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clip on door mirrors

PostPost by: Spyder fan » Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:38 pm

If using Tex door mirrors be aware that the fixing location on the doors will be different from side to side to enable a good view. The drivers side is easy to locate as you can sit in the seat and place it yourself, the passenger side will require an assistant to place and mark.

I can measure tomorrow the distance from the leading edge of the door to the front of the mirror mounts on my +2, from memory there’s at least a 50mm variation from side to side. I fitted my Tex mirrors in 2008, that’s 12 years ago and they work well.
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PostPost by: Geoffers71 » Fri Mar 06, 2020 9:45 am

awatkins wrote:Geoffers71 —

Would you be able to tells us exactly which mirrors those are?

Thanks,
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There seem to be multiple suppliers on the 'net of the sort of mirror I used. Just google "clamp on car mirror"
Here's the one I used
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Various prices, this one was about £18 + delivery
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PostPost by: William2 » Fri Mar 06, 2020 2:40 pm

Several years ago I fitted a clamp on mirror the same as the one shown in Geoffers 71 photo. They are generally held n place by a couple of small allen key screws. To begin with mine did start to come loose after a while so my solution was to accurately mark where the screw tip hits the outer chrome window frame and I then drilled a very small countersunk surface mark with a drill bit making sure I didn't drill a hole through the brass frame. This was enough just to hold the mirror in place properly without the worry of it actually coming loose and falling off the car. Never had any problems since. If there is a downside it is that a small indent is made in the chrome which can't be seen.
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PostPost by: awatkins » Fri Mar 06, 2020 5:48 pm

Thanks very much for the lead. It appears to be an Omnico 947, not retailed in the US, but readily available on Amazon UK. Looks perfect for temporary use on (say) a concours entrant that did not originally come with exterior mirros.

Correction: it does show up on Amazon US if you search for Omnico.
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PostPost by: Quart Meg Miles » Sat Mar 07, 2020 3:31 pm

My present one is like Geoffer's but 20 or 30 years old and by Stadium, I think. The bracket is just plain stainless steel and I eventually fitted the mirror horizontally (for which I bent the bracket crudely). I cut the felt and fitted a thin metal pad for the screws to bear on, as described above.

The threads stripped in the bracket so I fitted nuts on the screw ends and wound them outwards to tighten up. It resists being walked into in my garage but I have to reset the mirror angle aftewards and it's a nuisance so I sometimes remove it and drive without.

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