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Driving with Doors Removed

QUESTION: Is it legal to drive on public streets and highways with the doors removed?

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QUESTION: Is it legal to drive on public streets and highways with the doors removed?
Only if the vehicle is manufactured with removable doors. So yes, take the doors off your jeep, but leave them on your sports car.

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Only if the vehicle is manufactured with removable doors. So yes, take the doors off your jeep, but leave them on your sports car.
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I've heard of some people getting hassled for not having the driver's side mirror. Just depends on the law in your State.
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driving with the doors off is awsome, however if your like me at all you will hate driving without side mirrors unless you already relocated them. my relocation brackets will be on order very soon, untill then i will probably leave the doors on for the time being

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QUESTION: Is it legal to drive on public streets and highways with the doors removed?
Been a little debate about this in PA lately. The way the inspection code reads, if your vehicle came with doors, they have to be on the vehicle when it's inspected, and since you're expected to maintain all inspection standards while driving, it's technically illegal to drive without doors.

I know a guy in the local DA's office, and he recommended leaving the doors on, but that could be because he's seen how I drive.

That being said, my entire family are Jeeple, and not one of us has ever been pulled over for going doorless.



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i will say that driving for 3 hours topless and doorless on the interstate doing 65+mph is very tiring.

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i even drive on base with the top and doors off. the airman at the gate just look at me funny then check my id and let me go on to work. i think those guys are confused anyway.

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It probably wouldn't hurt to stop at a cop shop and ask the person at the desk. You could also check the vehicle code for your state and attempt to muddle through their jargon to figure it out. You can try it from this link. I'd expect that you'd get more attention for lack of mirrors than doors.

Maybe if you put UPS or FedEx on the side of your Jeep, no one would notice.

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in texas it is only required to have 1 rear facing mirror so i go topless and doorless but it does suck not having the side mirrors

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in texas it is only required to have 1 rear facing mirror so i go topless and doorless but it does suck not having the side mirrors
Pretty sure it's the same here in RI. I've run doorless quite a bit in the last 2 years and never been pulled over. I just recently did the Rugged Ridge mirror relocation kit because it was given to me an an X-mas gift. Works decent. But with the doors back on the passenger's side mirror is almost useless. BUt at least i won't get stopped for not having mirrors in another state.

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i will say that driving for 3 hours topless and doorless on the interstate doing 65+mph is very tiring.
No worse than doing the same thing on a motorcycle.
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in texas it is only required to have 1 rear facing mirror so i go topless and doorless but it does suck not having the side mirrors
Yeah but you can always get the mirror kits or something similar and mount them. I liked the motorcycle mirror mod... Where ya just mount the harley mirrors in the door mounts. Works and makes ya legal.

It is what it is... So IT had better be damn good...
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No worse than doing the same thing on a motorcycle.
Unless it's mid-50 degrees, raining and your 7/8 hour ride to Pittsburgh from Chicago turns into an 11 hour ride without a rain suit. At least the Jeep has heat.

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Yeah but you can always get the mirror kits or something similar and mount them. I liked the motorcycle mirror mod... Where ya just mount the harley mirrors in the door mounts. Works and makes ya legal.
Only one rear mirror is required in PA, but I snagged some harley mirrors on the cheap, so I figured WTH?





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Harley mirrors work like a champ! Several styles/finishes to choose from and they screw right into the upper hinge hole. Just be sure to either get just a drivers side or pick up the longer ones. The pass side shorties can't be seen from the drivers seat.

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Can anyone post a pic of their doorless Jeep with motorcycle mirrors installed? Please?
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Unless it's mid-50 degrees, raining and your 7/8 hour ride to Pittsburgh from Chicago turns into an 11 hour ride without a rain suit. At least the Jeep has heat.
Ah- been there! Started out in 75 degrees, the return trip had a front move thru. Torrential rain, 50 degree, no rain suit. Had to stop at Walmart and buy new clothes, jackets, boots, thermals, gloves... And then it started friggin snowing! 6 hour ride home took 11 hours
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lately it's mid 40s to low 50s in the am and mid 70s in the pm.

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Ah- been there! Started out in 75 degrees, the return trip had a front move thru. Torrential rain, 50 degree, no rain suit. Had to stop at Walmart and buy new clothes, jackets, boots, thermals, gloves... And then it started friggin snowing! 6 hour ride home took 11 hours
Yeow. We both have the luck. At least the last time I rode to Pittsburgh it didn't rain at all. That was first time of the last 3 that it didn't. Then I had a freaking sweet sunburn to deal with, haha.

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i agree tjdriver, when i come on base, the guys just look at me funny then check my id and say have a good day, i must admit though i was a little nervous the first time i came on base with no doors, top, or side mirrors, but i didn't have a problem at all

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Can anyone post a pic of their doorless Jeep with motorcycle mirrors installed? Please?
As soon as this shit-eating rain stops I will.

BTW, you can still install shorty mirrors if you use the lower hinge hole on the passenger side. I think... haven't tried it yet, but the concept seems solid



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I've heard of some people getting hassled for not having the driver's side mirror. Just depends on the law in your State.
Somewhere the other day I stumbled across a list of states with the segments about mirrors cut and pasted into it. I know Indiana is a one mirror state I looked that up when I had my Bronco. I never ran doors in the summer and didn't have side mirrors on the doors for the winter either and never had an issue. If I find that list again I'll post it up.

But like you said, it depends on the state.
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Can anyone post a pic of their doorless Jeep with motorcycle mirrors installed? Please?
How's video & a pic??

Of course as you can see by the stickers, that was back before I knew any better



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I drive on to base all summer long without doors or a top and the only thing I hear is pull over for ramdom inspection. I'm guessing that is because it's so easy for the SP to inspect a jeep that doesn't have doors or a top.
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