DIY dust boot repair to 505 side mirror
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    Default DIY dust boot repair to 505 side mirror

    Hi all,

    As I mentioned in a post earlier in the year, the rubber dust boot of the LHS side mirror on my 1993 505 GTI wagon had perished. Fair enough after 25 years.

    The best options to fix this problem are:
    1. Get a mirror for a 405
    2. Get a mirror from a wrecker
    3. Perform a DYI jerry-rigged repair.

    I chose the last option. Option 1 can be expensive and option 2 involves rubber that is also probably about 25 years old. And I just didn't want to throw away the whole mirror just because one part of it had failed.

    So here are a few photos to show the repair. It was time consuming and is definitely not for everyone, but if you are looking for some ideas, check it it. This sort of DIY solution is definitely not the easy path to take since you are kind of redesigning a complex mechanism.


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    The original dust boot is 5 sided which I replaced it with a section of universal steering dust boot from Repco that only cost $8 or so. I then made two adaptors to attach the dust boot to the mirror side and the car side.

    I made the adaptors from 1.6 mm brass sheet and silver solder. The dust boot is contact cemented to the adaptors and the adaptors themselves are attached to the mirror and car sides with silicon sealant.

    Because of the wall thickness of the rubber of the dust boot, then mirror is somewhat restricted in its movement. I might get around to replacing it with a more suitable, thinner walled steering boot section one day.

    I was concerned that the end result would look out of place, but I think it looks pretty good.

    Beano, Roland and Doush_504 like this.

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    Fellow Frogger! Roland's Avatar
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    May 2005


    Very impressive.
    Looks completely original on the car and will no doubt last a good 25 years or more.

    Well dome


    Land Rover Discovery 4
    406 Coupe D9 - Manual (2002)
    307 Hdi Estate - Auto - (2007)
    307 Hdi Sedan - Auto - (2007)
    505GR Estate - Personal Import from UK 1971cc Manual (March 1986)
    405 Mi16x4 (all the parts ready to install into the LeMans body)

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    Fellow Frogger! Doush_504's Avatar
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    Nov 2010
    Cairo, Egypt


    Excellent work.

    1982 504 SR white manual sedan with A/C (257 000 Km)
    2012 308 1.6 VTi Vapor Grey manual H/B (35000 Km)
    1994 405 1.6 white manual sedan (208 000 Km)
    1992 605 SV24 (91 000 Km)
    2005 406 2.0L automatic (Replaced with a 2013 C5)
    1983 505 GR white manual sedan with A/C (170000 Km)

    All since new

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