'83 GL1100 Aspy Replacement Mirrors


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'83 GL1100 Aspy Replacement Mirrors

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Hello all. Just wanted to post a quick "upgrade" I made to the '83 Aspy today. I just got her back on the road after 3 years of collecting parts and putting them all together since June/'18.

The stock mirrors absolutely SUCKED. Wouldn't stay in place, shook so bad in the wind that you couldn't see through them while riding. Couldn't get them to stay
in place at all. Tried JB Weld as others mentioned........they were just hopeless.

SOOOO.......I saw another post from 2015 where another poster was looking for mirrors for his "bolt-on bracket mount" for his '82 'Wing.

I studied the photos, and realized that the PO of his bike has used the ORIGINAL mirror mount bracket, and used a bolt-on mirror as a replacement.

GREAT IDEA..!! So that's what I did.

I went to a local bike shop (Fastoys, in Kalispell, MT) and got the Emgo screw-in 10mm mirrors. Part #20-42444.
I took apart my stock mirrors, removed the "cup" and spring from the bracket, and put the cup on the OUTSIDE of the mirror mount bracket.
I had to use a round file to increase the hole size of the cup until the mirror bolt fit through it. Then I put the cup on mirror bolt FIRST. I bought a flange-nut (10mm)
and put the NUT SIDE INTO THE BACKSIDE OF THE MOUNT FIRST......then you tighten it up until it's basically sunk all the way into the bracket.
Then all you have to do is tighten the outer nut on the mirror until snug, mount the mirror, adjust the mirror to your proper vision, then tighten it all up.

I went on about a 20 mi. ride to test it out. Didn't move a bit, and the viewing angles are much better than OEM, in my opinion. Sorry for the quality of the photos.
I have a 7 year old flip-phone.

The mirrors are like they are welded on. They don't move at all. They DO shake a little while riding, but only about 25% of what the OEM's did. And they only cost
$29.95 for the pair.
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Re: '83 GL1100 Aspy Replacement Mirrors

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thanks for the reply to my question, and the link to this thread.
i may well go this route if the mirror/arm joint proves to be un-tightenable. looks like a very good solution.
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Re: '83 GL1100 Aspy Replacement Mirrors

Post by dakotanator »

I actually like this set up way better than the OEM. They stick out just a bit more past the fairing, and I can see better behind me. (I'm a "larger" fellow).
I like not having to look through part of the fairing into the mirrors.
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