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Does This Make a 3 inch Body Lifts Illegal

I was just looking up laws that had to do with vehicles in the state of Massachusetts and came up this. After reading this it seems to me that lifting my truck 3inches and getting some 33's would not be legal. Opinions?





PART I. ADMINISTRATION OF THE GOVERNMENT


TITLE XIV. PUBLIC WAYS AND WORKS


CHAPTER 90. MOTOR VEHICLES AND AIRCRAFT


MOTOR VEHICLES


Chapter 90: Section 7P. Height of motor vehicles; alteration restricted


Section 7P. No person shall alter, modify or change the height of a motor vehicle with an original manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating of up to and including ten thousand pounds, by elevating or lowering the chassis or body by more than two inches above or below the original manufacturer’s specified height by use of so-called “shackle lift kits” for leaf springs or by use of lift kits for coil springs, tires, or any other means or device.

The registrar shall establish rules and regulations for such changes in the height of motor vehicles beyond said two inches. No motor vehicle that has been so altered, modified or changed beyond the provisions of this section or the rules and regulations established by the registrar shall be operated on any way.
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dont worry about it the rareity of police pulling over lifted trucks doesnt happen much. my truck with a leveling block is illigal in mich and so is my lights and my tint and my oversized tires...it really doesnt matter...
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its rules.

they are all over.

id lift mine anyways.
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Hmm, I dunno. Sounds like it, but it may be one of those that never gets enforced. If it does get enforced, that would really suck and kill alot of of the Aftermarket-Market in that area. I cant see how they can check on the stock tire size though.
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I want to do the body lift badly. I also do not want to have issues trying to pass inspection.
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Patrick,

Is a cop going to pull you over and ticket you for a body lift. Possibly, but probably not. Where these laws can bite you is if you get into an accident and the modifications you made to your truck are either found to be at fault, or the cause of additional injuries.

You can put these on, but you may get pinched hard for doing it.
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Rules are made to be broken.
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I cant see how they can check on the stock tire size though.
Open your driver door and look at the manufacturer's label.
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They have the same kind of law in Delaware, and they will fail you if it's at all apparent (They failed my old truck because it had a 3" BL). That's one of the reasons I did a 2" BL on mine, so I wouldn't have to worry about it. They also have rules about tire size above stock, but they don't enforce that one really unless it blatant.

Truthfully though, if you do the 3", and the freak, you can always bring it back down. Once you do it once, it really wouldn't take you that long. You'd just need to buy more Loctite. :o)

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My exhaust is illegal. I have been pulled over(and got out of the ticket) and the cop didn't say anything about my exhaust and I know he could hear it. I still have it and I am not going to get rid if it. I think you ok, the only way you would get in trouble is if the cop was a rookie trying to make points or if he just wants to be an @-hole.
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They have the same kind of law in Delaware, and they will fail you if it's at all apparent (They failed my old truck because it had a 3" BL). That's one of the reasons I did a 2" BL on mine, so I wouldn't have to worry about it. They also have rules about tire size above stock, but they don't enforce that one really unless it blatant.

Truthfully though, if you do the 3", and the freak, you can always bring it back down. Once you do it once, it really wouldn't take you that long. You'd just need to buy more Loctite. :o)

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I myself would borrow some rims from a lil *** car and put them on your ranger. They're usually the same spacing and they'll offset a 3 inch body lift.
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I myself would borrow some rims from a lil *** car and put them on your ranger. They're usually the same spacing and they'll offset a 3 inch body lift.
I acutally think that would only make it look more apparent... I don't think they'll be worrying about the tire size as much as the lift... At least that's my experience/opinion.

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If they are only going to hit it if it is apparent, make it look stock. Paint is cheap fines aren't. It seems to me that it would be easy enough to paint the lift components to match the factory stuff. Then as far as checking the tire size to the door goes the door could be a replacement and the sticker disappeared when it was repainted. Don't the factory L2s come with 31s stock? I don't know about you but to me 31s look close enough to the same as 33s unless they are sitting side by side, the inspectors I'm sure know less about our trucks and tires than we do, most professional mechanics that I have met do.
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I acutally think that would only make it look more apparent... I don't think they'll be worrying about the tire size as much as the lift... At least that's my experience/opinion.

