rear view mirror helper

Submitted: Friday, Feb 21, 2003 at 18:30
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hi everyone, sorry about the dodgey topic description. I have just bought a an old swb pajero 4wd and am finding it difficult to reverse. i used to have a little hatchback, so this thing feels like a tank. i would like to purchase something that can make it a little easier to reverse and park. i have seen something which looks like a plastic bubble which is stuck on the inside of the back window. when you look back at it, it reflects down, so that you can see how much space is behind you. i live in the eastern subuerbs of sydney, anyone know where i can pick up one of these devices? cheers
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Reply By: Suzuki Viagra - Friday, Feb 21, 2003 at 18:34

Friday, Feb 21, 2003 at 18:34
You can buy revers warning beepers that work off radar. Dick Smith has stuff like this.

Use a big rear view mirror is my tip. Or else you can buy those little orange reflective things on stalks.

You get used to it. How do you think I went from a lowered datto 1200 to a 5" lifted 4wd.....

You can always use touch parking - you're not gonna break the 4wd. Rember if you touch hard park somewhere else....

PS the bullbar helps me judge where the front is. The rear tyre helps on the back.

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Reply By: BM - Friday, Feb 21, 2003 at 20:41

Friday, Feb 21, 2003 at 20:41
The item that you are after is a convex mirror, these are made of plastic are simply stuck on the rear window with a little bit of moisture. You can buy one of these at most car parts shops. Bushranger make one specifically for 4WD, have a look at the Bushranger website for dealer locations.

cheers,

Brendan
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Reply By: royce - Friday, Feb 21, 2003 at 21:49

Friday, Feb 21, 2003 at 21:49
4wdnovice..... don't worry.... take it slow..... you'll get the knack of backing.... BUT DON'T USE A CONVEX MIRROR. Judging distance is impossible with them. Get one by all means. They let you see an approaching vehicle and overcome blind spots. You can get them from any auto outlet.

A shortie Pajero is not really much bigger than a hatch! As long as you have good 4wd style mirrors you can work out the backing. If they are not so good, you need to have bigger ones set further out to get a better angle of view. You can also get one to fit above the back window to get a view of your towball.

The most important concept is GO SLOW when you back, then you make only small correctable mistakes. Cheers Royce www.funshow.com.au
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Reply By: David - Saturday, Feb 22, 2003 at 12:15

Saturday, Feb 22, 2003 at 12:15
What I think you are talking about is a "fresnel" lens (not mirror) which sticks on your back window- I've had one for years and believe they should be mandatory. I can back to within about a foot of any obstruction- and still see it long after it's out of sight of my mirrors! Would probably save a lot of kids from getting backed over- very common in 4WD's
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Reply By: colin - Saturday, Feb 22, 2003 at 14:28

Saturday, Feb 22, 2003 at 14:28
do what us truckies do and use both of your side mirrors, works on semis. Col
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Reply By: 4wdNovice - Saturday, Feb 22, 2003 at 17:44

Saturday, Feb 22, 2003 at 17:44
Hi all, I posted the original question. Thanks everyone for your responses. I looked up the bushranger website. the product (whose name escapes right now) costs $19, they are sending me info re the nearest location i can buy it. although our swb paj isn't really that big, it still feels like driving a tank after coming from a tiny hatchback. it is also the first time i have ever driven a manual. i am still getting the hang of it! i don't know how many kids get backed over each year, but i don't want to contribute to those statistics! hopefully this plastic bubble hting will help me see behind more easily. thanks again everyone. i am always surprised at how happily people will respond to my questions with useful advice.
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Follow Up By: Ray91 - Sunday, Feb 23, 2003 at 16:36

Sunday, Feb 23, 2003 at 16:36
The lens thing you are looking for is at K mart about $10 . I have one in my patrol makes it very easy to reverse you can almost see the rear bumper in it.
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Follow Up By: 4wdnovice - Sunday, Feb 23, 2003 at 16:43

Sunday, Feb 23, 2003 at 16:43
Hi Ray, i posted the original question. do yu know what brand htey have at kmart, or what the product is called? i had a good hunt around the motoring section of my local kmart (bondi junction) and couldn't see it.
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Follow Up By: Ray91 - Sunday, Feb 23, 2003 at 16:54

Sunday, Feb 23, 2003 at 16:54
Hi I will have a look in Kmart in the morning and let you know.Marlows also sell them if you have a marlows near by.
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Follow Up By: Savvas - Sunday, Feb 23, 2003 at 21:17

Sunday, Feb 23, 2003 at 21:17
4wdnovice....

I have one in my Jackaroo and got it from Kmart Hurstville for about $7, 3 years ago. It's useful, but not foolproof.

The way I use it, is that when I lose site of the headlamps on the car behind me, I know I have approximately 1 metre of space left. You won't always see kids behind you particularly if they are close. My son once darted out behind me and it was lucky that I noticed him in the side mirror. He scared the living crap out of me.

At about $10, or even upto $20, it's a worthwhile item to have. But there is no substitute for checking everything and being absolutely alert and aware of what's behind you and around you.



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Follow Up By: Ray91 - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 13:23

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 13:23
Hi just been to Kmart the thing you are looking for is made by MOTORPRO , rear window lens, the numbers on the shelf are 9300800110277 15002358 . Kmart may be able to order one from another store if they havent got any. They are about 250x200 and stick on the glass and are $9.99
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Reply By: Suzuki Viagra - Sunday, Feb 23, 2003 at 09:48

Sunday, Feb 23, 2003 at 09:48
Good luck with the manual - now you've got your first real car!

Try the TJM Website:

http://www.tjmproducts.com.au/dealers/dealers_nsw.html

I agree - most people here are full of helpful advice - unless it comes to "My 4wd's better tha your 4wd" type threads.....
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