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    RS mirror extensions

    I did a search on the forum and came up with a few posts (thanks to Kurt's trick using Google), but I thought I'd post the question and see if anyone can give me a clearer view... I need to do something about the mirrors on my "new-to-me" '84 RS, which pretty much give me an excellent view of either my shoulders or the road shoulders, but not what's actually behind me.

    I saw a post by Rapid Dog about some extenders that Nick Greer used to make that extend the mirror bases outward from the fairing, and recall an article by Mr. Cainey about another option that seemed good (but can't find it now- Darryl, help!). I've also kicked around making my own. Has anyone had to make this mod? I'd greatly appreciate pictures if you have them.
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    Jim -

    Is this the thread by Darryl:

    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthre...sions&p=740132

    The forum search engine is greatly improved. I used the Search Forum feature and used "mirror" along with Darryl's username to filter the search results...I also said display the posts, not the thread.
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    Mirror Extensions

    Quote Originally Posted by jad01 View Post
    (but can't find it now- Darryl, help!). I've also kicked around making my own. Has anyone had to make this mod? I'd greatly appreciate pictures if you have them.
    Here they are!
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    Excellent- thank you both! I like the look of those and they should get the mirrors out past my shoulders.
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    A stick-on, "fish-eye" mirror of approximately 17mm in diameter, placed in the left upper corner of the left side OEM mirror", would have great effect at considerably lower cost.

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    I have a set like Darryl's...got them from the same guy. They work great. I also put the later RS mirrors on mine...they're a little larger. The combination works quite well. I can finally see around my elbows. Here they are, complete with bugs...

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    How's the vibration on those extensions? I have a set made from some sort of tough plastic. I think I bought them from Nick Greer years ago. First set he sent me were nowhere near the same size so he sent me another pair and I matched up the two closest ones. I can see beyond my arms and elbows now but at highway speeds they vibrate so bad that I cannot tell much other than there is some form of vehicle behind me. I also put a set of the bigger RT mirrors on. The originals are pretty small.

    Those metal arms look pretty solid but how are they out in the wind?
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    There's some vibration and blurring, depending on speed, engine rpm, etc. but overall I don't think it's much worse than without the extenders. I definitely think they're worthwhile. I'm not sure how much they and the bigger mirrors affect gas mileage tho...
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    I bought a pair from Bill about a year ago. Think they might have been the last batch he was going to make. They were expensive, but well made and did the job intended. I wound up taking mine off because the shaking bothered me above 75mph. I find a good view from the left side by simply moving my left hand over to my right arm for a second. Moves my shoulder out of the way for a decent view.

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    I think these are Honda mirrors I picked up from Cycle Gear. They weren't expensive and fit the fairing without modification.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 83014 View Post
    I think these are Honda mirrors I picked up from Cycle Gear. They weren't expensive and fit the fairing without modification.
    Doug
    I thought about replacing the mirrors as an option also... I was thinking of making a run to my local salvage yard, but those look good- I'll keep 'em in mind. Thanks for the tip!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 83014 View Post
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    I think these are Honda mirrors I picked up from Cycle Gear. They weren't expensive and fit the fairing without modification.
    Doug
    Great idea Doug. Sometimes generic metric parts are the way to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 20774 View Post
    The forum search engine is greatly improved.
    Yes, I started using it again, a few days ago. And with the "insert image" icon operative now, everything is working.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RINTY View Post
    And with the "insert image" icon operative now, everything is working.
    Well, I wouldn't go that far! But there has been some progress. Hurray for that!!
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    Well, I'm finally getting the ol' RS back on the road after a top end renewal and some other bit work, including the mirrors. I tried the convex spot "stick-on" mirrors, which were a significant improvement, but ultimately decided I wanted another solution so I looked around and ended up purchasing some EMGO mirrors from Cycle Gear as Doug suggested. They are about 8000 times better than the original mirrors. I thought they would vibrate more than the factory ones since they stick out so much further, but they are essentially the same- fairly clear through most of the rev range. I certainly appreciate the clear view past my shoulders, and I like how they look on the bike as well.
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