Broke My Left Hand Mirror Off


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Broke My Left Hand Mirror Off

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So I became a not so proud member of the "I Dropped My Wing Today" club :cry: :oops:

In the process of backing my 'Wing out of the garage the cord for the battery tender got caught in the center stand on the right side and in my haste I chose to lean over to the right to reach down and untangle the cord and over to the left she went. Bam! Right into the chest freezer and off came the left hand mirror. :evil: :evil: :evil:

I am so pissed at myself, a preventable accident by just putting down the dang side stand, getting off the bike and walking around to untangle the cord.

I have all the parts but the mirror came free of the mounting bracket, it looks like the screws fastening the mirror to the mounting bracket pulled free of the mirror.

So now the real question do these screws just screw into the plastic or is there a metal clip or something inside of the screw holes? I don't see any signs of metal so I'm thinking the holes got stripped out and I will need to find a creative way to re-attach the mirror.

If not I'm looking at a $400 replacement mirror and I think they are available in my color, just need to confirm the color code.

What a not so great way to start the week.

Doug


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The 3 screws that attach the mirror to the bracket just screw into the plastic of the mirror assembly.

I think you should be able to find a slightly larger diameter screw, and just screw it back together.
Mine had 5 different screws holding the mirrors on. In other words, between the 6 screws, only 2 were the same. Others were mix of various styles and head shapes.
Look at the screws that got torn out - take them to the hardware store and get some just a tiny bit larger diameter and maybe 1/8" longer. I think about a #6 x 1/2" flat-head wood screw is what you are looking for. If I recall correctly (you can double-check) nothing will get hurt by slightly longer screws.
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Another thought: see if you can get stainless-steel screws - even pan-head sheet metal screws will be fine - you don't really need the countersunk style.
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the_big_h wrote: Mon May 10, 2021 11:47 am The 3 screws that attach the mirror to the bracket just screw into the plastic of the mirror assembly.

I think you should be able to find a slightly larger diameter screw, and just screw it back together.
Mine had 5 different screws holding the mirrors on. In other words, between the 6 screws, only 2 were the same. Others were mix of various styles and head shapes.
Look at the screws that got torn out - take them to the hardware store and get some just a tiny bit larger diameter and maybe 1/8" longer. I think about a #6 x 1/2" flat-head wood screw is what you are looking for. If I recall correctly (you can double-check) nothing will get hurt by slightly longer screws.
Thanks for the tip, makes my day a little less grey, I was concerned even a slightly larger screw would crack the plastic screw holes. Almost thought about using the ever so wonderful red loc-tite in a very small quantity. Also thinking of the JB Plastic Welding.

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Oh no, no Loctite. It will destroy any plastic it come in contact with. Keep it away from the plastic on the bike.
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MikeB wrote: Mon May 10, 2021 1:46 pm Oh no, no Loctite. It will destroy any plastic it come in contact with. Keep it away from the plastic on the bike.
Mike,
Didn't know that, will definitely keep the loctite away from the plastic.

My son actual took a quick look and he thinks we have plenty of screws that are slightly larger than the stock screws.
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Good deal Doug. Some folks have learned that hard way that the thread locker compounds crack and craze the ABS. Luckily, I learned the thread lockers are death to the plastic through these forums. Happy to pass it on. :)
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https://www.cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl ... ors/79/189 has GL1500 side mirrors in chrome only for much cheaper if you can live with the lack of the color matching. Also I recently had the same experience with my throttle side mirror while reinstalling, and had to use JB Plastic Weld and size 10 (tapered) sheetrock screws (they are longer and a little wider in diameter) to re-secure due to most of the plastic around the 3 holes being almost decinergrated. Be sure to peg the holes before applying JB Weld, and remove the pegs before it completely dries, then sand down as level as possible... Remember this is only possible depending on the level of damage before the ultimate resolve is replacement.
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modou wrote: Mon May 10, 2021 2:47 pm https://www.cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl ... ors/79/189 has GL1500 side mirrors in chrome only for much cheaper if you can live with the lack of the color matching. Also I recently had the same experience with my throttle side mirror while reinstalling, and had to use JB Plastic Weld and size 10 (tapered) sheetrock screws (they are longer and a little wider in diameter) to re-secure due to most of the plastic around the 3 holes being almost decinergrated. Be sure to peg the holes before applying JB Weld, and remove the pegs before it completely dries, then sand down as level as possible... Remember this is only possible depending on the level of damage before the ultimate resolve is replacement.
It didn't look like any of the holes where cracked, or in need of being re-built. My son took a look and he is thinking just drill them out to clean up the old useless threads. Not sure if I want the chrome mirrors because then I'll have to go down the chrome rabbit hole to make it all tie in nicely. :lol:
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I would not recommend that you drill the holes out. The flathead tapered sheetrock screws will grab and hold much better to the original holes. They will fit and will be sturdy. Just stay slow, steady, and straight. :)
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modou wrote: Mon May 10, 2021 3:46 pm I would not recommend that you drill the holes out. The flathead tapered sheetrock screws will grab and hold much better to the original holes. They will fit and will be sturdy. Just stay slow, steady, and straight. :)
Thank you!
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Thank you guys for talking me off the ledge and helping me with what was a very simple fix. The mirror is reattached and now I need to hope I can buff out the "lovely" white stripe battle scar. The stripe is from the white chest high freezer so I'm pretty confident with lot's of elbow grease I can get it out. If not it's off to "Google" the paint code and hope I can find a place supplying some touch up paint.

Another quick question, looked inside the gas flap and found this "Color B-142P" and also "Code B142H". Which one of these would I use to get a color match?

I didn't notice the warped antenna until after I backed the bike out of the garage, got it straightened out easily enough.

Doug
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You are welcome. I am not about that color code, my 99' GL1500 is R176C - CANDY SPECTRA RED. Check www.hondapartsnation.com and look up the mirror or panel, cover etc to see what matches up...
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Since you have an SE you have two tone paint. So both colors are correct.
I believe B142P is the color of the mirror housing.
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Rambozo wrote: Fri May 21, 2021 8:06 pm Since you have an SE you have two tone paint. So both colors are correct.
I believe B142P is the color of the mirror housing.
That’s what I was thinking. Was able to get the white mark off using a Mr. Clean Magic Erasure.

Thanks - Doug


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