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Old 03-21-2005, 02:13   #1 (permalink)
Ian Rawlings
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Door mirrors and off-roading

Hello peeps, just wondering if any of you lot have come up with a
reasonably easy method of avoiding the fag of having to get out of the
truck, push the wing mirrors in before pushing through some
vegetation, then getting back out to reset the mirrors before hitting
the roads again to get to the next lane. Usually I open the canvas
back and just use the rear-view mirror until I finish an off-roading
stint, but it's bloody cold and not quite as good as the proper
mirrors.

So are there any mirrors that can be pushed aside by the vegetation
and will spring back without needing to be re-adjusted? I'm thinking
that van mirrors may well be up to the job, has anyone tried it? The
mirrors would have to pop out even if pushed flat to the body, most
mirrors are designed to just stay put if they're pushed far enough.
The standard landy mirrors can be pushed into the body but by the time
that's happened the glass holder has moved on the ball joint so it
needs messing about.

Not much hassle I know but hey I'm lazy!!

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Old 03-21-2005, 02:13   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Door mirrors and off-roading

On Thu, 10 Mar 2005 20:09:29 +0000, Ian Rawlings
<news05@tarcus.org.uk> wrote:

>Hello peeps, just wondering if any of you lot have come up with a
>reasonably easy method of avoiding the fag of having to get out of the
>truck, push the wing mirrors in before pushing through some
>vegetation, then getting back out to reset the mirrors before hitting
>the roads again to get to the next lane. Usually I open the canvas
>back and just use the rear-view mirror until I finish an off-roading
>stint, but it's bloody cold and not quite as good as the proper
>mirrors.
>
>So are there any mirrors that can be pushed aside by the vegetation
>and will spring back without needing to be re-adjusted? I'm thinking
>that van mirrors may well be up to the job, has anyone tried it? The
>mirrors would have to pop out even if pushed flat to the body, most
>mirrors are designed to just stay put if they're pushed far enough.
>The standard landy mirrors can be pushed into the body but by the time
>that's happened the glass holder has moved on the ball joint so it
>needs messing about.
>
>Not much hassle I know but hey I'm lazy!!


Mirrors on my 110 (standard defender-type mirrors) can either be
folded back or done-so by the vegetation and when finished just push
back into the same norch (they have 2-notch open position) and the
mirror head usually hasn't moved so no realignment required.


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Mark.(AKA, Mr.Nice.)
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Old 03-21-2005, 02:13   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Door mirrors and off-roading

In article <slrnd31abp.pkg.news05@gate-int.tarcus.org.uk>, Ian Rawlings wrote:
> Hello peeps, just wondering if any of you lot have come up with a
> reasonably easy method of avoiding the fag of having to get out of the
> truck, push the wing mirrors in before pushing through some
> vegetation, then getting back out to reset the mirrors before hitting
> the roads again to get to the next lane. Usually I open the canvas
> back and just use the rear-view mirror until I finish an off-roading
> stint, but it's bloody cold and not quite as good as the proper
> mirrors.
>


I just let the vegetation fold the passenger side mirror in, that is
unless I have a passenger, once it's out of the way I normally leave it.

With the drivers side one I try to remember to fold that one in myself
before entering the lane. Doesn't really matter though as its easy
enough to put it right from the cab.

I find that if you keep getting out every time then you'll only get
pissed off as it gets knocked out of whack in the next lane, meaning
you have to get out and straighten it, ad infinitum.

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Old 03-21-2005, 02:13   #4 (permalink)
Ian Rawlings
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Re: Door mirrors and off-roading

On 2005-03-11, Simon Barr <me@privacy.net> wrote:

> I find that if you keep getting out every time then you'll only get
> pissed off as it gets knocked out of whack in the next lane, meaning
> you have to get out and straighten it, ad infinitum.


