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Tightening ball and socket joint on third eye rearview mirror

Old 08-06-15, 09:06 PM
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Tightening ball and socket joint on third eye rearview mirror

My wife and I both have Third Eye brand rearview mirrors on the glasses we wear while riding. The ball and socket joint at the base of the stalk holding the mirror gets loose and sloppy over time. Somewhere I saw you can fix this with plumber's putty but that seemed too easy. Last week I finally tried it. Pulled apart the ball and socket joint, the one where the ball is attached to the part that attaches to the glasses. Put in a wee bit of plumber's putty, the stuff you use to seal a drain to a sink or bathtub. In my case the putty has been around for 7 years. Probably put in about a half a gram of putty, just about the size of a small match head. Pushed the ball and socket joint back together firmly. Amazing! Complete restoration of function, like brand new.
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Old 08-06-15, 11:21 PM
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If you go to the Third Eye website, they say you can tighten the ball/socket by just pushing it in tighter. In my experience, this sorta works, sometimes, for a while. I may try the putty. They do sell parts - my plastic earstem clamps crack after a few years, so I keep several replacements handy.
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Old 08-07-15, 06:15 AM
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Our mirrors are maybe 5 years old. I think the ability to use the "push it together" fix is probably for the newer mirrors, an improvement in the design. Didn't work on mine.
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Old 08-07-15, 07:00 AM
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On my wifes I asked her to adjust the mirror corectly and them put a few drops of super glue on the mirrors joint and let it sit over night. Roger
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On mine, the mirror has a cylindrical hole, a separate piece that fits in the hole and grips the ball. When mine got loose I put enough wraps of
teflon pipe tape around the cylinder and reinserted it into the mirror, this tightened things up very well and is easy to replace if needed, which
so far it has not 4 yrs later. It used to blow out of position above 35mph , now it is good over 50 mph downhill (though there are very few such
hills around here.)
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