10 Popular Car & Truck Mods That Aren’t Exactly Legal
While it's not as popular now as it was, my 'Fast & Furious' generation of drivers were all about customizing cars. I can't say that we were into dressing up the import cars, but in turn-of-the-century Oklahoma, it was all about how low you could slam a truck. As airbags and body drops were extremely expensive, most of us started out with the bolt-on goodies. Head and taillights, way overpriced billet aluminum parts, big wheels, ridiculous stereos, and 99 cent gas. It really was a grand time to be alive.
Skip forward a decade, the hot trend in Oklahoma still revolves around trucks, but now it's all about big lifts and tires. I've even seen a few trucks rolling around town with wheel offset so extreme, I can't help but giggle... It makes a truck look like it skipped leg day, but that's the style now. Light bars might be the most common bolt on part at the moment. I have a brother-in-law that went hog wild with it. Buying up long, short, and mini LED bars to shed light all the way around his otherwise stock truck. It's a ridiculous waste of money, but it's his to spend. It's also not exactly legal, but the small town PD officers don't waste their time writing tickets for the same violations they share on their personal cars.
I've always heard about the bumper law when it came to lifting vehicles. If you google around the web, you'll see that a lot of builders will simply mount a second bumper, or move their headlights down to the acceptable height.
I guess it's a good reminder that you should know the law before making mods to your vehicle. If nothing else, when an unsure police officer starts harassing you about it, you'll be able to clear things up in a respectable manner... because we all know, not knowing the law will not excuse your ticket for breaking it.