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Mirror hack: goo and screw

This post is presented for your entertainment and perhaps amusement. It is not intended to be advice or a recommendation. If you laugh at my clumsy engineering, I won't be offended.

The problems with the stock mirrors have been aired on this forum since the Versys was new. I never had that much trouble with vibration, but about 10 minutes on the highway at 70 mph would move the mirrors out of adjustment. (The right one was always worse than the left, leaving me with a fine view of the middle of my chest after even a short highway run.) I tried tightening the interior nut, but like others, I found the fix was fleeting, if that. I know, I know: The solution is just to buy the Aprilia mirrors. Naturally, I didn't do anything so sensible.

First I bought some cheap mirrors online, and that solved the movement problem. I was able to tighten them down and they stayed put. But because they were cheap, after a few years the paint peeled off and the fastener rusted and they never did look great to begin with. I took them off and reinstalled the stock mirrors, thinking that would be a temporary measure until I bought something new. Then I started thinking (danger!) and decided to apply some hillbilly engineering (it's OK, I can say that; I'm from West Virginia) to the problem.

I had half a tube of JB Weld so I thought that maybe if I slathered some of that on the place where the mirror stem enters the base, it would prevent the stem from rotating in the base, which is what lets the mirror get out of position. Actually, that worked just fine on the left mirror, but not the right one.

So then I pulled out the drill and the bit I use for drilling parts for safety wire. I made sure the mirror was adjusted where I wanted it and then I drilled a tiny hole through the base and into the stem, put in a tiny screw and clipped off the head. Basically, it's like a set screw. No wind is going to make that mirror move now.

In the photo, you can see what I'm describing, including the JB Weld that didn't solve the problem on this mirror, but did on the other.



The rubber boot covers up both the JB Weld and the screw. Go ahead and laugh. It works. It was free.

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Don't put yourself down. It works better than what the Kawasaki engineers came up with.
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Added to my list of things to do this winter! Thanks for sharing

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The OEM mirrors are the best mirrors on any bike I have ever owned
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Well rats, did I jump to the wrong conclusion when I read the title of your post.

That was my first mistake. The second was replacing my OEM mirrors with KTM Super Duke mirrors and not Aprilia. BTW, the KTM items are great in the event you ever decide to "improve" upon the now no longer startling goo and screw technique.

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i did the same thing with mine but got sick of seeing nothing but my shoulders so i put the ones i had on my sv650ss on due to them being wider

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Added to my list of things to do this winter! Thanks for sharing
Putting in the screw probably took me all of 10 minutes, so you may need to look for additional winter projects. I shouldn't have even bothered trying the JB Weld.

Downside is I can't change the position of that mirror now (except for the small adjustment at the mirror itself), but the alternative was buying a new one anyway, and that's the same now.

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Well rats, did I jump to the wrong conclusion when I read the title of your post.
I can't imagine how you might have misconstrued my title. I tried the goo and then I tried the screw. What could you have possibly been thinking? Total innocence on my part.

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What generation is your V, Mav...?

(The gen 1 mirrors ARE terrible!)
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What generation is your V, Mav...?

(The gen 1 mirrors ARE terrible!)
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BTW the V is the most modern bike I ever owned, my history is trail bikes and much older road bikes.
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"So then I pulled out the drill and the bit I use for drilling parts for safety wire. I made sure the mirror was adjusted where I wanted it and then I drilled a tiny hole through the base and into the stem, put in a tiny screw and clipped off the head. Basically, it's like a set screw. No wind is going to make that mirror move now."

Why not make it a set screw? Tap a hole in the base only, and use a set screw (aka grub screw), then you have a removable set-up?

Just a friendly suggestion.
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BTW the V is the most modern bike I ever owned, my history is trail bikes and much older road bikes.
This explains alot !!!

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Wow my left side mirror vibrates more than my right,
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Wow my left side mirror vibrates more than my right,
Common. Mine does too and I have Aprilia Tuono mirrors.
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I have Aprilia mirrors and they would vibrate and buzz like crazy (So annoying!!!).

I took silicon and filled the gap between the mirror glass and the plastic housing; this completely eliminated the buzz and vibration! (My left was definitely worse than my right too)

Even made a little video about it.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uMnUTS0GS4
p.s. the video is longer and sillier than it needs to be... but I made it at like 2am one night.

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my guess is left moves more due to your hand being on the right side more?

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my guess is left moves more due to your hand being on the right side more?
I bet its more related to the right side having the brake fluid reservoir and throttle tube setup to absorb vibes.

Just a guess though...
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Common. Mine does too and I have Aprilia Tuono mirrors.
But, for ME, the Aprilia mirror on the right does NOT loosen up and slowly spin around like the OEM mirror...!

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But, for ME, the Aprilia mirror on the right does NOT loosen up and slowly spin around like the OEM mirror...!
My Aprilia mirrors have never come loose. The glass in them did start to rattle around, which I fixed with that Sugo wonder stuff.
Previously my oem mirrors shook so badly that the left side mirror fell right out on the road.
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Why not make it a set screw? Tap a hole in the base only, and use a set screw (aka grub screw), then you have a removable set-up?

Just a friendly suggestion.
It was a spur-of-the-moment thing and I used what I had on hand. There are a lot of ways it could have been done better. I figured if I screwed up my mirror (pun may or may not be intended) I'd have to buy another one. And if I didn't fix the mirror, I'd have to buy another one. So I didn't have much to lose.

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