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post #1 of 18 Old 03-30-2007, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
 
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Side mirror adjustment/dampening

I've my 07 set up now for about two weeks and my only complaint is the side mirrors. The left is so-so, i can see the road if i kinda lean over to the left a bit, but the ride side is horrendous. It seems like the socket for the mirror is about an inch more back than the left side, so the whole mirror tilts to me. No matter what i do i cant see a damn thing out of that one. Is this just the way the sockets are, or can i rotate the socket back somehow? Also, i dont mind the handlebar vibration but i have to pull in the clutch to see in the mirrors, any cheap fixes? Do they mak some sort of dampeners for the bottom of the mirror stem?
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post #2 of 18 Old 03-30-2007, 02:55 PM
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Pour Silicone down your handlebars. Smooth-Sil 920 is easy to use and works great!

A Trial Size kit is enough to fill several bars... $26

http://www.smoothonsecure.com/store/...2b62675d8fdaea
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Silicone? Thats a new one, i've heard of lead shot, which i have because i shoot trap and reload my own shells. I'll probably be doing the XR650L mirrors with lead shot, and handlebar end vibration dampeners, and finally the gel grips. If i still have vibration problems then i'll live with it. Besides, its a dual sport, not a cruiser.

**Nothing against the silicone idea, just seems like one of those things that if you screw up you cant reverse it!!
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Silicone doesn't stick to anything permanently other that silicone. You can pull the entire "Tube Snake" out if you don't like them. The product I listed has a really high tear strength.

Anyway, it's not really a good idea to put Lead inside of an Aluminum bar. You'll end up causing galvanic errosion because of the dissimilar metals in constant contact with one another. Which could lead to pre-mature bar failure... and at the wrong time too.



Ever heard of "Bar Snake" and "Liquid Bar Snake?" Well, the liquid stuff is over priced 2 part silicone (Almost identical to the link I provided) in which you pour down your bars.
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O, we have a chemist, eh. Just kidding, good point, i forgot about that. I should of known, some of the guys in the plumbing department at work told me something similar about lead and steel pipes(never connect lead to steel). Is that silicone enough or should i still get the xr650l mirrors?
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post #7 of 18 Old 03-30-2007, 10:44 PM
 
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To fix the rotation problem, just loosen the nut at the bottom of the mirror stem, turn the stem to where you like it, then retighten.

To help solve the mirror issues, try these. They work remarkably well!

http://www.dual-star.com/index2/Bran...n%20mirror.htm


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post #8 of 18 Old 03-30-2007, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
 
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Turns out the whole assembly with the start button/kill switch was rotated too far forward. Just loosened the two screws and it moved into place. Those mirrors are pretty pricey, i'll try the other ideas first, then if nothing else works i'll pick them up.
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Sounds like you have to rotate the assembly.

There is a large phillips screw just under the kill switch. Loosen it a littl and rotate the assy. forward.

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post #10 of 18 Old 03-31-2007, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
 
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Yeh john, thats what i had to do. That solves the placement issue, now i'll pick up some vibration dampening supplies and work on the handlebars once the gel grips come in(motorcycle superstore ships so damn slow). I probably wont bother with the xr650l mirrors, i usually dont even look in the mirrors, i turn my head and look. Even in a car i have never had faith in mirrors(too many blind spots).
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