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post #1 of 11 Old Nov 30th, 2006, 4:08 pm Thread Starter
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One thing from recent trip I only remembered last night, was that while riding over some pretty bad section of roads (the main road in!) to Cradle Mountain (under repair in very wet & dreary conditions), I couldn't avoid a fairly large pothole.
Besides getting an awful whack on the front wheel, the RH mirror came loose, and the left one popped out completely.
I thanked the day I took heed of the wise sages on the list and put the mirror ties on, in my case just a couple of plastic wire ties.
Saved an awful lot of potential expense early in the trip!

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post #2 of 11 Old Nov 30th, 2006, 5:24 pm
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An essential bit of work...

Hey Chris,
Yep, an absolutely essential bit of work...and VERY cheap insurance! Have you seen the price of a new mirror??? Would near have to take out a second mortgage to buy one

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10-4 on all of that. During a Tech Session last summer I cut the plastic tie to a mirror but didn't put it back on ("Oh, I'll take care of that after you all leave..." -- NOT) and a couple of weeks later lost that same mirror to a large pothole. Broke the glass and banged up everything on the mirror housing. $265.81 to replace the whole thing.

Moral: restrain your mirrors. Remove a tie for any reason? Tie it up again ASAP.

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Hi Chris,
Have to agree, not having mirror ties is asking for expensive trouble.
I can't remember how many times I've bumped my mirror off while squeezing past the car in my shed.

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A couple of dollars for a pack of plastic zip ties verses several HUNDRED dollars for a new mirror?
Yep... guess which one I took You can never have too many zip ties handy, I always carry some on the bike

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post #6 of 11 Old Dec 8th, 2006, 1:04 am
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Howdy all...

I too have thanked the wise sages on this board for the simple advice of using cable ties, many, many times.

My latest adventure came riding over a bridge expansion joint in the backblocks of northern NSW, where the bridge sat up proud about 7cm higher than the adjoining road abutment.

As I was eyeing off a rather large cousin of Skippy at the time, wondering if he was going to race me over the quarter mile, i didn't see the roadway / bridge surface alignment issue before me. BAM!!! That weird sound that LTs make when they have massive suspension movement - both mirrors dropped off to dangle at the end of their ties, and I cursed - oh - everything and came to a stop.

The impact had not only dislodged the mirrors, it had actually broken part of the plastic mould that holds the spring clip inside the mirror housing. Nett result was (is - havent figured a fix yet) the two trailing ball mounts are captured by the retaining spring, but the spring can move inside the mirror housing on the leading ball mount. In other words, wobble, wobble, wobble - and me prone to seasickness, too.

Do you think I can find a trashed / wrecked bike with a pair of mirror bodies intact? Dont care how scratched they are, or how shattered the glass is - I only want the inner part of the mirror body so as to replace mine. Rare as rocking horse pooh..

Curse you Skippy... or is that curse you RTA... or do I have to start scanning for elevation changes in the road surface as well...

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Yep, this is a fairly common problem with the LT's mirrors. You can replace the whole inner mirror housing, or repair it so that it's stronger than new. Look here for details.

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I can't remember how many times I've bumped my mirror off while squeezing past the car in my shed.
Just recently when sitting in heavy traffic and being a bit impatient I came to benefit from the ties I constructed out of a single electrical wire each, that is soldered stable together, holding the mirrors IMO even a bit safer than plastic zip ties.

Well, while splitting the lanes I banged the right side mirror on the back of a ute while brushing past by. My O My, sometimes there isn't enough space, found now some alternative routes where traffic flows nicely at about 40 to 60 k's.

My dealer called me today and told me that my newly aquired ZUMO has arrived (don't grill me for that choice but I found the only option of buying a 2610 as the newest (2004) Garmin available in Australia (the 2720 and 2810 not getting imported to us) not satisfactory.

Anyone got some experience with a ZUMO yet?

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Have heard (just a rumor I'm sure) that a few habitual speeders, even drill a few holes and tie down the front tupperware.
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one picture is worth....

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Have heard (just a rumor I'm sure) that a few habitual speeders, even drill a few holes and tie down the front tupperware.
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I think we'd need some substantiating photo's of that fix, Rock! Didn't happen to take any did you of said rumoured modifications....??????

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I think we'd need some substantiating photo's of that fix, Rock! Didn't happen to take any did you of said rumoured modifications....??????
I may have caught one or two while Messenger 13, tounge lashed the offender.
I will have to check Somethings that happen at tech sessions, have to stay at tech session.
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