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Old 08-16-2010, 09:33 AM   #1
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Got a couple motorcycle mirrors

A guy i work with heard me talking about needing side mirror of some sort for when i have the doors off...and i happen to mention the harley mirrors....

He brought these in and GAVE to me free of charge these bike mirrors off his Triumph. They are brand new. See the images...Just from looking, it may not work right away, putting these in the hinge holes (i'll know when i head out for lunch)..So i'm wondering what i can do to modify them to make them work..

Thinking weld a threaded rod to the end..or cut it back and taper it (i have access to the machine shop at work. And the machinist doesn't mind helping out with a little side project.

Obviously those nuts on the end come off..so i'm trying to thin of idea...take a look at these pics, and any thought that come to mind feel free to type away

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Old 08-16-2010, 09:41 AM   #2
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I dont see why they would'nt work. I have a pair of Kawasaki ones I run on mine with the doors off and they work great. Thread it through the door hinge and tighten the bolt at bottom. The only problem is that sometimes (depending on the mirror) you'll have a hard time seeing the passenger without leaning over. Good luck!

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I dont see why they would'nt work. I have a pair of Kawasaki ones I run on mine with the doors off and they work great. Thread it through the door hinge and tighten the bolt at bottom. The only problem is that sometimes (depending on the mirror) you'll have a hard time seeing the passenger without leaning over. Good luck!

Thanks! I'll definitely give it a shot, and make it work somehow. My concern, trying to use them the way they are...that theaded post on the end is only 1/2" long...
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Old 08-16-2010, 09:53 AM   #4
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post up pics of your solution. Really either idea you posted above seems completely plausible.

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I know. I thought the same thing when I got mine but it went in just fine. On mine, the stem fit in as well. Unless door hinges vary from TJ's to JK's, you'll be alright.
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I think i just may take a walk to the jeep minutes before lunch..those doors come off SO easy

Even got a couple wrenches available at my desk..

(the wife and i work together..hope she doesn't see me thru her office window, i'll get scolded..lol)
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Old 08-16-2010, 10:17 AM   #7
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It looks like you might be
able to remove that stop nut
and spacer just above the theads
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It looks like you might be
able to remove that stop nut
and spacer just above the theads
yea i removed them....that spacer and thread are as one part..hmmmmm
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OK, put the end back on. Go to the hardware store. Buy a threaded rod coupler, it looks like a long nut. Thread the coupler into the mirror and then use a bolt up through the door hinge from the bottom into the coupler. The thickness of the coupler should give you a little height as well. Post pics when you're done.
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OK, put the end back on. Go to the hardware store. Buy a threaded rod coupler, it looks like a long nut. Thread the coupler into the mirror and then use a bolt up through the door hinge from the bottom into the coupler. The thickness of the coupler should give you a little height as well. Post pics when you're done.
Perfect!...i know exactly what your describing....it'll be done today after work..

I didn't even think of using a coupler, thank you. And pics will be up as well..stay tuned


EDIT: Anyone know off-hand the I.D. of the hinge hole? If not i'm gonna run down with the calipers anyway
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Ok...thinking more about this set up that Captnrich mentioned...it'll probably work just fine..

But i'd like to consider something that would be more of a quick on/off set up, other than pulling out the wrenched to get 'em on/off........thinking
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Most likely to keep them from flopping when you are on the trails you would need to wrench them on. I cant think of a way to get them tight enough otherwise.
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Most likely to keep them from flopping when you are on the trails you would need to wrench them on. I cant think of a way to get them tight enough otherwise.
I agree with that...thx

I was at the (small) hardware store not finding a coupler that fits the threading of the post on the mirror...Wasn't able to put together an assembly that would work with it, strange enough....

Think i'll hit lowes or home depot, which have more of a selection i would think....I did buy a little hardware 5/16 x 2" bolt and a locking nut to go with it with the thought that id cut the threaded post on the mirror clean off and weld the bolt to that to make a longer threaded post...

Was hoping for something a bit more simple, so i'll take a look at the big hardware stores and see what i can find first..
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If you dont want to go through all the trouble, hoosiergarage.com has the ones I have and its $19.95 delivered in about 2 days.
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If you dont want to go through all the trouble, hoosiergarage.com has the ones I have and its $19.95 delivered in about 2 days.

Thanks for the link

I'll probably keep going and see what i can come up with to make it work

So far i'll be fabrication a L-shaped plate w/2 holes (hinge hole, mirror attach hole) Ive already drawn it up and made a template..need to go out the the jeep and see how it fits, before i walk it out to the machine shop

BTW which mirrors exactly did you purchase from that site? how did they mount..do you have a pic of them on your jeep?
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motorcycle mirrors, Kawasaki motorcycle mirrors, Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha, Victory motorcycle mirrors

Thats the link. They are the black ones on the bottom right. They fit directly into the hinge and you tighten up the nut to secure it. Easy as that!
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Gotcha...thanks..it just took me directly to all the mirrors when i clicked the link...but you say black so i see know
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Well i finished a bracket set up for the mirror.. minus painting...I made it out of .25" aluminum...a bit overkill, but its what i had handy

If rain permits, i'll pull the doors and take a few photos and post it. I'll also list the hardware..and a dimensional drawing of the bracket for those interested..

*stay tuned*
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Photos of what i did...

5/16" x 2" bolt...with a locking nut attached to a plate, fabricated for the hinge...i never got around to making a drawing of the plate, but i will..
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Not a huge fan of the rounded mirrors, but excellent job!

The website has some cool silver ones that would work nicely on my Jeep, I think the fourth ones over on the top row are classy!
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thx guys....its not much..just a simple aluminum plate, couple bolts/nuts ...But i like it because it sits out farther and a bit closer, i think than a mirror that drops right in the hole...

Never made one for the passenger side...really don't feel i need it..
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Thanks...was just looking for this! Apprecoate it.
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i was going to start a new post but i think i can just toss my question in here.

I have moved the side mirrors forward. I see a few other people have done similar or used motorcycle mirrors in place of stock. But I didn’t see any comments about this particular thing.

Now on the doors I have three small holes where the side mirrors attached. I’d like to plug them with something so they don’t rust this winter. Anyone know the size and threading? Anything is better than an empty hole, but hopefully I can find something that won’t look to out of place.


i'd rather find a screw that fits in the hole and looks ok than to move the mirrors back just for winter.


has anyone already tackled this issue?
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found this on another thread......1/4" diameter coarse thread...7/8" long

you'll probably want something shorter since the mirrors wont be there..


If you still have the original torx screw, take those in to a hardware store..maybe you can find something that will work..

Just find a stainless screw that'll work...maybe even a neoprene washer to give it a good seal at the hole

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