Clip-On Bullet Mirror

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#1 Clip-On Bullet Mirror

Post by TheDampMan » Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:01 am

Hi All
Trying to decide what mirrors to fit (I prefer not to drill the body) found theses and wondered if anyone has installed them or any other options?
https://www.carbuildersolutions.com/uk/ ... rror-100mm
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#2 Re: Clip-On Bullet Mirror

Post by Heuer » Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:05 am

I have clip on mirrors which attach to the window frame. Never tried those but they may be too heavy for the mount. Even the flat ones are difficult to keep in place but if one of those bullets came off at speed it is likely it would cause damage to the bodywork and paint.
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#3 Re: Clip-On Bullet Mirror

Post by malcolm » Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:48 am

I'd be dubious. I bought the Fosseway ones which are purportedly designed for the E Type. Even then, they didn't secure properly. I had to cut off the inside leading edge of the bracket to allow it to go far enough into the frame - I obviously had a narrower frame than some. I also inserted some non-slip rubberised material in between the frame and bracket plate to make it grip properly. Fine now, but I first got them the day before I left for a fortnight in Spain. I put zip ties loosely round the arms, and trapped the ties in the door above the mirror so that if they fell off, they wouldn't rattle down the side of the door. As I say, good now and pleased with them.
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#4 Re: Clip-On Bullet Mirror

Post by Heuer » Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:58 am

Yes, the problem is the mounts are designed for deep flat frames whereas on the E-Type they are curved and narrow. The result is the mirrors are only held in place by a very small area of the mount. I had to modify the rear metal clip to make it shallower and then grind the cast chromed mount into a curve to match the frame. I then used some inner tube rubber as a non slip gasket between the mount and the frame. This works well and they have not fallen off since.
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#5 Re: Clip-On Bullet Mirror

Post by Jeremy » Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:01 pm

:yeahthat:
I have the Fosseway oval shaped (convex) clip-on mirror... BUT I too added some grippy rubber between clamp and frame, and they are fine. The nylon gasket supplied is so useless and slippery (and doesn't follow the contour of the frame x-section) that in my earlier attempts to stop the whole thing moving I tightened it up till the clamp broke. I suspect the heavier bullet design will exacerbate the problem and constantly creep or droop, then fall off... :cussing:
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#6 Re: Clip-On Bullet Mirror

Post by dal2.0litrefrogeye » Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:45 pm

Hi . I'm afraid the car builder do not fit . I even Took my door frame down there when I was building the car . And went through there extensive range of mirrors and none fitted . Shame really as they usually have something that works
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#7 Re: Clip-On Bullet Mirror

Post by 64etype » Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:28 pm

I'm using the Tex clip-on, but modified the mounting such that it slides/loops over the leading edge of the window frame instead of gripping from the trailing edge. This keeps it somewhat attached even if it should come loose. The modification involved slicing the bracket lengthwise, and welding in a spacer. Then flip the bracket around as described above and shown in the photos. I like the design because it doesn't clutter the lines of the car. I believe Tex is a UK company...I got them from XKS in the U.S.




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#8 Re: Clip-On Bullet Mirror

Post by malcolm » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:05 am

Might that not cause damage to the door seals?
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#9 Re: Clip-On Bullet Mirror

Post by 64etype » Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:03 pm

It clears the leading edge of the body seal. The door window frame seal is trimmed back in the area of the mirror bracket. Beats dings down the side of the car, and the window frame seal is simple to replace.
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#10 Re: Clip-On Bullet Mirror

Post by dal2.0litrefrogeye » Sun Nov 11, 2018 5:46 pm

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Another one for the Tex mirror got it yesterday up at the NEC went for the round one as there isn't really a straight shape on the car bought from these people
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#11 Re: Clip-On Bullet Mirror

Post by neal herridge » Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:44 pm

Did you need to cut the rubber in the window channel to get it to fit, or was there room for the bracket to slid in between the chrome & the rubber.
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#12 Re: Clip-On Bullet Mirror

Post by dal2.0litrefrogeye » Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:05 pm

Hi , no it just slipped in between the felt and the door frame and doesn't restrict the up and down of the window
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#13 Re: Clip-On Bullet Mirror

Post by neal herridge » Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:37 pm

Great thanks for that.
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