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Where to get OEM, or quality, 2 Point Mirror Mounts?

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I'm thinking about installing OEM (or an alternative of comparable quality) 2 point mirror mounts on my 1995 F-350, to replace the flag mirrors that are currently on the truck. I did some calling around to local junkyards, but haven't found any so far.


I'll attach a photo of my truck with the current flag mirrors.

And also a photo of a 2 point mount with an Extend-A-Mirror Arm on it.

Instead of the Extend-A-Mirror Arms, I have it in mind to install gooseneck mirror heads for hauling my truck camper.

I know the 2 point mounts are everywhere, so it's annoying that I haven't been able to find inexpensive ones at a junkyard. If I have to get them online, I want to save as much money as I can.

Anybody have suggestions on where to source these?

Also, does anybody know if the top 2 screws in the 2 point mount will fit without re-drilling?

Thanks
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The top mounts will fit without redrilling at least they did when I changed out my mirrors on my 84. For the bottom bolts get some Jack Nuts at the hardware store, they are similar to molly bolts but larger and without the spike. There should be videos on YouTube on how to use them.

For some cheaper ones try Rock Auto. They are not the same quality of stainless steel that the factory ones are but they work.

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The ones you have are probably best because they're power (right?). If you need more span for wide trailers, I'd get the strap-on style of extension for them.



IME, the aftermarket version of the mirror in your 2nd pic (called western hi-low by Ford) is inferior in many ways.


(phone app link)


And without the aftermarket extension in that pic, it's no wider than what you have, so I doubt you'd be happy even if you found the OE ones, AND modified your door to make them attach solidly. Ford also offered an extending version, but only in the early 80s, and it had a unique 3-bolt pattern for each mounting point:


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But I doubt it would be stable enough to be useful - especially as old as they are, assuming you could even find them (they were rare when they were new).

I would think you could find this style new:


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And I'm sure you can find this style, but possibly only on sites that serve commercial trucks (like wreckers):


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On my 96 I had the swing away factory mirrors and used aluminum bar stock to make extensions. Then attached the mirror head on them. Fairly solid and kept good visibility plus they still folded in
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Thanks for the replies. I found a junkyard a few towns over that's supposed to have 2 point mirror mounts, so I should be able to find OEM versions.

My current mirrors aren't powered, and I don't want to have to install and remove towing mirrors when traveling multiple times, so I was planning on going with gooseneck mirror heads on those 2 point mounts like in the attached photo, or using the Extend-A-Mirror Arms like in the photo above.

Somebody seemed to be saying that the gooseneck mirror heads on the 2 point mounts shook too much to be useful at highway speeds. Does anybody have any input on that?

Also, do I just need a Torx driver set to remove the 2 point mirror mounts at the junkyard?
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Along with a torx to get the heads off, you’ll likely need either a butane torch or pen torch or electric soldering iron. They have a sealant on from the factory that heat does wonders for. The battery operated soldering iron is the safest way in a junkyard, unless they’ve been removed before. HTH
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IDK what sealant you're talking about. A soldering iron won't have any effect on the threadlocker inside the mirror's mounting post.


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Poke the hot soldering iron into that torx head and heat it up. That’s how I removed them from two 88’s we had and an 84 that hadn’t been touched in 1993
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I didn't have any heat source, and it was somewhat of a pain for one reason or another, but we ended up getting a couple 2 point mirror mounts with Extend-A-Mirror Arms, and 1 gooseneck mirror, and 1 regular mirror from a junkyard a few towns over.

For now, I plan on trying one side with just the gooseneck mirror, and the other side with the regular mirror on the Extend-A-Mirror Arm. Any thoughts on which mirror is better for which side during this test? Once I decide which setup I like better, I may put the same mirrors on each side, or keep things as they are if it's working fine.

Also, I found a video on removing the flag mirrors from a 1995 truck: (titled "How To Replace Side Rear View Mirror 92-96 Ford F-150" at YouTube) but is there a guide, or any tips, advice, etc., on installing the 2 point mounts, especially since you need to drill 2 holes per door for the lower part of the mount? I want to get them installed right the first time without messing anything up. I'll look into using jack nuts for the lower part of the mount.

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The captions in this photo album explain how to go the other way: hi-low to flag-mount.


(phone app link)


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Thanks for the link!

If anybody has any other advice, let me know.
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I didn't have any heat source, and it was somewhat of a pain for one reason or another, but we ended up getting a couple 2 point mirror mounts with Extend-A-Mirror Arms, and 1 gooseneck mirror, and 1 regular mirror from a junkyard a few towns over.

For now, I plan on trying one side with just the gooseneck mirror, and the other side with the regular mirror on the Extend-A-Mirror Arm. Any thoughts on which mirror is better for which side during this test? Once I decide which setup I like better, I may put the same mirrors on each side, or keep things as they are if it's working fine.

Also, I found a video on removing the flag mirrors from a 1995 truck: (titled "How To Replace Side Rear View Mirror 92-96 Ford F-150" at YouTube) but is there a guide, or any tips, advice, etc., on installing the 2 point mounts, especially since you need to drill 2 holes per door for the lower part of the mount? I want to get them installed right the first time without messing anything up. I'll look into using jack nuts for the lower part of the mount.

Thanks
I have the Extend- a-Mirror Arms on my 93 dually, and while they work ok ,I would go a different route if was to do it again. Shake to much going down the road , the plastic piece does not last long term. I had to end up putting a hose clamp around it.
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I'll probably end up putting 3 cameras on my camper for rear and side view visibility, but I'll make a note of that.
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