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Replacing rearview mirror with Homelink and Compass

With the help of njerald on this forum, I was able to successfully swap out the basic rear view mirror with an upgraded unit off of a 2014 Kia Optima.

This isn't too bad to do if you are inclined to solder and tap into wiring. Mine looks factory and it is really nice to have the garage door opener and as a bonus a compass option. The one thing I didn't think about but really like is the auto dimming feature based on light, it really reduces the headlights in the dark and makes for a much more pleasant driving experience. Highly recommend consider doing this, Kia should make this an option.

I forgot to take before pics, but you can look at your own for those.



Here is the windshield with the cover removed, there are two clips on the front bottom closer to the hood, you can stick a small flathead under to release them carefully, then pry around to pull it off.


The connectory with the black felt wrapping is what you will connect to. It unclips easily.


I pulled apart the wires and connected to the black and blue on the right side (black negative, blue 12V ACC)



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Pigtail I used so I can disconnect if the mirror needs removed or windshield replaced in the future.


Here is my harness all tidied up.


These wires are coming from the mirror, the black is ground and the other three power the compass, homelink and dimming feature. I tied the the three wires together to the blue ACC wire above in the harness and black to the black in the harness above.


Mirror wires connected and tidied up.

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Wires connected to the harness powering the module on the window


Mirror from 2014 Kia Optima


Any questions, fire away.
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Wires connected to the harness powering the module on the window


Mirror from 2014 Kia Optima


Any questions, fire away.
super awesome. what did the mirror cost? any idea if KIA will void the laser weapons warranty now that you've cut into it?
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No idea, but I can remove it if I ever need service easily, didn't cut, only tapped. Not much different than any other after market items that integrate in. It is a very low risk item, if you are concerned you could run a power line to the fuse box, although that is overkill and unnecessary since you are only tapping power not modifying the other components.

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The mirrors are available used on EBAY for $40-70 with a variety of functions.


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...Homelink Compass Mirror, tinted front windows, chrome window trim and door protectors, Stainless exhaust tip/license plate frames, center console tray, Kia rubber mats w/ cargo mat, mudflaps, LED interior/license plate lights, Sport pedals..
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The mirrors are available used on EBAY for $40-70 with a variety of functions.
any advantage to buying one which was branded for a KIA, or is a generic Homelink kit perfectly ok?
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Just make sure the mount is the same and you like the size and shape of it my opinion. Otherwise shouldn't matter.

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any advantage to buying one which was branded for a KIA, or is a generic Homelink kit perfectly ok?
You just need one with a tapered mount. I know Kia/Hyundai mounts are correct.

I would also recommend one with wiring attached which will save you a step.
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