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Lift Laws

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by MudFrog, Nov 8, 2000.

  1. MudFrog

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    Well I just ran out and measured my front bumper and it measured in at a whoppin 20 1/2". Ya'll can stop laughing now... It's stock [​IMG]. I'd still like to know what ya'lls bumpers measure.

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  3. riz

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    <font color=purple>Do they measure from the top or botom of the bumper ?</font color=purple>

    <font color=purple>L8r,

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    they measure bottom of bumper or center of headlight on 4 light k5s you reverse the lights so the low beam is on the bottom.
     
  5. riz

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    <font color=purple>I just went out and measured and my front was 25 1/2 " from the bottom and my back was 26 " from the bottom. I have a 4 " lift with 33 " tires at the moment.</font color=purple>

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  6. CK5

    CK5 In my underwear Administrator Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    I started to do a lift law page http://www.coloradok5.com/liftlaws.shtml from the info in the Dec 4 wheel but didn't know if any one would use it, I also don't have the time to keep it current if laws change, but if you want I can finish it. Also, the one on truckworld is incomplete and inacurate, for Colorado it says no lift allowed at all - WRONG

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  7. k5king

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    although my ride isn't finished yet,i've installed an 8" superlift all spring on my '83 and currently have little 33's on it..my bumper heigth on it right now (without a body) is at 29and1/2 inches. i plan on running 38's so i would have to get a six inch drop bumper to be somewhat legal..front headlights have to be less than 40 inches here (i think) so keep that in mind...also you have to be careful about drop bumpers,,,,,some state troopers here, if they want to get you real bad, will measure from the lowest point from the frame at the back bumper!!!!which means that the drop bumper will not make a difference so just be careful what you do

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    <font color=purple>Do you guys really get stopped and checked for this ? I've owned some big trucks in the past and have never been puled over so they could check for lift laws. I live right on the WI/MN border and haven't got stopped in either state. Just curious ????</font color=purple>

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  9. BlazerGuy

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    Yeah, the truckworld page is inaccurate, Texas does have lift laws I just cant remember what they were.....

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  10. Bruiser

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    Here are the Idaho ones I found on the web page if it helps any

    (3) Every head lamp upon every motor vehicle, including every motorcycle
    and motor-driven cycle, shall be located at a height measured from the
    center of the head lamp of not more than fifty-four (54) inches nor less
    than twenty-four (24) inches to be measured as set forth in section
    49-904(2), Idaho Code.
    TITLE 49
    MOTOR VEHICLES
    CHAPTER 9
    VEHICLE EQUIPMENT
    49-966. MOTOR VEHICLE BUMPER HEIGHT REQUIREMENTS. (1) With the exception
    of motor vehicles registered pursuant to section 49-406, 49-406A, 49-407 or
    49-408, Idaho Code, or motor vehicles where the original or predominant
    body configuration of the motor vehicle, provided by a recognized
    manufacturer, did not include a front or rear bumper or bumpers for
    vehicles meeting the original specifications of a recognized manufacturer,
    a motor vehicle shall be equipped with a bumper on both the front and rear
    of the vehicle.
    (2) Bumpers, unless specifically exempt in subsection (1) of this
    section, shall be at least four and one-half (4 1/2) inches in vertical
    height centered on the vehicle's centerline by bolting or welding to the
    vehicle frame as originally installed by the vehicle manufacturer. Bumpers
    shall be horizontal load bearing and attach to the vehicle to effectively
    transfer energy when impacted and shall extend in width to the originally
    manufactured tread width for the vehicle.
    (3) The maximum bumper heights for a vehicle shall be determined by
    vehicle class and the vehicle's gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). Maximum
    bumper height is the vertical distance between the ground and the highest
    point on the bottom of the bumper and shall be measured when the vehicle is
    laden on a level surface with the vehicle's tires inflated to the
    manufacturer's recommended pressure. For vehicles exempted from the bumper
    requirements for reasons stated in subsection (1) of this section, a
    maximum frame elevation measurement shall be made to the bottom of the
    frame rail. Maximum heights are as follows
    Vehicle Class Maximum Height
    Front Rear
    Passenger Cars 22 inches 22 inches
    Trucks and MPVs
    4,500 or less lbs. GVWR 24 inches 26 inches
    4,501 to 7,500 lbs. GVWR 27 inches 29 inches
    7,501 to 10,000 lbs. GVWR 28 inches 30 inches
    Four-wheel drive or dual wheel
    with a 10,000 or less lbs. GVWR 30 inches 31 inches
    (4) Vehicles which do not meet the requirements of this section on July
    1, 1997, must be brought into compliance by July 1, 1998.



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    Oh and

    on my stock 78 it's only 17 3/4 inches front, 18 inches rear, with 31 inch tires.

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    Steve, I would appreciate it if you could finish the lift laws page. You can just state that the laws were current at the date on the cover of the magazine and not worry about updating it very often. The ones on the TruckWorld site haven't been updated in three years and people still refer to them, so something a little more current would be great. Thanks.

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    Howdy ya'll,
    I didn't pay much attention to any other states but Virginia, I just basically scanned through the page to see if other states were listed. This was one of the best pages I found for lift laws, but it would be excellent if you could make a lift laws page here Steve. Although I trust what the page says for Virginia but I think I'm gonna call the local sherrif's office to find out for sure. Anyone running a 6" with 35/36" they can measure for me?

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    I have been pulled over in Colorado at least 5 times in the last six years and not once did they measure or even ask about the lift, and I am according to the law over the limit. I think most cops have no idea what the height is supposed to be.

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    In one of the recent 4x4 mags (should still be on the newstand, can't remember which one) they go state by state with the lift laws.
    In TExas, the only regulation is that the MIDDLE of your headlight cannot be > 54" from ground.
    One point to note is that a lot of people with monster lifts simply mount another fully functional set of headlights/turns lights/hazard lights to the bottom of the front bumper. It looks a little strange, but it saves $$$ from a ticket.
    However, this ONE state trooper close to where a friend lived qould tickey him anyway necause he had found somewhere that supposedly said it had to be the original headlights, not added on. I'm not sure, but my friend tried to challenge it and had to pay anyway.
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    In one of the recent 4x4 mags (should still be on the newstand, can't remember which one) they go state by state with the lift laws.
    In TExas, the only regulation is that the MIDDLE of your headlight cannot be > 54" from ground.
    One point to note is that a lot of people with monster lifts simply mount another fully functional set of headlights/turns lights/hazard lights to the bottom of the front bumper. It looks a little strange, but it saves $$$ from a ticket.
    However, this ONE state trooper close to where a friend lived would ticket him anyway because he had found somewhere that supposedly said it had to be the original headlights, not added on. I'm not sure, but my friend tried to challenge it and had to pay anyway.
    -- Mike
     
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    Mudfrog,

    4" susp and 35" tires. I measured front and back bumper and the height from the bottom of both bumpers come out to 27 3/4". The law here in MD is 28" front and rear. I guess when I go 1" more inch susp lift and 36 or 37" tires this summer, I'll be way over the limit.
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    where in VA do u live?


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    Mudfrog, I am in Big Island VA. I have to get my k5 inspected on Monday I just got it out of the shop(painting) I have a six inch lift with 35" tsl's I will let you know on Monday what my bumper measures with this combo. this affects both of us ya' know. By the way on your webpage where were you wheeling at? I am looking for a good place to go locally and maybe we could get togethor sometime and check it out? e-mail me if you like.
     

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