some **** faced neighbor called me in for having no rear bumper once and the cop came over and just said dont really worry about it, he just needed to follow through with the call. but i had the doors off and had taken off my mirror brackets since i was putting them back on and the cop said it was completely legal since the other jeeps can do it. id ask a cop but i never did until i talked to one when my doors were already off.
and yeah, wheeling with a 5 speed is easy. muddin i never touch the clutch unless i get stuck and usually just roam around in 1st in 2WD and put it in 4 when going over rougher terrain.
1996 XJ on 36" TSLs, 4", locked F/R, stretched