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So I've been driving my sisters BMW for a little while, while I've been building a lift kit for my outback, and I've realized that her side mirrors tilt down while the car is put in reverse.
I was wanting to know if this option would possibly be available for my 2002 outback limited?
I have a cord to hookup the ECU to my laptop and I have freeSSM, so I was also wondering if I could like program the mirrors to do this some how? and/or if there is anything cool I can program (with a different laptop program of course) into my subie to get a little bit of extra features out of it?
 

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Off the top of my head, I can think of a way to cobble together a circuit with a relay triggered off the reverse lights to drive the mirror downward. What I don't readily have a solution for is how to stop driving it down and how to drive it back up to where when the gear selector goes out of R.

Not to say it's not possible, it would just take more than a crowbar solution.
 

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In my '05, when the rear wiper is set on intermittent it switches to constant when shifted into reverse! By design, or electrical glitch? Who cares?!?

I think that's about as close as you're gonna get on these old dogs... ;-)
 

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My 2016 Camaro mirrors both tilt down when in reverse. Its a setting that can be turned on or off. Would be a complex circuit to tie into the tranny.
 

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Just get in the habit of using the mirror control switch on the arm rest when you put it into reverse. Add it to the routine. Eventually, the mirror motor or the switch will break, and after replacing them you won't want the feature any more. :)
 

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haha ok I didn't think so, thanks guys, and is there anything I can program with my laptop into my subaru?
 

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haha ok I didn't think so, thanks guys, and is there anything I can program with my laptop into my subaru?
Nearly every aspect of engine management and transmission control is available to edit for the skilled tuner/hacker.

Not much else though. The Subaru body-integrated unit (BIU) is the computer that handles all the other gizmos- lighting, small actuators etc. That module is still a black box- no public info on how to get in, whether it can be altered etc. Subaru has a vested interest in keeping it this way, since the BIU also handles the vehicle security system and provides odometer integrity.
 
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