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post #106 of 140 Old 05-28-2009, 09:10 PM
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Here is a link to the Kansas Statues Vehicle codes are Chapter 8 Article 17

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Iowa is a dead link. FYI

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Thanks so much. After seeing this commercial, off roading seems like such a fun thing to do.

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Colorado link doesnt seem to work. Here is another regarding equipment.

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post #111 of 140 Old 10-15-2009, 03:13 PM
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Hawaii Laws as of Oct 2009 and tips for passing inspection

I've found that many so called "definitive lists" on other sites are outdated or just plain wrong.

Hawaii has seperate State and County regulations for motor vehicles.

Hawaii Revised Statutes 286 (State) covers general vehicle requirements heres a link to the index: - /hrscurrent/Vol05_Ch0261-0319/HRS0286/

Modified (mainly lifted) vehicle owners should read:

County regulations require a reconstruction inspection/approval for any vehicle modified from the original manufacturers specs. It's by appointment only M-F 0800-1500, call (808) 733-2542. The process is pretty simple, you do a walk around with the inspector and point out EVERYTHING. Then they "randomly" test for safety and function. Other than what's written in the above laws, they don't lay out any specific requirements when it comes to mods. But from personal experience:

1) "Homemade" modifications will not pass.

2) Lifts or drops done with spacers need to be of one piece construction (so no stacking).

3) Any obstruction to vehicle operation is an automatic fail, so make sure your tire doesn't rub the frame or fender. The inspector will make you crank your wheel until it hits the stops.

4) If you have wide tire's, they can not protrude more than a 1/2" from the fender. Close enough is not an option here, they do measure. I highly recommend getting a set of "street" tires for the inspection. For some reason they just don't like off-road or aggressive looking tires.

5) Make sure your bumpers are secure and shocks/springs have the proper travel. Inspectors often put their full weight on the the front and back of the vehicle to make them bounce. I've seen people failed because their lowered car bottomed out and hit the pavement. And another had his bumper come off completely. They really don't mess around here, so if you got double stick tape holding anything on...get it squared away before inspection.

6) Try to avoid attention grabbing mods. As I said, they don't seem to like off-roaders. Bright red springs and shock boots will draw unwanted attention.

7) If you repainted your vehicle to a different color, expect them to check the VIN on everything that has it. Failing to have them all match will get your car "held" while they do a check. For those who replaced their engine, make sure you have the invoice and paperwork handy. This goes for any replacement parts you may have picked up along the way.

8) "Original manufacturers specification" is a bit deceiving. No reconstruction inspection is required for tint, spoilers, light bars, trailer hitches, or asthetic modifications (chrome, neon, etc.). Tint is covered by the annual state safety inspection, but it's laughable. Only a few inspection stations have the actual equipment to measure tint %. All others just "eyeball" it.

9) If you have anything you think is "iffy" and may not pass. Remove or fix it.

10) Remember you're dealing with the DMV here. They like when you bring all paperwork, even if it's not relevant. Invoices, receipts, and maintenance logs will work in your favor.

Final tips: Be on time or early for your appointment and try to schedule for late afternoon. It doesn't matter if they're running behind and you have to wait in line (usually the case), they will notice if you're late. Inspectors like to leave on time, but are required to keep the appointment. Pretty easy to see why time of day is important eh? It doesn't hurt to do some ego stroking either...remember to Sir/Ma'am the inspector.
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Iowa Link is dead.

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Colorado doesn't work...

Anyone know one that does? I am curious about tire coverage laws, and lighting laws...

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Here is one for AK. I'll keep looking for more info, though.

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I'd like to add to this thread as a reference if that's ok.

I've also written an article on the legality of beadlocks that can be found on the site and a few other articles will posted in the near future.

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I see you also live in Colorado, what do you know about tire coverage laws in our state?

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I talked to a friend of mine that's a police officer and he said they don't care (mainly because they don't know what the law is). As far as I can tell there is no law on the books so I wouldn't worry about it.

When I was driving my F150 a few years ago it had a dovetailed bed that exposed both rear tires. I was followed numerous times by cops (in Boulder) and never got pulled over. The truck had a rear cage, fuel cell, 18" coilovers and a 4-link rear suspension clearly exposed, too.
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Good to know, the Colorado Vehicle Codes seem kinda vauge...


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It seems the Ohio link in the first post is broken. Here's what seems to be the new link. They don't have all the sections of the FAQ finished though.


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FAQ - Equipment

What are the guidelines for using windshield wipers according to the new regulation?
Effective Jan. 1, 2010 - Under Ohio Revised Code 4513.03, all vehicles upon a street or highway must have headlights on while using windshield wipers. This is a secondary traffic offense, which means vehicles cannot be stopped solely for a violation of this statute. A citation for this offense is a minor misdemeanor. Fines will vary by court district.

What percent can windows be tinted on the vehicle?
According to Ohio Administrative Code 4501-41-03, on Ohio registered vehicles window tint must allow 50 percent light transmittance on the rear and side windows, and 70 percent transmittance on the windshield. In other words, the tint can not be darker than 50 percent on the side and back, and 30 percent on the windshield.
Light transmittance of 50 percent does not apply on the windows behind the driver if there are outside left and right side mirrors. Remember, auto glass is slightly tinted from the factory and will make the tint you apply to your windows darker than advertised by the tint manufacturer.
What is the maximum lift height? And how do you measure it?
Specifications for bumper heights are covered in section 4501-43-04 of the Ohio Administrative Code. Maximum bumper heights shall be determined by the weight category of Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). The height is measured from the ground to the bottom of the bumper or frame rail
Passenger Vehicles
22 inches
22 inches
4,500 lbs. and under
24 inches
26 inches
4,501 to 7,500 lbs.
27 inches
29 inches
7,501 to 10,000 lbs.
28 inches
31 inches
What colors and types (under body, in-car, etc.) of neon lights are legal?
Lights must not rotate, oscillate, or flash, but state law does not prohibit the use of colored neon lights under your car as long as they do not interfere or blind other drivers.
Ohio Revised Code, section 4513.17 prohibits flashing lights on motor vehicles with the exception of emergency vehicles, turn signals, and hazard flashers.
As long as the neon lights are less than 300 candle power they are not in violation of any State law. If the lights are more than 300 candle power they must be directed to strike the pavement the vehicle sets upon at a distance of no more than 75 feet. The lights can not exceed 500 candle power.
State law requires a white light to illuminate the rear license plate.
What is involved in a motor vehicle inspection?
A motor vehicle inspection is a very brief check. The inspector checks to assure all lights, signals, and safety equipment is installed and in working order. Some of these items include: Turn signals, stop lights, head lights, horn, safety belts, emergency brake, and mirrors. In addition, equipment violations such as missing bumpers, cracked windshields, and poor tires will result in failing an inspection.
Is a front license plate required on Ohio-registered cars?
Yes. Failure to display a front license plate on an Ohio-registered car is a registration violation.
How can I purchase surplus Ohio State Highway Patrol vehicles or equipment?
All surplus OSHP equipment, including automobiles, are released to the Department of Administrative Services, Division of State and Federal Surplus Property for re-sale. Call 614-466-6570 for information on becoming a bidder. Or, visit their Web site at

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Idaho link changed to: Idaho Statutes

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