BMW Luxury Touring Community banner
1 - 18 of 18 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
7,865 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I use 4" round convex self-adhesive mirrors on the outboard edges of my stock mirrors. They're $2 at any auto parts store or truck stop, and they effectively eliminate the blindspots. I recently grabbed the wrong sponge to clean the mirrors with -- this was one of those dual-sided things that has a scrubbie on one side and sponge on the other. Of course, I used the wrong side and scratched the @#$% out of the convex mirror.

I want to replace the scratched mirror with a new one. Tried using dental floss to pull the adhesive backing away from the mirror but no joy. Any other ideas? Is it possible to break the stock mirror by trying this?

BTW: RS mirrors should be arriving any day now. I don't think they'll help with blind spots but they should provide a much better view behind than the LT stock mirrors do.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
7,865 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
unleashd said:
Clean up as much as you can with WD-40 and then a use a rag dipped a little in Goof off or something similar. Careful with paint etc.
But I can't get the mirror OFF to get to that point... it's still tightly-stuck to the stock mirror. I need a way to pry/pull/blast off or otherwise remove the mirror; then I'll clean up afterwards.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,857 Posts
Try a heat gun or Hair dryer.
You can also use a razor blade on the back side of the 4" round convex self-adhesive mirrors leaving the adhesive on the main mirror.
 

·
Registered
1999 LTC
Joined
·
14,460 Posts
hschisler said:
I use 4" round convex self-adhesive mirrors on the outboard edges of my stock mirrors. They're $2 at any auto parts store or truck stop, and they effectively eliminate the blindspots. I recently grabbed the wrong sponge to clean the mirrors with -- this was one of those dual-sided things that has a scrubbie on one side and sponge on the other. Of course, I used the wrong side and scratched the @#$% out of the convex mirror.

I want to replace the scratched mirror with a new one. Tried using dental floss to pull the adhesive backing away from the mirror but no joy. Any other ideas? Is it possible to break the stock mirror by trying this?

BTW: RS mirrors should be arriving any day now. I don't think they'll help with blind spots but they should provide a much better view behind than the LT stock mirrors do.
Howard, I have the same 'type' blind-spot-eliminating mirrors mounted to the Muth mirror; 'cept they are smaller than 4". I've replaced both of 'em in the past, and if I recall, I just tucked a fingernail under an edge and pried slowly 'til the adhesive bond broke; kept steadying pressure on the Muths so that they didn't give. It finally broke free at the blind-spot mirrors, so I used Goo-Gone to remove the remaining adhesive from the Muths. BTW - my b/s mirrors tilt and swivel so that I'm able to set them up so that I see 'almost' 90 degrees off the side of the bike. HTH.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
+1

amarider said:
Try a heat gun or Hair dryer.
You can also use a razor blade on the back side of the 4" round convex self-adhesive mirrors leaving the adhesive on the main mirror.
Heat works best and use a fresh razor blade, old rusty one can scratch glass. Once off the glue well roll right off.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
323 Posts
I recently removed convex mirrors from my LT and relocated them in another area on the same mirrors. I used a heat gun on an angle at the edge of the mirrors I wanted to remove and applied even pressure until they released from the mirror face. I was careful with the heat gun because of the possibility of distortion of plastic parts. I then cleaned up the residue left behind with a paint thinner on a rag. I reattached the mirrors using Clear RTV cement and left on a 3100 mile trip. The mirrors are still attached and working great.

BTW, on a somewhat different subject, I also installed a set of chrome R1200C mirrors on my bike for the last 400 miles of the trip. I liked the looks and they are the best functioning rear view mirrors I have had on ANY bike, clear view and no vibration. I can actually see and identify the type of vehicle/s behind me for some distance back. Important if one is inclined to test the speed limits. Those mirrors are a keeper and I will now be relocating the convex mirrors again. Just blowing a little wind after a great ride over some really great motorcycle roads in Virginia. Skyline Drive and other places in your great country. As somebody said "I will be baaack". Austin S.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1 Posts
I recently removed convex mirrors from my LT and relocated them in another area on the same mirrors. I used a heat gun on an angle at the edge of the mirrors I wanted to remove and applied even pressure until they released from the mirror face. I was careful with the heat gun because of the possibility of distortion of plastic parts. I then cleaned up the residue left behind with a paint thinner on a rag. I reattached the mirrors using Clear RTV cement and left on a 3100 mile trip. The mirrors are still attached and working great.

BTW, on a somewhat different subject, I also installed a set of chrome R1200C mirrors on my bike for the last 400 miles of the trip. I liked the looks and they are the best functioning rear view mirrors I have had on ANY bike, clear view and no vibration. I can actually see and identify the type of vehicle/s behind me for some distance back. Important if one is inclined to test the speed limits. Those mirrors are a keeper and I will now be relocating the convex mirrors again. Just blowing a little wind after a great ride over some really great motorcycle roads in Virginia. Skyline Drive and other places in your great country. As somebody said "I will be baaack". Austin S.
I just Googled this and got a suggestion to try floss, it broke. Another suggestion said use fishing line. Wrapped the two ends around two bolts so as not to cut my fingers with the 17 lb test line I had. Put the line behind one side of the mirror and in a seesaw motion, it came right off in less than 10 seconds! Now just have to remove the residual glue! Shouldn't be much of a problem.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
2,962 Posts
Re: +1

Heat works best and use a fresh razor blade, old rusty one can scratch glass. Once off the glue well roll right off.
Howard
+1
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
2,962 Posts
Re: +1

Heat works best and use a fresh razor blade, old rusty one can scratch glass. Once off the glue well roll right off.
Howard
+1
You can also use a hair dryer if you don't have a heat gun.
Paul
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
4,886 Posts
Re: +1

Betcha Howard got it off by now. LMAO:wave

Hmmmm. Howard has always done things slowly, deliberately, and methodically, so... maybe so, maybe no. ;-))
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
297 Posts
Don't use a razor blade. It will scratch you stock mirror ! First use a heat gun as others have said And at the same time prise it gently with one of those semi hard plastic shims one uses to apply decals stickers or Mylar to get the bubbles out. Trick is to go slowly
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
7,865 Posts
Discussion Starter · #15 ·
Re: +1

Originally Posted by mwnahas View Post
Betcha Howard got it off by now. LMAO:wave


Hmmmm. Howard has always done things slowly, deliberately, and methodically, so... maybe so, maybe no. ;-))
I'm slow, but not THAT slow... :)
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
342 Posts
If it is the foam sticky back adhesive use string and try sawing through it. It has worked for me in the past. Dental floss is too slippery. Once off new single edge blade with a good window cleaner or soapy water to lubricate the glass as you scrape the residue off.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,556 Posts
A hair dryer and Fishing line. Heat it up. Start at one edge and use a sawing motion to cut thru adhesive tape.
 
1 - 18 of 18 Posts
Top