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ATTN NJ guys: the REAL lift laws!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Chris Demartini, Jun 8, 2000.

  1. Chris Demartini

    Chris Demartini 1/2 ton status

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    <font color=blue>i got this off of http://www.jerseywheelers.com.

    LIFT LAWS

    An examination of your vehicle indicates that it has been raised more than 4 inches beyond its manufactured height. Under the provisions of N.J.A.C. 13:20-37.3, such a vehicle must undergo a geometric stability test.

    These tests are being conducted by appointment only at specialty inspection locations. As of right now there are only 2 locations here in N.J. Winslow, NJ (609-567-0646) and Lodi, NJ A comprehensive examination of the steering and suspension will be conducted. There is no charge for this inspection. Please call the location of your choice as soon as possible, since the test must be completed prior to the expiration date of your inspection sticker.

    Conditions for the motor vehicles with elevated chassis heights are:

    (1) Steering gear ratios and steering wheel left stop to right stop turns must be within 1/2 turn of the original manufacturers specifications.

    (2) Headlights shall be mounted no lower than 22" nor more than 54" above the ground.

    (3) Taillights shall be mounted no lower than 15" nor more than 72" above the ground.

    (4) Off road lights must be covered while operating on public roads.

    (5) License plates must be mounted no less than 12" nor more than 48" above the ground.

    (6) Brake lines and hoses must be protected from excess heat and vibration. They must be mounted in a manner to prevent chafing, undue wear, stress, or unintentional disconnection.

    (7) Vehicles originally equipped with bumpers must have them securely fastened, no less then 16" from the ground to the bottom of the bumper, and shall extend the full width of the vehicle.

    (8) Maximum tire diameter allowed will be 38" or 6" over stock, whichever is less.

    (9) All tires must be the same size. Maximum tire pressure as stated on tire is recommended. Front tires must be at least 60% of the thread width of the rear tires.

    (10) Front fenders must extend over the full width of the tire thread. Rear tires that are not covered by the fender or other body parts must be equipped with metal protectors or flexible flaps that prevent dirt, debris and water from being thrown.

    (11) Exposed fuel tanks must be encased. Side mounted tanks must have a protective bar to prevent rupture.

    (12) Exposed exhaust system components and moving parts must be shielded.

    (13) Ballast must be securely mounted.

    (14) Releasing the steering wheel in a sharp turn shall result in an increase in turning radius.

    (15) Spacers to increase track width are prohibited.

    (16) Maximum lift heights for GVWR 4500 lbs and under... 7" above original vehicle height.

    (17) Maximum lift heights for GVWR 4501 - 7500 lbs... 9" above original vehicle height.

    (18) Maximum lift heights for GVWR 7501 - 10,000 lbs... 11" above original vehicle height.

    (19) No blocks are allowed on the front suspension.

    (20) All credentials are to be up to date.

    (21) Please report to the Supervisor's Office at least 10 minutes prior to your appointment. Lateness will result in cancellation of the scheduled appointment. Do not wait in the inspection line. Stability tests are not given in inclement weather. Please call the station if questionable.

    Please Note: Vehicles that have been previously approved prior to October 1, 1998 are exempt from lift restrictions. However, all other regulations must be complied with by February 1, 1999 except limitations on tire diameter which must be complied with by October 1, 2000.

    Vehicles Certified Prior to 10/1/98

    All vehicles tested and approved prior to October 1, 1998 will have until October 1, 2000 to comply with the tire diameter requirements. While all vehicles approved prior to October 1, 1998 will be exempt from the maximum lift requirements, once the vehicle is retrofitted to comply with the new tire regulations, a new stability test will be required.

    Effective October 1, 2000, maximum tire diameter will be no more than six (6) inches larger than the stock tire available from the manufacturer ( for that model and model year ) or thirty-eight inch diameter, whichever is LESS.


    I hate this BS!!! Nobody who does inspection knows this stuff, so print it out and take it with you next time you're due for a "FAILED" sticker [​IMG]. Nobody wants to inspect lifted trucks anymore, i had trouble getting a place that would inspect mine.</font color=blue>
     
  2. BlazerGuy

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    Wow,

    They must've had a real nerd mathematician
    on this one! He's been locked in the basement
    since the 70's and been making up rules since!

    ON a serious note... I'm not saying some of
    these aren't reasonable... But laws seem to be
    continually limiting to anything that's FUN!

    [​IMG]
    <font color=purple>REM7600 - '89 Jimmy</font color=purple>
     
  4. Chris Demartini

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    <font color=blue>Actually rem, there's a way around it. The guy who I am buying my dana 60 rear from has a 4Runner on 44s. He said that you can get a high truck on the street if you have "specailty vehicle registration". You have to have the value appraised and then have the truck insured (by a company the state picks) based on the value of the truck. You also have to prove that you have another registered and insured vehicle to drive daily. There is ways around it if you really want to...

    I agree, Some regulations are necassary, like no front lift blocks and such, but some are just plain rediculous</font color=blue>
     
  5. Eagle

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    Yep NJ is the armpit of america. That is why I trailer my blazer.

    There is a VERY fine line between hobby and mental illness
     
  6. JOEBLAZER12

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    biggray71,
    For that stability test law, does that 4" include increase in ride height due to larger tires or are they talking strictly raised height due to the lift kit? Otherwise a lift as low as 2.5-3" could require the test due to the additional 1.5-2" gained from larger tires!! Just curious. Also, what does the "stability" test consist of?

    JOE
     
  7. Chris Demartini

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    <font color=blue>I'm pretty sure it's just the lift height, not lift and tires. The stability test is when they park your truck on a special platform that raises up on one side (if you were looking from the back or front, the truck would be at an angle) and the truck has to go a certain amount of degrees without tipping over(depending on hieght and GVRW) and if it flips, they put a FAILED sticker on it and YOU have to pay to have it fixed!</font color=blue>
     

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