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Is anyone using or has anyone tried THESE blind spot mirrors, or anything similar?
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Mirrors look pretty cool. I just might have to try one out. What I would really like is a rear camera for backing up, with smallest screen up front i.e. under center dash console by floor etc...
 

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I find that I can adjust my mirrors and eliminate almost all of the blind spots. Check out this thread about adjusting mirrors for more info on it.
 

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I 2 was about to purchase this but held off. Recently, I saw it @ AutoZone for <$6. My friend bought it and I tried to get it to work for his 02' CRV. Tried and tried and no go. It's weird looking and I am sure will confuse more than help. It's been returned!
 

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What I would really like is a rear camera for backing up, with smallest screen up front i.e. under center dash console by floor etc...
There out there, look at DIY Modifications section, few you can buy, but pricy. I'm in process of installing one with parts i bought.
 
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homeric said:
Is anyone using or has anyone tried THESE blind spot mirrors, or anything similar?
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Does anyone even use mirrors these days:D ? The way people cut each other off on the roads these days seems to indicate mirrors are no longer used.

I will stick with the standard mirrors and adjust them to maximize coverage (minimize blind spots).
 

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In regard of blind spot mirrors While browsing the internet I came across of a rearview mirror name Lanechanger 111 interior rearview mirror. According to their website they carry two mirrors one that you will install over you existing rearview mirror with double face tape this version is called, lanechanger plus. Then the new version wish you install after removing the one that came installed in your ody from the factory. According to their information it helps while changing lanes on the highway plus while your are going in revers allows you to view better in back of the vehicle and also inside if you have kids. If any one had install one of these mirror please let me know I am interested in buying one but want to make sure it works as they claim. Lane changer plus cost $24.95 and lanechanger 111 for $ 49.95.
 

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We had a Lanechange in our Windstar when we bought it. It was helpful not only for driving, but also let us keep a better eye on the kids in the back. It was the replacement type.
I would recommend it to those that have a problem with a blind spot.:)
 

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All auto stores sell a small (2" ) stick on mirror that goes on top of the left side mirror at the far edge. Some are better that others, but they work. Most are less than $2.00. I may take a bit to get used to these but I purchase one each time I trade.
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I had a Lanechanger I (the one that sticks onto the top of an existing rearview mirror) for my 1980 Honda Civic two-door hatchback.

The driving experience may not be the same as in a Gen 2 Honda Odyssey, ;) but the product REALLY give me good visibility around my vehicle.

I literally had no blind spots and, for the intended purpose (lane-changing), didn't even need to use my side mirrors nor did I have to do a quick head-turn check.

I would definitely recommend the Lanechanger. I purchased mine at an auto-supply store.
 

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Thank you guys, I will order one for my ody I already had install a back up system but was thinking on installing also a rearview mirror with a monitor and a camera located in the back of the vehicle. But, I did not want to spend $ 400.00 or $ 600.00 for such a system I believe this might do the trick.
 

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I just installed a LaneChanger Plus. Very nice. It attaches with double sided tape to the top of your OEM mirror, partially blocking the very top of it.

The optics are pretty good, but not perfect- there is a very slight distortion. Even so, it gives a great panoramic view out the back window, of the rear seat passengers and out the side windows, too. I find myself using it instead of the OEM mirror most of the time. It's also no wider than the OEM mirror, so it doesn't interfere with the sun visors at all.

Mine was $27.90 delivered from http://www.12voltshop.com/proddetail.asp?prodid=LANEPLUS&cat=21 . I suspect you can find them for less elsewhere. I saw the original Lanechanger at a local Pep Boys, but they didn't have the Plus.

http://www.lanechanger.com

I also added a small rectangular blind spot mirror to the driver's side door mirror. We have circular ones on my wife's Outback, but I don't care for the distortion. This one is wedge shaped and seems much clearer to me. It was less than $2 at Pep Boys. Between this and the LaneChanger Plus, there really are no blind spots.

Also, here's a cheap fresnel wide angle rear window backup lens for blind spots behind the van under your line of sight out the rear window. Others sell for $15 to $25 plus shipping. This one is under $8 delivered. They sell 'em on ebay, too:

http://www.widgetsupply.com/page/WS/PROD/magnifier-sheet/SFE2-proview

I ended up with a bigger one that applies with static cling which I picked up at the local CampingWorld store:

http://www.campingworld.com/browse/skus/index.cfm?skunum=26256
 

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homeric said:
Is anyone using or has anyone tried THESE blind spot mirrors, or anything similar?
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I'm using these mirrors in my Ody and CRV. They work perfect, eliminate the driver side blind spots and don't cover up the normal driver side mirror. :cool: But you should be able to get the mirror cheaper than advertised. I think mine were about $7 / piece but I can’t remember were I got them. Maybe it was AutoZone as mentioned by wyc88.

