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So... After much whining about the loss of my right mirror I did get my Chinese copies in... Maybe it's just me but the aftermarket chrome caps with black trim look better than the stock black caps with Toscana green trim. 200.00 for the set. One small problem ... The left glass was loose and the first set if railroad tracks dislodged it- to glass heaven. Argh!! Good thing I have one good stock Left mirror left to replace the glass! If it ain't one thing - it's another!! Now to read some threads about changing out the glass!


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A little late for you this time but in the future...Always, always, always thread a long wire tie through the mirror and the mounting point and secure it with enough slack to allow the mirror to hang free to catch the mirror if it should fall off on a bump or brush. When you put the mirror on the bike, just carefully thread the excess wire tie back into the mirror housing. Cheap insurance. Once upon a time someone was selling a set of thin cables to do the same job.

One special note, change the wire ties every couple of years as they get brittle and check after the dealer messes with them as mine regularly fails to replace wire ties he removes.

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Go to Wally World and buy some metal fishing leaders. Reusable. Problem solved.


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So... After much whining about the loss of my right mirror I did get my Chinese copies in... Maybe it's just me but the aftermarket chrome caps with black trim look better than the stock black caps with Toscana green trim. 200.00 for the set. One small problem ... The left glass was loose and the first set if railroad tracks dislodged it- to glass heaven. Argh!! Good thing I have one good stock Left mirror left to replace the glass! If it ain't one thing - it's another!! Now to read some threads about changing out the glass!


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Chinese mirrors ... Not bad!-imageuploadedbymo-free1399135157.281095.jpg.

Pix of mirrors ... Will need to get a better one to show black trim but love the chrome


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Can you post a link to where you got them?

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Sorry for the 4 month delay in the answer! I bought them off Amazon from a seller named LUO. I don't see any more available from him(?) on Amazon. It took FOREVER to ship from China and I did have the left side glass pop off the first set. After much negotiation they did finally send me a replacement left mirror but I never sent back the mirror missing the left side glass as they would not send me back a shipping label with postage paid... Sitting on a shelf now ... No glass in it... The mirrors have held up fine and do look better than stock in my opinion. The chrome back is great!


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I too purchased the chinese set from ebay. Rightside mirror came just fine, leftside mirror was loose and would not stay put, kept wondering with the wind.
Sent a video to the seller and I received a replacement mirror complete. This one does work for me allthough still not as tight as should be and requires ocassional readjustment.
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Go to Wally World and buy some metal fishing leaders. Reusable. Problem solved.
Or !...a length of 14-12 gauge wire with ring terminals crimped / soldered on each end.
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Guess I'm really low tech, I use cable ties as a safety wire.

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I used six or eight strands of beeswax thread.

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Go to Wally World and buy some metal fishing leaders. Reusable. Problem solved.
tried that, mine broke when I hit a chuck hole. Get real tethers.

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I agree...not bad at all. After patiently waiting / looking for a left side, [broken glass& and a cracked housing] I gave in and bought a pair off flea-bay...$160.00 they [look] as well made as OEM ??.

Mine had tethers on them & yes i will install them on the new ones.
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The fishing lines saved my bacon a month ago- hit a big rock and the left side dangled but didn't fall and break!! I'm tempted to drill that puppy on- but the way I split lanes - probably would take me down with a clip. $160.00 is a good price and I'll bet you didn't have to wait a month for it to slow boat from china!


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The fishing lines saved my bacon a month ago- hit a big rock and the left side dangled but didn't fall and break!! I'm tempted to drill that puppy on- but the way I split lanes - probably would take me down with a clip. $160.00 is a good price and I'll bet you didn't have to wait a month for it to slow boat from china!


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Dropped my bike turning around on a dead end street on a steep hill ...
So - after reading this thread, I bought these:
Wholesale Product Snapshot Product name is For BMW R1200RT R1200 RT Mirror Left Right Side Motorcycle accessories
Took a while to show up, but at ~$150 were a lot cheaper than the "real deal". I am basically happen - the plastic is as good as original. The quality of the mirror is not as good, around the edges of the mirror. It is not as smooth on the edges, and since it is a back-side coated mirror, you get some scatter from the rough surface. Probably not noticeable to anyone but me - it is not a show stopper.

I only needed the left side - if anyone wants the right one, make me an offer!

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