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Old 05-20-2012, 05:54 PM   #1
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Mirror drain hole

Sorry if this is a repost but I could not find any pictures so maybe this will help somone out.
I read about drilling mirror drain holes but could not find any pictures, so today after washing my JK I could see the problem people talk about where the water just oozes out for a while at the bottom of the mirror.
First I removed the mirror, Torx T40
You can see in the second picture where the gasket has a void to allow the water to drain, I drilled my hole in the same spot.
The hole I drilled is 1/8" if I have problems with it draining I can always make it bigger.
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Old 05-20-2012, 05:57 PM   #2
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nice

hi, nice post thanks

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Old 05-20-2012, 06:59 PM   #4
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Nice! Might take off mirrors too, rather than drilling them on the doors. Thx!
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Old 05-20-2012, 07:12 PM   #5
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Completely forgot about this simple mod, Thanks, going right now to take care of it....
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Old 05-20-2012, 07:57 PM   #6
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Haven't thought about it for awhile until I washed it yesterday and the driver's side mirror seemed to take forever to stop leaking. I didn't think about removal but I think it's alot better to do it that way. It's on my short list. Thanks for the pics.
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Old 02-14-2014, 01:24 PM   #7
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Finally drilled the holes in the mirrors. Total time was less than 5 minutes. Just use a sharp 1/8" drill bit and it drills the hole like butter. Use a punch to mark the spot. Just take it slow and the bit will do the drilling with very little pressure. Way easier than I thought it would be after fretting about nicking the paint, etc. do you need the mod? Maybe, maybe not, but can't hurt.
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Old 02-14-2014, 02:26 PM   #8
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I drilled my about 2 weeks ago. Left them on the vehicle and let a sharp 1/8” bit do the work. Took longer to get the drill out than it did to drill.
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Old 05-19-2015, 07:39 AM   #9
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Just realized that my rig has the same issue, Drivers side not as bad as the passenger side, Passenger side drips for like 3 days! Leaves a nasty white water mark in the paint! Doing to drill them today! Tired of dealing with that white stain.. Nasty stain too! Pain in the ass to get out.. Thanks for this post! Some guys are using 1/4 and 3/8 holes! Thought that was way to big! 1/8 seems to be the way to go! Some guys are drilling 2 holes one at the base and one under the mirror arm.. too.. Ill start with one at the base and if need be Ill drill a 2nd.. thanks for this post!
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Old 05-19-2015, 09:23 AM   #10
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I was washing the Jeep this weekend and remembered this. Grabbed the drill and a 1/8" bit. 2 minutes: done. Looked like I had a hot chocolate dispenser there for a minute with all the mud that came out!
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I have a 2012 so don't know if it has a hole or not, will check. I couldn't see by the picture where you drill a hole. Is the hole in the bottom of the mounting arm? Close to the door or out toward the end of the mount?
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Old 02-26-2016, 08:41 AM   #12
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Where is the gasket void? I don't see it. I've noticed that there is always a little extra water at the mirror, but not enough to warrant drilling I would think.
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Old 04-28-2016, 02:26 PM   #13
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People wash jeeps?

(just kidding)

This will done very soon on mine, thanks for the detailed info!
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Old 04-29-2016, 09:01 AM   #14
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People wash jeeps?

(just kidding)

This will done very soon on mine, thanks for the detailed info!
I know, to look at most you would not think many are ever washed! Not kidding.
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I know, to look at most you would not think many are ever washed! Not kidding.
I was going to ask if this was still an issue on 2016's, but this many people having the issue answers my question...
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I was going to ask if this was still an issue on 2016's, but this many people having the issue answers my question...
I don't think....
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Old 06-28-2016, 10:07 PM   #17
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Seems a breeze, so might as well do it. Thanks for the pics, this is the clearest write up on it I've seen
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Old 06-29-2016, 01:14 AM   #18
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drill and be done with it
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Had this on my to do list for far too long and finally got it done today. The detailed photos made quick work of finding the right drill point.
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I dry my Jeep with a Blower so it seems to solve the "Drippy Mirror" syndrome.
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I dry my Jeep with a Blower so it seems to solve the "Drippy Mirror" syndrome.
I DRILLED HOLES in my mirrors fixed the problem too! Done
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Old 08-02-2016, 08:30 AM   #22
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I have a 2015 and have never seen any leaking issue after washing or rain. Just lucky I guess.
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Hmmm...... "Caps" ..... somebody is excited they drilled holes
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Drilled mine without removing. No sweat
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I have a 2015 and have never seen any leaking issue after washing or rain. Just lucky I guess.
No issues on my 2016 either, I'm thinking it was fixed on a previous year.
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I just use a leaf blower on the mirrors & lug nut holes to get the trapped water out
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Old 08-02-2016, 03:50 PM   #27
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Our 2013 had weep holes molded into the mirror from the factory just below where the hole is drilled in the OP's picture. Right where the mirror meets the door. They were poorly molded but they were there so I just pulled the mirrors off when we first bought it and scraped the excess plastic out of the holes.
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Old 08-07-2016, 04:14 PM   #28
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Simple mod that I finally got around to doing. Took longer to get the drill out than to actually complete! Thanks to the OP for the detailed photos.
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Every time I think about washing it I see a shinny spot and decide I'd rather drive it instead.
Besides, someone would expect me to wax it too and that's just too far!
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Another 2016 reporting in with no issues - but I do have power mirrors which may make a difference as well.

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