Side Mirror About to Fall Off - Sol'n ?


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CoachP7
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Side Mirror About to Fall Off - Sol'n ?

Post by CoachP7 » Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:39 am



Has anyone had any issues with their side mirrors becoming "loose" and tried to re-fasten or re-attach securely ?

I've Google and YTube searched extensively but there's not a lot out there. My left mirror got loose. The three screws that secure the mirror housing to the pivoting knuckle came loose - essentially stripped out of the mirror's plastic anchoring base. So, I tried to put in three newer (larger) screws with the hopes of "grabbing" enough of the mirror's plastic to firmly hold it in place. But, after about an hour's worth of riding, the road vibration was too much and they've since let loose.

Short of buying two new mirror housings (for both sides so they match), has anyone come across this similar problem and what did you do ?

My next step will be to try to "build up" around the holes in the mirror base with fibreglass and resin OR contact cement so that the screws (next time) will have more of a solid base to grab on to. I may even try to find the smallest drywall plug (anchor) I can find to fit in the new built up holes, Krazy Glue them so they don't move and then try some screws to see if it will all grab and hold.


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1994 GL1500 SE
2008 KLR 650
2013 N1K ABS

Tip #26 Push-steering sans the backrest … when you begin push-steering (counter-steering) in a corner, “unlock” your back from your backrest to allow the bike to get into its lean angle.

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Re: Side Mirror About to Fall Off - Sol'n ?

Post by bluthundr31 » Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:23 am

My right mirror is vibrating more than the left mirror so I've been wondering how to resolve the issue before it falls off completely.

I wonder, , , if the threaded plastic "sleeve" becomes stipped so the bolt won't seat properly, and tighten the mirror to stop the vibration, , maybe it would be possible to put a LONGER bolt of the same diameter through and a lock-washer and locking nut on the inside of the fairing. It looks like if you remove the turn signal housing, you can get access to the area of the mounting bolts. Additionally removing the "pockets" will give you access to the inside of the fairing although its a bit lower than the turn signal "cut-out". The bolt/washer/nut would be hidden inside the fairing. I think I would rather drill out three "through" holes than deal with mixing/adding adhesives that might be more susceptible to vibration failure. It would be a lot less expensive than two new mirror assemblies too, , , ,

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Re: Side Mirror About to Fall Off - Sol'n ?

Post by dingdong » Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:17 am

Take a look at this thread.
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=53113
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Re: Side Mirror About to Fall Off - Sol'n ?

Post by CoachP7 » Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:35 am

Not sure if that could work on the inside of the fairing. May not be quite understanding your suggestion.

Appreciate the other thread.
Current:
1994 GL1500 SE
2008 KLR 650
2013 N1K ABS

Tip #26 Push-steering sans the backrest … when you begin push-steering (counter-steering) in a corner, “unlock” your back from your backrest to allow the bike to get into its lean angle.

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Re: Side Mirror About to Fall Off - Sol'n ?

Post by CoachP7 » Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:38 am

From the pic incl in the other thread, looks like someone added a “sleeve” so that the diameter would be smaller with the hopes of the orig screws to grab on to.
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Current:
1994 GL1500 SE
2008 KLR 650
2013 N1K ABS

Tip #26 Push-steering sans the backrest … when you begin push-steering (counter-steering) in a corner, “unlock” your back from your backrest to allow the bike to get into its lean angle.

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Re: Side Mirror About to Fall Off - Sol'n ?

Post by CoachP7 » Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:55 am

Update ..

I tried to drill out the holes but the overall thickness was just too thin and it all broke thru. I didn’t take any pix but I marked up the pic from the submitted thread to show how approximately the plastic broke apart.

So, what I did was buy 3 of the smallest toggle bolts I could find and inserted them with the hopes of grabbing enough of the plastic to hold in place. (see pic)

Mission accomplished. Not the prettiest job but will get me thru the rest of the season. The toggle bolts grabbed enuff of the plastic to hold all in place.

Will likley get a pair from Wingstuff next spring.

One more tip: when trying to remove or install your mirror housing, you will need to rotate the knuckle assembly to get at the screws that attach the whole assembly to the bike. Try to get some wd40 or 3 in 1 at the knuckle assembly where it suppose to “rotate” upon any impact .. as it was designed to. This knuckle can be very stiff to rotate thus putting a lot of pressure on those 3 screws. That’s why they strip out of the plastic. If you can get some lubrication in on those “raised” pivoting points, it will rotate a little easier. Hard to describe in words so hopefully you get what I’m saying.

Hope this maybe help others or at least generate other possible fixes.
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Current:
1994 GL1500 SE
2008 KLR 650
2013 N1K ABS

Tip #26 Push-steering sans the backrest … when you begin push-steering (counter-steering) in a corner, “unlock” your back from your backrest to allow the bike to get into its lean angle.

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Re: Side Mirror About to Fall Off - Sol'n ?

Post by CoachP7 » Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:58 am

.. may have forgotten to add the final assembly. You can see the toggle bolts inside.
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Current:
1994 GL1500 SE
2008 KLR 650
2013 N1K ABS

Tip #26 Push-steering sans the backrest … when you begin push-steering (counter-steering) in a corner, “unlock” your back from your backrest to allow the bike to get into its lean angle.

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