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Making new wingmirrors
Written by daviddockstader on 3/30/2012 at 04:36 pm

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
involved in the composite canoe and kayak business and it would be quite simple
and inexpensive to make molds of the shells in fiberglass and reproduce them in
fiberglass, kevlar, carbon fiber or whatever. When you say cast them in resin I
presume this is what you mean. I don't think I'd try resin alone without fiber
reinforcement.

--- In ipcrc@yahoogroups.com, "Daniel Page" <dl_page@...> wrote:
>
> 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 #111816

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.