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Old 11-21-2012, 02:59 PM   #41 (permalink)
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I'd like to get in on this. Unfortunately, I'm new to modding, and got stuck on Step One: Removing existing stock mirrors.

I have a 2012 Thruxton.

I've read on here that I need a 10mm socket, but the 10mm one I have doesn't seem to grab the bolt.

I've also followed the advise here about following the instructions for removal (World of Triumph, for example), but they seem to all reference a plastic cap or something that fits over what looks like a screw.

I guess my question is this: for a guy who doesn't have a motorcycle tool set, where do I get one that will work on my bike?

I found this:
http://www.jcwhitney.com/tool-sets/t...m229j1s19.jcwx

Would one of those kits allow me to remove the bar end mirrors, and also give me a basic set for future mods/maintenance?

Thanks for any help.
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Old 11-21-2012, 04:11 PM   #42 (permalink)
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I've read on here that I need a 10mm socket, but the 10mm one I have doesn't seem to grab the bolt.
I think you need an 8mm socket to remove the mirrors (I'm at the office right now, can check when I get home). Remove the bolt, give a gentle twist and pull, and the whole thing will come out.

Forget the overpriced motorcycle specific tool kits. Go to your local hardware store or big box and buy a metric socket set and a set of metric combination wrenches. Depending on how much wrenching you plan on doing, you should also consider screw drivers, pliers, metric allen (hex)wrenches, a torque wrench or two, etc.

If it's too much cash to lay out at once, just purchase the tools as you need them.

BTW, for all you Thuxton owners with 1" bars, adjusting the pre-load on the front forks is quite tedious with a regular wrench. Try a 10mm ratcheting box end wrench and save yourself a ton of time!

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Old 11-21-2012, 07:31 PM   #43 (permalink)
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8mm did the trick. Thanks for getting me started!
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:37 AM   #44 (permalink)
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Just got mine in the mail today. 2 weeks for delivery. Installed them on my '13 thruxton. The quality seems to be good. Won't be able to tell how they hold up riding until all the snow melts in about 5 months
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:46 AM   #45 (permalink)
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:45 AM   #46 (permalink)
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Just got mine in the mail today. 2 weeks for delivery. Installed them on my '13 thruxton. The quality seems to be good. Won't be able to tell how they hold up riding until all the snow melts in about 5 months
Exact same situation, took a month to arrive though (Italian post is what it is, apparently), and I'll have to wait a fair bit before using it due to the climate.
I see you mounted so that they stick out a bit, do you all mount them so externally? I haven't, but I guess I'll find out if I can see behind me next time I use it.
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:46 AM   #47 (permalink)
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My saga with mirrors continues:

A friend gave me a single Rizoma Retro mirror recently and in the search for a matching mate, I found a set of similar mirrors on Amazon.com. I figured a genuine Rizoma is $125, and these were only $29 shipped, so if these are junk I'll just sell them.

I just received the mirrors from China.
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I will post a full review once I have installed them. For now here is a quick comparison.

Out of the box, one can tell right away the Chinese mirrors are cheaper. They weigh less, and the quality of the casting is much rougher. The genuine Rizoma is on the left, and the knock-off is on the right (with the blue expansion bolt). The knock-off has a pebble finish, and a few rough spots under close inspection. As well the allen screw holding the mirror is smaller, with a gap in the hole vs the genuine article's tight fitting screw.


The mirror stem on the Rizoma is also thicker compared to the knock-off. Plus on the knock-off you can clearly see a nylon bushing surrounding the ball end. The knock-off mirror is very easy to pivot, which might result in a mirror that doesn't stay in one place when adjusted. But we'll see once I get it on the road. A look at the blue anodizing also shows how thin the coating is.. it's already showing signs of wear.


When I get some time I will do a full review of this set of mirrors compared to my CRG blindspot mirrors and the other set identical to the OP's.
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Old 12-15-2012, 02:10 AM   #48 (permalink)
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very interesting, thanks.
i have a eye on those.
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Old 12-15-2012, 10:35 PM   #49 (permalink)
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The mirrors slipped right onto the hollow 7/8" clubman bars. Once adequately tightened, the rubber expansion plug and rubber washer prevented the arms from rotating. With the mirrors adjusted I started the motor. Just idling in the garage, the left mirror started to droop from the vibration, so no doubt the loose fitting nylon bushing will allow the mirror to move while under way. My plan will be to squirt some crazy glue or silicone on the mirror bushing once adjusted; hopefully that will solve the issue.

Bottom line? These cheap Rizoma knock-offs are just that.. cheap. $25 isn't a lot to spend and if I'm not satisfied well .. time to shell out the dollars for the genuine article.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:26 AM   #50 (permalink)
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Very nice op. A friend of mine is looking for a similar style mirror. ..ill have to pass these along to him.
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