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Mirror vibration - caulk solution - it WORKS

I read somewhere here about inverting the mirrors and squeezing caulk through the drip hole (?) to offset the vibration induced blur in the mirrors. It's made a world of difference in my case - the left side is now almost always clear where it used to useless from the moment the bike was started. The right side IS clear idle to upperband, and I've also noticed less tingling in the bars. I managed to get about 1/3 of a tube of caulk into each side before it started emerging around the glass; I figure about 1/2-1# per side was added. Hate adding weight, but in this case it was a blessing!Only drawback I can see is that if any water enters through the frame it has nowhere to go, but I'm pretty sure there's nothing but a solid core inside now!
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Sounds like a great idea. My mirrors vibrate at certain RPMs but not enough to say I can't see with them.

I stuck on those 2" diameter blind spot mirrors that really helped my overall view but I didn't like how they took away so much space from the regular mirrors. So I took them off, screwed some brackets into the upper mirrors and put the blind spot mirrors on top of the mirrors. Now I have the best of both worlds, plus it added a bit of weight to the mirrors.

I'm a big believer in blind spot mirrors.
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can you say what "caulk" is exactely tried to translate but came up blank is it a liquid or like small lead beads???
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Caulk is the stuff you can put round the side of your bath tub, to stop water getting into the cracks-or between bath tiles. It squeezes out like a toothpaste-not beads.

If you get a silicon based caulk-its more expensive, but it never goes hard. In most cases if you warm the tube by placing it in warm water it will flow better. Comes in a cylinder or like large toothpaste tube. I'm going to give it a try-thanks for the suggestion.

PLUS 1 on the bubble mirrors, I have them one every vehicle I own-can't drive without them.

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If you like round blind spot mirrors, NAPA auto parts stores sell small rectangular mirrors that serve the same purpose, don't distort so much, and don't take up as much real estate on your mirror. They're slightly canted...put the high side inboard, the low side outboard. Part Number 730-2697, about $3.


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For those of you that have tried this, have you used silicon caulk?

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I don't think it'll make a bit of a difference, but I used what I had on hand - DAP's acrylic latex w/silicon. It has a 35 year warranty, but you could up the ante to their elastomeric stuff w/a 50 year warranty if you plan on keeping your bike that long !!!! Just make sure and cover the entrance hole (I used a strip of duct tape) for a week or so to insure no dribbles.
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Thanks!!! I will give it a try.

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good to hear it worked for you. I only filled the mirror up halfway, and the improvement was minimal, but I might as well fill the whole thing and see what happens.
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I was in the constuction trade and trust me that you should but a very good silicon caulk and don't go by the 35 year warranty bull. The better the grade to pure silicon the more it will stay like rubber and not get hard as a rock. Don't buy the cheap stuff. Great idea Is what makes this site so good.

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I have also heard of guys filling up there handlebars with caulk,prob works like a bar snake. Has anyone tried this yet?
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It seems that I find myself adjusting my mirrors more often, especially on windy days and a lot of hwy riding. I put them where I want only to find in about an hour or so, I'm adjusting back to where I once had them.

Then I added a light bracket above the mirrors to add my blind spot mirrors so they don't block the main mirrors at all. That added a tiny bit of weight but also added more torque to the main mirror due to wind pressure.

Recently I positioned my mirrors just where I want them, put some hose clamps at the pivoting base and as I held it against the base of the mirrors, I tightened the hose clamps. Now the mirrors are firmly in their positions.

So those that are adding caulk, don't you find through vibration of the road that you are adjusting your mirrors more often?
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I wonder if a zip tie would do the same thing instead of the hose clamp.
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Personally, I haven't found myself readjusting my mirrors any more often after adding the caulk than before. I did snug up all of the nuts/fasteners involved with the mirrors and stalks when reassembling, so maybe that helped? We've had some pretty stiff winds here lately so the mirrors have gotten a decent chance to act up if they were gonna.
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