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Old 08-04-2012, 01:00 PM   #1
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Side Mirrors?

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I was reading the MN rules on Mirrors and it seemed somewhat tricky. do we or do we not need side mirrors when the doors are off? The way I am reading it.. as long as I have my rearview mirror I am ok? But i dont wanna pry the doors off and get some Edina Cop on me!

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Old 08-04-2012, 01:09 PM   #2
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Hey there,
I was reading the MN rules on Mirrors and it seemed somewhat tricky. do we or do we not need side mirrors when the doors are off? The way I am reading it.. as long as I have my rearview mirror I am ok? But i dont wanna pry the doors off and get some Edina Cop on me!
Here is the Statute which is SO wishy washy.

Originally Posted by revisor.leg.state.mn.us
169.70 REAR VIEW MIRROR.
Every motor vehicle which is so constructed, loaded or connected with another vehicle as
to obstruct the driver's view to the rear thereof from the driver's position shall be equipped with
a mirror so located as to reflect to the driver a view of the highway for a distance of at least
200 feet to the rear of such vehicle.
History: (2720-259) 1937 c 464 s 109

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Old 08-05-2012, 11:51 PM   #3
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I spoke to a friend fresh out of police school (whatever they call it) and he says you need all 3. But I also am not sure if he was going better safe then sorry. He also made the statement it depends on the cop.
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:35 AM   #4
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I spoke to a friend fresh out of police school (whatever they call it) and he says you need all 3. But I also am not sure if he was going better safe then sorry. He also made the statement it depends on the cop.
grrrr.. thats why i want a straight answer LOL

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Old 08-07-2012, 12:01 PM   #5
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One thing that I have been looking into is grabbing a pair of motorcycle mirrors like from Harley, I have been told those fit the hinge just fine and best of all some of the selections are fairly cheap.
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:23 AM   #6
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I have been driving all summer with the doors off, and have not been stopped by the police. Being slightly paranoid, I did print out copies of both the MN and WI statutes and put them in the glove box. I figured I could have a polite discussion with the officer if I ever was pulled over.

However, I was really missing having the side mirrors. I recently installed a set of mirrors made by forum member Defiant Systems. They are solid and don't vibrate at highway speeds. Here's a link to his thread:

Off road Jeep mirrors by Defiant Systems!

The mirrors are slightly convex, so they give a nice panoramic view behind. But objects are closer than they appear!
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:37 AM   #7
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I've never been stopped for the five years I've had my jeep and never heard of anyone being stopped either. You'll probably be ok IMO
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:24 AM   #8
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I've never been stopped for the five years I've had my jeep and never heard of anyone being stopped either. You'll probably be ok IMO
Thanks guys for the tips. I am envious of the guys with the doors off, but paranoid to be pulled over. Might have to rip the doors off tomorrow and take my chances

I like the idea of printing the statute so i can ask the officer if i do get pulled over
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Old 08-12-2012, 12:12 AM   #9
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Thanks guys for the tips. I am envious of the guys with the doors off, but paranoid to be pulled over. Might have to rip the doors off tomorrow and take my chances

I like the idea of printing the statute so i can ask the officer if i do get pulled over


Took em off today.. so fun!!!!
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Lookin' good!
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Old 08-16-2012, 04:55 PM   #11
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Let us know if you get busted ;-)
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:49 PM   #12
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Let us know if you get busted ;-)
hahahah THANKS
I know I had a cop behind me while I was cruising Lake Harriet and they didnt pull me over. so heres to hoping..
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I think (with the exception of Edina) most of those guys are going to have bigger fish to fry.

Pulling my doors tonight to enjoy the last few days of summer!
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I think (with the exception of Edina) most of those guys are going to have bigger fish to fry.

Pulling my doors tonight to enjoy the last few days of summer!

I lol'd

I work in Edina and can confirm that Edina cops do not have enough to do.
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I lol'd

I work in Edina and can confirm that Edina cops do not have enough to do.
I work in Edina as well.. So thats why I was nervous to rip the doors off. I know in my home area of LakeCalhoun I was ok.. but Edina... Pshshssh
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Old 08-26-2012, 03:00 PM   #16
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In Texas you just need a rearview

Mirror, no side mirrors needed if doors are off.

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