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Unread 07-11-2004, 03:50 PM   #1
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illegal lifts in Massachusetts?

i wanna get a suspension/body lift on my 98 tj so i can put bigger tires on it, but i've heard that making and mods to your suspension in MA will not allow you to pass inspection? anybody know of anything?

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Unread 07-11-2004, 05:16 PM   #2
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try going to http://www.truckworld.com/How-To-Tec...lift-laws.html
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Unread 07-11-2004, 05:20 PM   #3
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I'm in Mass. Got 2"bb and 1"bl. Never had a prob. There are plenty of lifts higher than me around. Havent seen or heard of any probs with them either.

How high and what size tires you want? Monster truck stuff might be a prob.

Also, check out NEOW.net and NEWJO.org. They're Northeast off road club/web sites.

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Unread 07-11-2004, 06:07 PM   #4
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If you Mass. residents would vote out the politicians like Kennedy, you wouldn't have these kinds of problems.
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Unread 07-11-2004, 08:03 PM   #5
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If you Mass. residents would vote out the politicians like Kennedy, you wouldn't have these kinds of problems.
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Unread 07-11-2004, 08:27 PM   #6
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in Mass, for our wheelbase the law is 2.5" of lift and 2.5" of tire is the max....just find a friend that works somewhere that does inspections...thats what i did
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Unread 07-11-2004, 09:33 PM   #7
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the places around me (western mass) measure from the bottom of your door to the ground, which cant be higher then 30"s i'm at 29"s with 3" rustys lift and 33's.. if worst comes to worst just put the stock tires back on and you'll be fine
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Unread 07-12-2004, 08:11 AM   #8
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If you Mass. residents would vote out the politicians like Kennedy, you wouldn't have these kinds of problems.
Hello!? Arnold the Governator, drives a "HUMMA!" (as we call them heya in Mass!)
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Unread 07-12-2004, 09:07 AM   #9
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I live in Mass.
I have a TJ with 4" of lift and 33s. I just got it inspected at a random Shell station about 2 weeks ago. The guy said nothing about the lift, tires, or bumper height....passed w/ flying colors.

I live in Boston and pass MANY local cops and State Troopers during my daily travels....I've never been bothered about my lift height (knock on wood).
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Unread 07-12-2004, 10:03 AM   #10
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MA sucks.......I need to move! Also any idea how much/if tires can stick out from flares? Mine are 1.5 " out on each side , I don't wanna buy big old flares but if I HAVE to..........
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Unread 07-12-2004, 11:26 AM   #11
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MA sucks.......I need to move! Also any idea how much/if tires can stick out from flares? Mine are 1.5 " out on each side , I don't wanna buy big old flares but if I HAVE to..........
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Unread 07-12-2004, 02:03 PM   #12
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I live in Holliston (a small town near Framingham) and there are some huge trucks in my town that are on 38's, some Jeeps that are on 33's, and some Rovers that are on 34's. I plan on getting the FT 6 inch long arm and 35's I dont think I will have issues. And for inspections... thats why I work at a Jeep dealer.

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Unread 07-12-2004, 09:32 PM   #13
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Don't let the screen door hit ya!
didn't mean it in a bad way but our laws suck! Lived here all my life.......just wish laws were more lenient as far as mods......Holliston? Framingham here.........you goto Worcester Hills or anywhere?
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Unread 07-23-2004, 01:54 PM   #14
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Hi, I've got the law and associated formula for lift in MA HERE

Not sure what it works out to for a wrangler, but for an XJ it works out to about 3.5" and then you're allowed to go over that by 1" and still be legal, so 4.5". Of course you can widen the wheel track with less backspacing and may squeeze out a little more that way. Also the lift amount is from the tallest suspension/wheel option available for a given model, so for the XJ you can add the lift amount to the base height of the Up Country option package to get an extra inch (that's already added in the 3.5" above).

If anyone's got more info about MA vehicle modification laws I'd love to have it. Also I'm at 3" above stock wheel size and ~4" lift and have been inspected that way twice and haven't had a hint of a problem with it. If I go any bigger I think I'll keep a set of 'inspection tires' on hand for that purpose.
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Unread 08-21-2004, 10:06 AM   #15
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Is there any reason I shouldn't remove this thread from its "Sticky" status?
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