So like many others, I am always in search of a better way to have a quick release, solid, and good looking mirror for when the doors come off. I had an idea today that would use one of the universal mirror heads with the 1/4-20 thread studs. Basically you would need to buy one of the RAM mounts 1/4-20 ball mounts with a female thread. This would be threaded onto the mirror head with some lock tight so it stays put. Then you buy a male 5/16-18 male thread ball mount and install in place of one of the windshield bolts. Now you just need one of those RAM mount arms to have a rock solid, and quick removing mirror! All that you are left with is the 1" ball mounted to a windshield hinge. If you have windshield mounted lights on the hinges, it would almost be invisible!
That'd be pretty looking, and effective most likely. But also kinda expensive lol. To each his own, I simply bought a 5$ bicycle mirror from Canadian Tire (obviously a canadian store). Works great on both sides, simple installation and removal, doesn't move at all and best of all, if I break it , all I gotsa do is pickup one of these next time I go to that store (which I do at least once a day. Help me. Someone.)
I will probably never do it either! I tend to leave the half doors on the Jeep in case I have to seal it up if rains at work, but I have never been pleased with the ones on the market to move the mirrors, or the temp replacement ones.
I was just thinking too, I bet you could also mount the ball mount on the windshield mount plate above the speaker for an even better looking quick mount!
I ran those for the last 10 years on my old Jeep (well, the CJ style ones that mount to the front of the hinge) and they worked nice... except as mirrors! LOL The stock door mirrors work nice, I just want a better set up for a lone drivers side mirror when I take the half doors off. Ideally, this would be done without tools. The Ram mount system uses rubberized 1" balls and a thumb nut. That leaves you with a dead set mirror that does not more, and not having to break out wrenches to put on a set of bike mirrors. ( I use the bolt on to the upper hinge at this time.)
I have some Harley mirrors that work great for when the doors are off. Fit righ into the mounts.. I just need to get some more washers to makbit more efficient
This. You can usually get take-offs at any bike shop for $5 or so. I love Harley owners. Buy a bike, then immediately take off perfectly good parts to bling it up. That leaves plenty of cheap parts for the guys that don't care about bling.