It’s been some time since I’ve been able to get much done in the garage due an inner ear issue which has left me almost permanently dizzy since February. But, I have managed to do a couple of small jobs on LGL and with feeling a lot better, I can tolerate looking at a computer screen again.
So lets get on with things….
I’ve never been fond of the the traditional wing mounting mirrors, they’re relatively small, hard to get used to and don’t offer much in the way of position marking… especially when reversing into a parking space. They also vibrate terribly rendering a clear view behind useless.
Fortunately… there are a number of solutions. The Series 2 had the option to mount the mirrors on the upper door hinges via a small pressed steel bracket (PN: (LH) 347704 & (RH) 347705) but this still leaves the issues of a tiny round mirror. I’d looked at this option and larger mirror heads but oringals are super rare and the aftermarket items look to be of dubious quality.
A solution is at hand though. Design & Development Engineering Ltd in the UK manufacture a very smart solution to the problem… a hinge mount that allows a regular Defender mirror to be installed and as I happen to have a pair of genuine Defender mirrors and arms, this seemed a great solution and one that looks like it should be there.
The view behind is much clearer now and reversing this rather sharp and pointy vehicle into a tiny Swiss parking space is a lot easier as I no longer have to swivel my head through 180 degrees.