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Installing the Passenger Side Mirror on a 914

Pelican Technical Article:

Installing the Passenger Side Mirror on a 914


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Phillips screwdriver, electric drill and drill bits, transfer punch, set of metric Allen keys, plastic trim pry tool, flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Porsche 914 (1970-76)

Parts Required:

914 left or right hand mirror, two mirror screws, one mirror base gasket

Performance Gain:

A safer drive thanks to having side view mirrors on both sides of your 914

Complementary Modification:

Replace your rear view mirror

The passenger side mirror was never a factory option installed by Porsche.  As a dealer installed option, the mirror was installed after delivery of the car. There are many rumors that surround the right-hand mirror on the 914. Many people are not aware of this, but the left-side mirror can be rotated around and used as a right-handed mirror. In fact, a recent customer wanted to order a right-handed mirror for his concours 914. We ordered the mirror directly from Porsche, and it arrived as a left-handed mirror turned backwards. So it seems that even from Porsche, the mirrors are interchangeable. The left-sided mirror is shown flipped around in Figure 1.

Andrew Greene has this to add about the right side mirror:

On your web site, you note, or imply, that the passenger side mirror was never available, or is the same as the driver's side. While it is true that the passenger side mirror is NLA, and the driver's side is substitutable, there really was a passenger side mirror (I actually had one about 20 years ago!). You don't see them too often (I snoozed and just missed one last December). The right side unit can be identifed easily, as it has a convex glass--which makes it far more useful than putting the driver's side mirror on the right. (what I don't remember is if the early style and the later style mirrors both came in a right hand/left hand version)"

Pelican Parts has plenty of mirrors in stock, and can provide you with everything you need to perform this upgrade.  If you have a mirror with a broken glass, we can supply you with new glass too.  You will need for this installation:

  • 914 Left or Right handed mirror
  • 2 mirror screws
  • 1 mirror base gasket
  • hand drill with drill bits

Fortunately, Porsche thought ahead when designing the 914.  The driver side mirror is mounted by screwing the base of the mirror into two nuts that are welded on the inside of the door, just under the door skin.   For the passenger side, the same two nuts are already located there; they are covered by the metal door skin.  To install the right side mirror, you simply need to drill through the door skin, and mount the mirror.

In order to accurately pinpoint the location of the two nuts, you need to remove the inner door panel and use a transfer punch (or a small screwdriver or nail) to create an indentation that can be used as a guide while drilling through the door skin. 

Removing the Door Panel

To remove the door panel, you first need to remove the lower part of the passenger arm rest.  Three screws are used to hold this section in place.   The three screws can be seen in Figure 2.   After removing the screws, slide the bottom piece towards the rear of the car to remove it from the passenger side handle.  To remove the passenger side handle, you need to remove the four screws that hold the handle to the door.  These are usually held in with Allen-head bolts; their locations are shown in Figure 3.  After you have removed these four bolts, you need to remove the window crank.  Lifting off the plastic cover reveals the screw which attaches the window crank, as shown in Figure 4.  It may require a bit of force and some fingernails to remove the plastic cover.  Removing the screw allows the window crank handle to be removed.  Next you need to remove the plastic valance from around the inner door handle.  The valance slides off after removing the single screw which holds it in place.  This can be seen in Figure 5.  Now that all the screws have been removed, you need to snap the door panel off of the door.  The panel is attached at various places around its edge by plastic snap pieces, shown in Figure 6.   Carefully pull at the left, right and lower edges of the door and unsnap each one individually.

Note: the top of the panel is held on with metal clips.   Do not try to pull at the top of the door panel.  Be careful not to bend the door panel or apply too much force.  A screwdriver placed between the door and the door panel can help prevent the panel from bending.  Also be careful to make sure that the plastic snaps do not come out of the door panel.  If they do, they should be affixed to the door panel later on with a small touch of glue.  After all of the snaps are detached from the door, the panel should swing up from the bottom and can be lifted up and away from the door.

There may be a clear plastic sheet that covers the door and protects the door panel from rain water that may enter through the window.  You should try to leave this plastic cover as intact as possible, although it is difficult to remove without damaging it.

Once you have access to the inside of the door, roll up the window and feel up into the door to where the two nuts that hold the passenger mirror are located.  They should be in approximately the same locations as on the driver side.  Once you have located these nuts, you can take a transfer punch or a large nail and tap through the nuts from the inside to make an indentation in the outer door skin.  A light tap is usually all that is needed.   After you tap the door skin, take a center punch and tap on the outer door skin to make an appropriate indentation to properly guide your drill bit.  Now drill the two holes, starting with very small drill bits, and work your way up slowly to larger sizes.   Be careful not to damage the threads on the internal nuts when you use the larger drill bits.  You should be able to drill through the door skin without drilling out the threads on the nuts (the nuts on the inside of the door are not flush with the door skin).  Keep drilling larger holes until you can fit the mirror screws into the nuts.   The holes for the screws are shown in Figure 7.  Remember if you over drill the size of the hole, or make a silly mistake in the near vicinity, the entire area is covered up by the mirror base.  The mirrors use a special type of screw that fits the mirror perfectly.  When bolting on the mirror, make sure you use the appropriate gasket under the mirror base.  The passenger side mirror is shown installed in Figure 8.

Now, reinstall the door panel onto the door following the reverse procedure for removal.  Make sure when you reattach the window crank, you put it on so that it's in an appropriate position when the window is up or down.  Well, that about does it.  If you have any questions about this job, drop us line...

Figure 1

914 Outside mirror

Figure 2

Three Screws to Remove Bottom of Armrest

Figure 3

Remaining Screws Fastening Door Panel

Figure 4

Window Crank Screw Exposed

Figure 5

Screw Inside Door Handle

Figure 6

914 Mirror Shown Installed on Right Side

Figure 7

Holes Drilled Through Door Skin

Figure 8

914 Mirror Shown Installed on Right Side

Comments and Suggestions:
zubi Comments: Hello everyone, do I have a truly original passengers side mirror? The one I have installed is similiar to the drivers side one, but it is in fact smaller...
September 13, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Going by memory here, but I think the early mirrors were smaller and the later ones larger. By a small amount. maybe you have one of each. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
IGTARD Comments: Thanks all.
April 4, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
tomred Comments: What is needed to fit an elecrtic mirror to the off side of a 1981 911SC. I have a used mirror which i can fit, but what do I need for an electrical connection to the existing mirror control
March 11, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You will have to install the harness from a vehicle that had power mirrors. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
jcb29 Comments: i drilled the two holes from the outside without removing the door panel. On the left side, carefully measure the center point location of the rear hole. Transfer that location to the right side. Center punch and drill 1/8" pilot hole then carefully expand hole size with progressively larger bits up to 3/16" making sure you are centered over the bolt hole after each larger drill bit. Do not exceed 3/16" bit size because you will ruin the threads of the bolt welded to the inside of the door skin. Smooth edges of metal door skin with a rat tail file, touch up bare metal, let dry - mount reversed mirror with the correct screws and the hard rubber trim.
May 24, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts

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