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Old 12-04-2006, 12:39 AM
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body lift and PA Inspection Laws questions!

Hey guys I have no idea where to post or search onlnine this maybe you all can help. I have a 1979 f-150 shortbed. I have 2-3inch suspention lift I have a 3inch body lift. Is it leagle for a 3 inch bodylift in Pennsylvania? Some people say that you are allowed some say your not allowed. Please let me know where to look this up or if its leagle or not. SOme people say no body lifts at all some say only 2inch some say you can go three inch. I dont know. Also What is all involved in installing a bodylift on one of our trucks? Do you have to modify anything?
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Old 12-04-2006, 09:51 AM
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Yes a 3" body lift is legal in Pa.
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Old 12-04-2006, 11:31 AM
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I always thought they went by bumper height.




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Old 12-04-2006, 12:25 PM
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yeah someone was saying the new inspection laws say not to pass them with a 3 inch body lift. Some say No body lifts at all and some people say anything will pass. I
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I have never heard of anyone having trouble passing because of a body lift. Now bumper height, that's another story. You just have to know what stations to go to...
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Also headlight height is a factor. That will change more with the body lift, because you can do the body lift and let the bumpers where they are, but the headlights still go up. I think it's 54" but I'm not 100% sure. If I find my inspection book I'll post up exacty for sure.
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Also headlight height is a factor. That will change more with the body lift, because you can do the body lift and let the bumpers where they are, but the headlights still go up. I think it's 54" but I'm not 100% sure. If I find my inspection book I'll post up exacty for sure.
There isn't anything on headlight height in the book, at least not when I got my Collectable plate a cupple of years ago. Maby they have added something since then.
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I'll be at my buddies shop tommorrow. I'll see if he has his inspection book and I'll check it out.
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The collectable plate is most likely exempt from the headlight height limit. It does exist, i'm still hunting for where I put the book. Will look again tomorrow.
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i have a 3 inch PA body lift....it's been inspected 2 times now and nobody has said a thing....
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Didn't get a chance to ask today, they where really busy finishing up some work, will try again tommorrow.
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Old 12-11-2006, 07:53 AM
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Hello fellow PA Chapter members:

I just had a scenario where I had to go back to the chop that inspected (PA) my 85 F-350. Here's the story: My registration expires every yeay at the end of October. So, back in 10/05, I should have had it inspected, but I did not (I drove the truck maybe 300 miles in a year (at 7-8 mpg (460cu), it is not my daily driver, plus it is only 2 whel drive). So at the end of the "Winter" season, I took it to get inspected on 4/06 and it passed and I rcvd. the safety and IM Emissions Exempt stickers. First of all, I am always going keep it inspected before it expires (this is the one time I let it go).

Anyway, after the truck passed inspection on 4/06, he put 10/06 stickers on it, since it matched the registration. I did not think to much about, until when I went to get it inspected again (this time at a different shop since I moved) and he told me it passed on the safety inspection, but failed the emmissions. I said to them, it never failed emissions and has always been emmisions exempt. This truck also did not come from the factory w/ CATS and not mods have been done to the exhaust system and it still has all of the factory smog and ait cleaner assembly. He told me, emmisions exempt meant, "that is you drive less than 5k miles / year, then you are emmisions exempt". I told him I have only put on 300 miles since 4/06!. The shop advised they agreed that I would be under 5k miles, but said since the 10/06 inspection sticker that was put on during the 4/06 inspection, a full year has not gone by! Well, after doing some digging w/ PennDOT, the was a change in the law in 1/05 (I have the bulletin) that stated the inspection sticker and registration no longer had to match. I got ahold of the shop that did my inspection back in 4/06 and advised them, by law they should have put 4/07 stickers on my truck and not 10/06. After some discussions, they agreed and did not charge me. They put the 4/07 stickers on that should have been on. Per the PA Bulletin, the inspection stickers should run 1 year from date of inspection. PHEW!. Anyhow, when I go to get my truck inspected in 4/07, atleast 1 year will have gone by and the mileage will be about 500 tops, so it will get the emmisions exept.

I though emmisions exempt meant the truck does not need to get emmisions tested since it came from the factory w/o CATS and still retained all of the original factory smog equipment, etc.

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no, from my understanding your emissions exempt if you put under 5K on your vehichel....for instance i got an exempt last year...i was riding my bike a lot because gas was expensive and my truck is a 2002....if your theory was true they still would have done emissions on my truck because it came factory with all emissions stuff....it goes on miles driven....makes sence to do it that way too because if you have an old clunker thats driven 13,000 miles a year and it's putting a hole in the ozone layer somethign should be done so it conforms to the origional factory emissions stuff if their were any....
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Thanks gui88ford for the answer - that does make sense. Over the last 10 years, I maybe put 200-500 miles on and was always emissions exempt. I am also concerned over the pollution effects. Never altered any factory stuff on my vehicles.
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