Mounting assembly for vehicle interior automatic dimming rearview mirror

  • US 5,984,482 A
  • Filed: 07/28/1998
  • Issued: 11/16/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/28/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A mounting assembly for mounting a vehicle interior rearview mirror of the automatic dimming type, comprising:

  • a vehicle mount having a rearwardly projecting first ball portion having a wire hole therethrough;

    a tube having a first end that receives the first ball portion and having a second end including a rearwardly projecting second ball portion that is fixed with respect to the tube and has a wire hole therethrough;

    a ball clamp received within the tube and engaging the first ball portion;

    a spring within the tube biasing the ball clamp to provide a clamping relationship with the first ball portion, said ball clamp having a plurality of clamping portions and further having a seat portion arranged proximate the seat portion for engaging the ball portion and still further having a wire conduit that extends toward the second end to define a passageway for wires that generally aligns with the wire hole;

    a spring within the tube biasing the ball clamp to provide a clamping relationship with the first ball portion; and

    a mirror socket for receiving and clamping the second ball portion and for mounting an automatic dimming mirror that can be powered by wires extending through the wire holes of the ball portions.

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