The 2021 Ford Bronco, in a lot of ways, appears to have been engineered around solving certain livability issues surrounding the JL Jeep Wrangler and JT Jeep Gladiator. Where the Jeeps have live front axles for superior articulation and rock crawling, the Ford Bronco has an independent front suspension for improved road manners and high speed off-roading. Where the Jeep Wrangler has a heavy removable roof panel, the Bronco has an easier way of taking off its top. And just as the Wrangler has door-mounted mirrors that come off when its time to feel the open air, the Bronco has its mirrors mounted from the cowl, and are affixed to the SUV. But this could be detrimental in the tightest of trails.
As for the Jeep Wrangler (and Jeep Gladiator), Mopar is giving customers the freedom to choose if they want mirrors with the doors off or not. Ahead of SEMA360, Mopar has announced a new doors-off mirror kit for the Wrangler and Gladiator, letting customers have the best of both worlds. It’s listed as part number: 82215331AB and carries an MSRP of $295 USD. The kit comes with a standard Mopar factory-backed warranty, which includes two years/unlimited miles from date of purchase or up to the remainder of the new-vehicle’s warranty of three years/36,000 miles.
This sort of product validation is also why the mounting brackets are finished with an anti-corrosion undercoat and a durable black powder-coat finish. The doors-off mirror kit also includes a built-in break-away feature that prevents damage while in tight spaces on the road or trail.
Like all Mopar accessories, the new Jeep doors-off mirror kit are engineered and validated to original-equipment standards, which FCA says will provide a production-equivalent field of view with minimal vibration. Each mirror in the kit attaches to a cowl-end cap bolt, and the upper door hinge. So the doors must already be removed for these mirrors to be mounted. A custom thumb wheel-nut-clamp is used as an attachment point to the door flange.
All that’s needed to install the new Mopar doors-off mirror kit is a simple T40 bit wrench, which is in the standard tool kit found in all new JL Jeep Wrangler and JT Jeep Gladiator models. That’s it.