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Floppy mirror temporarily fixed with two strands of tape.
« on: May 21, 2019, 11:19:23 pm »
The right mirror on my Connie is folding inward due to air pressure and vibration.

The COG tech pages say that the upper fairing must be disconnected in order to tighten the mirror hinges and mirror friction screws.

Read following posts for much better mirror fix. Strands of tape do not fix the mirror.


I made a temporary mirror hinge fix. Let me warn you... this fix may be too strong. I am probably going to downsize to a piece of 3/4" electrical tape so I don't break the fairing.

Here is what I did. First I laid down a 7 1/2 inch strip of fiberglass strapping tape from the mirror, over the corrugated mirror hinge and pressed it down on 2 to 3 inches of fairing plastic. Strapping tape does not stretch but it weathers into a stringy mess. Next I covered the strapping tape with a 7 1/2 inch strip of 2 inch wide 20 Mil plumber's vinyl pipe tape. Pipe tape sticks well enough to exclude water, but it is not as sticky as hardware store duct tape products.

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Re: Floppy mirror temporarily fixed with two strands of tape.
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2019, 11:48:52 pm »
There's no need to remove anything. You can take a razor blade and make a small incision into the bottom of the rubber accordion boot. Push on it first and you'll feel a small protrusion. That's the bottom of the bolt for the hinge. This is where to locate your cut. Cut it, reach in with needle nose pliers, forceps, etc. You want to pull the small vinyl/rubber cap off the bolt head. You can then adjust the tension on it, through the slit, with the proper size Allen wrench. Leave the cap off, and you can adjust it easily from now on.

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Re: Floppy mirror temporarily fixed with two strands of tape.
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2019, 12:10:26 am »
That’s what I did with the razor.  U canmake them like new

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Re: Floppy mirror temporarily fixed with two strands of tape.
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2019, 12:13:51 am »
It's been a while since I did mine, but I think it is a 10mm nut you tighten.

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Re: Floppy mirror temporarily fixed with two strands of tape.
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2019, 12:02:52 pm »
It's been a while since I did mine, but I think it is a 10mm nut you tighten.

Agreed.  Have done it to both mirrors on my '02.
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Re: Floppy mirror temporarily fixed with two strands of tape.
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2019, 12:16:02 pm »
You don't need to remove the fairing to remove the mirrors.

You do need to remove the windshield and black inner fairing pieces.

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The COG tech pages say that the upper fairing must be disconnected in order to tighten the mirror hinges and mirror friction screws.

For this you don't need to remove anything if you are willing to make a small cut along the lower seam of the rubber bellows at the mirror hinge.
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Re: Floppy mirror temporarily fixed with two strands of tape.
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2019, 02:59:20 pm »
LeeM, that's good temporary fix.
When your ready to do the repair, here is some info.

The incision trick that others mentioned is EZ to do.
I also recall tightening a nut from the bottom. {??}
After tightening, you can seal the incision with superglue...

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Re: Floppy mirror temporarily fixed with two strands of tape.
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2019, 04:19:23 pm »
It's been a while since I've done mine. Thanks for correcting my mistake. 10mm nut for the win! 👍

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Re: Floppy mirror temporarily fixed with two strands of tape.
« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2019, 10:57:22 pm »
Thanks to everybody who posted mirror tightening guidance.  "Slit the corrugated rubber and tighten the nut." is good advice. I took more of the motorcycle apart. I learned that Connie's have really great rear view mirrors because the mirrors are bolted to a sheet metal steel plate with brace struts that go  to the frame of the bike. That is why the mirrors don't vibrate. The mirror itself is fairly chunky. There is a reason why the mirrors stay adjusted at 105 mph. It is a non-mickey mouse design.

Following Stan Visser's comment, I unscrewed the windshield and one 6 mm screw on the top plastic over the instrument panel. I was able to squeeze a couple of fingers  in the opening and loosen two bolts and two hex nuts.

That released the large fairing mirror  mount. Undoing a 12mm wrench size hex bolt separated the mirror from the mirror mount. I got that far and I was expecting to find a way to release the corrugated rubber mirror hinge cover. I was not able to figure out how to get the corrugated rubber loose. I looked at the mirror on my workbench and I decided I could not disassemble the mirror because it was some kind of snap together assembly with a tricky hidden fastener.

That mirror is a really solid assembly and I understand now why it sells for $128 each. I washed the corrugated rubber with a brush, made a slit in the root of the 4th corrugation, pulled out the rubber plug and tightened the hinge with a 10 mm nut driver.


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Re: Floppy mirror temporarily fixed with two strands of tape.
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2019, 12:31:22 am »
If the  slit shows, Superglue it back together and it's invisible.

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