Adding mirrors so I don't have to turn in my seat!

Frankb

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My mirrors have been working perfectly since mounting. I have accidentally walked into my mirrors a couple times and they moved out of the way without hurting me or the mounting. I am thankful for that. If anything was to happen to these mirrors, I would absolutely buy two more just like these to replace. Very happy with mine
 
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I'll probably end up installing mirrors like yours, Frank. Can't get my head around spending the time right now, and I need mirrors! If these hold up for even two seasons, heck maybe just the rest of this one, I am way ahead on ease of tractor use. So nice to be able to use them. I just ran to the store for fuel and could so easily see if a car was behind me. Plus backing out of the garage with it feels more natural and certainly safer. Rearview mirrors are an ingrained habit and for good reason.
 

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I'll probably end up installing mirrors like yours, Frank. Can't get my head around spending the time right now, and I need mirrors! If these hold up for even two seasons, heck maybe just the rest of this one, I am way ahead on ease of tractor use. So nice to be able to use them. I just ran to the store for fuel and could so easily see if a car was behind me. Plus backing out of the garage with it feels more natural and certainly safer. Rearview mirrors are an ingrained habit and for good reason.
I can't imagine being without these mirrors now. I had to go on our road and even though it is a private road, the neighbors run up and down rather fast and I can't hear them coming over the tractor noise, and I feel much safer knowing who is coming up behind me when I am on that road! Good luck with your mirrors!
 

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I bought the mirrors suggested but mounted them lower so the top is the same as the top of the tower. I ended up using the welding mini clips suggested in another thread to avoid drilling.

Working great so far and very helpful addition. Thanks all
 
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Frankb

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I bought the mirrors suggested but mounted them lower so the top is the same as the top of the tower. I ended up using the welding mini clips suggested in another thread to avoid drilling.

Working great so far and very helpful addition. Thanks all
PICTURES!
 

Frankb

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I bought the mirrors suggested but mounted them lower so the top is the same as the top of the tower. I ended up using the welding mini clips suggested in another thread to avoid drilling.

Working great so far and very helpful addition. Thanks all
I did not have to drill any holes in tractor at all. I used the existing holes in the towers with large heavy washers so I can tighten them without deforming the washers in the large holes. Nothing has come loose yet and I have been doing a lot of digging and grapple work and shaking the tractor.
Best of luck with the mounts!
 
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bbxlr8

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I did not have to drill any holes in tractor at all. I used the existing holes in the towers with large heavy washers so I can tighten them without deforming the washers in the large holes. Nothing has come loose yet and I have been doing a lot of digging and grapple work and shaking the tractor.
Best of luck with the mounts!

Agreed on the pics being worth 1000 words - took some now. ;)

So, I have the LA525 which does not have ANY factory holes that are close to being useful.

I used a cut-down bike innertube to 1) prevent movement or walk & 2) allow me to really crank down on the clips. Because of the welds and the thickness, I had to put them narrower than @ full top & bottom but still gain the height. I then ended up grinding down a bit of the lip on the inner part of the mirror mount about a 1/8"+ or so to get it just right. My mirrors were actually too stiff out of the box, so I used some silicone and worked them a bit to get the right firmness of adjustability. There is a nut/bolt on the bottom.

Overall, it's a very cheap and useful mod IMO

Mirror 1.jpg
mirror 2.jpg
 
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Frankb

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Looks good bbxlr8. If you ever have to raise the mirrors, I think you have enough of that tower that you can add a length of 1" angle iron to the outside of the tower, and clamp it where your clamp is now and once again a couple inches just below that clamp. That will give you height if needed. I was fortunate that my towers had the two large holes at the top of the towers. I said I used washers, but in fact used a couple pieces of cut flat stock with holes drilled the exact size I needed only after concaving two of the larger fender washers. They worked, but I was not happy looking at bent washers so went through the trouble of cutting, grinding, drilling and painting the two square washers I made. It made me happier doing it that way. But then again I can sometimes go too far with some things...LOL
Nice job!
 

bbxlr8

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Looks good bbxlr8. If you ever have to raise the mirrors, I think you have enough of that tower that you can add a length of 1" angle iron to the outside of the tower, and clamp it where your clamp is now and once again a couple inches just below that clamp. That will give you height if needed. I was fortunate that my towers had the two large holes at the top of the towers. I said I used washers, but in fact used a couple pieces of cut flat stock with holes drilled the exact size I needed only after concaving two of the larger fender washers. They worked, but I was not happy looking at bent washers so went through the trouble of cutting, grinding, drilling and painting the two square washers I made. It made me happier doing it that way. But then again I can sometimes go too far with some things...LOL
Nice job!
That is a good idea. I was trying to work out what to do if I wanted them higher and I appreciate it.

Right now they are not too obtrusive and show me the left and right fields from the tire contact patch up. I feel you about working to "get it right"!
 

Frankb

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That is a good idea. I was trying to work out what to do if I wanted them higher and I appreciate it.

Right now they are not too obtrusive and show me the left and right fields from the tire contact patch up. I feel you about working to "get it right"!
Look back at post #17. It shows where I used flat stock and switched over to the narrow angle iron stock. Much more stable and no wiggling of mirrors. angle stock came from Lowes. I bought a 3' length and cut what I needed, cleaned and sanded before painting.
A 3' length cut in half will get you above the tower more than enough to let you look in mirrors comfortably.
 

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I have spent a bunch of time this week with my MX-6000 and a seven foot rotary mower mowing around fields and traveling on the roads to other farms and pastures. I need to get some mirrors mounted. A lot of good ideas in this thread.
 
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I bought the mirrors suggested but mounted them lower so the top is the same as the top of the tower. I ended up using the welding mini clips suggested in another thread to avoid drilling.

Working great so far and very helpful addition. Thanks all
I see the welding mini clips in your pictures, but I can't find them online or the other forum you reference. Where did you get them? I'm picking up an L2501 later this week and want to put mirrors on ASAP since I have young children.
 

bbxlr8

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I see the welding mini clips in your pictures, but I can't find them online or the other forum you reference. Where did you get them? I'm picking up an L2501 later this week and want to put mirrors on ASAP since I have young children.
Sure thing :)
Here is the amazon link - they were hard to find. I tried HF & local welding stores before ordering these as they are pretty pricy for what they are. But they are unusual and fit the job at hand very well

Clips: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AZA5C7Q/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Mirrors I used: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A1AC46M/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
(on sale now)
 
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Use two magnets like these on each mirror. Works fine. I've had them on my mirrors for two years and they stay on fine.

 

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I do have mirrors on my B2650 But also a remote rear camera. the 7" monitor is waterproof and it Shure makes it easy to back into your implements back up 3.jpg Camera 1A.jpg 20200510_131410.jpg back up 3.jpg Camera 1A.jpg 20200510_131410.jpg without turning around.
 
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joearizona

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Do you have details for your camera/ monitor
I got the unit on Amazon, its a Yakry model Y34HD and it cost $190.81 I have been using it for about 4 weeks now and it is sure nice. and the monitor is water proof so I don't have to remove it when I'm not using the tractor. i wired it into the ignition so it come on when the tractor starts. and the camera is wired into the 12VDC port next to the seat.
 

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Are those mirrors or sails?
 
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