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  1. wmwny

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    Many years ago, when I was not the Silverback I am now, my first car was a 1959 Morris Mini Minor 850. It had the same problem at traffic lights that we all face today [having to be contortionists in order to see the light change]. It was not a problem with the Classic Minis, as a prism with a magnet on one end could be attached to the metal strip around the windshield, and viola! The Light in Sight [traffic light prism] changed that for many of us with the "new" MINIs, but now they are impossible to find and their website is no longer working. I have a "new" R50 and a "new" R53 and both are fortunate enough to have the Light in sight. However, I recently bought another "new" R53 for my wife and can no longer find the Light in Sight online. Enter eBay. While they do not sell the Light in Sight, they DO sell the old style prism similar to the one I had on my first Mini. The only difference between then and now is the base. Today's windshield traffic light prism has a suction cup that you can attach to the windshield. The prism angle can be adjusted, too. And, they are cheap...many with free shipping.

    Hopefully, this will solve some of the stiff necks out there! :Thumbsup:
     
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    :cornut: One of Margi's(08 R56 BRG MCS/JCWm) 1st mods was a 'Light in Sight' back in 08. People ask me what it is and I tell the that it's the 'Electronic Gun Sight'.:eek6::eek6::Thumbsup:

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    I <3 my LightInSight. I hope the fact of the back orders means that their business is brisk and healthy and will continue to be so.
     
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    I hope you are right, but I think not. I've asked around and was told they are not made anymore. I remember when I ordered the two I already have, the guy was really difficult to work with and it took FOREVER to get delivery.
    That said, the one I described above is still a good alternative and only measures about 2"x2".

    So, until I hear that LISes are back in stock...no donut for YOU! :frown2: Of course, I COULD buy one now and just keep it around for when the LISes ARE back...Mmmmm...petrified donuts! :devil:
     
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    Has anyone talked to Aaron at Outmotoring about this? I've always got mine from him and he had a connection there.
     
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    Calling Aaron is a great idea! I told Jeff that, but he's old & probably forgot. :smilewinkgrin:
    Me thinks you are trying to get out of buying me a donut Jeff. :donut1:
     
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    Here's a link to said suction cup prism....

    [ame=http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Windshield-Stop-Light-Prism-/130853137265?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item1e77746b71&vxp=mtr]New Windshield Stop Light Prism | eBay[/ame]


    I also saw magnetic based ones as well as one that screws into the sunvisor attachment point.
     
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    Aaron just let me know that they have been out of stock for several months and Light-In-Sight are getting back to making them again. So.....both of you now owe ME a donut :). I'll collect at the Dragon!
     
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    That looks like something my dad had on his '51 Buick Special :)
     
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    You and the Chuckster will ONLY get your donuts when those LISes are back on the market again. That company has been making promises for months, with nothing to show for them.
     
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    As long as it does what it is supposed to do and does not clutter up the windshield, I REALLY could care less about its retro look.
     
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    Football quarterbacks these days seem to like stowing their mouth guards in the side of their face mask...I guess sticking it to your wind screen after the game works too. :cool:
     
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    I'd guess once the big LightNsight ship from China docks you'll have your do-hicky Jeff. I liked the lightynsighty, but hated how when the sun was in the wrong place in the sky it showed me that too. I gave mine away. :wink:
     
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    I've always liked mine when it was in the R53 and R56. In the Coupe, with the windshield swept back, it's a must have. Jeff, I'll take a FRESH donut when they come in. :)
     
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    :cornut: I use the sun visor for this problem.:Thumbsup:

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    Mark, I already have two of the Light in Sights. I took one off the R50 and put it on my wife's "new" R53, and I ordered the retro to use on the Cooper. I don't really care if it's old-fashioned or retro...hell, my Cooper is "old" now, too. It's all good...just so I can have a clear view of the traffic light without having to crain my neck every whichway.

    NO donuts for YOU, either, Buddy! :devil:
     
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    Yeah, in Texas there ARE no traffic lights that people stop at...just those wide-open spaces! :devil:
     
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    Maybe you could write up a how-to & put it up in the garage. Not sure I understand that feature of my MINI. :crazy:
     
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    I personalty like the "retro" look. Somebody said my graphics were 70's, which upset me, as I was trying for the 60's. :D

    Jim
     

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