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Unread 08-04-2010, 02:05 PM   #1
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Mirror relocator brackets...

I just bought mirror brackets so I can take my doors off and drive legal. They mount to the lower two torx screws on the windshield side, and then use the existing mirror hardware.

I'm concerned about damaging the paint where they attach, should some tape go in between the brackets and the body?

Also, I've read here that the original screws are hard to remove, should I use anti-sieze when putting them back in, or go with loc-tite?

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Unread 08-04-2010, 02:08 PM   #2
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Well, you're probably going to damage the paint no matter what you do. If anything, you can get some of that backing material they put behind rocker panels...that would be decent protection, and it wouldn't let water pool in between the two pieces of metal and rust both of them - which is what tape would allow.

Use neither anti-seize nor threadlocker. Get a torque specification on the original hardware and duplicate it. Or, just snug them down and check them again several times in the next few weeks.
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Unread 08-04-2010, 02:11 PM   #3
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yeah mine were a real pain in the ***. I ended up scratching some of the paint, stripping two of them. Had to drill them out and use an ez out. Not a great experience, although it was worth it in the end of course lol
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Unread 08-04-2010, 02:14 PM   #4
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Gotcha, never thought about the moisture issue. I'm going to do it when I have a decent amount of time to spare just in case I need to drill them out as well...

Thanks for the info.
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Unread 08-04-2010, 04:57 PM   #5
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Gotcha, never thought about the moisture issue. I'm going to do it when I have a decent amount of time to spare just in case I need to drill them out as well...

Thanks for the info.
definitly don't do it in a rush, and take your time. Since they painted over the torx, sometimes it seems like the actual size is a little too big. If it seems like the size that fits has a little too much wiggle room, take the next size up, and gently tap it in with a hammer.
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Unread 08-04-2010, 05:06 PM   #6
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use some RTV between the two.
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Unread 08-04-2010, 05:19 PM   #7
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I just bought mirror brackets so I can take my doors off and drive legal.
Not legal in PA to run without doors unless one drives a CJ, as doors were an option when purchasing the Jeep. With that said, most cops wont bust your balls over it though. This is no joke, my friend got pulled over last week 2 times! Once in Bloomsburg and once in Danville.
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Unread 08-04-2010, 05:24 PM   #8
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^^^Yeah, we were just talking about this at kNOwwheretojeep's show in York, PA this past Saturday. . . seems that a couple of guys have tried to challenge it, but to no avail.

It's really easy to get them out . . . took a few minutes on my TJ and on my LJ. The damned JK was more of a PITA, but that's typical. Should only take you about fifteen minutes to do both sides. I want to say that it's a number 27 Torx. I used some double-sided tape that has a thin layer of foam in it, helps prevent damage to the paint. I had my TJ set up like that for about four years with no problems at all, and I just used it again on my LJ to mount the CJ-style mirrors.
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Unread 08-04-2010, 05:27 PM   #9
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No kidding? I was going to ask my brother in law, as he's a cop in Bethlehem. Anything that seems fun, I guess...

I'm going to do it anyways :P
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Unread 08-04-2010, 05:38 PM   #10
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I have been lucky I guess as I run without doors ALL of the time in the summer...even in my dress clothes and my 50 mile round-trip commute. Now I'm a little nervous as it appears the local cops have nothing better/more important to do than pull people over for things like this...what a joke.
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