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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-03-2009, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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Mirror fixed.

My right mirror was coming loose where it attaches to the mount.

I took it apart to see what I could see.







This didn't seem right. I have a tractor that uses compression plates in the clutch of a belt driven PTO. So I decided to stack them differently than they came out.



I decided to add a lock washer too.



All this fits inside the zinc plated mounting nut.



put it back together and now I will go for a ride over that bumpy road that was making my mirror spin. Hope it is fixed.

I have another idea if this doesn't work.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-03-2009, 02:05 PM
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Man this is good!



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Very interesting Mark. Hope it works out.

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How was the test ride?

Thanks for the photos and detail descriptions!
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The mirror does not move at all now! I took a route yesterday of about 80 miles that I have ridden many times. Usually I am constsntly adjustiong the mirror position. Probably 15 or 20 times.

Now not once, the mirror stays put.

BTW, my right mirror was loose from the first ride. I never took it to the dealer because I figured ... well.... how dumb are you that you can't adjust the mirror! This kawasaki mirror is a different critter tho. I was surprised when I took it apart. I don't think any of the mirrors on the other 12 bikes in the garage are of a remotely similar design.

For reasons not known to me kawi forgat the KISS principle.
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Went for a ride this morning & my left mirror kept swinging around to say hello. I guess it was bored of riding in the same position. As soon as the sun goes down & it cools off a little, I think I'll tear it apart & try this...



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I just tightened the nut on the bottom and it helped alot. The dealer was not quite sure how to make it tight. I have not had to play with the mirrors since I did this, before I had to adjust once a day. All it takes is a 10mm deep socket. Down the road I can see adding a washer.
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Thanks for the pics, Mark! That helped a lot. I did the left mirror yesterday and will probably get to right today. We'll see how it works on the commute, but I already feel better about it!

This forum is a solid source of info, thanks to the participants.
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...The mirror does not move at all now! ... For reasons not known to me kawi forgat the KISS principle.
Awesome job Mark. I am going to try that arrangement. I agree that these are the most complicated mirrors I have ever seen.

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Great work Mark. I'm anxious to try your cure. Thanks a lot.

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I just want to make sure I I've got this straight. The washers are not flat. Instead they are curved. The way they are installed from the factory is something like this ((((. Now what you did was to alternate the direction of the curve like this ()(). The theory is the washers will act as springs and push against the flat washer and the mounting nut which should help prevent the mirror form coming loose.

It sounds pretty good to me. I have only one concern. Couldn't the washers loose their curvature over time?


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I have only one concern. Couldn't the washers loose their curvature over time?
I wonder about that myself. So far, another day has gone by without adjusting my mirrors.

I'll be riding in the M2M09 TT this weekend. That will be a real test of the mirrors, the bike and mostly myself. The course is over 300 miles over every kind of road with the exception of interstates. I don't expect to embarass myself.
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Great POST, Worked easy and effective. I only added Blue lock tight to the Soft metal large fittings. Carefull real soft metal easy to crush if not wrenching correctly. (not the 10 mm nut) Note with the additional split lock washer the 10 mm was easily over tightend and need additional force to re-position the mirror after installed. Cheers to Mark.
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A month after this fix, my mirrors are as solid as can be.
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