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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-29-2013, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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I messed up my mirror... Now I have what can best be described as a droopy mirror. I was hoping someone would have a way or trick to fix it.

The only constraint is the fix needs to be able to withstand the putting on and taking off of my cover. that always whacks out my mirrors. While this isn't normally a problem because the mirror can be adjusted after the cover comes off. I was thinking the fix just needs to stiffen up the joint but allow it to be occasionally bent from the cover.

Any help would be appreciated.
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The mirrors are put together in 2 pieces via bolt-ends. There is a nut at the base of the mirror head which uses a 17mm wrench to tighten that portion of the mirror. The base of the mirror stem is the same. Those nuts re adjustable up and down the threads. With the way the mirrors are designed, I can't see the ball joint allowing a droopy mirror.

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You don't have stock mirrors then?

It likely be cheaper to just replace them if you can't tighten them.
Those Emego Teardrop mirrors from JCW are pretty popular and inexpensive...

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Someone mentioned using clear nail polish to make the mirrors a little more stiff.

I use some cheap "super glue" from the 99 cents store.

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Someone mentioned using clear nail polish to make the mirrors a little more stiff..
That would have been me.....

The reason I did not suggest it here is because he keeps moving the mirrors due to covering the bike. The nail polish thing works but will only last so long if you keep moving the mirror. Clear acrylic,crazy glue,even hair spray will work btw....

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That would have been me.....

The reason I did not suggest it here is because he keeps moving the mirrors due to covering the bike. The nail polish thing works but will only last so long if you keep moving the mirror. Clear acrylic,crazy glue,even hair spray will work btw....
Well I think moving the mirrors with the cover is unintentional... If they're stiff enough they MIGHT not move anymore when the cover is put on or taken off.

I think it's worth a shot if he really wants to keep his current mirrors on there. If not, then replacing them should be the most effective course of action.

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Thanks everyone for your ideas. I don't have stock mirrors. These mirrors were about 22 dollars shipped. The movement with the cover is problematic and my fear is anything which would destruct over time would drive me crazy. But all of you have given me an ideal. How can I change the ball or the housing. Maybe solder to make the ball larger so it's harder to adjust.
I just know I don't have cash for new mirrors.
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Just a thought...
Maybe a very small hose clamp mounted...placing pressure against the mirror casing/ball socket ? ? ?
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Adjust the mirrors where you want them and wrap the stem/ball area with epoxy putty. It will never move again.Ever.

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Just a thought...
Maybe a very small hose clamp mounted...placing pressure against the mirror casing/ball socket ? ? ?
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That is a good idea.

And what about clear Velcro.......This is just how you solve these engineering issues. Brainstorming.
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