Mirror mount having an integral spherical bearing

  • US 6,068,380 A
  • Filed: 02/17/1999
  • Issued: 05/30/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/28/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A vehicle mirror construction comprising:

  • a one-piece elongated tubular member having a sleeve portion at one end, an integrally formed first ball portion at an opposite end, and a hole extending longitudinally through the tubular member from the one end to the opposite end, the tubular member being made of contiguous flowable material, wherein the contiguous, flowable material comprises one of die-cast material and draw-quality material;

    a mirror housing including a socket portion operably engaging the first ball portion to define a first ball-and-socket connection; and

    a vehicle mount including a second ball portion, the one end receiving the second ball portion and the sleeve portion including an inwardly deformed end flange operably retaining the second ball portion therein to define a second ball-and-socket connection.

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