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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.

http://imgur.com/a/Gc7TZ

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)

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.

Wires connected to the harness powering the module on the window

Mirror from 2014 Kia Optima

Any questions, fire away.
 

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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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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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Excellent. I figured someone would beat me to doing this. I just did my homelink install yesterday on my LX. I used a new kit designated for the 2016+ Optima for non pre-wired mirrors. Kit part number is D5062 ADU00. I ran the supplied harness from the mirror tucked in to the headliner, down behind the a-pillar and behind the lower dash to the interior smart junction box where I tapped my two power sources and mounted the ground to the dash frame.
 

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Excellent. I figured someone would beat me to doing this. I just did my homelink install yesterday on my LX. I used a new kit designated for the 2016+ Optima for non pre-wired mirrors. Kit part number is D5062 ADU00. I ran the supplied harness from the mirror tucked in to the headliner, down behind the a-pillar and behind the lower dash to the interior smart junction box where I tapped my two power sources and mounted the ground to the dash frame.
The expensive and time consuming way.................but it works.
 

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It was more expensive, but since my LX doesn't have blind spot detection and tapping in to the auto defogger sensor was not an option leaving no easy way to tap in and run my mirror harness, I opted for this option. Not to mention I work for a Kia dealer so parts pricing isn't as much of a burden. Either way, I'm glad I'm not the only one out there who was bothered by a lack of available homelink mirror and took it upon themselves to retrofit one. Good work.
 

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Smalls your killing me....I did something like this on my Element...I got one on fle by so my mechanic and I will be doing this one....just when I didn't think I would have to mod this car too much.
 

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Jared, thanks for the write up as this was something I immediately wanted to do when I noticed they did not include the auto mirror. I wish the pictures were still available. Does the mirror need to be from a specific Kia model?
 

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Photos Installation Request

I will see if I do, darn Photobucket!

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I would also appreciate the photos of the installation. I also plan to replace my basic mirror with a Homelink mirror. Hard to believe Kia did not offer this as an option on the touring cars at least. Thank you.
 

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I just updated my post with a new link that has all of the images and consolidated the posts. Hope they are helpful everyone.
 
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