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Old 08-05-2012, 04:57 AM   #1
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Drivers side rear view mirror was purchased at Advance Auto. Mounting flanges on either side were cut away with a hacksaw, avoiding the support ribs on the underside. Drilled a hole in the center of the remainder, mounts nicely with the windshield bolt. Flips forward for when the doors are on. $16, and now I can ride doorless legally in NJ!

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Old 08-05-2012, 05:15 AM   #2
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is it functional or just to be legal? if functional, why not take the stock mirrors off and just use the doorless one all the time? got the retro mirrors so i could remove the stock ones-makes it alot easier to handle and store w/o the mirrors hanging on the doors. can also remove them and the sliders when out rideing and toss em in the back.
interesting solution to a problem-just not sure if i like or would want the 'look' with the doors on

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Old 08-05-2012, 07:16 AM   #3
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Good option, but not sure about the look. Is there a way to make them quick disconnect?
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is it functional or just to be legal? if functional, why not take the stock mirrors off and just use the doorless one all the time? got the retro mirrors so i could remove the stock ones-makes it alot easier to handle and store w/o the mirrors hanging on the doors. can also remove them and the sliders when out rideing and toss em in the back.
interesting solution to a problem-just not sure if i like or would want the 'look' with the doors on
I agree with you, this was a quick and inexpensive way to have a functional mirror. The low cost may be a plus for the young Wrangler owner on a tight budget. One-bolt removal to avoid the look that you (and I) are not thrilled with.
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Old 08-05-2012, 07:55 AM   #5
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Good option, but not sure about the look. Is there a way to make them quick disconnect?
One-bolt removal is sort of close to quick disconnect... I can try to think up a bracket of some sort, but I want to keep it under $20 or so for the budgetarily constrained.
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Old 08-05-2012, 09:16 AM   #6
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Google search the brackets bro so you see the correct way of mounting the same factory style mirror. This will help with your problem. Good luck

Mirror Relocation Brackets: $37.00

its 1997 to 2002 TJ Wrangler with half or full door mirrors
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Allows for use of factory mirrors when the doors are removed. Each set of brackets attach to the vehicles windshield hinges using existing bolt holes. No drilling required for installation. Sold in pairs with all mounting hardware.
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Old 08-05-2012, 10:14 AM   #7
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Google search the brackets bro so you see the correct way of mounting the same factory style mirror. This will help with your problem. Good luck

Mirror Relocation Brackets: $37.00

its 1997 to 2002 TJ Wrangler with half or full door mirrors
Black
Sold as a pair
No drilling required

Allows for use of factory mirrors when the doors are removed. Each set of brackets attach to the vehicles windshield hinges using existing bolt holes. No drilling required for installation. Sold in pairs with all mounting hardware.
I am quite aware of that. Few Wrangler owners are unaware. The project parameters on this were 'less than $20', as stated earlier. But thanks for correcting me.
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I bought a pair of 4 wheeler handle bar mirrors, and welded a flat washer on them. Stick them through the top hinge and tighten the nut on the bottom to mount them. Under $20. I'll post some pics when I get home
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I bought a pair of 4 wheeler handle bar mirrors, and welded a flat washer on them. Stick them through the top hinge and tighten the nut on the bottom to mount them. Under $20. I'll post some pics when I get home
Good deal, I did the same, with motorcycle mirrors.
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I was not trying to correct anyone JLRtech but simply recommending a better and nicer option. Who wants four mirrors and bad arrow dynamics while driving. I guess this is when the saying comes into play. You pay for what you get. You go cheap, you get have fast job. Here's an additional note, the mirror comes off quick and goes on quick.
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Good deal, I did the same, with motorcycle mirrors.
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Thought I'd chime in on this and show what i came up with for a cheap mirror solution. This setup cost me less than $20. Got two 2.75" muffler clamps, two 5" convex mirrors with simple clasp mounts, and some spare rubber hose to go over the threads of the clamps (advance auto parts just gave me this for free since i only needed a few inches of it). Put the muffler clamps over the roll bar near the windshield and put the rubber hose over the exposed threads. Then attach the mirrors to the hose and tighten it down. When i put the doors back on I just loosen the mirror clamps and take them off, leaving just the muffler clamps on the roll bar. Makes for a decent side mirror, but if I'm honest, I only did this to avoid being pulled over.



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Thought I'd chime in on this and show what i came up with for a cheap mirror solution. This setup cost me less than $20. Got two 2.75" muffler clamps, two 5" convex mirrors with simple clasp mounts, and some spare rubber hose to go over the threads of the clamps (advance auto parts just gave me this for free since i only needed a few inches of it). Put the muffler clamps over the roll bar near the windshield and put the rubber hose over the exposed threads. Then attach the mirrors to the hose and tighten it down. When i put the doors back on I just loosen the mirror clamps and take them off, leaving just the muffler clamps on the roll bar. Makes for a decent side mirror, but if I'm honest, I only did this to avoid being pulled over.
Can you close the door with those on?
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Can you close the door with those on?
With only the muffler clamps on I can. You can also close the door with the mirrors attached, but only if your windows are rolled down (ask me how I know! ).

