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LHD / RHD mirrors - glass or electrical mechanism different?

Does anyone know whether swapping a RHD mirror glass to a LHD body will work (same side)?
Is it the glass that is different or the angle the electrical mechanism/motor works?
Basically a scooter cracked my mirror casing but the glass is OK so if I buy an electrically reclining LHD mirror and put my glass on it will it be OK?

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Does anyone know whether swapping a RHD mirror glass to a LHD body will work (same side)?
Is it the glass that is different or the angle the electrical mechanism/motor works?
Basically a scooter cracked my mirror casing but the glass is OK so if I buy an electrically reclining LHD mirror and put my glass on it will it be OK?

Thanks!
The casing is slightly different between LHD and RHD mirrors to get the correct angle of adjustment to suit the driving position.

I believe my JDM style mirrors are in fact originally from a LHD car (makes sense as most rally cars are LHD) as to get the RH mirror positioned correctly for the RH driving position the edge of the mirror protrudes further from the casing than I would expect.

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Hmm, not what I was hoping for :(
So it is 50/50 whether I will be able to see correctly with a LHD mirror on the near side even if I change the glass, is that what you mean Don?
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Hmm, not what I was hoping for :(
So it is 50/50 whether I will be able to see correctly with a LHD mirror on the near side even if I change the glass, is that what you mean Don?
You'll still be able to see but it "may" have slightly restricted movement.

Why not try it out by sitting in your passenger seat, as if you were driving, and see if you can adjust the mirrors so you can see correctly. If you can, then you should be OK.

If you look on opposed forces, for facelift model (Blue Pearl (BH) as example)

RHD - RH-91071SA221BH; LH-91071SA111BH

LHD - RH-91071SA120BH; LH-91071SA130BH

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Just swap them for UK version?

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In my experience (mostly GC and SF mirrors) the viewing angles are dictated by the triangular bases. The glass has been interchangeable; the outer shells have fit all of the inner mechanisms; but the mounting from the mechanism to the triangular base has been slightly different (likely to keep them separate when assembled.) If you are crafty, two screws will fit, and you can re-drill the hole for the third in the base to have it cinch up tight.

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Mike, it is easier to source a LHD mirror.

Don, indeed I tried sitting on the passenger seat as if I was driving and I can adjust both mirrors to see well (I can even look at the kerb), there is plenty of adjustment in both so I guess the opposite should work as well!

555Jay, useful information what you say, in worst case I will do that.
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Hay Just got the same problem,so my car is LHD 04 Foester and i just instaled a RHD left mirror,it is not perfect you can't make it all the way out,so you can see everything..it is a problem,and i didn't understood is it a glass only or mechanic part that is different,i compared how much the mirror can move out and it doesn't move less than right mirror.i don't know what to do,i can see on the mirror but not as much as i would like,i guess i will just need to get used on it.And i will appreciate if someone can tell me if it is the mechanism cause i got old one form broken mirror,and it is working well,but i cant figure out how to get it out,how to take glass of it...any help or advice would be great.tnx
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