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Unread 04-19-2011, 08:16 AM   #1
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Lift limit in Massachusetts that will get you pulled over

Hi everyone,

Very close now to purchasing my lift kit for my 1993 YJ as I've gotten a few of my smaller projects completed on her.

My central goal was to build a rig that would have clearance for 33x10.5x15 tires which meant a 3-4 lift.

Was looking at BDS, RCD etc for the 3-4" range to get me there.

Then I remembered where I live

Based on Massachusetts lift law, and the YJ wheelbase I'm only good for say 2.5" lift and going to 31" tires...not terrible but not where I want to be.

I could probably push it to 32" tires if need be.

Question to those out there who've built their jeeps up and drive them on the street in MA and not just dedicated trail rigs

Any problem you've had with LEO's or inspection? Do they scrutinize us harder now then they did a few years ago?

Thanks all in advance on this

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Unread 04-19-2011, 08:20 AM   #2
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Is literally EVERYTHING illegal in Massachusetts????
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Unread 04-19-2011, 10:23 AM   #3
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Is literally EVERYTHING illegal in Massachusetts????
That's what I hear.

OP, if you need to run smaller tires, you can still armor the crap out of your underbody (full skids front to rear) and driveline (i.e. tougher driveshafts) to minimize the effect of lack of ground clearance. Lockers also greatly improve performance regardless of tire or lift size.
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Unread 04-19-2011, 12:09 PM   #4
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You will be fine with 3-4 inches of lift and 33's.
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Unread 04-19-2011, 08:55 PM   #5
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Legal is 2 inched up or down thats about it but no worried on a 3 or 4 on 35's just have the flares to cover the tires.
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Unread 04-27-2011, 01:14 PM   #6
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Legal is 2 inched up or down thats about it but no worried on a 3 or 4 on 35's just have the flares to cover the tires.
Mike
That's for vehicles that are two wheel drive only, 4 wheel drive is different. Multiply the wheel base by the wheel track then divide that by 2200. That number is your max lift height and tire size increase.
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Unread 04-27-2011, 03:07 PM   #7
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That's for vehicles that are two wheel drive only, 4 wheel drive is different. Multiply the wheel base by the wheel track then divide that by 2200. That number is your max lift height and tire size increase.
Thats is absolutly incorrect. Im a Mass Inspector as my shop is a reg.'d inspection station and repair facility. 2 inchec up or down on ANY vehicle regaurdless of 2 or 4 wheel truck or car. Differant laws on gvw of 10K or more
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Unread 04-27-2011, 03:54 PM   #8
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Weerwolv, I just responded to your PM as well but just to let others know, but here's a link with the MA lift law:
http://www.liftlaws.com/massachusetts_lift_laws.htm


MA is such an f'ed up state in terms of laws, and it's so beurocratic, but it actually makes sense. If it's not a 4x4, it's 2 inches. If it's a 4x4, it's wheelbase x wheeltrack/2200. With a YJ that equals roughly 3.2" or something with another 3.2" taller tire allowed.

Note: That's not 3.2" in *height* from tires, but a 3.2" taller *tire*. Don't tell the cops that inspect my vehicle that though, please. I don't think anyone tends to care.
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Unread 04-27-2011, 04:46 PM   #9
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Hi all and thanks for the info.

I had originally planned on going with a BDS 3.5 lift and 33x10.5 tires with MORE 5/8 shackles but based on everything I've learned here I've been bringing my hopes down a bit on this plan.

GreenFour, I know a few good inspection stations where that would not be the problem but I'm more worried about the LEO side side of things. Do you know anyone who has been ticketed for lift height on Wranglers?

Crawling, got your PM and really appreciate the feedback on your setup. Based on what you've learned would you have gone with a 31x10.5 tire next time or is your plan to live with, cut the body or even do a 1" BL. Just like you mentioned in your PM, I'm going aftermarket wheels to around a 4.25 or 4.0 BS.

I may follow your design Crawling but might have to go with cutout flares to avoid the rubbing offroad to stay legal in this state. Or maybe I just push it and get the 3.5" BDS and MORE 5/8 with 32" tires instead of 33"'s

Maybe thats the best solution in the end.
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Unread 04-28-2011, 05:57 PM   #10
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I have ~4.5" on 35's and I dont have any trouble. We have guys dd 5.5" with no trouble. I have stock flares too.
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Unread 04-29-2011, 08:55 AM   #11
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I live in MA and I have a TJ with a 4" lift. It had 35s when I bought it (very used) and I got a sticker, albeit a wink wink type of deal. I have since put 32s on it, and I got a sticker again. I have gotten a bit of flak for not having sufficient fender flares for my tires/offset, but nothing other than that.
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Unread 05-02-2011, 03:17 AM   #12
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I run 10 inches with 36s and dont get hassled at all in mass my frends got a 89 yj with 10 and 37 boggers issues finding stickers but neva get pulled ova
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Unread 05-19-2011, 05:28 AM   #13
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4 inches and 35's here and i never have an issue.
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Unread 05-30-2011, 04:12 PM   #14
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That's cuase it's a JK 4 door It's wider and longer and some come from Jeep with 32" tires. Try that with a older Jeep.
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Unread 05-30-2011, 04:20 PM   #15
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If your dead set on lifting it 4"s then lower it 2"s and then lift it 4". Lol
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