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Having some trouble with these eBay 1" barend mirrors. The smaller insert which I assume is for 7/8ths, ends up never biting inside - smaller diameter by probability a millimeter or 2.

The larger inserts (shown on the mirror) which must be for 1" (this handlebar) are too large by a millimeter, I've even tried clamping them in with a vice grip... but it'd mean the outer solid edge wouldn't fit regardless, as it's machined a bit thick.

Just clamping around the bar instead would require chiseling out the clamp diameter, looks like they're meant for tapered-to-7/8 bars


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I made some progress using a produce rubber band. The barend does NOT come out, requires muscle to wiggle pull out, but I can still rotate it around with a bit of force. I'm certain it'd stay put, but I'd rather actually lock it in with metal to metal.

Im going to sand off the powder coating inside the bar and try the bigger sleeves this weekend.




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I may be misreading you (if so, I apologize), but I've got the tracker bars (7/8ths) on my Bonneville (2012) and ordered these barend mirrors to add on. I ended up rolling electrical tape around them. Took a couple of tries to get the desired thickness, but they're on, tightened down nicely into postion and have not budged in several higher speed rides.

Having some trouble with these eBay 1" barend mirrors. The smaller insert which I assume is for 7/8ths, ends up never biting inside - smaller diameter by probability a millimeter or 2.

The larger inserts (shown on the mirror) which must be for 1" (this handlebar) are too large by a millimeter, I've even tried clamping them in with a vice grip... but it'd mean the outer solid edge wouldn't fit regardless, as it's machined a bit thick.

Just clamping around the bar instead would require chiseling out the clamp diameter, looks like they're meant for tapered-to-7/8 bars


Tips, tricks?



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I may be misreading you (if so, I apologize), but I've got the tracker bars (7/8ths) on my Bonneville (2012) and ordered these barend mirrors to add on. I ended up rolling electrical tape around them. Took a couple of tries to get the desired thickness, but they're on, tightened down nicely into postion and have not budged in several higher speed rides.
Exact same ones? Surprised you needed tape on 7/8th bars. Seems like the smaller sleeves are meant for those.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/311796137719




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Sure look the same. Biltwell tracker bar...the outer expander ring would not go in the bar, so I wrapped the right amount of tape and skipped using the outer expander.
 

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a little trick I have used with 100% success in similar situations is to pull out the tin snips, cut a soda can open to a sheet of aluminium and then trim a strip down that I roll up and insert into the bar with the expandable joint. The joint digs into the aluminium and the insert/bar end/ etc are in for good.
 

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It may sound harsh, but you'll find that higher quality parts, from reputable sellers, will usually fit much better than cheep Chinese look-alike crap.


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I had these on an old Yamaha of mine and the engine vibrations used to spin the glass...

that being said, Go to your local hardware store and pick up either some thin copper sheet or just plain shim stock

https://www.mscdirect.com/browse/tn/Raw-Materials/Shim-Stock/Metal-Shim-Stock?navid=12101785

Find you desired thickness and buy some.
 

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It may sound harsh, but you'll find that higher quality parts, from reputable sellers, will usually fit much better than cheep Chinese look-alike crap.


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I come from a KLR650, we're known for being frugal lol. But that's a risk I was willing to take for $13. $150+ is ridiculous

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I get "frugal", but I want value for my $$$!
I've been running Napoleons for over 30 years.......$65-$70 a pair and they last as long as the bike.




Since I've retired, the ZooperCommuter is for sale.

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I'm fairly certain I found a solution with this thick reinforced rubbery hose from the hardware store. I got two pieces for free, an inch or so. I split it and cut maybe 3/8ths off it, then wrapped it around just one metal expansion sleeve (the smallest one). Pushed it into the handlebar flush, tightened up the bolt. The entire assembly is impossible to pull out, requires force to rotate (which will endlessly "tighten"... However if rotating" lefty loosey", the bolt will eventually back out of the conical wedge nut. I don't see this being an issue while riding, but I'm sure loctite will really help. The hose is never coming out unless you use compressed air!





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Just cut a full length slot along the length of the larger insert. This slot should give you just enough space to squeeze the insert together making a smaller diameter. Should slide right in.
 

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Just cut a full length slot along the length of the larger insert. This slot should give you just enough space to squeeze the insert together making a smaller diameter. Should slide right in.
That a good idea. I'll see how the hose works out for awhile first (it's really in there, flush with the bar)

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I did get the left mirror in fine but the right didn't wanna cooperate. I ended up losing the tapered expansion nut inside the bar, but...

I didn't see a way to remove the inner rubber hose inside the bar since the sleeve is inside it sooo I thought I'd try shimming the bolt with tape and tap the mirror assembly in.. ended up pushing the hose and sleeve an inch deeper. Fack! At this point, I'm either getting a new right side grip n(since this has a hole for mirror in it), or repeating the **** up on the other side and getting a different pair of barend mirrors.



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I had similar mirrors that I got to mount with a different 1 in adapter from bike master.
also I wasn't pleased with how well those mirrors held their position so I got new mirrors and used a new way of adapting them to 1inch bars. Here's a post I created for it.

http://www.triumphrat.net/showthread.php?t=763754

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I'm fairly certain I found a solution with this thick reinforced rubbery hose from the hardware store. I got two pieces for free, an inch or so. I split it and cut maybe 3/8ths off it, then wrapped it around just one metal expansion sleeve (the smallest one). Pushed it into the handlebar flush, tightened up the bolt. The entire assembly is impossible to pull out, requires force to rotate (which will endlessly "tighten"... However if rotating" lefty loosey", the bolt will eventually back out of the conical wedge nut. I don't see this being an issue while riding, but I'm sure loctite will really help. The hose is never coming out unless you use compressed air!





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Hi justinlself

I bought something similar from ebay, and had the same problem with 1" bars.
My solution was similar to yours. It was impossible to make them fit with the supplied fitting.
I had some ground anchor bolts which the supplied bolt would fit into, and then used a small section of car breather hose to make up the difference. Works a treat.
I know they are Chinese , but apart from the dodgy fitting the mirror parts and the bar end seem to be very good.I am very pleased with them for the price.
I wanted the Oberon ones that I had seen at the carol nash bike show, but couldn't justify the £100 price tag.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/232225055098?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

I see that they have changed the description now further down the page to 7/8ths :smile2:
 

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That's what the guy that bought it said.
He took it for a test ride and when he returned he said, "Now I get the mirrors!"


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That's what the guy that bought it said.
He took it for a test ride and when he returned he said, "Now I get the mirrors!"


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Where I take my KLR bar end mirrors wouldn't last long. But for on road, I get it. I have them on my Scrambler.

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