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hoseclamp
12-25-2008, 01:36 PM
Small town, federalies are everywhere, a buddy of mine is rcmp, everything I've built, except for emissions, has been spot road check legal. I've never had a big truck before though.

Current setup, no idea on how much lift came with this truck, but 44's put me 53.5" for center of headlight height, 1/2" from max limit.

Lowest point on bumpers must be no higher than 29.5" off the ground, got an idea for that, rear taillights and reflectors, center I believe is 74.8", no problem there. Mud flaps on rear, no higher than 14", lame.

I still want more height, a 12" superlift or some custom springs would be nice, cut out fenders, rebuilt drivelines, everything can work but the headlights. I can flip the headlight assembly in the grille to gain another 5-6" in lift height, but I want more.

I don't even want to think about the huge pissflaps I have to add to the fenders to cover the tires, that will look stupid whatever I do.

What are you bastages doing to remain headlight compliant, or are you. Will anyone really give a shit. I'd like to relocate the lights into the bumpers but I was told that won't work, still illegal.

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kootenaycat
12-25-2008, 03:28 PM
I've seen many large trucks (commercial) with them mounted in the bumper, Fortis has them in their bucket trucks.

I haven't seen any yet in my shop, but if I had to inspect a modded truck with headlights in the bumper, I'd pass it as long as they were mounted in roughly the same fashion as they were stock, ie: same width apart, and mounted with some way of adjusting them. Make sure they're DOT approved.

hoseclamp
12-25-2008, 06:03 PM
Well that's promising, thanks koot!! The bumpers I plan to make full body width, 8" x 3" chennel, probly 15k warns fr/rr, with a warn compressor, bumpers will be sealed so they'll act as air tanks too. To keep them legal I'd make a drop section attached to the bumper that would hinge in the middle, dropped/pinned down they'd be under 29.5", off road it would swing up like a grille guard. The rear can swing up under the box.

I have access to all sorts of neumatic cylinders, I might be able to set them up on a toggle, same thing with the mud flap assembly instead of flaps 3-4' long. I would like a 12" Superlift and 3" BL, gotta make it high enouhg to clear the centers on rockwells one day, heheh.

StillRYE
12-27-2008, 09:57 AM
Alot of guys use DOT approved plow lights for their headlights and mount them on or under the bumper.

stevem
12-27-2008, 11:55 AM
they can measure anywhere on the headlight not just the middle.

toyon35s
12-27-2008, 05:24 PM
just wondering why you want to go so high?no point in having a huge space in between your wheels and wheel wells unless you've got some good flex,i havent seen many trucks with over 12inches lift unless four linked that have really good flex so why so high?[cheers]

jonny6door
12-28-2008, 04:55 PM
they can measure anywhere on the headlight not just the middle.

yep. the center of my lights is legal but the cop was a fucken dick and measured to the top which was too high and gave me a ticket. im over the tall truck thing, they make your center of gravity too high which really sucks for anything but mud. i think trucks look better (and definately works better)fairly low with a 46"-54" tire stuffed in there.

but if you want to go tall here are some headlight ideas...
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Happypants
12-28-2008, 05:18 PM
fuck, them trucks are way to tall, i say chop the fenders before puttin massive lifts in,

Ginger Snaps
12-28-2008, 05:27 PM
why would you hack bodies on show trucks.....


12" of lift isnt that big.. keep your rig clean looking run removeable mudflaps and keep your tires coverd...and you should have no problems no needs to fuck with headlights.

we have all seen biger rigs then what has pland

UU
12-28-2008, 05:57 PM
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kamloopsyota
12-28-2008, 06:36 PM
whats the best way to extend your 2" penis????

lift you truck like those in the pics!

Happypants
12-28-2008, 07:53 PM
Yup, hung like a field mouse in a blizzard LOL

xtremeyj
12-28-2008, 11:32 PM
Those were just a bunch of fuckin pavement princess's

epic3
12-29-2008, 11:56 PM
Uh ohhh here comes the show truck bashers

hoseclamp
01-01-2009, 08:20 AM
Sorry for the late reply, been crazy busy.

As per dot inspection, any point of measurement for the lights, reflectors bumpers, flap height etc, other than described in the regulations themselves, is incorrect. Head, taillights, and reflectors are described as center of light for measurement, flaps and bumpers are lowest point. I plan on keeping laminated copys of the regs in the truck.

I have no idea how much lift came in this truck, it was a slap together project from 3-4 different trucks. It does need new springs, if I go slow, using yesterday's tour for expalme, massive wheelhop and bouncing. If I lay into it, no hop just spin and fly.

I figure 6-8" lift is in the front, the front is a few inches higher than the rear, the big tires have really made that evident. I'm doing a 3" body lift next week, might not need more. I've dowloaded pics from my phone, I'll post them up soon. Also, runnign 44" Trxus STS's on 15x10 (12" haven't come in yet), they're studded and worked awesome.

hoseclamp
01-02-2009, 09:35 PM
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No bondo at all, yea right. More lift won't hurt, along with opening up the fenders more. Studded 44" STS work very well in the snow, on road traction in town was extremely surprising too. Once warmed up very little shake with no balancing running 60mph.

stevem
01-03-2009, 12:53 AM
just get cutout flares and keep it low.
big tires and low roof line is sweet

7.5 ft roof line can still go through a car wash

importcrusher
01-09-2009, 11:17 PM
Alot of guys use DOT approved plow lights for their headlights and mount them on or under the bumper.
i used to own a fullsize blazer that came with those lites it sucked but it was legal

importcrusher
01-09-2009, 11:20 PM
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No bondo at all, yea right. More lift won't hurt, along with opening up the fenders more. Studded 44" STS work very well in the snow, on road traction in town was extremely surprising too. Once warmed up very little shake with no balancing running 60mph.
studded tires are a great idea i want to do it to my 46'' claws

importcrusher
01-11-2009, 09:58 PM
id like to run over a 2 jeeps with that tacoma that would be sweet