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body lifts legal in maine?

okay so ive never been able to find an actual answer on this, so are body lifts legal in maine
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im not seeing anything there about body lifts
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as long as you meet those requirements, headlight height , overall dimensions, you are good. so yes, they should be legal.
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well i remember a like in the 90s they said that you cant put them on trucks with abs, but since now everything has abs im guessing that law might have changed
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so yes, they should be legal.
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im not seeing anything there about body lifts
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they're not legal. pretty sure the abs rule still stands. but if you can find someone to sticker your truck that doesn't care. you should be fine. i've seen a few trucks running around with body lifts but no one i know has one.. i take that back. my buddy had one on his chevy and me and another guy and him were going back and forth. so yeah the law still stands. have abs? no body lift. maine kinds sucks. my buddy;s truck was almost impounded because it was modded and it was way illegal. but it was only 6" on 37's.

if you want your truck to be legal as in any one will sticker it. don't put a body lift on.
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they're not legal. pretty sure the abs rule still stands. but if you can find someone to sticker your truck that doesn't care. you should be fine. i've seen a few trucks running around with body lifts but no one i know has one.. i take that back. my buddy had one on his chevy and me and another guy and him were going back and forth. so yeah the law still stands. have abs? no body lift. maine kinds sucks. my buddy;s truck was almost impounded because it was modded and it was way illegal. but it was only 6" on 37's.

if you want your truck to be legal as in any one will sticker it. don't put a body lift on.
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He had ABS and was BL'ed

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then he must not be legal
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he didn't have a problem with it getting a sticker and he traded that thing in on a stupid VW. dealership didn't care.

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Interesting info on the tire size, though. Must be within 2" of the factory recommended size, which means 32" is the tallest you should be leagally running on a Ranger.
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Interesting info on the tire size, though. Must be within 2" of the factory recommended size, which means 32" is the tallest you should be leagally running on a Ranger.
it also states the original suspension can not be disconnected.... so you're illegal too!
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I'm guessing it's one of those laws that "if you abuse it, they will ticket you". If your reckless and drive like a tool then yea they will give you ****. If your respectable you shouldn't have a problem.
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i just stopped into VIP today to ask about this for my sas. the current law states no body lifts on vehicles with either 2 or 4 wheel abs, BUT they have made revisions to maines lift laws and effective the 20th of this month they will be legal on vehicles equipped with abs. he is going to call me with more info on tire sizes tomorrow because the rules he has are conflicting with each other. one says 2 inches over stock size tire, and the revision says that the tire size has been deleted from the book, and yet another law in his books said as long as its a reasonable tire size its ok. ill post back tomorrow with tire size details.

i also asked about the factory suspension must be connected law and if i would be able to do a 3 link with coilovers using an axle from a 78 f250 since it states unless stronger than stock parts are used, ie shock absorbers, springs, etc. and he said he saw no problem with that as long as everything looked safe and i met the frame height requirements... which for a ranger is 27 inches in front and 29 in rear. measured on a level surface with the vehicle unloaded from the ground to the ends of the FACTORY frame rails by the bumper brackets. i asked if i could just completely delete my abs module and he said as far as abs goes, the new law says as long as the abs light isnt on then they dont have to worry about it.
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i just stopped into VIP today to ask about this for my sas. the current law states no body lifts on vehicles with either 2 or 4 wheel abs, BUT they have made revisions to maines lift laws and effective the 20th of this month they will be legal on vehicles equipped with abs. he is going to call me with more info on tire sizes tomorrow because the rules he has are conflicting with each other. one says 2 inches over stock size tire, and the revision says that the tire size has been deleted from the book, and yet another law in his books said as long as its a reasonable tire size its ok. ill post back tomorrow with tire size details.

i also asked about the factory suspension must be connected law and if i would be able to do a 3 link with coilovers using an axle from a 78 f250 since it states unless stronger than stock parts are used, ie shock absorbers, springs, etc. and he said he saw no problem with that as long as everything looked safe and i met the frame height requirements... which for a ranger is 27 inches in front and 29 in rear. measured on a level surface with the vehicle unloaded from the ground to the ends of the FACTORY frame rails by the bumper brackets. i asked if i could just completely delete my abs module and he said as far as abs goes, the new law says as long as the abs light isnt on then they dont have to worry about it.
okay so if i wait a few weeks then i can legally put a body lift on?
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Interesting info on the tire size, though. Must be within 2" of the factory recommended size, which means 32" is the tallest you should be leagally running on a Ranger.
my truck was stock with what was technically a 31.. so plus two is 33.


