This was one of those “Why didn’t I do that much sooner?!” installations. It was easy, impactful, and inexpensive. My favorite. Especially when exposed to weather, the mirror can become stained or discolored over time. Not that any of you have left your top down inadvertently or anything…

This installation was completed on a 2012 JK Wrangler using this highly-rated replacement mirror. While the procedure and images below reflect a JK Wrangler, this manual mirror is listed as compatible with CJs, YJs, TJs, and JLs as well. The mirror itself is very similar in size to the Original Equipment, fits well, and saves tons of money over a direct factory replacement.

The following instructions assume you are reusing the factory mirror button glued to the windshield. If the original button is still well attached, this process can be completed in less than five minutes.

Difficulty: 🔧 out of 5 Wrenches

Time: Five (5) Minutes


  • T-20 Torx screwdriver

  • Philips-head screwdriver (if necessary)

  • New rearview mirror


  1. Remove the old mirror. Like many other components on the Jeep, the JK Wrangler uses a Torx screw to secure the rearview mirror. Using a T-20 Torx screwdriver, carefully remove the original set screw. The mirror should now easily slide up from the metal mirror button attached to the windshield itself.

    Note: Newer JKs and JLs include a Torx Set from the factory that assists with top and door removal. The smaller T-20 size was not included in this equipment. A cheap set of Torx screwdrivers is perfect for this job, with the added benefit that the T-15 screwdriver is perfect for adjusting the JK headlights through the front grille.

  2. Install the new mirror. Carefully position the new mirror above the button and slide the mirror assembly down into place. Insert the new set screw through the mirror assembly and tighten the screw just enough so the mirror does not move. Do not overtighten this! 

  3. Test the mirror. Adjust the mirror so that you have a clear view of the rear of your vehicle. With an oversize rear tire, some find flipping the mirror upside down provides a better view. Remember, this only works on a manual mirror! Please don’t flip your fancy mirrors upside down, y’all…




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