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Old 07-26-2010, 01:02 PM   #1
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Doors off and no mirrors?

Is a rear view mirror only legal in your state if your not towing??
I was just checking out the laws for Idaho and it looks like a rear view is enough here as long as your not towing something that blocks your vision.

49-940 — MIRRORS - Idaho 49-940 — MIRRORS - Idaho Code :: Justia

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Old 07-26-2010, 02:32 PM   #2
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i know in ct you need to have an interior mirror and one exterior mirror.

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In AZ, you must have 1 mirror that has an unobstructed view of at least 100'. This could be side mirrors or a windshield mounted one.
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Old 07-26-2010, 03:50 PM   #4
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Not sure what the law is here in IN. Checked couldnt find a real def. of what it is. I feel lucky to live here, from all the stories from everyone else cops and the law prohibits alot of stuff. Here, I had my fenders of painting them and drove around with no doors, no mirrors, and no flares and had no problem

Even had many cops beside me and pass me throughout the day.
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in NY you only need the driver side mirror with the rear view.
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Old 07-26-2010, 04:36 PM   #6
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I'm pretty sure in PA you must have whatever the vehicle came with from the factory. But I have been running around with no doors/mirrors all summer. I even waived to a cop the other day while he was watching me drive by, since I got a waive in return I assumed all was good
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Is a rear view mirror only legal in your state if your not towing??
I was just checking out the laws for Idaho and it looks like a rear view is enough here as long as your not towing something that blocks your vision.

49-940 — MIRRORS - Idaho 49-940 — MIRRORS - Idaho Code :: Justia
I wasn't sure, but I know driving in Boise traffic sucks without at least one side mirror! I got tired of trying to swivel my head 360 degrees, lol! So I popped on one of those Harley mirrors.
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Old 07-26-2010, 08:29 PM   #8
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In California you need to have an interior mirror and the left side exterior mirror. If the view out of the interior mirror is blocked, and you can not see out your read window (towing, or just locks of crap inside), then you are required to have both left and right exterior mirrors
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:03 PM   #9
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most of the time they do not waste there time
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:24 PM   #10
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Not sure here in Oregon, and since I only drive 2 lane roads when the doors are off I haven't missed the side mirrors.

UNTIL....I needed to back up on a narrow road - and suddenly realized how much I use my side mirrors when I do that - I'm 60 years old and my neck only swivels 5 degrees each way, well not really, but, you get the idea

Will order some soon so it's easier to go backwards..........
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Is a rear view mirror only legal in your state if your not towing??
I was just checking out the laws for Idaho and it looks like a rear view is enough here as long as your not towing something that blocks your vision.

49-940 — MIRRORS - Idaho 49...Code :: Justia
All state laws are different...but you're right...if those are the current laws in your state, you only need 1 mirror unless you're towing or hauling cargo that blocks your view in that mirror...then you must have both a left AND a right mirror.
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still trying to get verification for Ohio. As for now, I am driving with no doors, no mirrors.
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Old 08-31-2010, 02:32 PM   #13
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might want to skim through your states DOT website, i found out that TN requires two rear facing mirrors on all motorized vehicles.

not that they really enforce it though...
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Old 08-31-2010, 09:08 PM   #14
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This post has repeatedly been beaten to death-I tried it with no mirrors-it SUCKS AND IS VERY DANGEROUS!when changing lanes,it is very scary.I took advice and bought long-stem O.E.M. Harley-Davidson mirrors off ebay for like 20 bucks.Even though they are chrome,which sucks on a Jeep,IMHO,it is an easy mod which is very useful and safe.Regardless of laws,I refuse to drive doorless without them!
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Old 08-31-2010, 11:02 PM   #15
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Look over your shoulder lol. But the mirrors work too.
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Old 09-01-2010, 06:15 PM   #16
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it's always better to be safe than sorry huh. All it really takes is driving knowledge and common sense. I don't ever like getting pulled over.
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Old 09-04-2010, 04:22 PM   #17
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I do know that it is Federal law that all cars manufactured or sold in the US need to have 2 mirrors. Left door and the internal mirror/right mirror, (one or the other).

I drove around without mine for a while, and if you want to be a safe driver, its much easier to just get the 2 mirrors. I encourage putting the little convex mirrors on in addition to the mirror. Get the kind that just stick to the glass of the regular mirror. Makes backing up into a tight garage so much easier when you can see where the tires are on the right side using the convex.

Also, keep in mind that its not just state law, but county and local municipalities as well. Quadratec has some good mirrors to use, and I've heard a lot of people like using Harley mirrors.
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Old 09-04-2010, 05:48 PM   #18
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Don;t go mirror less in Virginia,
I used to be a state inspector at a garage and I can tell ya now in Virginia you are required to have at least two mirrors, if a rear view is on the windshield, the only other required is a side rear on the drivers side, if you have two side rear view mirrors, the rear view mirror on the windshield is NOT required. I don;t know about eh rest of the country, but here in the Tidewater area the cops love to pull Jeeps over that don;t have the doors on.
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Old 09-04-2010, 06:20 PM   #19
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Thanks for the advice on the mirrors and the laws and by-laws for mirrors
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Old 09-04-2010, 07:33 PM   #21
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still trying to get verification for Ohio. As for now, I am driving with no doors, no mirrors.

I looked this up and then realized it's also posted in the link above...

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4513.23 Rear view mirror. (A) Every motor vehicle, motorcycle, and trackless trolley shall be equipped with a mirror so located as to reflect to the operator a view of the highway to the rear of such vehicle, motorcycle, or trackless trolley. Operators of vehicles, motorcycles, streetcars, and trackless trolleys shall have a clear and unobstructed view to the front and to both sides of their vehicles, motorcycles, streetcars, or trackless trolleys and shall have a clear view to the rear of their vehicles, motorcycles, streetcars, or trackless trolleys by mirror.
(B) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor.
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According to this...it seems like the law is kinda iffy...if you read it word for word, it says A mirror (singular) which IMO means you only NEED one mirror which as long as you have nothing behind you blocking your windshield mounted mirror, would make that mirror the only one required by law.

However, it also says that you must have a clear and unobstructed view to the front and both sides of your vehicle... with my top and doors off, if I turn my head, I can look to both sides and the ORC doesn't say you need a MIRROR to accomplish that.

So it sounds to me like by law you should be safe with one mirror...but if a cop wants to be a dick, he may claim your side view is obstructed and ticket you. I have been running with no mirrors/left side mirror (plus rear-view mirror) all summer with no issues whatsoever.
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Old 09-05-2010, 05:40 PM   #22
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Basically if you have one outside on the left and one inside or two outside (one on the right and one on the left) or all three your good in all 50 states
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Basically if you have one outside on the left and one inside or two outside (one on the right and one on the left) or all three your good in all 50 states
Yeah...that doesn't really help figure out which combination is legal in which state...lol
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lets stop and everyone email jeep and tell'm to recall all jeeps and put mirrors on the windshield for us . then we won't have to worry about it!
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Yeah...that doesn't really help figure out which combination is legal in which state...lol
Thats easy, if you only have two put one on the windshield and one on the left side, unless your in a country that drives on the Left side of the road, then you put one on the windshield and one on the right

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