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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-23-2000, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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Legality of removing doors

I am thinking of making my doors removable, but since most of my time with my zuk is road time(daily driver), I would hate for the PO-leese to hinder my fun. Does anyone know if it is legal or not and/or would some guideline need be met(safety strap, net, etc.)?

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Very Good Sugject. I would think that it would differ from state to state as to what is legal and what is not. I think I will swing by my DMV tomorrow if she is open. Most likely not though. Easy for me to get to the DMV office. I live in a town of about 3,000, in North Carolina. And there is only one lady that works the desk. And I have come up with some real off the wall questions for her and she has been able to answer them without cracking a book. Maybe I can get the lady out of her chair with this one... I will let you know.

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Actually, I would bet it is. I have seen Jeeps in most states running doorless, so why would it be illegal on a Zuk? I would expect that you would need to relocate or add mirrors so you still have side mirrors with the doors off. I do agree though that the best advice is to check it out before you get busted.

I think the best part of driving my Zuki on my days off is having the doors gone...hope you can do it to (and hope you do a cleaner job of cutting the hinges than I did-argh)

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Re: Legality of removing doors

It is illegal to remove the doors. As for the Jeep? From what i've come a cross is this....If it came from the factory this way, it's legal.. (JEEP). For the same reason I can't take the doors off my Blazer or for that matter my Minivan. But as for us? Well dare I say this, Samurai's look for the most part like a JEEP so I don't think you will have a problem. As long as you have mirrors in the right places anyway. I have NEVER heard anybody getting tickets for this(only mirrors). So take this as you will.
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Re: Legality of removing doors

In Maine it is not illegal. I looked into this awhile back, and nowhere does it say a vehicle must have doors. There is a list of the minimum requirements a vehicle must have to get inspected, the doors, engine hood, and top were not on the list. When I asked a State Inspection Station about this, they looked it up as well and said they weren't required.

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Re: Legality of removing doors


I run my Zuki without the doors in NY almost year round, as
well as my CJ before. I just relocated my mirrors on the Zuki.
A friend of mine was pulled over in his Wrangler because he
didn't have his mirrors after removing the doors.
As far as it being legal oor iilegal I couldn't tell ya.


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post #7 of (permalink) Old 11-24-2000, 02:05 PM
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The law here in PA states that it is illegal to remove the doors of a vehicle if the hinges or doors must be modified to do so.
CJs are legal.....Wranglers and Samurais are not legal.

Having said that...most PDs will not pull you over for this and if they do it will be a mechanical citation. This means no points or money but it has to be fixed within 48 hours and this needs to be proved.

My little town doesnt hassle you for this. Of course...if they did I would ask the chief of police (a relative of mine) to crush it.


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