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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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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....
Nothing to it but to do 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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