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Alternative Side Mirrors for T3

Discussion in 'T3 & T4 Tech Help Clinic' started by Luckyphil, Sep 22, 2018.

  1. nils

    nils Well-Known Member

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    I have the vw LT mirrors on mine, one of the best bits on the car.
    Definitely no blind spots
     
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  2. syncro

    syncro Well-Known Member

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    I have the plastic wind deflectors on the Up! and the blind spot sometimes annoys me with city driving, especially in high pedestrian areas.

    I have 3 cars and the basic T3 mirrors are the best of them.
     
  3. Maccas

    Maccas New Member

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    Real life (non mythical) comparison of LT mirror VS basic T3 mirror:

    Quality, durability, aesthetics: LT
    Crack, sag, shake, impractical: Basic
    Vision clarity, depth, width, safety: LT
    Poor width/height, blind spot: Basic
    Easily sight rear wheel reversing: LT
    Folds back for tight spaces: LT
    Folds forward, shaving etc: LT
    Easily best bang for your buck: LT

    Might I return to basic T3 mirror after real life long term use of the LT mirror? Definitely not. Retrograde step.
    Comment creds without first having installed/used mid/long term the LT mirrors? None/Zilch/Keine.
    Any advantage to replace LT mirror with some other manual mirror? No.
     
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  4. syncro

    syncro Well-Known Member

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    They do look cool and fold back is handy.
     
  5. Luckyphil

    Luckyphil Well-Known Member

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    Compared the stock mirror to these and they dont stick out any wider than the stock mirrors
     
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  6. Andy.

    Andy. Active Member

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    How do they compare to the factory electric mirrors Phil? They are a little larger than the std mirrors

    Was thinking of the LT style mirrors while driving about today, and yes in city traffic can see they would create a blind spot!

    (I have std mirrors on one bus, and factory electric on the other)
     
  7. Luckyphil

    Luckyphil Well-Known Member

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    I have factory electric on my yellow van & would rate these as just as good if not better for visibility however the factory electrics look nicer.
     
  8. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    I now have factory electric on both...............and I do like the way they don’t fold in at speed, or on windy days! :)
     
  9. syncro

    syncro Well-Known Member

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    Neither do mine.
     
  10. kleinersyncro

    kleinersyncro Active Member

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    Next step up for even greater visibility :)

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  11. syncro

    syncro Well-Known Member

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    Australian T3 owners seem to have some sort of sexual fetish with mirrors. The T3 mirrors are much better than T2 mirrors and I have not seen any complaints about them. Those truck style mirrors really look like a big blind spot to me.
     
  12. AC-T3

    AC-T3 Well-Known Member

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    I run standard mirrors and won't change. Fitted with fibre washers on the cup and ball they stay put. Have driven lotsa little trucks (LT's) and big trucks (effing BT's) over the years and yes truck mirrors suit trucks coz they are big and when parallel parking on the kerb with over hanging awnings, still gotta move your head to ensure clearance. Us humans just gotta remember to move our heads.
     
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  13. syncro

    syncro Well-Known Member

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    Standard work, electric are preferred but I don't know about the truck style's blind spots.

    Still the standard ones are better than on my other cars. The Subaru are terrible as they are too convex and you cannot judge distances easily. I liked the earlier ADR that banned convex mirror
     
  14. Luckyphil

    Luckyphil Well-Known Member

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    Here is a pic of the mirror fitted, I think the field of vision is acceptable & probably better than the famed LT mirrors :)
    130mm mirror.jpg
     
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  15. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    My factory ones didn’t for the first 150,000 kms either......:rolleyes:
     
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  16. chris taylor

    chris taylor Well-Known Member

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  17. Wattie

    Wattie Well-Known Member

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    My version of swing away mirrors, I wasn't going to fit those monster junk clip on caravan towing mirrors that have the potential to dint/scratch the door so I machined up my own mounts and used motor cycle mirrors.
    PS Oops didn't notice how dirty the glasses are..........note to self........clean mirror glass. :eek: Swing Mirror R.jpg Swing Mirror 2 R.jpg
     
  18. Mellow Yellow 74

    Mellow Yellow 74 Active Member

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    Nope, google Vanagon mirrors and T25 mirrors and you will find that people in the US and UK think the standard mirrors are crap too
     
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  19. AC-T3

    AC-T3 Well-Known Member

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    Is it a case where the silent majority don't feel the need to speak up?
     

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