I recently bought a 98 quad cab Diesel and was wondering if i could get the newer style trailer tow mirrors to work on it. the stock ones are way to small. I know the 2002 2500s have this style, will they just bolt right up?
The 2002 2nd GEN Trailer Tow mirrors were manual mirrors (no power / no heat). They will indeed bolt up to your 2nd GEN.
The 3rd GEN Trailer Tow mirrors (with power and heat) will not directly bolt up to a 2nd GEN truck. If you want the OEM style 3rd GEN mirrors w/power & heat, you'll need a set of 2nd GEN housings and a set of 3rd GEN "guts" to do the swap.....and that could run into some $$$$$'s. You'll also need to do a little manipulating on the wiring harness as well. A couple of guys over on the TDR site have done it with success.
If it were me, I'd buy some CIPA style mirrors like a friend of mine in IN has :
they're not power but you can't buy power and/or heated ones for a 2nd gen. They don't make them. No vibration here, once they're set they stay put very well. Now I'm not going to tell you that you can't make power ones work on a 2nd gen truck because you can. BUT, it takes 2 pairs of mirrors. A 2nd gen tow mirror set and a 3rd gen power/heated tow mirror set. I thought about it but thats too much money to spend just for power/heat when I never used the heat and once they're set I never used the power function on my old regular mirrors.