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Door Mirrors

PostPost by: gentry74 » Tue Jan 23, 2024 5:12 pm

not at the moment....but you can see them on this elan

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or here

https://www.historics.co.uk/buying/auct ... lan-s4-se/

You use included hardware to mount from outside. No removal of any door parts

i bought convex for one side and concave for the other.
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PostPost by: Chris-72sprint » Tue Jan 23, 2024 5:29 pm

Many thanks
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PostPost by: The Veg » Wed Jan 24, 2024 7:53 pm

I've got the Tex mirrors on my Plus 2. Good overall, but the one on the passenger side is almost useless. I'd have to mount it in a noticeably different position for it to be more useful, and it's already slightly farther back than the one on the driver side. The positions are slightly ahead of the front edge of the window like most side-mirrors on most cars. But still a HUGE improvement and they look right at home on a sporty GT of the late '60s/early '70s.

As for the mounting method, the way it works is that a plastic base has to sleeves that insert into two holes in the door and then expand when screws are tightened into them, and then the mirror attaches to the base with a single set-screw. I found this to be woefully inadequate as the sleeves really expand enough, which meant the mirrors were wobbly and every time I brushed one walking past it in the garage, it fell off! I recitified this with a wide washer and nyloc nut on each screw, but of course the washers had to be bent to accommodate the curve of the door. Not a big deal as I already had the door-cards off for unrelated reasons, but reaching the nuts to thread them then tighten everything was a bit if a tight reach.
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PostPost by: gentry74 » Wed Jan 24, 2024 8:02 pm

Since I think it will be asked now that the opinion on plus2 has been added....

on my s3 dhc the TEX mirrors on both sides are very useful. Mounted in same exact spot on both sides. Driver side has 100% visibility. Bottom left corner of passenger mirror shows door frame but the overall effect of the mirror is that I can see wonderfully out that side too... which is a huge change from the previous mirrors.

I agree the plastic anchors are not epic. You have to tighten the screws right up to the edge of busting the plastic without going over. Since its a blind hole... its all by feel and annoying
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PostPost by: The Veg » Wed Jan 24, 2024 8:10 pm

I found the plastic to be 'made of cheese' as they say and the point where the screws just kept turning without traveling any further still wasn't enough.
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PostPost by: gentry74 » Wed Jan 24, 2024 8:15 pm

The Veg wrote:I found the plastic to be 'made of cheese' as they say and the point where the screws just kept turning without traveling any further still wasn't enough.


any chance your holes got drilled oversized? I under-tightened at first and discovered the mirrors to be loose after first drive... but then tightening to edge of destruction and no problems since. I DO think when I take them off again to paint the car, I will secure as you have... with nut.
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PostPost by: The Veg » Wed Jan 24, 2024 8:50 pm

gentry74 wrote:
The Veg wrote:I found the plastic to be 'made of cheese' as they say and the point where the screws just kept turning without traveling any further still wasn't enough.


any chance your holes got drilled oversized?


No, the sleeves were still a pretty close fit. Maybe the door was made of thicker stuff than yours though, definitely thicker than the sheet-metal that the mirror's manufacturer intended.
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PostPost by: englishmaninwales » Tue Jan 30, 2024 3:44 pm

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Had the door frame out yesterday to re-tension the window cable (I think it had stretched as no fixings were loose - the modified Angus Black window fittings make this so easy!) so I took the opportunity to fit the door mirror I’d had for a couple of years.
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