Santa brought me 'Mirror Protectors' - BUT.....

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  1. wingman

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    Santa has brought me mirror protectors. Not the more expensive 'Mirror Guards'. Mine are the Milenco type. (c£120 vs c£50!). Obviously, you get what you pay for but I was grateful for the present.

    Notwithstanding the usual 'they're waste of time' comments and "A foreign driver smashed mine in France, even with 'em on" etc has anyone else got this type?

    The reason I ask is, apart from a small sticky-backed piece, there is no significant shock-absorbing infill to them. Just wondered if it's possible to line them with more foam?

    Taa. James
     
  2. irnbru

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    I dont know what type is on ours but I can say they definitely work. A passing vehicle clattered ours and the bottom glass snapped out its socket , hardly a mark on the mirror guard.
     
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  3. Steve N Tracy

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    I have put extra 5mm thick foam padding inside my Milenco Guards.
     
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    I have the mirror guards, wouldn't say there was loads of foam for protection in mine, from what I remember piece of about 1" thick in each corner but not covering all off the back of the fitting
    But they did work for me on two occasions (one my fault the other not) at speeds of over 30, what I have found is my external temp gauge isnt accurate (would indicate over 100 even today) maybe because the temp sensor is in the drivers door mirror casing or could just be a faulty sensor as I've had them on since I got the van not sure which
     
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  5. KeithChesterfield

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    My protectors worked well in this collision - https://youtu.be/XFi5Lx2y2ug – the mirror was pushed back but there was only a very small scratch on the plastic protector.


    Without the protector I think I would have been searching for a new mirror in deepest France – and that wouldn't have been easy!
     
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  6. Scattycat

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    Mine arrived today in the post, (Boxing day is a normal working day over here)
    There's practically no padding just a couple of mm thick, but then I wouldn't expect any. They are protectors and that is what they are meant to do. They crack rather than the expensive mirror with all the electronics inside.
    By the by, if anyone is interested in them, I inadvertently bought some black replacement mirror backs sometime ago that I'm willing to sell at a knock down price, no pun intended.
     
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    Good videos Keith -what dash camera are you using please?
     
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    Jimbohorlicks - it's a Mobius.

    Mobius Bracket 2 (400 x 474).jpg
     
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  9. barista

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    Unfortunately not long after I fitted my Mirrorguards my offside mirror was hit by an incompetent CV driver which took away all but the internals and left the glass dangling on a cable.
    Wouldn't expect them to survive that sort of impact (probably 80/90 mph) but was pleased that Mirrorguard would supply a single cover which reduced the expense a little. I believe the current ones have more foam cushioning than the originals.
    I have dash cams in my cars but this promoted me to use one in the motorhome too. Next time I'll just rerun the video and submit my claim to the registered keeper. It's a bit tricky to do a 3-point (if you're lucky) turn and give chase at 5 tonnes and towing!
     
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  10. gus-lopez

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    In UK now it is " leaving the scene of an accident/failing to stop /leave details " . unfortunately.
    I would always report to police now as if you don't & they do you'll normally get done.

     
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    I stopped, he didn't but not getting his reg no made it irrelevant.
     
  12. campa cola

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    Having lost 2 left hand mirrors now in France and Norway I am taking the last one which was broken and I glued back together with the remains of the first, as a spare. No point in putting a mirror protector on in my view, just take a spare mirror.
     
  13. peter marshall

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    Hi
    Not what you are asking. I did damage to my right side mirror twice in France (my fault) not on vehicles but road cones with heavy lamps on top these were done in the daytime in tight road works. I taped it up, and on return home repaired it and sprayed it until it looked ok. but not long after it got hit by a local council wagon who claimed to his boss 50/50 on a narrow bridge bearing in mind I was nearly off has he couldn,t wait a few seconds. I repaired again but this time covered with Mirror Guards to make them look presentable again. Pete

    Ps I think if they were fitted to start with the mirror would have stayed undamaged. reguardless of the type fitted.
     
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