Im looking to buy some side view mirrors for when i take my doors off for the summer, what ones do you use, I was looking at the cj style ones on jeep4x4center.com but i was just curious to see what you guys do and what looks best. Plus those would run me about 90 bucks. Any other cheap places to get some from?
There are many options. You can get a trailer mirror and a bolt and nut and put it through the door hinge. I personally use an old motorcycle mirror in the door hinge. Takes me about two minutes to remove the door and pop in the mirror. I think there are also a few other ideas in the "Cheap tricks" section. When I get the funds I will probobly get the new windshield hinges and mount mirrors and lights there.
I used mirror relocation brackets, less than 20 bucks. They mount on the windshield frame and reuse the stock mirrors. Its a nice look. Search for "mirror relocation brackets". Alot of places carry them on line or in your local 4x4 shop.
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I've got CJ mirrors and I wouldn't recommend them for practicality (I have normal ones, but I wouldn't go with the upper hinge mount ones either). Jeep's aren't the smoothest running vehicles, and the mirrors shake so much that even at idle they are useless. It's the design, with the long hollow arms, and the surface area that the wind can take advantage of that's the issue. I have to adjust them everyday. They do look nice though, and solve the legality issue. I recommend getting some stainless hardware for them if you decide to go that route, as mine has rusted out over the winter.
I'm getting some stainless OEM-style mirrors (for some reason the metal bases on painted ones corrode very quickly) and some relocation brackets.
I do like the CJ mirrors on the trail though, mainly because the mirror face is massive and very directable. Just have to grab it for a second to steady it and make sure you don't have 20 rear tires. And they just fold back instead of breaking when you hit stuff .
I just drive with out mirrors. "The man" doesn't really say much about stuff like that around here. Got to love that.
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I did a mirror relocation bracket purchase, and grabbed some junk yard trailer mirrors. If you do the like, search on the torx nut issue when removing to windshield nuts to install (read heat). Since permanent, removed the stock mirrors off the hard doors and silcone sealed the holes.
Regret (untill I remind myself of the $$$) not having the relocation bracket with light bracket combo, but if had to do over, would still buy the same relocation bracket alone. (Unless you've mucho dinero, then KC makes a combo, waaaay to much $$$$ though).
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I mad some mirror brackets using some L channel from home depot and got a set of cheapy motorcycle stem mount mirrors. they work very well and cost me about 10 bucks total
I have since changed out to black mirrors and re-done the brackets a bit now that i have a shop to work in and fab tools, but you get the basic idea
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I've been able to get away with no mirrors around here pretty well, but I've become tired of actually having to crank my head all the way around to check my blindspot so I ordered some $25 relocation brackets off of eBay; should be here soon.
But now that I've seen those small, hinge-mount, round mirrors I wish I'd seen them first.
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