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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 10th, 2014, 6:32 pm Thread Starter
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mirror nut needed

Bought a set/used for my RT, one nut missing. Any suggestions? Alternatives?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 10th, 2014, 10:26 pm Thread Starter
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As luck would have it, a normal 8mm fit the left side, barely, still think i should get the correct part though.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 11th, 2014, 4:16 am
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Tricky special that fastner, because I think they wanted it slim and hidden.

I noticed mine was starting to work loose so think about a small spot of Loctite on the threads.



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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 11th, 2014, 6:01 am Thread Starter
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Yep, and there's no space for a regular nut much less a socket, impossible with anything else on the throttle side.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 11th, 2014, 6:38 pm
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Just replaced my throttle side mirror two days ago and I have to agree with Vox....a spot of some kind of mild threadlock would be good. I thought I had it tightened down well but on my 4hr morning ride to work yesterday, it began working itself loose. You also could put a rubber band around your Hex hey to ease installation....it keeps the nut from sliding down while you try to get it to grab the threads of the mirror stalk, my fingers tend to be too large to get into those tiny spaces to hold things.

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One small thought about threadlockers... use the mildest form possible. Undoing aggressive threadlockers is so not fun. Ever. BTDT - hate the t-shirt.

BTW, avoid Permatex threadlockers and stick with Loctite Brand Threadlockers.

NOTE: I am biased no end on the above product discussion. My wife, as the former trademark attorney for Loctite, has all manner of connection with Loctite, including drawing a pension from the parent company, Henkel. All of which benefits me no end (well, except I never got any freebies - darnit). BUY LOCTITE BRAND PRODUCTS SO I CAN RIDE!

(But, really, go easy on the threadlocker. Honest)

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If you replace the old style dots like I did, the new mirrors come with pre-coated threadlock (blue) on the threads. The same is true with the bar clamp fasteners (which can also work loose!)

I've had them on and off a few times now and the oem threadlock has been cleaned off the threads. I shall put back some blue Loctite. Of course, you must make sure you use the correct size hex key as the socket is shallow and if you damage it there would be a tricky job ahead.

I see no alternative except getting something machined. Boneyard mirror with broken glass but complete is probably the cheapest option.

I always keep the correct size key for the bar fasteners in my tool bag now. Lesson learned.



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