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post #1 of 8 Old Jan 27th, 2008, 8:52 am Thread Starter
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Anyone successfully repaired broken tabs on mirrors

Both of my mirrors have broken tabs on the front tab that retains the spring clip. I am going to attempt a repair using a bit of strap steel and E6000 adhesive.....(amazing strength, durability and flexibility).

If anyone has attempted repair on these before,....I would appreciate knowing how you did it and how well it worked.

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Both of my mirrors have broken tabs on the front tab that retains the spring clip. I am going to attempt a repair using a bit of strap steel and E6000 adhesive.....(amazing strength, durability and flexibility).

If anyone has attempted repair on these before,....I would appreciate knowing how you did it and how well it worked.

Brian in Austin
I've repaired them by drilling a series of VERY tiny holes on each side of the break, then lacing them together with malleable steel wire. Then used 2 part epoxy putty over top the wire to form a "cast". A lot of work for sure, but very strong.


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Brian,

Check out this post and the link to it: http://www.bmwlt.net/ubbthreads/show...=&view=&sb=&o=
This repair was by David Shealey and I used his method to repair both of my mirrors about four years ago and never had any trouble with them since.

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Tabs on both of my mirrors failed.

Both mirrors were successfully repaired by a plastic welder. The repaired tabs are significantly stronger than the original and allow the spring to firmly grip the receiving stud on the fairing side. Better than new.

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Plastic welder

"nebish"

Are you saying that you repaired them using a plastic welder.....or did a person who had knowledge in the area of plastic welding do it for you.

If you did it, I would like to know which welder you bought (Harbor freight?) and how easy it was to use.

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I used a 2 part marine epoxy, I'm sure regular epoxy would do. I took some aluminum screen material and folded it into a shape that could be worked into the hole where the metal tabs endpoints are and left some of the screen (thin layer) to overlay the plastic around the edge. I applied the 2 part epoxy over this material. So far this seems to be working good. I also apply some lithium grease on the attachment balls prior to installing.


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The repair I did, which was pointed out, depends on the monofiliment laced around the split for strength, not the epoxy added after lacing it up. Epoxy just cannot mend this area, as it is a type of plastic that practically nothing will stick to. The epoxy I added was just to keep the monofiliment in place and keep it from coming untied. Wire can be used instead of monofiliment, but is harder to get tight. Anything that can lace up the split and keep the ends together will affect the repair.

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Prior question about plastic welding was directed to "Nebish"

My prior was directed to "Nebish" who commented about Plastic welding.....that would be why it starts with............ "Nebish".....................(:>)


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