I would still like to reduce the wind noise even further. The rain gutter fillers help a lot already, but I want to go further. At 140 you still hear quite a bit of wind noise. Now, I don’t really like the standard mirror. Yes, it works very good, but it’s looks are not very pleasing. The flat square thing is a bit out of harmony with the round beetle.
I looked for another mirror. I’ve looked at mirrors of different car brands, hoping a mirror of a modern car could be made to work. But most mirrors have a thick base, or just do not fit in beetle. I also have looked at many aftermarket mirrors. And I really liked the Vitaloni California mirrors. But… I read on the Internet that’s they are not ver functional, and (more importantly) you have to drill holes in your door to mount them. I don’t like that. This is a common problem with practically all aftermarket mirrors. But perhaps this can be solved by modifying it so it can be mounted to a standard mirror base. Then the mirror might stick out further, so they become more usefull.
I found a set of Vitaloni California mirrors on a local online market place, for only 15 euros! That was perfect. When I got them home I found out that someone had heated the base of the mirros and bend them (they were mounted on a Mercedes or something before I got them):
But that did not matter, because I wanted to take the base off and attach them to a standard beetle mirror base. So I had to take the mirrors apart:
And then I cut off the base and smoothed it a bit with a file:
(this is the passengers side mirror, I did that one first because I don’t need it directly)
Then I took an old standard mirror apart and this is what I found behind the glas:
A bolt! That’s nice, I can just unbolt it:
I can use the bolt to attach the vitaloni mirror to the standard stalk:
Fits perfectly! I thought I had to create (weld) a special bracket to attach the vitaloni, but that is not necessary. I only had to turn the beetle stalk 90 degrees forward, instead of pointing up, it’s pointing forward.
After this I test-mounted it on the car, to determine the correct position. The part that the bolt bolts into has a square bevel. I filed the same square in the vitaloni mirror, that way the mirror can’t move. I bolted it all back together, and it was allready done!:
The part where I sawed off the vitaloni bae is not even visible, so I do not even have to spray paint the mirror.
This was all much easier than I thought.
After some test-drives, I can conclude: Allthough it is smaller and has less vision then the standard mirror, it’s still a usefull mirror. And the windnoise has decreased a little too. I am happy with it.
Wondering how is this mod has been working. I like the idea and I would like to consider it.
Do you have more pictures?
Here you can find some pictures on how I mounted the right hand mirror:
The thread is in Dutch though.. 🙂
It works very good, I am still very happy with it! Visibility is just as good as the original mirrors, and the added right mirror is very handy on highways.
I haven’t had any issues with it, and they look good too.
The Californian mirror from Vitaloni has been widely used on formula cars and sports racers. They have also been used on many street cars.
I like this Vitaloni. Here in México I bougt a clones left and right. My intention is to change the mirors. Buy a pair from a factory car, cut them and glue in the bases.
I really like mine too, it looks great, and they are very useable.