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02-16-2012 09:53 AM
yomondo
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Originally Posted by Mr. Fish View Post
unless I misunderstood and both mirrors in the kit are flat.
That is correct.
02-16-2012 02:01 AM
Mr. Fish
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Originally Posted by Mr. Fish View Post
Couldn't you swap the mirrors? Put the convex driver's mirror on the passenger side, and the flat passenger's mirror on the driver side?
Oh ... wait ... unless I misunderstood and both mirrors in the kit are flat. That'd be a shame.
02-15-2012 09:36 PM
Mr. Fish
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Originally Posted by yomondo View Post
Since the passenger side is not convex like the OEM passenger side mirror, I found visibility to be horribly unsafe. I first tried sticking a small 2" round stick-on convex mirror on the passenger side mirror. That helped, but wasn't good enough. I ended up completely replacing the passenger side mirror with a 5-1/2" round convex mirror I picked up at my local auto parts store for $8. I then moved the mirror with the 2" round stick-on convex mirror to the driver side, since even on the driver side, visibility is not as good quite as with the OEM mirror.
Couldn't you swap the mirrors? Put the convex driver's mirror on the passenger side, and the flat passenger's mirror on the driver side?
06-19-2011 06:07 PM
yomondo
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Originally Posted by scolumbo View Post
I'm curious though about your need to replace the passenger side mirror. Maybe it's because I've lived with the poor visibility of the small Harley mirrors and also the factory mirrors with the RR relocation brackets, these mirrors give me much greater visibility with the doors off. Did you find that the passenger side mirror produces a blind spot? Between this mirror and the 2" mirror on the a/c vent, it seems to provide a field of view that is more than adequate.
Yah, I guess it depends on what you're used to, and your driving style. I was used to the visibility of the OEM mirrors. I'm also a BIG mirror user. I like to constantly keep an eye on where everyone is around me. When I first tried these out, I couldn't see jack on the passenger side compared to the convex OEM mirror. I also don't like to have to look over my shoulder everytime I'm thinking about changing lanes. Where I'm from there are lots of selfish babies on the road, and any indication you give them that you want to get in their lane is a cue for them to close up the gap so you can't.
06-18-2011 10:19 PM
scolumbo Good write-up. I agree about the need to really tighten the screws on the mirrors to eliminate all vibration. I also agree there is no need to keep these mirrors on when the doors are on, assuming you have the factory mirrors, since these quick-release mirrors can be removed very quickly.

I'm curious though about your need to replace the passenger side mirror. Maybe it's because I've lived with the poor visibility of the small Harley mirrors and also the factory mirrors with the RR relocation brackets, these mirrors give me much greater visibility with the doors off. Did you find that the passenger side mirror produces a blind spot? Between this mirror and the 2" mirror on the a/c vent, it seems to provide a field of view that is more than adequate.
06-18-2011 09:33 PM
rics1997 I just got a set of the Rugged Ridge relocation mirrors too. Got mine on E-bay

Quick Release Mirror Relocation Kit 97-11 Wrangler Blk | eBay
06-18-2011 08:59 PM
yomondo
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Originally Posted by scolumbo View Post
Please post your opinion after you receive them.
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Originally Posted by JPWheelin View Post
Those seems like a pretty good option. Let us know how they work out.
I received my Rugged Ridge Quick Release Mirror Kits about a week and a half ago, but I wanted to wait until I've fully tested them out and resolved my concerns before posting up my review.

Passenger Side Mirror with Doors On
As the picture in the link shows, the passenger side mirror is indeed very visible with the doors on, however you won't be able to fully open the door with the mirror there, even on the driver side. There may be rare circumstances where this is acceptable, but for the most part I don't see these mirrors feasibly being used with doors on. For me this is fine, as I was really only looking for mirrors that were quick to put on and take off, and these certainly are.

Vibrations
I had to tighten down the hand screws pretty hard, but once done, there were no vibrations beyond that of the OEM mirrors. I'm completely satisfied regarding vibrations, however for the ladies out there, y'all might have a problem mustering up the hand strength needed to get the hand screws tight enough to eliminate the vibrations.

