Intro: 5$ Jeep Mirror ATTN: All Jeep Owners!
Part of owning a jeep is the fun of taking the doors off in the summer.
So I wanted some cheap mirrors for driving w/out my doors, and not get bothered by the police for not having mirrors. Unfortunately they are all 30$ and up so I thought (as usual) I can make cheaper ones that I won't be upset if I break while driving through the woods.
Step 1: Supplies
All you need is a $2.99 mirror from AutoZone, cheap piece of sheet metal (I had lying around), 2 old push rods I had from an old engine (any piece of durable rod will work) and a 3/8 x 2.5" bolt nut washers etc.
Other options for the rod may be heavy steel brake line cheaply found at most auto parts stores, or some solid steel rod (found at any hardware store).
Step 2: Cut the Sheet Steel
Cut out a piece of sheet metal just smaller than the mirror. Notice the mirror I got is a curved glass one with 2 adhesive strips on the back made for sticking to large truck side mirrors. This is important because it eliminates the need for an adjustment ball mounting on the back of the mirror.
Step 3: Bending the Rod Into Prefered Angle
Bend the rod using the hinge in the Jeep or a hand bender if you're using the brake line. I required no heat because of the material I used but if using heavier solid steel rod you may require it.
Then just weld away. On the passenger side I just placed a 2" spacer under the end bolting into the hinge in order to have it in a more viewable spot the driver side is just flat. (you can make both angled like the passenger)
I tack welded the bolt to the end and the sheet metal to the push rod for support that may not be needed if you are using heavier sheet metal.
Step 5: Pre-paint Test Fit
Here is the finnished product before paint, I test fitted it to be sure it came out the way I wanted it and smoothed the surfaces a little with my wire brush and grinder.
Step 6: Finnished Product
I painted it black and attached the mirror using the adhesive strips on the back of the mirror that were already there.
The mirror I used works great because it is curved and doesn't need an adjustment piece which means less to break on trees and they can easily be folded inside the jeep if you need them protected from the trees.