I bought harley mirrors this spring because I didn't want to get the relocation brackets, and I thought I'd be fine with them when I had the doors off. Well, obviously it became a pain in the butt to do every time to have to take off the 60 lb front doors and the 40 lb rear doors and then install mirrors.
This made me want to get soft doors, but the soft doors didn't have anywhere to put a mirror. So instead of buying the relo brackets, messing with my stock mirrors, and lose my passenger mirror use year round, I decided to fabricate my own mirror mounts for the motorcycle mirrors I already had.
All you need is:
2 motorcycle mirrors
1 steel tube (mine was 3 ft long from Home Depot)
1 steel flat bar (mine was 3 ft long from Home Depot)
Access to a welder
Black paint (optional)
I cut two pieces out of the flat bar (I think it was 4" each) for the part that is closest to the windshield. Then measure the distance between the two bolts and drill holes in the bar. Cut two more pieces to the desired length (believe mine were 1.25"). Then cut the steel tube a little longer than the previous two pieces (I think I cut them to 1.5"). Grind everything down so it is how you want it to look at weld it together, leaving enough room for the bolts into the windshield--is that called the A-pillar? My dad sells materials to body shops, so he just had one of his buddies weld it for me. Then put everything together, tape the mirror part, scuff it all up and prime and paint.
I think it looks great. You can't tell that it was homemade IMO unless you know what you're looking for. They don't shake any more than they did in the hinges. This way I can pull them off for the winter and still have my stock mirrors on the full doors and have full use of the passenger mirror.
I get about 50% useage out of my passenger side mirror when I have the soft doors on and full useage when I have the lower on or the whole thing off.
Don't know if anyone else has done this before, but I think it's pretty sweet. They look really dinky in the pic from the front, but that's just the angle.
All in all, it cost about $38. 20 for the mirrors. 10 for the steel bar. 8 or so for the tube. And I have enough materials to make at least 2 more sets.
WOW...thats pretty creative.. I'm looking for an easy way out for my 11' unlimited. Saw couple of forums and they mentioned the easiest way out is to slide in Motorcycle mirrors into the door hinges... what do you think? and how is ur custom mirrors doing so far?
Thanks guys. The mirrors are still holding up very well. I have had them on since mid March (took them off in sept or oct for the winter so I could put my metal doors back on). The main reason I wanted to do this was because I wanted to be able to have a mirror solution when I put my soft doors/half doors on. They're also in a better position than the door hinges.
Putting one of these mirrors in the door hinge does work fairly well, but you can mess up the bushing inside the hinge. Also, i think it's cooler to have something on my jeep that I made myself.
I dont use any mirrors....I actually turn my head and look over both shoulders..what is funny is I am doorless and mirrorless so often...I am conditioned to look over my shoulder whether the doors are on or not. I think that makes me safer anyways. You most definetly have to more prudent and aware with no mirrors. Texas law states that you only have to have one rearward facing mirror.
IC 9-19-12-1 Safety requirements
Sec. 1. A motor vehicle that is constructed or loaded so as to obstruct the driver's view to the rear from the driver's position must be equipped with ao mirror located so as to reflect to the driver a view f the highway for a distance of at least two hundred (200) feet to the rear of the vehicle. As added by P.L.2-1991, SEC.7. IC 9-19-12-2 United States Department of Transportation regulations; classification of violations
Sec. 2. (a) This section does not apply to a person who owns or operates a vehicle or combination of vehicles that:
(1) contain parts and accessories; and
(2) is equipped;
as required under regulations of the United States Department of Transportation.
(b) A person who violates this chapter commits a Class C infraction. As added by P.L.2-1991, SEC.7.