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Broken Vanity mirror/manual cover

I closed the mirror/manual cover under the topcase and the manual wasn't in all the way and it snapped the little hinges right in two. What a bummer. Anyone else ever do this. I hate to think of how much those things are

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Re: Broken Vanity mirror/manual cover

Tried black electrical tape.... switched to duck tape.

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Re: Broken Vanity mirror/manual cover

Here is what I did. Still working fine after a year.
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Maybe I should get rid of that duck tape, nice repair.

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Home Depot or Lowes has these little 4" piano hinges like I used on ole Toad's vanity mirror way back in the day. Stronger than OEM.

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Re: Broken Vanity mirror/manual cover

Thanks guys. I'll get some of those hinges!!

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Re: Broken Vanity mirror/manual cover

There are/were two inherent problems with the top case of the 02 K1200LT. The mirror /light and the closing hinge. After reading about both, early after I bought my 02 model, I did two things.

1. Removed the mirror and light and 2. learned how to properly close the top case when necessary.

The removed and unbroken mirror along with the light was reinstalled when I sold the bike. After 8 years and 50,000 miles, I didn't need either.

When I closed the top case, I gently push down on it's top to compress the rubber gasket and take pressure off of the locking latch. I did not always close the case with the locking latch and mostly left it open, but closed. It was so heavy that it never came open when riding and I only closed it with the locking latch for security reasons.

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Re: Broken Vanity mirror/manual cover

Good info, thank you. I think I will start leaving the locking latch unlocked. We are in that top case a lot. I can't imagine that it would ever come open.

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Re: Broken Vanity mirror/manual cover

The only problem I ever had with leaving it un-locked was other drivers trying to signal me that it was "open."

It is possible that a very quick panic stop could swing it open, but that never happened.

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Re: Broken Vanity mirror/manual cover

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Here is what I did. Still working fine after a year.
+1 on this fix. Found the hinges at the local ACE hardware. They have a couple sizes that look close. I brought in both halves of the mirror assembly and measured which of the two hinges was the perfect fit. I believe it was the smaller of the two.
ACE: Narrow Hinge (solid brass) 3/4in x 5/8in.

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Re: Broken Vanity mirror/manual cover

for those having issues w/screw length, I used heavy duty double sided tape to mount the hinges, works perfect, just clean all surfaces w/ alcohol, and press on. Jim
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Re: Broken Vanity mirror/manual cover

I had the same problem and used two small brass hinges and carefully drilled the holes and it works like a charm. Also had to repair the fromt right rear view mirror mounting assembly, Used some fishing line and epoxy and it is still holding. These little fixes are annoying but still love the bike. By the way bungy cords will help keep the trip trunk closed.........Ha Ha.
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Re: Broken Vanity mirror/manual cover

At the risk of going a little off-topic, has anyone come up with an alternative to the fiddly little dome nut that holds the vanity mirror closed?

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A new vanity mirror cost $35.75 + shipping. I figured the first one lasted 12 years so what the hey.

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Re: Broken Vanity mirror/manual cover

This is how I fixed mine last year.
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Re: Broken Vanity mirror/manual cover

I also replied to HAL9000 who had the same issue.
Drill out the broken plastic and glue steel pins in. That has worked well for me.
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This is how I fixed mine last year.
Did you fix it in the dark? Sorry couldn't resist.
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I had my mirror hinge tab break this last weekend.. Had all of the broken pieces so I was able to make a repair. I drilled out the plastic pin and inserted a heavy duty paper clip and glued it. Also glued the plastic holder on the base of the hinge. I like the idea of adding small metal hinges as shown in one of the postings.

Also had a problem with the magnet not holding the mirror closed. I installed two pieces of plastic "velcro" on either side of the magnet and it has worked. I also did the same thing with the gas lid as I got tired of the lid not closing fully. I removed the stock catch and just use the plastic velcro again - works.

