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Small Full-Door Mirrors

What is everyone's opinion of the small mirrors found on the 1987 - 1993 YJ Wrangler with full doors?

I have a 1998 Wrangler TJ with full hard doors, and I have always disliked the rather large stock mirrors. I was thinking about putting a set of the small mirrors on it.


If you have them, I would like to hear your thoughts and experiences.




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post #2 of 13 Old 09-09-2019, 06:39 PM
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I’m not sure if these are the mirror style your talking about but this is my 95 and I like the size but can definitely say when the mirrors are moved forward for when I have the doors off I wish they were bigger cause the passenger one is pretty bunch useless. I’ve thought about changing it to a rounded mirror to be able to make it useful but they aren’t the best looking.
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I disliked them. They are small and way down there. About have to do an exorcist hear rotation to use them.
I removed them and welded the holes closed and repainted the doors. The I went with old CJ mirrors who I already knew I liked on my CJ.
Same mirrors doors on, doors off. Don't have to crane my neck to the side to see.
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My opinion, since you asked - I would never in a million years swap to a smaller mirror. Does not compute.
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I have 'em on mine and they're better than nothing. I like that I rarely bang into my mirrors when I'm walking past them in the dark and that they rarely snag on branches, but aside from that I'd prefer to have the larger mirrors. They do show more of what is behind you.

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I liked them so much, I took them off and welded the screw holes shut, drilled and tapped the hinges and put the '95+ mirrors on them.

Yeah, I hated them never understood why they thought that dinky little mirror was sufficient.
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I liked them so much, I took them off and welded the screw holes shut, drilled and tapped the hinges and put the '95+ mirrors on them.

Yeah, I hated them never understood why they thought that dinky little mirror was sufficient.
Look up there^ I did that too!
They SUCKED. Both size and placement.

I'm surprised more people don't use old CJ mirrors. I can watch my rear tires clear obstacles and watch for cops behind me without turning my head.

And I don't have to screw around when my doors are off... all summer.

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IMO the late model TJ mirrors are the best (03+?). Smaller and are adjustable INSIDE the housing. Thats the route I would go.
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I liked them so much, I took them off and welded the screw holes shut, drilled and tapped the hinges and put the '95+ mirrors on them.

Yeah, I hated them never understood why they thought that dinky little mirror was sufficient.
Look up there^ I did that too!
They SUCKED. Both size and placement.

I'm surprised more people don't use old CJ mirrors. I can watch my rear tires clear obstacles and watch for cops behind me without turning my head.

And I don't have to screw around when my doors are off... all summer.
I would. But the refashioned ones suck. I need to pull them off an actual CJ if I would convert.

Hmmm. Maybe I'll look up some part outs, though the ones I have found are always missing those mirrors. Goes to show you how valuably coveted they really are.

Truth be told, I dont even use mirrors... I'm an over the shoulder guy. But those CJ mirrors are actually useful and do look great.

I am with Chris on this..

All that said... I prefer the 95 mirrors (and have an extra set from OEM) relocated to windshield hinges than those dinky looking things, even if the passenger side is completely and utterly useless (again, over the shoulder guy)

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I would. But the refashioned ones suck. I need to pull them off an actual CJ if I would convert.

Hmmm. Maybe I'll look up some part outs, though the ones I have found are always missing those mirrors. Goes to show you how valuably coveted they really are.

Truth be told, I dont even use mirrors... I'm an over the shoulder guy. But those CJ mirrors are actually useful and do look great.

I am with Chris on this..

All that said... I prefer the 95 mirrors (and have an extra set from OEM) relocated to windshield hinges than those dinky looking things, even if the passenger side is completely and utterly useless (again, over the shoulder guy)
You're 100% right.
Repop CJ mirrors are not as good as the real factory ones. They are flimsier.
I got real ones off ebay pretty cheap. They were complete but weathered.
I stripped and painted them. Repop mirror heads are fine, it's the hardware that needs to be used OEM.

I use a convex on the right side. It's a big convex so distortion in minimal.
Freeway speeds are not a problem.

CJ mirrors are for real Jeep people. What I mean, they work equally well doors on, doors off, windshield up, windshield down.

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Like what was already mentioned, CJ mirrors. They stay on even with doors off, not too big and are cheap.
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Thank you, gentlemen. I appreciate all of your opinions.

I am a 1970s/1980s guy, and that era of vehicles always had small mirrors. So that is what I am used to, I guess. Ever since I got this TJ, I have always felt the mirrors were too large. The redesigned 2003 mirrors are even larger. When I look at my Jeep, all I see is big dumbo mirrors.
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When I look at my Jeep, all I see is big dumbo mirrors.
tell ya what... i can help you out. Give me your jeep, you can even keep the dumbo mirrors so that when you look at your jeep and all you see is dumbo mirrors, well at least it will not be an illusion anymore

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