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I got the idea by thte wording that the tiny tires would cross out hte lift, keeping you in that safe range.

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In ga it is illegal to lift/lower anything more than 2". Mine has about 9", beadlocks, no fenders, a narrowed bed, no front bumper, and cops just look at me like wtf is that?
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hmmm, lets see patrick, but on the 3 inch body lift at the beginning of january in stephs truck with the 33s. drive into the MASS inspection station at the end of january with it exactly as it is now and get an inspection sticker. hmmmmm. yes it is illegal, it is illegal by that statement right there to lift or lower it over 2 inchs from factory height. you're such a pansy you know worried about the stupidest stuff. hell, stephs truck looks like it came factory the way it is with the 3 inch BL and 33s, it just looks normal. do a SAS with 12 inchs of lift and some 42s and then you can start to worry about things like that.
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hmmm, lets see patrick, but on the 3 inch body lift at the beginning of january in stephs truck with the 33s. drive into the MASS inspection station at the end of january with it exactly as it is now and get an inspection sticker. hmmmmm. yes it is illegal, it is illegal by that statement right there to lift or lower it over 2 inchs from factory height. you're such a pansy you know worried about the stupidest stuff. hell, stephs truck looks like it came factory the way it is with the 3 inch BL and 33s, it just looks normal. do a SAS with 12 inchs of lift and some 42s and then you can start to worry about things like that.

Lol Pat, I'll hold TireIron down if ya wanna beat him.
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Open your driver door and look at the manufacturer's label.

i was just going to post that, you beat me too it
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Every state almost it is illegal I think its like that in Texas and every damn truck here is lifted or lowered!
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In ga it is illegal to lift/lower anything more than 2". Mine has about 9", beadlocks, no fenders, a narrowed bed, no front bumper, and cops just look at me like wtf is that?
Haha. I was watching people in traffic while we were driving around during the Savannah meet. EVERYONE looks at your truck like WTF is that.
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Lol Pat, I'll hold TireIron down if ya wanna beat him.

Ok Jay. I would love to do the bodylift and 33's. I am not worried about getting a ticket driving it because the prolly wont happen. I just want to know that if I have a problem with getting it inspected are you going to take of the lift so it will pass and then put it back on after it passes? I post here for advice. Hence the purpose of the forums. I do not need to be called a pansy. If you really feel that way it would be better for you to send me a pm. I am still paying for my truck unlike you. I want to be sure I can send it for inspection and not have issues.

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Pat,

I know a place that will pass you no problem every time. They don't care if you're lifted or not.
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Don't the factory L2s come with 31s stock?
Yes. As I understand it 31" is the largest tire diameter Ford has 'certified' the Ranger to run on. In fact I know that you cannot get the computer/speedometer adjusted for tires larger than 31".
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no patrick, did you read what i wrote? i said we put the BL and 33s on at the beginning of january, then i drove it over and got the sticker with it just the way it was at the end of january, no questions asked. and i called you a pansy because you keep asking the same questions and every possible question imaginable over and over again instead of just doing what you want to do. it's like you are asking permission to do it from people. i guess in here it seems out of context to the other people because they dont know all the other questions ive answerd pertaining to all the little details of the body lift. so i guess its just me saying "if you want it, just do it already" i mean wasnt it you that wanted a lift and like 33s before steph even got her truck? you dont need our permission to do anything to your truck. yes it will be technically illegal, doing anything to it will make it technically illegal now a days. the thing is an inspection station doesnt give a crap about anything that minor, they most likely wont even notice it, a BL and 33s make a ranger the same height as a stock fullsize. now if you were thinking about lifting it to fit some 38x16.5 boggers in there and asking if you will have a problem with it, that i can understand...

as far as will i be going through the work of ripping everything back out to get it inspeced, lord no seeing as it was inspected about 2 weeks after the lift and 33s were put in. sorry about callin you a pansy, but ive been listening to you flip flop back and forth about wanting to do a lift and 33s for over a year now, then you decideing no you want to leave it and get stock size tires for it, then no you want to do a suspension lift and 33s, then maybe just stock and some 265s, then no stock with stock tires, then maybe a BL and 33s, or what about maybe a BL and 31s, or etc. etc. etc.... for over a year now with the same questions asked for the past year about each thing too.
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