Can be cracked.
Once panel is pried away from door lift inside door handle
And carefully slide panel forward and off of door handle
Allow panel to drop approx 8 inches and rest top edge on inner
Door handle, (see photo #4)
Be very careful with wiring especially power Window and door lock
#2 Locate mirror wiring plug (see photo #5)
Once again being careful, separate plug ends. Now factory mirror can be removed.
#3 locate three nuts that hold mirror to door frame (see photo #6)
These will be a 10mm and require a deep socket and 3”extension.
Remove bottom 2 nuts first being careful not to drop them inside
door, then either reach through open window to support mirror or have an
assistant hold mirror while you remove last nut.
Once last nut is removed carefully wiggle mirror up and down and the mirror
Assembly should pop right off of the door you can then feed the wire and rubber
plug through door frame (see photo #7 and #8)
#4 Removal of Plug end from original mirror and replacement mirror.
Notice that the original mirror is a 3 wire setup left and top while the
98 up mirror is a 5-wire right and bottom (see photo #9 and # 10).
The 2 extra wires (black) on the 98-01 model mirrors are for the defrosting option,
which will not be used and taped off to the mirror harness.
At this stage I also put a piece of tape around the middle black wire in the
connector just in case I come up with a way to hook up the defroster option at a
later date. I do not believe they are specific but I did not want to take a chance and
Mix them up.
First remove 5-wire plug from replacement mirror (see photo #11)
By using small jewelers screwdriver and prying up plastic clip. (photo #12)
Once clip is pried up insert screwdriver in end of clip above connector
and pry up on the plastic holding wire connector end in place (see photo #13)
Once this is done you will be able to pull wires out of the back end of the plug
(See photo #14 and #15)
This can be done with all 5 wires.
Now remove 3-wire plug from 94-97 factory mirror using basically the same
method Used on the 98-01 mirror. Pop out yellow plug by pushing in on clip
on each side (see photo #16)
Be careful not to damage this plug end as you will be re-using it (see photo #17).
#5 now bolt replacement mirror (see photo #18)
To truck pulling wire through door and seating rubber plug back in to door frame,
DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN MIRROR NUTS “they will strip”. Then replace Sponge
seal (see photo #19)
#6 the wires on the 97 Rams PASSENGER side door mounted plug are
The wires on 98-01 replacement mirror are blue----white----yellow.
In order for the mirror to function correctly with factory switch
(See photo #20)
The White on the mirror goes to Yellow/Black on the truck
The Blue on the mirror goes to the White on the truck
The Yellow on the mirror goes to the Purple on the truck.
#7 in order for you to use the original 3-wire plug end you will have to make sure
The replacement mirrors wire connectors are at the very bottom of the plug
otherwise they may not connect to the door plug correctly (see photo #21)
Insure that the connectors are bottomed out before inserting the yellow piece that
holds the connectors in to place in the original plug end
(See photos #22 and #23).
#8 Now insert plug end on mirror in to the plug on the door pinching wires in
place while also pushing and seating plug in to place (see photo #24).
It is imperative that you pinch/push wires and plug at same time to insure a
#9 Test mirror operation BEFORE replacing door panel.
Door panel replacement is the reverse of removal. Just be sure all plastic
Buttons are in place and lined up correctly with door before snapping them back
In to door frame. You are now DONE with the passenger’s side of your truck
#10 the driver’s door mirror is done in the exact same manner as passengers side
door mirror with the exception of the color-coded wiring on the 97 factory drivers
door plug end. The drivers side harness On the 98-01 mirror connects like this.
White wire on new mirror goes to Yellow wire on truck
Blue wire on new mirror goes to Yellow/Pink wire on truck
Yellow wire on new mirror goes to Purple/White wire on truck
(see photo #25A and 25B )
From what I have been told the wiring on 94-96 Dodge Rams with power mirrors
is color-coded the exact same way as the above wires on the 97 Dodge Ram.
I’m not sure if this is true, as I have not had the opportunity to inspect the wiring
On a 94-96 Dodge Ram.
To me this is one of the easiest modifications to enhance the look of
The 94-97 Dodge Ram pickups with minimal cost to owner.
If you are handy this job should take no more than 45 minutes per side.
Also I recently obtained the heated mirror schematic (thank you RamIt of
Dodgetalk). Once I have a system figured out, if it is possible, I will post a
Step-by-Step of its installation with parts needed.
I hope this document helps Expert and Novice alike
ENJOY YOUR LATE MODEL MIRRORS
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