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post #1 of 27 Old 09-19-2010, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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Best doorless mirror solution

I'm looking to move mirrors to the body in some way but I haven't found an acceptable solution so far.

I'm looking for mirrors that will be useful on the road and highway, not just something to "get me legal." I happen think there are laws about mirrors for a reason and I appreciate the mirrors being there.

I'm also looking for mirrors that are usable with full doors on the Jeep. If there's a pair that doesn't interfere with the doors and doesn't need to be reset every time I open and close them, I haven't found it.

So, what's your best solution?


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post #2 of 27 Old 09-19-2010, 03:14 PM
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You know there's not exactly a vehicle sized blind spot in back of a topless jeep.

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You know there's not exactly a vehicle sized blind spot in back of a topless jeep.
No, that's one of the nice things about a Wrangler on the road. But it's slightly different with top and doors on, and it's not always convenient to have to turn around and look over one's shoulder to see what's back there, even if it is usually visible that way.

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If you can find a pair of harley mirrors they drop right in your door hinge and you can use the acorn nut to keep them in place, and they are functional
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I was just gonna say that, harley mirror ftw! I only use one and it fits right in, with the rubber washer on top and the acorn nut on bottom it never moves, and looks good. Honestly i almost never use it, when the top or doors are off i just look back rq, theres no blind spot!
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I have an OLD 50s style mirror I just bolt on using one of the dash bolts.

They came off my 66 f100 but weren't original to it.

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While these will need to be removed (easy enough a caveman could do it ) if doors are to be used.....just tossing out ideas.

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I agree with the use of Harley mirrors in the top hinge.

An alternative I have wondered about - I don't recall ever having seen anyone try this - would be to fabricate flat plates that tie into the lower windshield plates (three bolts) and extend straight out past the bodywork. If you did this, you could run a larger mirror, like a generic pickup truck mirror. For sure that would give you a more usable mirror as you are not going to see much out of a Harley mirror.

EDIT: It looks like Joe Dillard was thinking along the same lines. I like what he came up with - I was thinking of tying into the other three bolts that tie the w/s in place - but his solution looks really slick and might be a better way to do it.
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Another fan of the Harley mirrors. I got mine free and it drops right in to the upper door hinge. Sure it is a little on the small size. However, it complies with the local laws and I have never been a fan of trusting mirrors. I always take a quick look over my shoulder before changing lanes no matter what mirror I have.

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What's wrong with the mirror movers from Quadratec? I just installed mine yeasterday and I had no problem adjusting them to see my blind spots. The trick is that you have to adjust the passenger's side mirror so you can see it through the windshield. If you don't mind it looking a little odd the passenger's side can be turned fully forward and you can see the whole mirror, it just won't match driver's side.

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I'm looking to move mirrors to the body in some way but I haven't found an acceptable solution so far...

I'm also looking for mirrors that are usable with full doors on the Jeep. If there's a pair that doesn't interfere with the doors and doesn't need to be reset every time I open and close them, I haven't found it.

So, what's your best solution?
What about CJ style mirrors mounted to the windshield hinge? When mounted correctly they shouldn't interfere with the doors.
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Check out page 15 of my build thread. (In Signature) I took some off an 80's Dodge Truck and painted them. Works great and looks like they were made for it. It works for the "No Door" times

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I just moved my mirrors from door pin mount to roll bar mount yesterday. I love the views from the mirrors now and they are pretty vib-free. Just a couple 1" muffler clamps around the roll bar and some home made mounting bars from " conduit. I got this idea from another Jeep Forum user that substituted wing nuts for tool-free removal and he used smaller round convex mirrors. I will be switching to those very soon as these mirrors are a little too big making them obtrusive.



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What about CJ style mirrors mounted to the windshield hinge? When mounted correctly they shouldn't interfere with the doors.
I'll second the CJ mirrors. Don't get the cheap ones that mount to the side of the windshield frame though. Spend a little extra and get the ones that mount to the front side of the windshield hinge.

The Cj mirrors that I have, work great with the hard top, and hard doors, as well as the soft top and soft doors, and because they are mounted to the body, I don't have to do anything when I take the doors off.

Oh, and here's a little something that I came up with. There is a bolt that holds the mirror arm to the mounting bracket. Replace that bolt with a "cam bolt" type fastener. With The cam bolt in place of the regular bolt, I can fold the mirror down against the hood without having to get out any tools. That way, I don't have to worry about taking the mirror off on a tree wile on the trail.
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I'll second the CJ mirrors. Don't get the cheap ones that mount to the side of the windshield frame though. Spend a little extra and get the ones that mount to the front side of the windshield hinge.

The Cj mirrors that I have, work great with the hard top, and hard doors, as well as the soft top and soft doors, and because they are mounted to the body, I don't have to do anything when I take the doors off.

Oh, and here's a little something that I came up with. There is a bolt that holds the mirror arm to the mounting bracket. Replace that bolt with a "cam bolt" type fastener. With The cam bolt in place of the regular bolt, I can fold the mirror down against the hood without having to get out any tools. That way, I don't have to worry about taking the mirror off on a tree wile on the trail.
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Hmmm that might be the way I have to go. I like the CJ mirror look too.

I'd do the Harley mirror thing but I'm looking for a solution that I can use with doors on and off, not something I drop in the hinge.

Do I have to get new windshield hinges with the mirror holes or can I use my factory hinges?

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