Err yeah I know what the standard mirrors do, I'm trying to find out
if there's an alternative, which is what my original post said.
Hopefully someone'll have tried to find a way around this already,
otherwise I'll get some van mirrors and will try it out.

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Old 03-21-2005, 02:13   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Door mirrors and off-roading

In article <slrnd339ea.pkg.news05@gate-int.tarcus.org.uk>, Ian Rawlings wrote:
> On 2005-03-11, Simon Barr <me@privacy.net> wrote:
>
>> I find that if you keep getting out every time then you'll only get
>> pissed off as it gets knocked out of whack in the next lane, meaning
>> you have to get out and straighten it, ad infinitum.

>
> Err yeah I know what the standard mirrors do, I'm trying to find out
> if there's an alternative, which is what my original post said.
> Hopefully someone'll have tried to find a way around this already,
> otherwise I'll get some van mirrors and will try it out.
>


All I was really saying is, live with it. :-)

If you had rigidly mounted mirrors you would lose them pretty quickly, at
least on some of the lanes near me anyway!

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Old 03-21-2005, 02:13   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Door mirrors and off-roading

Simon Barr wrote:

> All I was really saying is, live with it. :-)
>
> If you had rigidly mounted mirrors you would lose them pretty quickly, at
> least on some of the lanes near me anyway!
>


Isn't he saying, why the hell don't they reset themselves after they've
been belted ?

Steve
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Old 03-21-2005, 02:13   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Door mirrors and off-roading

On or around Fri, 11 Mar 2005 19:24:19 +0000, Steve Taylor
<steve@thetaylorfamily.org.uk> enlightened us thusly:

>Simon Barr wrote:
>
>> All I was really saying is, live with it. :-)
>>
>> If you had rigidly mounted mirrors you would lose them pretty quickly, at
>> least on some of the lanes near me anyway!
>>

>
>Isn't he saying, why the hell don't they reset themselves after they've
>been belted ?


I did contemplate some very-strong mirror guards... teach the bloody nutters
in transits a thign or two :-)

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Old 03-21-2005, 02:14   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Door mirrors and off-roading

On 2005-03-11, Simon Barr <me@privacy.net> wrote:

> All I was really saying is, live with it. :-)
>
> If you had rigidly mounted mirrors you would lose them pretty quickly, at
> least on some of the lanes near me anyway!


Sorry mush but you can't have read a word of any of the posts I've
made in this thread! I *have* lived with it, I would prefer not to
have to, and the "rigidly mounted" mirrors you think I mean aren't
what I've described, check my previous posts again.

I'll figure sommat out and if I ever get around to trying it, I'll
report back.

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Old 03-21-2005, 02:14   #9 (permalink)
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Re: Door mirrors and off-roading

On 2005-03-11, Steve Taylor <steve@thetaylorfamily.org.uk> wrote:

> Isn't he saying, why the hell don't they reset themselves after
> they've been belted ?


Yep, most van mirrors apparently don't have moveable glass, just very
wide angle views, so while the vegetation would slap them against the
side of the truck, when they sprang back there wouldn't be any need to
mess with them, unlike the current mirrors. I was asking if anyone
had tried this or anything similar. A simple question, or so I
thought ;-)

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Old 03-21-2005, 02:14   #10 (permalink)
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Re: Door mirrors and off-roading

In message <slrnd31abp.pkg.news05@gate-int.tarcus.org.uk>, Ian Rawlings
<news05@tarcus.org.uk> writes
>So are there any mirrors that can be pushed aside by the vegetation
>and will spring back without needing to be re-adjusted? I'm thinking
>that van mirrors may well be up to the job, has anyone tried it? The
>mirrors would have to pop out even if pushed flat to the body, most
>mirrors are designed to just stay put if they're pushed far enough.
>The standard landy mirrors can be pushed into the body but by the time
>that's happened the glass holder has moved on the ball joint so it
>needs messing about.



Wait for Landrover to offer "power fold mirrors" on the Defender range.
Then fit those !

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