Call out to the community before I start calling the shops to get gouged. I ride an '02 GSXR and I regularly fold my mirrors to park the bike. Because they are folded so often, the anchor bolt holding the arm of the mirror to the base attached to the fairing regularly loosens up.
Last night, after going for a spin to top up the tank, check the tire pressure, and check the fluid levels, I returned home to tighten up a few bolts. I soon discovered that the left mirror wouldn't tighten. Backing the bolt out confirmed my fear as shards of metal and filings fell out. I have a suspicion the right mirror is suffering from the same problem.
I'm looking for some help sourcing the factory mirror anchor assembly off an 00-03 Suzuki GSXR. I suspect there may be more models from that generation that I could scavenge off of...
I had thought of trying to rethread the assembly, but I think it may be more trouble than it's worth because of the way the bolt is used to secure the mirror arm (i.e. it's only threaded on the bottom 1/3 of the bolt), and I'm concerned it won't hold up to repeated tightening.
Or, you may provide me opinions supporting/opposing the decision to get aftermarket mirrors (you know, the cheap $20 ones off ebay), which may help me get rid of this problem altogether.
Yes, I know mirrors on a motorcycle are more decorative than anything else, but they do serve a purpose when commuting as they allow you to check your six when stopped at a red light.