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#58839 - 10/13/04 11:26 AM Stiffening Rear View Mirror trick....
ame540EBPsi Offline
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hi, i searched for it, but its guess its been too long. Anyone have a link, etc for the trick for stiffening up your rear view mirror. So that when your listening to bass, etc the vibrations wont cause it to fall facing down?

i seem to remember something having to do with tennis raquet wraps, or something like that?

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#58840 - 10/13/04 02:14 PM Re: Stiffening Rear View Mirror trick....
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easy turn down your subs or radio.
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#58841 - 10/13/04 07:11 PM Re: Stiffening Rear View Mirror trick....
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easy turn down your subs or radio.




ya thanks.
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#58842 - 10/13/04 07:59 PM Re: Stiffening Rear View Mirror trick....
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slip plastic washers behind the joint of the mirror
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#58843 - 10/13/04 08:02 PM Re: Stiffening Rear View Mirror trick....
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super glue it in one spot
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#58844 - 10/14/04 04:25 PM Re: Stiffening Rear View Mirror trick....
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naga naga nagonna do the super glue.

damn i wish i woulda bookmarked that howto i saw along time ago. hmm
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#58845 - 10/14/04 06:10 PM Re: Stiffening Rear View Mirror trick....
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i think the trick is to wrap the ball joint w/ tennis grip tape

if you do figure it out, post a how-to
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#58846 - 10/15/04 03:21 AM Re: Stiffening Rear View Mirror trick....
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I was the one who originally wrote that how-to which I saved on my home computer. But I've found that method to be inferior during the warmer months as the tennis grip foam tends to shrink in heat and loses its effectiveness. I just discovered a new method about half a year ago using the same tennis grip material, but the placement of where the tape goes is different. This new method has worked flawlessly even in the deadly summer heat. The old method was to place the tennis grip directly on the ball joint. As I've later found out, that does not work too well when the weather is hot. The new method requires additional disassembly of the inner casing of the rearview mirror. I didn't take step by step notes this time around.

So for what it's worth, that old method that was posted is obsolete and does not work.
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#58847 - 10/15/04 06:59 PM Re: Stiffening Rear View Mirror trick....
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well rad... but uhhh. can you just tell me where the best place to put the tape is then? if you dont have a how to....

or maybe just the old how to so i know the right way to take apart the rear view mirror?
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#58848 - 10/15/04 09:46 PM Re: Stiffening Rear View Mirror trick....
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i just used cardboard and i haven't had a problem with it for years.
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#58849 - 10/18/04 07:34 PM Re: Stiffening Rear View Mirror trick....
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here is mine..finally got fed up with it last month...copied and pasted from thread where I originally posted it.





It is a very common occurance...someone adds some bass to their car, or they install a stiff suspension, and then they get used to readjusting their mirror every couple minutes. Well...I say no more. Mine used to get knocked around by my bass, but recently it has been from my suspension. Today I finally did something about it.


Tools Needed:

small flathead screwdriver
#3 or so phillips head screwdriver
#20 torx driver
electrical tape
shop towel


Ok, first off we need to locate the mirror.



Now that we found it, we need to pop the little cover off. For this you will use the small flat head wrapped in a shop towel...so you don't mar the cover.



With the cover off you will see three philips head screws...these need to come out.



Once they are out, the whole assembly will come down...make sure you are holding it. Next you need to remove this cap (bad pic)



By using your flathead and shop towel in this groove.



If you do like I did at this point and move inside out of the heat, you might need to shoo away the dog.



When the dog is gone, you need to get your torx driver and remove this screw.



Then remove this plastic piece by carefully prying on it with your flat head until it shoots across the room. At this point you might have to yell at the dog not to eat it.





When you recover the piece, you need to wrap it in electrical tape until it fits snugly in the hole you pulled it out of.



The idea here is to keep this plastic piece from moving, and only let the metal ball move around inside the piece. This will really tighten up your mirror.


When you have it wrapped where it fits snugly in the hole, go ahead and put the two pieces back together.


Now you need to put that plate you took off back on, and tighten it down...you will have to force it a bit. If you cannot get the screw to catch the first couple threads, even with good pressure, you need to cut some of the tape off the top of that little ball. Once you catch a thread or two the screw will pull it down for you.





And that is all she wrote folks. Put the cover back on that piece, reinstall it in the car, and put the cover back on that part. You will notice that you can still adjust your mirror...but it takes MUCH more effort...and now it should stay in place, unless you are pushing some very high SPL.





My mirror used to be useless from my stiff suspension bumping it around...since I have done this I have had zero problems...even over train tracks and speedbumps and potholes and such.

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#58850 - 10/18/04 07:44 PM Re: Stiffening Rear View Mirror trick....
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awesome, thanks for the info.
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#58851 - 10/19/04 01:14 AM Re: Stiffening Rear View Mirror trick....
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awesome, thanks for the info.


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#58852 - 10/19/04 10:40 AM Re: Stiffening Rear View Mirror trick....
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awesome, thanks for the info.







great... thank you very much for the pictures... i think i would been ill prepared for the torx screw.
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#58853 - 10/19/04 11:34 PM Re: Stiffening Rear View Mirror trick....
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no problem, glad to help out...and that torx screw threw me too, luckily I had the right bit.
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#58854 - 11/09/04 10:39 PM Re: Stiffening Rear View Mirror trick....
ame540EBPsi Offline
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followed you picture guide... everything went great! now i have a mirror that isnt going anywhere! so stoked.
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#58855 - 11/15/04 03:18 PM Re: Stiffening Rear View Mirror trick....
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Sweet, I was getting so tired of messing with my mirror during track days. This should help
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#58856 - 11/17/04 07:49 PM Re: Stiffening Rear View Mirror trick....
JuLiuSi Offline
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Where can i got a torx driver with several size bits?
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#58857 - 11/18/04 03:24 PM Re: Stiffening Rear View Mirror trick....
ame540EBPsi Offline
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i got a crecent multibit driver with bits for like 18.99 at Lowes.

Any hardware store will have either the individual torx drivers, or bits you can buy.
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#58858 - 01/06/05 07:11 PM Re: Stiffening Rear View Mirror trick....
Trixiem Offline
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Instead of electrical tape, i used a latex glove (one of the blue ones) and cut off the thumb section and wrapped it around the ball, then when you fasten everything back together your good to go

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#6102456 - 01/31/12 12:49 PM Re: Stiffening Rear View Mirror trick.... [Re: ame540EBPsi]
samx Offline
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I would just use a special glue to cement your rear mirror to keep it in place.








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#7411247 - 11/26/13 03:43 AM Re: Stiffening Rear View Mirror trick.... [Re: samx]
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It is a very common occurance...someone adds some bass to their car, or they install a stiff suspension, and then they get used to readjusting their mirror every couple minutes. nine-eagles
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