Stiff Mirrors 87 GL1200


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aladdin
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Stiff Mirrors 87 GL1200

Postby aladdin » Wed Aug 08, 2012 5:31 am



Has anyone else found the mirrors on the 87 model 1200 stuck solid (frozen)? The right hand mirror on my bike was broken from a previous owner trying to adjust it by hand. I have stripped the mirror assembly and discovered a trick to adjust it (despite being locked solidly in place) if anyone is interested.



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feetup
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Re: Stiff Mirrors 87 GL1200

Postby feetup » Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:31 pm

Sure, any tips or tricks are eagerly read.
The mirrors are definitely not the finest part of the 1200.

aladdin
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Re: Stiff Mirrors 87 GL1200

Postby aladdin » Wed Aug 08, 2012 5:07 pm

I found the plastic ball socket was locked solid. I squirted WD40 into it with no effect (no rust or corrosion to free up). There was no way to move it with polygrips or vicegrips without risking damage to the plastic mirror body (which was already cracked). In the end, I simply placed the back of the ball joint against the top of the bench vice and tapped the spigot bolt right at the point where it enters the plastic ball joint with the wedge end of a peening hammer. To my surprise this works like magic and adjusts the angle of the spigot bolt which holds the mirror body in small increments without damaging the ball joint or stressing the mirror case. I tried the other mirror and had same result, this time without using any WD40. As it is not possible to make any adjustments on the bike, I fitted the mirrors back on WITHOUT the rubber boots which make fitting and removing the mirrors very easy. After a test ride or two to get the mirrors correctly adjusted I put the rubber boots back on and reattached the mirrors for good.

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feetup
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Motorcycle: 84 GL 1200I
75 GL 1000 (in pieces)
'02 Gas Gas Trials
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Re: Stiff Mirrors 87 GL1200

Postby feetup » Wed Aug 08, 2012 5:13 pm

Did you have any issues with cracking of the ABS fairing where the mirrors mount?

aladdin
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Re: Stiff Mirrors 87 GL1200

Postby aladdin » Thu Aug 09, 2012 12:37 am

no, since I removed the entire mirror assembly there was no chance of damaging the mounting points




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