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post #1 of 27 Old 07-24-2012, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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Modifying CJ style mirrors for my '95 YJ

I wanted a set of mirrors for my YJ when using my soft half doors. I do not have a whole bunch of stock just lying around and all sorts of bending tools to bend up a set of custom brackets to hold mirrors. In addition, at my age I usually seek maximum results while exerting minimum effort.

I decided to buy a pair of CJ style mirrors made for a YJ for about $30.00Today the UPS guy dropped off my mirrors and it was off to the garage with my new mirrors. The problem with them is I want them to mount to the two upper side windshield bolt holes. I had to figure out how I can mount them there. I want them mounted there because they will not get in the way of the half doors when you open them. I do not want them mounted to the front of the windshield either.

I mounted the brackets, plastic spacers and tubes in the windshield bolt holes I wanted to use. Next I removed the bolt that holds the tubing and spacers in place. I held the spacers in the bracket using a set of thin jawed vice grips.

After some thinking I decided all I had to do was pull the tubing and cut off the all the tubing up to the beginning of the impression in it that the bending process makes when they bend up the tubing. That tucks the mirrors up nice and close to the windshield. Next I inserted the tubes into the bracket holding the plastic spacers so I can figure out where to drill the new holes to secure the tubing to the bracket.

You have to decide how to position the flat ends where the mirror will bolt through. That was easy on the driverís side the flat spot that the mirror bolted to end up being vertical. So I drilled through everything there inserted the bolt to secure the tubing and then bolted the mirror to the tubing portion of the mirror asssembly. The passengerís side had to be tilted a bit past vertical. About 15 degrees Iíd say. Drilled that one out and bolted it up also.

Here is what they look like. They are tucked in tight and the half doors donít bother them when they are opened. I need to add a set of pimple mirrors to finish this little project to my satisfaction.

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Those look great. Very low profile and has a nice old school look.

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Those look great. Very low profile and has a nice old school look.
Thanks! I wanted a simple mod for my mirrors. This took an hour at the most. The only special tool needed was a hack saw!

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looks way better then when i mounted mine to those bolts. i didn;t cut them down and htey were like bars waiting to clothesline someone walking past

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looks way better then when i mounted mine to those bolts. i didn;t cut them down and htey were like bars waiting to clothesline someone walking past
I held them up first and the first thing came to mind was that I could harvest wheat with these rear view mirrors that far out from the body!

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ha ha ha, yup

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just to subscribe and be able to reference later. Damn glass fell right out of the mirror housing on my stocks..

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This is great! I got those same mirrors a few weeks ago and have been debating how to install them without creating the clothesline effect. I'll be doing this in the morning!
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This is great! I got those same mirrors a few weeks ago and have been debating how to install them without creating the clothesline effect. I'll be doing this in the morning!
Those are my Summertime half door mirrors!! And that time is approaching quickly........I hope! It may hit 70 here Monday....

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Just a forewarning. If you plan on having the upper skins, you can barely see them even with the clothesline length bar. I cut the drivers, but had to leave the passenger at full length. Without the upper skins, its perfect! Summer needs to finally get here in the rocky mountains already!

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Ugh. I stripped out the head of the windshield bolts. This could take a while
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Ugh. I stripped out the head of the windshield bolts. This could take a while
IIRC the factory used lok-tite of some sort on those bolts. If you got a dremel tool you can cut a slot in them and then use a flat tip socket on a ratchet wrench handle to back them off. I replaced mine with socket head bolts that can be removed with an allen wrench.

Or you might be able to loosen them up with a sharp cold chisel and hammer.

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IIRC the factory used lok-tite of some sort on those bolts. If you got a dremel tool you can cut a slot in them and then use a flat tip socket on a ratchet wrench handle to back them off. I replaced mine with socket head bolts that can be removed with an allen wrench. Or you might be able to loosen them up with a sharp cold chisel and hammer.
I drilled them out today... Only broke 5 bits... -_-
Tomorrow I will rethread them at 5/16"
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I drilled them out today... Only broke 5 bits... -_-
Tomorrow I will rethread them at 5/16"
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Great write up, I was thinking of how to do something like this.
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