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This summer I replaced both running lights next to the head light and the running light fixture on the right side which had a hole in it. Needless to say the mirrors and windshield garnish had to come off in order to get to the head light and running lights assemblies. Everything worked well and I reversed the order to put everything back together properly.

The hitch occurred when I went to reinstall the left side mirror. There is a bolt hole bracket (for lack of a better part description) that sits inside the mirror housing of the fairing that the mirror assembly bolts are threaded into. It looks somewhat like an upside down triangle and has the holes/threads in it to receive the mirror bolts. Unknown to me the lower part of the bracket had cracked. broken off and slipped down into the fairing pocket. I was able to retrieve it and then started to try and set it back in to receive the bottom mirror bolt. It was a REAL PITA and I finally accomplished the task... barely.

The mirror is tightened real good and everything has worked well. Now, finally, my question. Has anyone replaced this bracket before? And if so... did the complete fairing have to come off or is there another method that would work?

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never had the problem yet,but i would think that you possibly might be able to smear some abs cement on the bracket and hold it up in the proper position until the cement sets,at worst if some of the cement got on the threaded insert you could always clean it up with a metric tap
i would think that taking the fairing off wouldn;t help much in this situation

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I like that idea and guess I may try that when the weather gets warmer. Problem is that in order to get the piece situated right I have to maneuver it up and around some interior molded plastic. It's such a pain that it took me nearly an hour last time to even get it where it would accept the bolt. I think I dropped it 8-10 times during that span and had to retrieve it each time. I even attached it to a strong wire with plumbers putty but because of all the angles just couldn't get it right. I finally got it set with the tip of one finger and just lucked out getting the bolt to thread on.

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one problem to fixing problem unfortunately involves taking mirror off,if somehow you could get the mirror off and get two bolts holding bracket on,you could drill two small holes into bracket from outside the fairing,tap 4mm and insert two 4mm screws with beveled flatheads screws to hold bracket tight inside fairing,actually with mirror off might not be as hard as it seems

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I had the same problem. I used a coat hanger to help maneuver it into place so I could get the mirror bolts on it whiteout the mirror. Then I glued it in place, had the mirror off a couple of times now and no problems.

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Silicone will work too.

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if I follow you correctly I was able to remove the speaker and reach in side the fairing to hold the mounting bracket in place. I had one to crack leaving one of the embedded "nuts" loose. A friend was able to weld it back stronger than ever but I found replacements on ebay (both sides). Which side of yours is broken? I may still have a good one for the right side laying aroung althought my GW is gone.

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one problem to fixing problem unfortunately involves taking mirror off,if somehow you could get the mirror off and get two bolts holding bracket on,you could drill two small holes into bracket from outside the fairing,tap 4mm and insert two 4mm screws with beveled flatheads screws to hold bracket tight inside fairing,actually with mirror off might not be as hard as it seems
I had actually thought about doing that exact thing but decided not to. The piece that has broken off is very small and I don't really think there is much room around the threads where external screws could be placed. Looks like I'll have to think about either total replacement of the entire bracket or gluing the broken piece back in. At least I have some options now.

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I had the same problem. I used a coat hanger to help maneuver it into place so I could get the mirror bolts on it whiteout the mirror. Then I glued it in place, had the mirror off a couple of times now and no problems.
Good idea. Now that I think about it I could run the coat hanger through the outside and through the broken piece, attach the broken piece in some manner that it can be pulled into place and maneuvered with some silicone or other adhesive on its inside. I could then keep gentle pressure on it via the coat hanger and even stick my finger in from the other side to make sure it stays in place until secured. Light thread reaming might be necessary then re-bolt the mirror which would hold things until its cured. Thanks for the idea!

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Silicone will work too.
I knew a gal once that was a BIG admirer of silicone.

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