Styling - Round vs Rectangular
This of course is a matter of everyone's personal preference, but personally I kinda like the round mirrors. They go better with the JK headlights, and have kind of a throwback nostalgic look. Just my opinion though.

Visibility
Here's where I had a problem. For me, going from relocated OEM mirrors to these took some adjustments and some getting used to. Since the passenger side is not convex like the OEM passenger side mirror, I found visibility to be horribly unsafe. I first tried sticking a small 2" round stick-on convex mirror on the passenger side mirror. That helped, but wasn't good enough. I ended up completely replacing the passenger side mirror with a 5-1/2" round convex mirror I picked up at my local auto parts store for $8. I then moved the mirror with the 2" round stick-on convex mirror to the driver side, since even on the driver side, visibility is not as good quite as with the OEM mirror. See the pictures below.

Conclusion
It took some adjustments, but I got it to work out for me and satisfy my initial goal to eliminate the additional time it previously took for me to relocate and re-adjust my OEM mirrors each time I took off or put on my doors. Now I just screw these on with the hand screws (no tools needed), and I'm ready to roll. No relocating and re-adjusting the OEM mirrors.

Here are the pictures:

Driver Side
Attachment 54192

Passenger Side
Attachment 54193
06-09-2011 04:55 PM
JPWheelin
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Originally Posted by yomondo View Post
I heard that they kept the mirror size small to keep the vibrations down.
That makes sense. Those seems like a pretty good option. Let us know how they work out.
06-09-2011 04:48 PM
yomondo
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Originally Posted by JPWheelin

I haven't seen those before. Those look OK...I just wonder why they didn't make them a little bigger. Lange also has a "quick mirror" but the reviews I found were not great. People complain they vibrate badly and make a whistling noise at highway speed.
I heard that they kept the mirror size small to keep the vibrations down.
06-09-2011 04:40 PM
Kspike
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Originally Posted by InfernoGirl
The absolute best, and easiest mirror solution for JK's I've found is the little round convex mirrors, stick them on the flat of the vents and you can rotate them where ever and they don't interfere with the operation of the vents at all... Cost $2.50 for a pair at Wallys...
I Stuck mine on w/ Velcro and store them in the console.
06-09-2011 04:12 PM
JPWheelin
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Originally Posted by yomondo View Post
Based on the pictures, the Rugged Ridge Quick Release Mirror Kits appear to address that, but I'll find out when I get mine. I'm not planning on using them when the doors are on anyway. I just wanted something that's quick to put on and take off as needed.
I haven't seen those before. Those look OK...I just wonder why they didn't make them a little bigger. Lange also has a "quick mirror" but the reviews I found were not great. People complain they vibrate badly and make a whistling noise at highway speed.
06-09-2011 02:38 PM
thenorsepole
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Originally Posted by Vici View Post
Oh shiz...............
Did I type that out loud?
06-09-2011 01:10 PM
Vici
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Originally Posted by thenorsepole View Post
Wally's, Wally World, Mexi-Mart it's all Wal-Mart.

