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What kind of amperage draw does each side have?
Don't know the exact draw but, 1) I used 12 gauge wire, and 2) have had no issues with them tied into the existing defrost circuit for over 2 years.

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So, I don't need the flashlight coming out of the front of the mirrors.

Instead of all the wiring, pulling off panels, drilling to put in a switch.

Could a guy just splice the heating element into the light wiring right in the mirror?

I don't need the heating element on 24/7 so...
Next, is there a way to wire a 10 minute cutoff like the rear defroster has?

I'd much rather have a heated mirror than one with a weird light coming out of the front

Don't know if you could tap off of the mirro light but this is an old mod from Swiss: https://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forum...l-install.html

Got this idea from Heated Rearview Mirrors Finished | IH8MUD Forum Went with the cheap and easier route using these two posts. Use your original mirror and buy the heating element off of ebay, don't know if the same guy is selling it but there should be other venders. Bought the larger element and just carefully bent the heating element corner without breaking or creasing the metal fillament to fit. Someone gave a good tip about using very hot water, not boiling, to get the mirror off of the plastic backing and that worked execellent.
I tied my heating element into the rear window defrost system as Steve_53 did. I had this mod over 6 years and it's worked great.

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