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Mirrors

Ok, my left mirror keeps swinging to my forearm everytime I accelerate quickly to merge onto the freeway on my way to work. I stopped by the dealer to get it tightened and it doesn't look any tighter.

How can I tighten up this mirror? He basically took a wrench and tightened up the screws, but they still aren't really tight?

I remember seeing a few posts about problems with the mirrors. Is this solveable?

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I believe there is 18 bazillion posts on this prob...Just type in mirror...I switched to Z1000 mirrors so its not an issue for me no more ....

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take the mirror off. there is a small screw inside the post of the mirror. tighten that up. Don't use 1,000 lb of torgue, just snug it up good. And as you tighten it up say (3) F-U Kawasaki for putting ****ty mirrors on the V.
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Top screw

Well...the mirror appears to be slipping on the top screw of the mirror, not the bottom screw.
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I'm talking about the top screw of the mirror. You take off the mirror with the top screw attached with it.
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take the mirror off. there is a small screw inside the post of the mirror. tighten that up. Don't use 1,000 lb of torgue, just snug it up good. And as you tighten it up say (3) F-U Kawasaki for putting ****ty mirrors on the V.
Some locktite added to this also did the trick for mine
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My favorite mirrors are the ones that came OEM on my old 83 Honda XL600. I've used them for years on most everything, and the original set is on my KLR 24 years later. I found out that they're still available and ordered a set for the V. Tension's adjustable with a single screw from the outside.


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I don't think it's quite so easy as tightening the little nut that is hidden away inside the topmost of the two big nuts near the handlebar. I think this nut is designed just to decide where the mirror stalk is located when the two big nuts mate together. I have found the best thing is by trial and error to turn this hidden nut so that when you reassemble the stalk nut on to the nut that remains on the handlebars, at the point that it just goes tight you need to have the mirror stalk back about 25 to 30 degrees anticlockwise from where you want it to be eventually. Then you just apply enough force to rotate it round to its ideal position and it should stay there until some arsehole catches your mirror for you and knocks it loose.
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The little nut is a friction adjustment. The top pot metal nut is one of the big problems in that it can't be tightened enough to stay put. They conveniently rounded off the corners of the hex so the wrench slips, and if you try vise grips, they bind the thread so it can't be tightened, either. My final fix was to use blue loctite and then tighten it with a metric line wrench as much as possible. The mirror will then swivel under spring tension without coming unwound. I finally got disgusted and junked them.

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Yeah...wrenches

I was just going to say that my wrench always slips so I can't even tighten them. I guess it's put up with it or find another mirror...That's dumb!
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I use the mirrors from my KTM660 SMC, they are a bit smaller, round and look much better than the square ones.
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Here is how the mirrors work. I did this fix a month ago and have put probably 2000 miles on since with no further mirror issues.

give it a go if you really want your mirrors to be fixed.

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ead.php?t=4308
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For mirror adjustments READ YOUR OWNERS MANUAL. The procedure is NOT intuitive, and if you do it wrong (intuitively!) they'll be buggared.
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