Oh shiz...............
06-09-2011 12:29 PM
yomondo
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Originally Posted by InfernoGirl View Post
Keep in mind that if you choose relocation brackets, your passenger side mirror becomes virtually useless with the doors on....
Based on the pictures, the Rugged Ridge Quick Release Mirror Kits appear to address that, but I'll find out when I get mine. I'm not planning on using them when the doors are on anyway. I just wanted something that's quick to put on and take off as needed.
06-09-2011 12:24 PM
daggo66
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Originally Posted by InfernoGirl View Post
Protection from the elements, according to the sticker on my Jeep.... That darn mud gets everywhere you know.....
So I've heard.
06-09-2011 12:19 PM
JPWheelin I got these, and they are ok but they do vibrate pretty bad. I didn't think the vibration would bother me...but these are really bad. It's somewhat distracting especially on sunny days (which is when the doors are off) because its sort of like two strobe lights in your peripheral vision all the time.
06-09-2011 11:30 AM
InfernoGirl
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Originally Posted by daggo66 View Post
What is this "doors on" you speak of?
Protection from the elements, according to the sticker on my Jeep.... That darn mud gets everywhere you know.....
06-09-2011 11:11 AM
daggo66
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Originally Posted by InfernoGirl View Post
Keep in mind that if you choose relocation brackets, your passenger side mirror becomes virtually useless with the doors on....
What is this "doors on" you speak of?
06-09-2011 11:01 AM
InfernoGirl Keep in mind that if you choose relocation brackets, your passenger side mirror becomes virtually useless with the doors on....
06-09-2011 10:50 AM
EVIIIL Thanks for all the info. Ill have to play with a few options and see which ones I like better.
06-09-2011 08:50 AM
scolumbo
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Originally Posted by yomondo View Post
I also ordered those a couple of days ago from 4WD Parts. I was told they were in stock when I called in my order.
On back-order from Quadratec until next week. Please post your opinion after you receive them.
06-09-2011 08:01 AM
thenorsepole
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Originally Posted by Vici View Post
But...but.....what's a Wallys?? Is that an Indiana thing?? Not familiar with that out here in the sticks.
Wally's, Wally World, Mexi-Mart it's all Wal-Mart.
06-09-2011 07:16 AM
Vici
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Originally Posted by InfernoGirl View Post
The absolute best, and easiest mirror solution for JK's I've found is the little round convex mirrors, stick them on the flat of the vents and you can rotate them where ever and they don't interfere with the operation of the vents at all... Cost $2.50 for a pair at Wallys...

But...but.....what's a Wallys?? Is that an Indiana thing?? Not familiar with that out here in the sticks.
06-09-2011 01:15 AM
yomondo
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Originally Posted by scolumbo View Post
Anyone try these?

Rugged Ridge 11025.10 - Rugged Ridge Quick Release Mirror Kit for 97-11 Jeep® Wrangler TJ, JK, TJ Unlimited & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

I've ordered a set but they're on back-order. They look similar to the YJ mirrors, except for being round not square (to match the headlights ;-).
I also ordered those a couple of days ago from 4WD Parts. I was told they were in stock when I called in my order.
06-08-2011 11:24 PM
scolumbo
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Originally Posted by CRNA View Post
I need help as well. I have a '11 JKU and have purchased two sets of Harley mirrors per other postings and none of them have stem that are long enough to pass through the hinge to put a nut on the bottom. Does anyone know what year/model Harley mirrors to buy so that they will fit the hinge?
What you want are the long-stem Harley mirrors.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/mirr...ml#post1256313
06-08-2011 11:07 PM
scolumbo Anyone try these?

Rugged Ridge 11025.10 - Rugged Ridge Quick Release Mirror Kit for 97-11 Jeep® Wrangler TJ, JK, TJ Unlimited & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

I've ordered a set but they're on back-order. They look similar to the YJ mirrors, except for being round not square (to match the headlights ;-).
06-08-2011 10:13 PM
billyb I bought these:

Rugged Ridge Part 11001.08 - Side Mirror Kit by Rugged Ridge

They work reasonably well, with caveats:
- They whistle above 40 mph, I think it's the rubber around the mirrors, a little RTV helps, but I don't have it solved.
- The bolts to mount to the windshield hinge rusted terribly in one season, need to pick up some marine grade bolts this year.
- When you open the doors too far, the move the mirrors and you have to readjust constantly (I have mastered catching the door, my kids not so much and adjusting the passenger mirror is a 2 person job).
- The passenger's mirror is flat (objects DO NOT appear closer than they are), so a little button mirror made life better.

They are not yet reinstalled this year, pending purchase of new mounting hardware as noted above, but they worked well and I liked the CJ look they gave my TJ.

06-08-2011 09:29 PM
MTH Here's a thread were I posted my reasonably low cost solution, which is actually YJ mirrors. As a plus, lots of other folks chimed in too, so it hits a lot of the bases. See if it helps.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/my-...ion-95610.html
06-08-2011 09:10 PM
CRNA I need help as well. I have a '11 JKU and have purchased two sets of Harley mirrors per other postings and none of them have stem that are long enough to pass through the hinge to put a nut on the bottom. Does anyone know what year/model Harley mirrors to buy so that they will fit the hinge?
06-08-2011 09:07 PM
InfernoGirl LOL! I wish I could claim it, but I picked it up here from someone in the JK forum... It works remarkably well, with out being ugly or difficult...
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