So a while ago I posted about getting another rearview mirror to try hacking the stalk to raise the mirror slightly out of my line-of-sight... Results are in.
I got a mirror assembly from SmartCenter Buckhead while the tour was in Atlanta, and took some tools to the stalk, as directed in Kane's Evilution site (Evilution - Smart Car Encyclopaedia
). I used some CRC 2-part epoxy putty to adhere the mirror ball to the mounting baseplate, sanded it down once it had set to smooth and contour it, and painted it black to match... Or I would have, if my pot of black paint hadn't dried up. I wound up touching it up with a black Sharpie marker, figuring if it was too glaringly ugly I would go back and repaint it...
When I got home (FINALLY!!), I popped the OEM mirror off and popped my modded mirror on. I was a bit apprehensive about the mod, since I drive a Cabrio with a substantially smaller rear window than the coupé. Would the modded stalk raise the mirror up too high to be safe and useful?
The answer, thankfully, is no. I still have plenty of long-range vision out the backglass. The mod does raise the mirror up, but not by as much as you might think; it's very subtle, but it does get the mirror up enough out of my forward line-of-sight to increase my comfort level. I'll post photos of the "before" and "after" effect later.
Since it's a rainy day here, I haven't had a chance to try peering out the back through the modded mirror with the top rolled all the way down yet. Stay tuned for that. So far I'll count this one as a win.