Dash or slider mount rear-view mirror

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Dash or slider mount rear-view mirror

Post by Greg » Mon Nov 15, 2004 9:59 pm

hi, all

So here's the thing. I have a style bar that is obstructing the view in my
interior rear-view mirror - just happened to be that way when I purchased
the car, not through particular choice. Anyway ...

I've been looking at various solutions, which based on a trawl through the
miata.net forums & some other internet stuff seem to boil down to

1) Put (ugly) spacers in between the header panel & the mirror & lower it
that way - which would cause it to obstruct quite a bit of the forward view,
2) Find a suitable mirror & mount directly to the dash (although no-one
seems to have done that successfully - or no-one's been game to drill holes
in the dash to screw the thing down properly)
3) Mount a mirror low down on the windscreen using the self-adhesive pad
system (done by at least one forum correspondent & reportedly works OK - no
pictures though)
4) Install a chrome slider bar & height-adjustable mirror like (I think)
early MGBs. KGWorks of Japan make one to suit, but at quite a price &
always out of stock apparently.

Any other ideas out there ? Anyone actually tried any of these solutions ?
What about the legality - does modifying the original mirror cause potential
problems at WOF time ?

Regards,
Greg
1990 V Special

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Dash or slider mount rear-view mirror

Post by Geoff » Mon Nov 15, 2004 10:53 pm

Hi Greg
Have a look at this link to the UK owners club forum, it may help
http://www.mx5ocforum.co.uk/viewtopic.p ... 0&postorde
r=asc&highlight=interior+mirror

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Post by SLYDIT » Mon Nov 15, 2004 11:03 pm

If you look at the very top center of the dash board ,
right in where the windscreen is,you'll see a square
plastic trim cover, It covers the mounting bolt for
the dash, that would be a perfect point to bolt a
mirror base to without drilling holes in the dash,
Although im not sure if it would be high enough to see
out the back or not.
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Post by zorruno » Tue Nov 16, 2004 10:15 am

on 15/11/2004 9:59 p.m. Greg wrote:
hi, all

So here's the thing. I have a style bar that is obstructing the view in my
interior rear-view mirror - just happened to be that way when I purchased
the car, not through particular choice. Anyway ...
you forgot 5) remove the style bar ;)
3) Mount a mirror low down on the windscreen using the self-adhesive pad
system (done by at least one forum correspondent & reportedly works OK - no
pictures though)
I'd get a mirror from a wrecked mitsubishi or some other car that has a
glass mounted unit as standard. There are aftermarket products
available too. You can buy metal to glass adhesive, or a special mirror
mounting adhesive kit (possibly from repco or supercheap?) that will
mount it rock solidly... you'll need a huge force to remove it.

Note that 1996 NA models had a glass mounted mirror as standard. You
could even try and find one of these, but I guess you'd pay a premium.
4) Install a chrome slider bar & height-adjustable mirror like (I think)
early MGBs. KGWorks of Japan make one to suit, but at quite a price &
always out of stock apparently.
expensive also... but very retro cool :)
Any other ideas out there ? Anyone actually tried any of these solutions ?
I've remounted a mirror on a mitsi galant using one of those adhesives.
It was simple and held permanently.
What about the legality - does modifying the original mirror cause potential
problems at WOF time ?
I doubt it. A mirror that works correctly should be all that's
required. Just don't bolt it through your firewall ;)

Note also that when you'd done the above, you could convert the location
that the mirror was mounted to into a decent interior light. The 96s
have this.

Actually I'm pretty sure Gary Morrison in wellington used a Suzuki
Vitara interior light unit or something similar, and mounted the mirror
to that. It bought the mirror quite low down though. Gary?

cheers
zorruno
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Dash or slider mount rear-view mirror

Post by Simon Lord » Tue Nov 16, 2004 10:35 am

Just to comment - my 97NA has the screen mounted mirror but I think it's in
exactly the same location as the screwed-on type so it won't solve your
problem, Greg. Reading the comments on the UK site, I don't think anything
(other than removing the style bars) will.

Re zorrunos suggestion "you could convert the location that the mirror was
mounted to into a decent interior light. The 96s have this." That's a great
idea but if mine is anything to go by don't use the standard fitting - the
interior light is not strong enough to read a map by.

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Dash or slider mount rear-view mirror

Post by EricW » Tue Nov 16, 2004 11:12 am

Just a comment on the idea of sticking the mirror to the windscreen. I
believe that if you do this, the mirror has to be a "breakaway" type, in
other words, if you hit it hard with your head during an impact it must
break off, (the mirror, not the head).

(Thinking about that, I wonder how they test it. I have just had this mental
picture of the factory tester, coming home at night and saying "not tonight
dear, I've got a headache")

Regards

Eric

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