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Offline hawksbe

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Mirror grommet
« on: March 04, 2018, 12:14:06 am »
I had the top fill panels off today and noticed that the grommet that is part of the mirror was broken on each side.  This is the plastic grommet that protrudes into the fairing and contains the nut that the middle bolt of the fill panels goes into.  So on both sides, I can’t secure the middle bolts of the fill panels.  Has anyone run into this before and what did you do (other than replace the mirrors? Thanks, Ben

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Re: Mirror grommet
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2018, 03:16:33 am »
Happened on 5 of my 08 mirrors. Replaced one mirror, tried to epoxy the others, no success. Better luck so far with 09 mirrors.

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Re: Mirror grommet
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2018, 03:19:51 am »
Epoxy is too brittle and breaks. Try a plastic welder with the appropriate plastic rods.

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Re: Mirror grommet
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2018, 06:53:21 am »

I'm going to a**-U-ME  :-[  you're talking about the small tab where the wellnut is inserted.

I've successfully use thermo plastic as a backing held in place by Plastic Weld Epoxy. One other way if you're not averse to strong/toxic chemicals is to melt some Legos (PVC) with Butanone, also called MEK (MethylEthylKetone) or Acetone. You don't want to make them liquid just a paste. Lightly sand the area you're going to repair and wipe it with an MEK or Acetone dampened rag then use a popsicle stick (or whatever works for you) to spread the Lego goo in place. After all the MEK evaporates file/ground to finished shape. Or buy a PVC repair kit, but it's pretty much the same thing in a box. Wear some good Nitrile gloves and try not to breathe the fumes.
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Re: Mirror grommet
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2018, 09:29:21 am »
Thanks guys.   I decided to just order two mirrors.   Sounds like this is kind of an ordinary occurrence.

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Re: Mirror grommet
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2018, 11:42:58 pm »
I've got this exact issue on both sides.  :(  Fortunately the bike still runs fine with two out of three bolts holding those pieces on.   
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Re: Mirror grommet
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2018, 04:08:04 pm »
Thanks guys.   I decided to just order two mirrors.   Sounds like this is kind of an ordinary occurrence.

Holy cow! Thats alot of bucks to fix two non structural fasteners that will break again!
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Re: Mirror grommet
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2018, 09:23:18 am »
Yeah, I know.  It was about $250 all together.   Really not necessary, it's just that I can't stand to have something broken on the bike.   It's more in my head than a real issue.