Re: Mirror Replacement Woes
I think you might have the same problem I had. I had to replace #3 because of the busted spring and luckily the mirror was still good. So, long story short, I got #3 and the next step was to reinstall the mirror. Easy I thought, since I read up on the know-how on the forum. I tried pushing the mirror onto the ring, I tried harder, I gently slammed it, I slammed it harder, after many tries of pushing and slamming it, I went for it. I went to the service counter and had the tech play with it. He tried it a few times and said it was really hard and he was not going to push it (figuratively and literally) or it will break. OK, my turn again. So, mirror or no mirror I was going for broke (figuratively and literally again). I pushed and pushed down on it really hard and... the mirror shattered! Either the mirror had to go or I would've gone nuts over it!! I was tired of this stupid thing!!!!
Anyway, so I bought the very expensive replacement mirror. Since I was travelling from Santa Fe, NM, via Houston (where I bought #3 since SF didn't have it and now the new mirror) to Cocoa, FL., I didn't want to chance breaking it again so I duct taped the mirror onto the #3 and off I went. You would be surprised how much wind is pushing the mirror out of #3. I had to duct tape again and this time on all sides. Two sides weren’t enough.
Once home safely and after resting a couple a weeks, I figure I challenge it again. I tried pushing the mirror onto the ring, I tried harder, I gently slammed it, I slammed it harder, after many tries of pushing and slamming it, I went for it. This time the pin in #8 broke. So, I ordered #8 from Daytona BMW. Got the #8, installed it but the #8 ring was bigger than the ring on the mirror. Whaaaatt?!! Geez. Now, really long story short. I called Daytona BMW up, they say it's the right part, I say no way. The part is too big for the mirror attachment. The tech says no way. OK, here I go again. I rode up to Daytona and talked to the tech. The tech looks at it and says it's the correct part. "OK", says I, "then what's wrong?" One look at the mirror, the tech stated that the reason it won't go on is that the outer ring of original #8 was still attached to the mirror. WTF, how'd it get there? So, he pried it off with needle-nose pliers, and with no effort smoothly pushed the mirror onto #8. This of course is attached to #7 and #3.
So... whew. Out of breath now. I think the problem is that you might have the outer ring of #8 still attached to your mirror. That's what happened to me. Check the mirror ring and check #8 and see if it can be easily aligned, if so, it should be easily attached. I learned a very expensive lesson. Nothing beats OJT!
But the mystery still remains---where did the outer ring of #8 come from? Either the #8 was originally broken along with #3 or I think I broke #8 when I pushed the original mirror onto it and broke it then. So, when I tried attaching the new mirror onto #8, it wouldn't attach because #8 was broken and somehow the outer ring got attached to the mirror. Hmmmmm, one of life's mysteries. Something I will think over and over.
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