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"blind spot" or convex mirror options

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TJ Asher, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. Dec 30, 2010 at 5:50 PM
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    TJ Asher

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    Let me start off by stating I did a search and found a couple old threads on mirrors and I have my mirrors properly adjusted so that I catch most of the "blind spots" in the mirrors. Just so I don't get the "use search" and "adjust your mirrors properly" replies. :)

    I want them for negotiating in tight quarters.

    I've been looking for a convex "blind spot" mirror for a while now and all I can find are the little round "pigs eye" mirrors. Heck, the dealer even sells them for a buck and a half.

    I'm looking for something rectangular and wide.

    Does anyone make a rectangular convex mirror?

    Any other options?

    TJ
     
  2. Dec 30, 2010 at 6:56 PM
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    easyeatlanta

    easyeatlanta Artificial Intelligence beats natural stupidity

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    adjust your mirrors properly
     
  3. Dec 30, 2010 at 7:10 PM
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    Uh, yeah, exactly the type of response I want to avoid, hence my first statement.
     
  4. Dec 30, 2010 at 7:11 PM
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  5. Dec 30, 2010 at 7:12 PM
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    Have you tried the circle ones with no luck? I use them and they are super useful.
     
  6. Dec 31, 2010 at 8:02 AM
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    There are rectangular ones made, and I've used them on many of the cars I've owned over the years. They are a nice size for car mirrors since they do not use up as much of the surface area of the mirror as the round ones do.

    The only drawback I found was they were made of moulded plastic, and most of them had some distortion that made it difficult to actually use them. You have to look them over really well in the store to find the ones with the least distortion before buying them.

    I found mine at stores like Walmart, Kmart, etc......
     
  7. Dec 31, 2010 at 8:05 AM
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    ya... i have the 1.5" circle mirriors attached on the inside of my side mirrors. it really helps being able to see the ground right next to your truck. best $4 i have spent for my truck :)
     
  8. Dec 31, 2010 at 12:57 PM
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    TJ Asher

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    I appreciate all the replies.

    <mini rant>I don't understand why side mirrors on the driver side are not convex like the passenger side. My motorcycle mirrors are convex on both sides and proper adjustment allows you to see a huge range while driving.</mini rant>

    Like Netmonkey, I wanted convex mirrors to be able to see where my truck was in relation to obstacles next to the truck, not so much for driving.

    As I though about what I really needed these for I decided round ones would actually work best and allow me to see down more than rectangular ones.

    I eventually ended up going with a couple of 1.5" round ones I found at the dealer for $1.50 each. Yeah, a buck and a half at the dealership! I was there getting my oil changed anyway so I figured what the heck.

    The tiny 1.5" models don't eat up much usable space on the regular mirrors and allow me to see things right next to the truck when maneuvering in tight quarters.
     
  9. Dec 31, 2010 at 1:13 PM
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    I bought 2 small round convex mirrors the week I bought the truck. They are small enough that they don't look silly but large enough to work. I think I paid $4 for the pair.
     
  10. Dec 31, 2010 at 1:20 PM
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    Put them in the upper outer corner so all you cover up with the side mirrors is sky.

    I find it works best
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  11. Dec 31, 2010 at 1:21 PM
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    Drunknsloth

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    I have a rectangle one on my passenger side that came when I bought it used. It doesn't help at all with the blind spot with my mirrors properly adjusted, but it helps a little to see more of the ground behind my truck
     
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