I guess if you leave the muffler clamps loose enough you could just slide the mirrors over to allow room, but if I'm removing/installing the doors then I'm at home with all my tools so i always just remove them.
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Old 08-05-2012, 08:11 PM   #15
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I was not trying to correct anyone JLRtech but simply recommending a better and nicer option. Who wants four mirrors and bad arrow dynamics while driving. I guess this is when the saying comes into play. You pay for what you get. You go cheap, you get have fast job. Here's an additional note, the mirror comes off quick and goes on quick.
The 'arrow dynamics' (sic) of pushing a cube through the air really couldn't get much worse. We certainly didn't buy these fun vehicles for their aerodynamics... And, please read before you post. There are not 4 mirrors. This was merely a driver side addition. It works for me, and I like it. As for 'who wants 4 mirrors', well, not me, but someone might! Not your job to tell them they are wrong.
I was somewhat hesitant to join a forum of any sort, because of the possibility of just this situation. I had hoped that since we are all jeep people, it was going to be different. Alas, no.
I posted the picture thinking that someone may have a use for the idea. If not, no harm done, really. One of the core concepts of being a jeep person is doing things a little differently. Is there no room for creativity in your philosophy? Must I only 'buy, bolt on, buy, bolt on'? You'd really hate the waterproof capacitive switch panel i made for the trail lights, then. If the concept of a non factory made addition to my jeep offends you so much that you feel it is necessary to respond and tell me 'it's the wrong way', just let me know, I'll gladly remove it if it's keeping you up nights.
By the way, thanks for the insightful tip that I could use the Internet to find things. Very, very informative.
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Thought I'd chime in on this and show what i came up with for a cheap mirror solution. This setup cost me less than $20. Got two 2.75" muffler clamps, two 5" convex mirrors with simple clasp mounts, and some spare rubber hose to go over the threads of the clamps (advance auto parts just gave me this for free since i only needed a few inches of it). Put the muffler clamps over the roll bar near the windshield and put the rubber hose over the exposed threads. Then attach the mirrors to the hose and tighten it down. When i put the doors back on I just loosen the mirror clamps and take them off, leaving just the muffler clamps on the roll bar. Makes for a decent side mirror, but if I'm honest, I only did this to avoid being pulled over.
Dude, that is very creative, I like it!
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With only the muffler clamps on I can. You can also close the door with the mirrors attached, but only if your windows are rolled down (ask me how I know! ).

I guess if you leave the muffler clamps loose enough you could just slide the mirrors over to allow room, but if I'm removing/installing the doors then I'm at home with all my tools so i always just remove them.
It looks cool and I like the idea but just not for me having to remove them when I want the doors on. I'm just gonna get the rugged ridge quick release mirror set. I like the round look
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Me too.
I do the motorcylce mirror thing too. Had a pair of harley mirrors lying around and thought why not.
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is it functional or just to be legal? if functional, why not take the stock mirrors off and just use the doorless one all the time? got the retro mirrors so i could remove the stock ones-makes it alot easier to handle and store w/o the mirrors hanging on the doors. can also remove them and the sliders when out rideing and toss em in the back.
interesting solution to a problem-just not sure if i like or would want the 'look' with the doors on
As soon as I make the one for the passenger side, stock mirrors shall come off. Not sure why that didn't occur to me... Thanks for the tip!
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Good afternoon JLR tech, its all good buddy. I was giving an opinion so no need for the long paragraph for hurting your feelings. It takes days for me to reply because this conversation is not important. As a fellow jeep owner, I apologize if I hurt your feelings. Sorry bud, I support everyones creative ideas. Have a great day.
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Good afternoon JLR tech, its all good buddy. I was giving an opinion so no need for the long paragraph for hurting your feelings. It takes days for me to reply because this conversation is not important. As a fellow jeep owner, I apologize if I hurt your feelings. Sorry bud, I support everyones creative ideas. Have a great day.
And I apologize for taking offense and responding harshly. You are correct, we should all be open to positive and less positive responses. I should not have responded in so hostile a fashion. I hope you will continue to comment, positive or negative, on any of my future projects.
Good day, and happy Jeeping!
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Thought I'd chime in on this and show what i came up with for a cheap mirror solution. This setup cost me less than $20. Got two 2.75" muffler clamps, two 5" convex mirrors with simple clasp mounts, and some spare rubber hose to go over the threads of the clamps (advance auto parts just gave me this for free since i only needed a few inches of it). Put the muffler clamps over the roll bar near the windshield and put the rubber hose over the exposed threads. Then attach the mirrors to the hose and tighten it down. When i put the doors back on I just loosen the mirror clamps and take them off, leaving just the muffler clamps on the roll bar. Makes for a decent side mirror, but if I'm honest, I only did this to avoid being pulled over.
I never thought about putting my mirrors up top like that that's a really awesome look I may have to borrow that one what I did what take a truck spot mirror that my dad had laying around when I went to visit him and my mom and used that it's a simple bolt on but it works an keeps the police off my back
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I had devised this elaborate plan to drill and tap the hinge bolt hole to 10mm and use a solid motorcycle mirror post and 5" round mirror from auto zone....

While mocking it all up a buddy of my stopped by with his old school honda motorcycle and asked me to help install some new mirrors on it. As a Joke I told him to toss the old ones on my jeep...
We did... and I loved it...

They turned out to be very useful, quick and easy to install. Just drop into the upper hinge and finger tighten the stock adjusting nut on the bottom... they dont vibrate or move out of adjustment even on the highway, and they look like they belong.

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Passed by three cops on parked next me at 7:11 and the other behind me with the 3" convex mirrors stuck to my heating vents via doible sided tap provided with mirrors and they said nothing..not my idea saw it on a post $3:00


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I did something similar in my TJ. It only works on the drivers side but actually works really well. and if you have the doors on its covered pretty much perfectly so its not distracting




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