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While riding this weekend I hit a pot hole and the left riding light attached to the bottom of the mirror housing fell leaving a hole in the bottom of the housing.

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At first I was going to replace the mirror housing, but got thinking (dangerous for me to do) that I could probably put a metal plate or a large washer under the housing and re attach the riding light saving approximately $130.

Tomorrow, I am taking the trike to a very talented friend and we will try to make this work. If so, I will provide a photo or two how it now looks.
 

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That must have been one "mother" of a "pothole"!!

WOW

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Comanche,

I'm thinkin' that might be a job for JB Weld. I think you could get a piece of thin metal or perhaps a big washer, but a piece of thin metal that could be formed into the shape of the inside of that mirror housing and then JB welded into place could form the basis for a new hole to hold the light, etc. The neat thing about JB Weld is that it can be sanded and drilled, etc after it cures. You'd want to fill the outside of the mirror housing with the JB Weld kinda like you would with bondo, let it cure, and then sand it down with a round drum on a dremel tool. Sand it smooth with paper and a foam block, then paint it black after you have drilled a new hole through the stuff including the metal.

Just a thought ... you may find an easier way, especially if that friend is as talented as you say. But I've used JB Weld with good success to fix some pretty ugly problems. It takes patience and some time, but I've even drilled and tapped the stuff to allow a fastener to be used to hold stuff that's not a high strength or heavy load situation.

I agree ... musta been a tough bump!!
 

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Ken, Not only is he an extremely talented guy, he is a true friend which I have found a few since I took up riding again. I will copy and send your suggestion to him as I have to be at his home at 9:00 tomorrow. I have some sheet metal to plug the hole, but your idea of JB Weld is great.

Thanks.


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Those kind of friends are better than gold!! Good luck with the job ... I'm bettin' you'll be good to go soon and without spending the big bucks! You are welcome for the tip ... Understand I've not looked inside the mirror housing behind the mirrors so I may be all wet. That idea just jumped up in my mind after reading your post and seeing the pictures. Let us know how it goes!
 

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This was about a 30 minute job. Took the mirror apart and made a template of where the broken part was. Cut a piece of sheet metal to fit into the bottom of mirror housing and used template to mark where the two holes go. First hole is the screw hole which is part of the mirror. Second hole is where the mirror was broken.

Drilled holes in sheet metal so the holes would line up. Got Some JB Weld (Thanks Ken) mixed a tad bit together and put the metal on the bottom of mirror. Glue is fast drying so wait time was short. Reassembeled the mirror and reattached the riding light. Better than before and a whole lot cheaper.
 

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Great news, Comanche!! Congratulations .... don't it really feel good to make such a satisfactory repair your own self and save that kind of money in the bargain? Looks to me like you did good! Glad to help a teeny bit ....
 

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Wondering what the mirror looked like with the riding light attached back on it....

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Wondering what the mirror looked like with the riding light attached back on it....

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Great question. Since the damage was to the bottom of the mirror housing and I painted the sheet metal the same color as the mirror the damage is not visible. Actually, the bolt is the only thing that shows between the mirror and riding light. Just as before. Thanks for asking.
 

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Looks good....I saw a GL1800 being used as a escort bike, and he had added big round strobes under the mirror like your driving light....it was really bright even during the day time and could be seen for a long ways....hope your driving lights work as well....Ive been thinking about adding something like that to mine....I have the older style Motortrike Aqua shields with the vents....wish they had come out with the lights like the new shields when I bought mine....the vents are pretty much useless...

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