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Old 09-06-2007, 12:40 PM
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cameras for side view mirrors?

I've been juggling this one around for a while now. I really don't want to clutter up the side of my project car with mirrors. I purchased a couple of california style mirrors and I just dont like the way they look or mount. I suppose I could build some sort of custom mirror and make it blend with the door but I'd like to drive this thing while I can still push a clutch in I've looked into replacing the mirrors with small ccd cameras and mounting a single or dual 3" lcd screens in place or on either side of the rear view mirror. I think they would give me a much better field of view than small mirrors.
The technology looks to be good enough to do this with reasonable cost but I'm concerned with the legal aspect of it. I haven't seen it done yet so it may be to soon.
What do you guys think?

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are mirrors required by law on your vehicle or is it exempt?
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Here in Arizona your required to have a minimum of one side view mirror.
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I don't think anywhere in the vehicle code will there be a detailed description of WHAT a "mirror" actually IS. You know, they don't say it must have a "piece of glass with the back coated with silver so it reflects an image to the driver". You know what I mean? So in other words, in the spirit of the law, if you can see what is there, you can see what is there, period.

Now, on the camera idea, I happened to look at a motorcycle at a motorcycle "bash" a few weeks ago, a super hot rod muther motorcycle. It had cameras in the rear of the seat fairing and 3" monitors in where the mirrors go.

All I can say is carry your digital camera outside in the sun and tell me if you can see that is on the screen. THAT is what I saw in the monitors.

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