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By: Terry L. Howe - 3/2000
Mirror with quick release ready for use
Ever jump in your Jeep after a trail ride, drive off, and remember
you forgot to readjust your mirror before leaving? Ever whack your
head on your mirror while working on your Jeep in the garage? I have
and I finally did something about it. I used a solution that has
been bouncing around Internet gear heads for a couple years, I used
a mountain bike seat post quick release. The cost was nothing since I
had a box full of miscellaneous bike parts from wrecked bikes. If
you don't have one lying around, a trip to your local bicycle shop
and you can score a used seat post quick release for nothing or
next to nothing.
The installation is simple, remove the bolt holding the mirror arm,
install the seat post quick release, and adjust the mirror. Tricky part
is using the quick release correctly, I even see hard core cyclists
that don't know how these things work. When tightening down the
quick release nut, the lever should be open (normally concave out).
When the nut is snug (not tight), flip the lever and it will tighten
up. The lever should go all the way, if it doesn't, the nut is too
Mirror pushed out of the way
Now when I hit the trail, I flip the lever, push the mirror over
the cowl, and lock the lever. I don't have to worry about ripping
the mirror off on a rock or tree. I can easily move the mirror back
and forth while I drive.
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