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post #1 of 7 Old Nov 7th, 2008, 7:36 am Thread Starter
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Mirror safety wires

I just installed mirror safety wires & was wondering if anyone on the board has experience with them?

I bought mine from Bob's. I looped them through the plastic inside the mirror body, and anchored them to the center allen screw on the mirror body mount.

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post #2 of 7 Old Nov 7th, 2008, 7:42 am
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Re: Mirror safety wires

I use good-'ol "Zipties, the work well and can be cut off to remove mirrors

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Re: Mirror safety wires

I saw what Paul Sayegh did on the video (using vinyl covered steel/metal fishing wire with crimp-on connectors), and looked for the components, but they were not easy for me to find. I did find steel fishing leaders, available in 6,9, or 12" lengths, that seem to work pretty well. They come already configured with a little spring loop, so it was dead easy to install. The wire is fine enough to not cause trouble re-attaching the mirrors.

BTW I tried to use zip-ties, but found that they were too bulky and my mirrors did not attach properly. I did find that the mirrors will stay attached pretty well using only two of the three snaps "snapped" if you know what I mean, although the vibration did limit the utility of the mirror (that was on a 4000 mile trip this summer, before I found the steel fishing leaders).

I have found that the "snap" attachments are fragile, and have had to repair at least two of them using Goop. The plastic cracks and then the wire retainer falls out...one was my fault (dropped the bike in my garage, mirror banged against the other bike next to it...at least no one saw it happen!) but the other one was not my fault. Seems like a cheap system for such a nice bike! Luckily, I have found that Household or Marine Goop work very welll for those type of repairs.

FWIW I rode a Honda Goldwing for 13 years before getting my LT this summer. I love love love the LT despite its many (minor) drawbacks. No thoughts whatsoever of going back to Goldwing!

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Re: Mirror safety wires

Yes I installed them, good value for money as far as I am concerned.

Zipties are OK but as times passes they deteriorate and snap easily if any force is applied to them ( such as hitting the mirror against a solid object !).
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Re: Mirror safety wires

I have them too - last trip to the dealer saw a rush assembly & I stupidly did not check the mirror fitment... 2 miles down the superslab at 70+ off both of them popped... thanks to the retainers, it was a simple stop & pop... cheap insurance.
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I just installed mirror safety wires & was wondering if anyone on the board has experience with them?

I bought mine from Bob's. I looped them through the plastic inside the mirror body, and anchored them to the center allen screw on the mirror body mount.
I use zip ties , long thin ones . Bike fell over when I stupidly parked it on gravel on the side stand DOH! The left mirror popped off but the zip tie held
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Re: Mirror safety wires

The second day I had my LT I knocked off a mirror moving moving around in the garage. Then I saw the wires! I thought it was standard equipment until I started reading here.

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