also, i havent heard anything about all this new law crap. but it would be better then the shitty laws we have now
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my truck was stock with what was technically a 31.. so plus two is 33.


also, i havent heard anything about all this new law crap. but it would be better then the shitty laws we have now
yeah hopefully they change the laws
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my truck was stock with what was technically a 31.. so plus two is 33.
The tallest stock tire available is a 245/75/16, which is about 30.4". I rounded down. If you round up, then yes, 33" is acceptable. When it comes to the DOT around here, though, I've gone a little conservative. I got rejected for tires that had less than a half inch of tread past the fender. You had to put a straightedge on it to tell, but they still rejected me. (it doesn't mean that I haven't swapped to stock tires to get a sticker before, though. )


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also, i havent heard anything about all this new law crap. but it would be better then the shitty laws we have now
Actually, the laws are better now. For a few years, Maine tire laws required any vehicle equipped with ABS to have the exact size as what is on the door jamb sticker. Height or width weren't even part of the equation. It had to be factory. They finally changed that a few years ago.

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This is why I like Kentucky....

Also, the FX4 came with 31s
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Also, the FX4 came with 31s
Didn't realize this. I though all 98+ 4WD were either 245/75/16 or 255/70/16
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I've gone a little conservative. I got rejected for tires that had less than a half inch of tread past the fender. You had to put a straightedge on it to tell, but they still rejected me. (it doesn't mean that I haven't swapped to stock tires to get a sticker before, though. *wink*)
Thats the same in MA but I obviously don't care lol. My old truck was the same but at least that one had fender flares so you couldn't tell as much as you can on this one. Its one of those things that really isn't enforced here.
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in all honesty, if you don't drive like an *******. the cops don't care. its when it comes to inspection time is when its an issue.. my buddy with a duramax was hassled for tires and lift and tint and stuff but guess what.. he drove like an *** hole all the time. i never got bother for my tint.

maine is cracking down hard on inspections and trucks that have been passed that shouldnt be for illegal modifications. bout a year and a half ago. a diesel shop in saco was raided, 14 trucks had stickers pulled and the owner lost his license to inspect because he was passing trucks that shouldn't have been. there have been a few other instances where cops will peel stickers off on trucks that they pull over and then make the owner get a tow. happened to a guy i know. I was pulled over for speeding this past spring. at night on 202. he didn't say antthing about my windows or exhaust or tires or anything. he just was scrutinizing my inspection sticker. truck was legal when it was inspected. that current time it wasn't due to tint but he didnt say anything.

but if these new laws and changes are legit. it might be easier to own a modified truck in maine.
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Maine is the new New Jersey.
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in all honesty, if you don't drive like an *******. the cops don't care. its when it comes to inspection time is when its an issue.. my buddy with a duramax was hassled for tires and lift and tint and stuff but guess what.. he drove like an *** hole all the time. i never got bother for my tint.

maine is cracking down hard on inspections and trucks that have been passed that shouldnt be for illegal modifications. bout a year and a half ago. a diesel shop in saco was raided, 14 trucks had stickers pulled and the owner lost his license to inspect because he was passing trucks that shouldn't have been. there have been a few other instances where cops will peel stickers off on trucks that they pull over and then make the owner get a tow. happened to a guy i know. I was pulled over for speeding this past spring. at night on 202. he didn't say antthing about my windows or exhaust or tires or anything. he just was scrutinizing my inspection sticker. truck was legal when it was inspected. that current time it wasn't due to tint but he didnt say anything.

but if these new laws and changes are legit. it might be easier to own a modified truck in maine.
im just gonna be holding off for a few then untill the changes are made, and since maine is cracking down even if you drive like an ******* or not i still havent done lifts or tires because you never know when youll drive by a dick cop
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