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Old 05-04-2012, 10:38 PM   #1
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OH NO - Ramco Mirror Bolt

Well I thought I was dead on the road with no Driver side Mirror

Driving thought Georgia, we hit a rough patch of road for about 20 miles and I noticed the driver side mirror had moved outward. This was the first road trip with a new camera mirror that I had replaced. The camera had died and Ramco Engineering had sent a free replacement with instructions.
The replacement required me to remove the mirror arm bolt, unplug two wire harnesses, and replace the convex mirror w/camera and then reinstall.

I had hand torqued the 3/8 in by 3 1/4 in long bolt until the arm felt solid.

We found and exit and in a large parking lot I proceeded to adjust the mirror. I then thought a little more torque would eliminate the movement so I gave it another 1/4 turn - Bang The bolt turn free The casting broke. The mirror hangs by the wires. DW comes to my aid and we unpluged the wires and remove the mirror.

After some thought I measured the thread depth in the arm and using the broke casting as a washer I would need a 3/8 by 4 in bolt. I found a NAPA store down the road that I could walk to and was in Luck they had a bolt.
We lost approx 1 hour and we were on the road.

The final fix was a new cast bracket and bolt $32.00 + $15.00 overnite shipping. Correct bolt torque for the mirror bolt is 26 Ft -Lbs.

Thanks to Matt Everman at Ramco Engrg for all the great help .
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Old 05-04-2012, 11:16 PM   #2
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Good info on the fix......Ramco has always been very nice to deal with.
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