For the installation: Use only the mounting piece with the tape and secure the base plate to the plastic cover of the A-pillar with a small screw. Works great and holds even in very hot summer temperatures.

Unfortunately driver side mirrors with an integrated aspherical part (usually the outside 1/3 or ¼) aren't available in the US. They are required in Europe, thus eliminating all needs for any additional mirrors...:mad:
 

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I had the AutoBahn mirror installed in my 05. Check the links in my signature for pictures. I found it VERY VERY useful, especially when installed the way I did. Highly recommend.
 

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This is the "short version" of a possible installation.

Advantages:
- it brings the mirror very close to the window (is important in order to have the optimal view)
- is unlikely to be affected by door opening and closing vibrations,
- is out of the way when entering and exiting the vehicle, and
- holds perfectly well.

The location of the mounting spot on the A-pillar is hereby dependend on the height of the (main) driver of the vehicle.

 

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I second dgs's post that you can adjust your side mirrors properly to eliminate blind spots. I have mine adjusted so I can see the cars in the side mirrors as they approach, then before their trunks disappear from the side mirrors, their hoods appear in my peripheral vision. I have no blind spots.
 

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I second dgs's post that you can adjust your side mirrors properly to eliminate blind spots. I have mine adjusted so I can see the cars in the side mirrors as they approach, then before their trunks disappear from the side mirrors, their hoods appear in my peripheral vision. I have no blind spots.
Exactly.. I'm with you on this one. Ever since my dad taught me how to set my mirrors correctly, I firmly beleive the fact that there is no such thing as a blind spot (while driving down the road). As dgs says:

dgs said:
With the van parked look in your center (windshield) mirror. Find the object that you see in the LEFT most edge of the mirror (or back window) and adjust the LEFT outside mirror so that same object is at the RIGHT most edge of it. Now adjust your RIGHT outside mirror so that the object in the RIGHT most edge of the center mirror is in the LEFT most edge of it. You won't see any of your van in the out side mirrors, so it will take some getting used to, but you'll have a wide panoramic view of what's behind you. As a vehicle in the lane next to you, say to the left, approaches from the rear it will leave the center mirror and appear I the left mirror. When it leaves the left mirror, it will be right outside your left window.
It will take some getting used to, but i'll be another one to admit, once you have them set correctly and you learn to trust your mirrors, you'll find you don't have to look over your shoulder anymore, and better yet, you never have to take your eyes off of what's in front of you, aside from quickly peeking to the mirror to see if anything is in it.

How-some-ever, I will admit, I do have convex "blind spot" mirrors on my van, but not for seeing cars. I use my "blind spot" mirrors for seeing down the side of the van when backing in & out of the driveway. Cause I'd really hate to run any kids over and/or hit anything else while backing up in tight spots.
 

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I agree that one can optimize the mirror settings (and no doubt that anyone should do that) but I would be hesitant to call it "eliminating blind spots".

The laws of physics are telling me that there is no way to eliminate the blind spot without changing parameters, given the size of the car, the size of the mirrors, and having just a plain driver side mirror.

With the described mirror settings one can effectively move the blind spot. The spot is still there (as mentioned in the posts above) but minimized and in a less prominent area (along the side of the car) for normal driving. I guess that works fine for driving forward on highways or in suburban environments but it would be very challenging for me in an urban environment, when parking, or when backing up.

Therefore I have the Autobahn mirror as little and inexpensive helper, as it leaves my plain mirror (important for assessing distances) in a useful position for backing up and parking. But this is just my personal preference. :p
 

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My solution was to buy those small round convex stick-on mirrors. They are the adjustable type and are set to see as far out to the side as possible. They are stuck to the outside bottom of the mirrors. You can see the ground with them also. It has saved my son's skateboard once or twice. Just a word of warning, they take some getting used to. I've had them on almost every vehicle I've owned. Total cost: 1-2 bucks
 

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I agree with slightlycrazy, round ones are very nice and helpful. I got them from Honda Dealer in Mountain View CA for about $2.50+tax for the pair.
 
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