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OK, here’s what we used to call the “straight skinny” in my old Navy days, on how to fix the broken vanity mirror hinges in the KLT topcase.
Home Depot has a set of four brass hinges (I used three of them) with screws for two or three dollars and change (Sorry - I didn’t keep my receipt). They are Gate House brand, #0311938, size 1” X ¾”.
Position the inges right up against the raised portion on the bottom outside (non-mirror side) of the mirror piece. I positioned them with the hinge barrel facing out. Hold them in place with a drop of super glue, being careful not to let the glue get into the barrel of the hinge. By putting them right up against the raised portion, they will be aligned with one another, function smoothly together and be safely away from the mirror..
Drill a 1/16” pilot hole in the middle of each hole and use a #1 philips bit screwdriver to put in ONE screw on ONE hinge. Now here’s the time-saving part. Eyeball how much too long the screw is and use a pair of diagonal cutter to cut a second screw to length. Hole the dikes and screw in a baggie to catch the pieces when they snap apart. Put the shortened screw in and see if is the right length so as to catch the plastic well while not presenting a snag hazard. Once you get the length right, put in all the shortened screws, replacing the first full-length test screw.
Position the mirror piece in the top box, put a drop of super glue on the lower half of each hinge,(one at a time, holding it until the glue sets) the drill the pilot holes and put in screws shortened to the length you determined with the mirrored piece. Confirm that there are no snag s on the inside of the box. Pat yourself on the back and treat yourself to a glass of your favorite beverage.
This method works much better than trying to cut off the long screws with a Dremel after installation. I tried to do that and discovered on the first screw that it tended heated the screw and loosened it in the plastic.
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I just ordered a complete new mirror Part 46 54 2 347 000 and the storing partition Part 52 53 2 347 026. Sould be good for another 5 years and looks original.


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Here is what I did. Still working fine after a year.

BIG 10-4 on this fix. I also tape the hinges off an sprayed them black. Looks good, both ways
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I was in working on a trunk rack installed by PO that was leaking water into the trunk and decided to fix the mirror so here is what I did:

Taking advice from Newport above and modifying slightly I took a brass rod, ground down the ends to make them smaller, drilled holes where the plastic pins used to be and put a bit of lube in there and reinstalled. Works and looks like factory, and will probably break like factory Attached are pictures to show the process.

Along with all this I found a mystery electrical connector in the trunk and do not know what it is for, see pic titled such, anyone have any idea? Everything seems to be working as designed so either I don't have an option that it goes to or I am giving my bike more credit than it is due.
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Along with all this I found a mystery electrical connector in the trunk and do not know what it is for, see pic titled such, anyone have any idea? Everything seems to be working as designed so either I don't have an option that it goes to or I am giving my bike more credit than it is due.
That is the wiring that goes to the brake light in the trunk rack, guess you don't have the light.HTH

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Home Depot or Lowes has these little 4" piano hinges like I used on ole Toad's vanity mirror way back in the day. Stronger than OEM.

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Fixed mine the same way. The masked off around the hinges and sprayed the with BLACK paint. when you open the top box most people don't even notice the repair.
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That is the wiring that goes to the brake light in the trunk rack, guess you don't have the light.HTH
Well, I am just glad that I don't have anything not hooked up, although now my mind is twirling with ideas of how to interface with that knowing what it is My 'rack' is clearly not the BMW model, it is either a rack sold for some other bike or a generic rack. the PO bungled the installation and made holes for the screws about 15 sizes to large and they were leaking water whenever it rained or I washed it, which is why I was in there in the first place; just decided to fix the mirror at the same time. piece by piece I am slowly correcting all the POS on this bike.

Thanks for putting my mind at rest.
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Well, I am just glad that I don't have anything not hooked up, although now my mind is twirling with ideas of how to interface with that knowing what it is My 'rack' is clearly not the BMW model, it is either a rack sold for some other bike or a generic rack. the PO bungled the installation and made holes for the screws about 15 sizes to large and they were leaking water whenever it rained or I washed it, which is why I was in there in the first place; just decided to fix the mirror at the same time. piece by piece I am slowly correcting all the POS on this bike.

Thanks for putting my mind at rest.
Look for a LED light that you can bolt to the rack, then go to A&S BMW motorcycles and add in their Brake light flasher kit for the K1200Lt. Take a look at the flasher here $54.

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I had mine break recently and I used a dremel tool to cut down the edge of the plastic. This plastic is very soft. Used a drift pin with JB weld. Let cure over night and filed to allow mirror to pivot. Little black paint, can't even tell.
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