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How to install $12 bar end mirrors

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cavedog
These are the mirrors  - Amazon - $12.29
 
http://i.imgur.com/ma4ffg7.jpg
 
Parts you will need:
 
5/8x7/8x1" steel spacer - $1.80 at Ace
 
 
Tools you will need: 
 
8mm allen wrench
4mm allen wrench
3/16" allen wrench
18mm (I think) box end (to remove old mirrors)
band saw/hack saw/etc
sand paper (moderately course, enough to debur steel)
 
 
Step 1: take your bar ends off of the bike using an 8mm allen wrench.
 
Step 2: cut your spacer into 2x 0.42" lengths using a saw.  This is to accommodate the thickness of the mirror mount.  Note: you can go as short as 0.30" on the left hand grip, but you MUST have at least 0.40" for the spacer on the throttle side to prevent binding with the throttle tube.
 
http://i.imgur.com/Lg5SkZW.jpg
 
http://i.imgur.com/5ZJEOY5.jpg
 
http://i.imgur.com/NPmkrRm.jpg
 
http://i.imgur.com/bbqFLXn.jpg
 
Step 3: sand the rough edges and lube the throttle tube side.
 
http://i.imgur.com/afddDg7.jpg
 
Step 4: loosen the 4mm allen screws on the mirrors to remove the provided bar end expansion anchors and screws.  You will also need to remove the black washer that the screw passes through.
 
http://i.imgur.com/hkDplqM.jpg
 
Step 5: tighten the mirror mount onto the stock bar end just enough so that the bar end still rotates freely.   
 
http://i.imgur.com/c5QkABw.jpg
 
Step 6: screw the mirror/bar end/ spacer assembly into the respective ends of your handlebars.  Make SURE the throttle rotates freely, this is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL.  You do not want a sticky throttle, and it is not my fault if you don't ensure it has no resistance before you ride.
 
Look at how much better that view is!!
 
http://i.imgur.com/63gT72x.jpg
 
Step 7: adjust the mirrors to your liking.  If needed, tighten the ball joint Allen screw with a 3/16" Allen wrench.
 
Step 8: remove your stock mirrors using an 18mm box end (someone please verify, gremlins stole mine so I had to use a vice grips).
 
Step 9: go for a quick ride to ensure you still have no throttle tube interference and that your mirrors are adjusted to your liking.
 
http://i.imgur.com/GoHUa3L.jpg
 
http://i.imgur.com/ma4ffg7.jpg
 
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nmucat
Nice write up. I'm on the fence about the looks. How do they perform versus the stock ones? I have issues with mine and seeing well.

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tino206
Nice DIY..I finally got to set up my Ebay ones the way I like them but these ones are not bad

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Quixote
I'm on the fence about the looks. How do they perform versus the stock ones? I have issues with mine and seeing well.
   If you're serious about seeing behind you, then bar-end mirrors are actually the way to go. Yeah, you have to avert your eyes a little for half a second, but if you're in a situation where that's not safe, seeing what's behind you is the least of your problems.
 
With the stock mirrors, I see my arms and shoulders; With the bar-end mirrors I can even see the rear turn signals and my tail bag, plus anything else back there.
 
I've run bar-end mirrors for thousand and thousands of miles on 3 different bikes and I'm completely spoiled. I've even changed bars before just to be able to run them. Once you get them, you'll be glad you did and you'll never look back. (see what I did there?) ;)
 
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cavedog
Nice write up. I'm on the fence about the looks. How do they perform versus the stock ones? I have issues with mine and seeing well.
I'll be honest I was a little worried about having to look further down but the vision I get is FAR better than the stockers. I can see a car in the right lane behind me from my left mirror. As a bonus they also make the bike look 100x sexier. 

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waktasz
Nobody makes a 5/8x7/8x1/2 spacer? I'm too lazy to hack through 1/8" of steel with my rusty hack saw!
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suspiciouspackage
I think the mirrors are 17mm. Only know cause that's the biggest wrench I have and I was gonna be mad if I had to go out and buy a new wrench just for that.

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jerryv
Oh no!  :o  You can never have too many wrenches!!!
 
 

I think the mirrors are 17mm. Only know cause that's the biggest wrench I have and I was gonna be mad if I had to go out and buy a new wrench just for that.
 

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magsz18
Why did you leave the mirror stalks on the handlebar?
 
Also, bullets out or forward?

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waktasz
That picture was taken before I had decided on keeping them. Mirror stalks are gone now.
Bullets out :)

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nmucat
Waktaz - what's the read thing under the radiator and what's the belt and pouches going around your seat?

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fastb4ck
Waktaz - what's the read thing under the radiator and what's the belt and pouches going around your seat?
The red thing looks like a horn

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waktasz
The red things are Hella Super-tones. The belt and pouches are my my gun belt and magazine pouches. I was headed to a competition pistol match.

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