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Making new wingmirrors
Written by dl_page on 3/30/2012 at 09:36 am

Hi everyone,

Just a quick rant. After shattering one wingmirror and with a second damaged, I
have finally found, a pair of used, but complete wingmirrors, over here in
France. Total cost for the pair : 500 euros - about 670 dollars...

So this sort of hacked me off, and I still have all of the parts (well almost)
for the outer shell, inner frame, indicator and tear off mount.

Last weekend, I took them all apart, and cleaned them, and bought some
self-hardning modellers clay. I want to make negatives of all the parts, then
attempt to cast them in resin. If that works , I believe that I could reproduce
mirros for the cost of a 30 buck tin of resin...

Another thing. The wingmirror assembly itself works, but I cannot seem to find
anyone who sells compatible glass... so after shopping around, it would seem, at
least for the right wingmirror, the ones used by Volkswagen for the 2001-2004
Bora (Jetta) & Golf left wingmirrors are of a very similar size and would fit in
the shell without too much trouble.

For a right wingmirror, this is more of a problem. On the Bora and Golf, for
civilised-hand-drive cars, the mirrors are assymetrical, and left mirror is
about double the size... Maybe looking for English and Japanese-hand drive
versions where VW reversed the mirrors?

Anyway, this weekend, I'm going mouldmaking!

Cheers,
Daniel

Message Thread for message #111796

dl_page
3/30/2012, 09:36 am
Making new wingmirrors
Hi everyone, Just a quick rant. After shattering one wingmirror and with a second damaged, I have finally found, a pair of used, but complete wingmirrors, over here in France. Total cost for the pair : 500 euros - about 670 dollars...

    bobb_todd
    3/30/2012, 02:54 pm
    Making new wingmirrors
    I just broke one and someone pointed me to Mrpacrat’s fix. If I had seen it first I might have done it rather than buy a new one. An aluminum plate mounts on the 4 screws. Paint it to match your bike. Then any car or bike mirror and turn

      mrpacrat
      3/30/2012, 03:05 pm
      Making new wingmirrors
      Here are pics of my cheap-o mirrors for you consideration. They will spare you a lot of heartache... http://tinyurl.com/7efdj7v And here are the mirrors - under $15 for the pair:

        dl_page
        3/31/2012, 09:46 am
        Making new wingmirrors
        Hey hey, it's those truck mirrors again ;) I did do a test and install fixed mirrors (BMW M3 style) but one got ripped off the day after installing it, so I really need "classic" mirrors... what is a PITA is that I cannot find a

          douglasvanb
          3/31/2012, 05:33 pm
          Making new wingmirrors
          What on earth are you doing to rip off so many mirrors? And how can I do this, too? Cheers! Douglas --- In i

    daviddockstader
    3/30/2012, 04:36 pm
    Making new wingmirrors
    If all you need is the glass you should be able to find a mirror shop that will make a mirror to fit. I've had mirrors made here in Louisville quite inexpensively. As far as making the shells, I've had a similar thought. For years I was

    Daniel Page
    3/10/2013, 12:00 am
    Re: PC800: Making new wingmirrors
    Hi Douglas,Back on the mirrors again, I missed your post a year ago :)Originally, the first was ripped off when a belgian truck was looking at a police pollution checkpoint on his left rather than the red light in front and scraped

    douglasvanb
    3/10/2013, 12:00 am
    Re: PC800: Making new wingmirrors
    Hi Daniel,Wow you have had many close scrapes! I'm glad you're still here to tell the tale and still riding.By chance do you have any friends with a 3D printer? With some clever tinkering, they could print you a new mirro

    Daniel Page
    3/11/2013, 12:00 am
    Re: PC800: Making new wingmirrors
    Oh yes, give anything heavier than me a very wide birth :)I did think about the 3D printer thing, I need to find someone with a 3D scanner though... To tell the truth, I spent the final day of my holidays with a rotating stool, a digital cam

    wynndungey
    3/11/2013, 12:00 am
    Re: PC800: Making new wingmirrors
    I'm sure there's instructions on how to make a 3D scanner with a Kinect unit. Think it was about $100 and the Kinect unit. Just a bunch of college kids not wanting to wait or spend thousands of dollars.