The Jeep Wrangler and its Gladiator pickup sibling share an annoying flaw for those who like their driving experiences to be a little more al fresco: The side mirrors are mounted to the models’ removable doors, meaning they’re gone when the doors are gone. Ford went out of its way to avoid this issue on its 2021 Bronco, mounting the side mirrors at the base of the A-pillars to ensure the driver always has a clear view of what’s behind the vehicle—even with the doors removed. Jeep drivers, though, must decide between a door-free driving experience or the safety and peace of mind that comes from a pair of exterior-mounted rearview mirrors. Or do they?
Mopar now offers a solution to this conundrum in the form of its new Door-Off Mirror kit. The $295 parts package allows Wrangler and Gladiator drivers to install a set of exterior-mounted mirrors to the area where the front fenders meet the firewalls of these current-gen Jeeps once the doors are already removed. Mopar claims installing the mirrors requires little more than the T40-bit tool Jeep supplies in the standard tool kit of Wrangler and Gladiator models. It might not be as elegant as the Bronco’s baked-in solution, but we’re sure more than a few Jeep drivers are glad it now exists.
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