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Bumper Height

Discussion in 'Northern California' started by TheKid, May 7, 2012.

  1. May 7, 2012 at 6:32 PM
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    TheKid

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    Hey guys, I put a Leveling kit on my truck, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to lift it higher because I think it will be cheaper that buying small tires. But I want to get a Tube Bumper. Is there any laws in California about bumper height or anything I should know about before I buy one? I live in Contra Costa County if that makes a difference.

    Thanks for the help.
     
  2. May 22, 2012 at 4:55 PM
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    Rucas

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    nope there shouldnt be any particular laws for tube bumpers in CA.

    Im in Concord/Clayton btw.
    so is Shemicals, Acdronin, babytrucks, and t4r4life.
     
  3. May 22, 2012 at 5:49 PM
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    You'd have to check CA vehicle codes. I know in Washington State the bumper laws are pretty strict.

    (a) Be at least four and one-half inches in vertical height.

    (b) Be centered on the vehicle's centerline.

    (c) Extend no less than the width of the respective wheel track distances.

    (d) Be attached to the vehicle in a manner equivalent to the original manufacturer's installation.

    (e) Be horizontal load bearing and attach to the vehicle frame to effectively transfer energy when impacted.

    (f) Be mounted at a maximum height based on the original gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle, measured from a level surface to the highest point on the bottom of the bumper. For vehicles exempted from the bumper requirement for the reasons stated above, a maximum frame elevation measurement must be made to the bottom of the frame rail. Maximum heights are as follows:


    Front Back
    Passenger Vehicles: Front: 22 Inches Rear:22 Inches
    4,500 lbs. and under GVWR: Front: 24 Inches Rear: 26 Inches
    4,501 lbs. to 7,500 lbs. GVWR: Front: 27 Inches Rear: 29 Inches
    7,501 lbs. and over GVWR: Front: 28 Inches Rear: 30 Inches
     
  4. May 22, 2012 at 11:18 PM
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    non of this matters, cop will pull you over if they feel like it and give you shit. if you get pulled over by a cop and get a ticket, tell him to go eat a bag of dicks, put back the stock bumper, get it signed and put the tube bumper back on.
     
  5. May 23, 2012 at 9:33 AM
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    I only know about the minimum height, 12 inches but since youre not lowering it then dont worry about it.
    Still, little bit of info for you.
     
  6. May 23, 2012 at 8:09 PM
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    In a nutshell...it means there's no such thing as a "legal" aftermarket bumper in CA. Bumper height is not an issue, but the minute you pull off the original manufacture equipped bumper, the great LEOs of California can give you a fix it ticket. :rolleyes:
     
  7. May 23, 2012 at 8:17 PM
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    And the next time he sees you, he'll flag the ticket as "non-correctable" and you'll have a large fine on top of the sign-off and $30.

    I've talked to a LOT of cops who are automatically going "non-correctable" for tint, HIDs/tinted headlights, etc...
    Their attitude is that the "fixit" is for something that's broken and the owner just needs a "kick in the ass" to get it fixed, but they aren't going to cut that break for the owner that intentionally does something illegal.
     
  8. May 23, 2012 at 8:19 PM
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    What's the CVC? I don't remember ever seeing a minimum or maximum bumper requirement.

    Height requirements I know of are:

    Headlight height is between 22" and 54" in height.
    Exhaust height if exiting to the side must be 24" or less.
    Frame height up to 4,500 pounds GVWR is 27 inches, 4,501 to 7,500 pounds GVWR is 30 inches, 7,501 to 10,000 pounds GVWR is 31 inches.
     
  9. May 23, 2012 at 8:21 PM
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    or if the owner/driver has a "mouth" problem.
     
  10. May 23, 2012 at 8:23 PM
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    If I remember correctly, the bottom of rear license plate must be at least 12" above the roadway.......
     
  11. May 23, 2012 at 8:27 PM
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    True... "Eat a bag of dicks" never ends well for the guy that doesn't have the badge.
     
  12. May 23, 2012 at 8:30 PM
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    You are correct there. Rear plate is 12"-60",but there's no miniumum on front plate (max is still 60" though). Still, I don't think there's a requirement that the license plate be attached to a bumper.

    CVC 5201



    EDIT: Just noticed you're from Carson City. I'll be moving to Zephyr Cove next week. Let's hit some trails!
     
  13. May 23, 2012 at 9:46 PM
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    Thanks for the help guys

    I'll keep a eye out around Concord for your trucks
     
  14. May 24, 2012 at 7:23 AM
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    thinkin about it now i think the minimum height for the headlights is 12 inches, my bad.
    Its mainly for the ricer boys and their lowered cars, etc.
     
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