I used to have the doors on my TJ off all the time in Fairfield; never bothered for it. I got relocation brackets and the passenger side sucked! B/c of the plastic triangle piece on the window I literally had to lean my head into the passenger seat to see anything on that side.
Actually, when I bought my Jeep, I looked into this. I called various Police Departments; spoke to Motor Vehicles.....etc.. There are only two laws on the books; one of which is mis-applied and is being re-written, and the other one is satisfied by the Rear View mirror on your windshield.
Having said that, I still went out and bought a side mirror that mounts into the top door bracket (since I take my doors off anyway), for about $25.00. It's very stable (doesn't vibrate at high speeds), and has been a god-send when changing lanes on the highway. (Welcome to JeepIt). I bought it because I appreciate the extra "help" when needed.
I found that many of the LEO's out there wouldn't bother to stop most Jeep owners for not having doors or side-mirrors on (I asked em). Generally speaking, they understand that the "Jeep" product is often stripped down. They look for seat belt use, and no "crazy" behavior on the road. Other than that, ........all of the LEO's I talked to, (from various towns in CT), said they would leave most Jeeps alone.
"I was so much older then; I'm younger than that now."
I bought a cheap side mirror from the local harley davidson dealer. about $25 and it mounts in the top pin hole of the door mount. we have been driving doorless all over the litchfield hills (bristol, harwington, burlington, warren, kent, winsted, new hartford, hartord, newington, berlin, down though the coastof ct) no problems. we also go to mass and ny upstate. have had a few stares from the state troopers but not one pull over.
presently trying to find a bigger mirror that doesn't shake so badly that you can't see. little mirror works but small.
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You need to replace the set screw that come with the mirrors with better ones. One tip..put electrical tape over the spot where the set screw comes in contact with your door hinge to protect the paint. They are easy to put on and take off and look great too. They also mount upside down for trail riding, but I haven't tried it myself.
If I may say, I have found the answer to this question of mirrors when the doors are off. I found a dealer (ridecraft.com) that sells both rectangle and round, stainless or black mirrors. They mount onto the top door hinge when the doors are off. No vibration
and the work well. you CAN see the passenger side mirror from the drivers side.
I first tried to install mirror relocation brakets to the winshield hinge....not a good thing
the nut on the inside just turns(they must not be welded) what a pain. Thats why I went with the Hinge mirrors. I bought the round black mirrors. Wow looks like the CJ
Sorry to dig up and old thread but the laws ARE different state by state. Some states require you to have one permanently mounted mirror on the outside of the vehicle. Almost every state requires you to have one mirror attached so that you can see the road directly behind you.
I ran doorless from May to October here in CT and did not have one issue at all.
Here is Connecticut's:
Originally Posted by cga.ct.gov Sec. 14-99. Mirror. Motor vehicles with commercial registration to allow others to pass. Each motor vehicle shall be equipped with a mirror attached to and so located and adjusted on such vehicle as to give the operator thereof a clear reflected view of the highway directly to the rear of or on a line parallel to the left side of the body of such motor vehicle. Any person operating a motor vehicle with a commercial registration so constructed or which may be so loaded that the operator is prevented from having a free and unobstructed view of the highway immediately to the rear and at the left side of the same shall, by means of such mirror, make frequent observations of the approach of vehicles from the rear. When operating at below the posted speed limits and when so approached or overtaken, the operator of such motor vehicle shall drive to the extreme right of the traveled way as promptly as safety will permit, giving the vehicle approaching from the rear opportunity to pass. Violation of any provision of this section shall be an infraction.
(1949 Rev., S. 2446; February, 1965, P.A. 448, S. 11; P.A. 75-577, S. 56, 126; P.A. 90-263, S. 64, 74.)
History: 1965 act added the word "left" in the first and second sentences, changed the duty of constant observation to one of frequent observations, removed the words "in safety" from the end of the last sentence and deleted a penalty provision; P.A. 75-577 provided that violation of section is an infraction; P.A. 90-263 substituted "motor vehicle with a commercial registration" for "commercial motor vehicle".