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NJ lift laws
« on: Feb 08, 2009, 01:31:53 PM »


Here are the laws for NJ.  Some people have problems finding them this is a copy from another site, i use to have the official link  i'll see if i can find it.

All lifted trucks in NJ have 2 go to this location for inspection.  The good side is it's appointment only so no waiting in line. 

Asbury V.I.S.
1010 Comstock St.
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
(732) 869-8328 Morristown V.I.S.

101 Ridgedale Ave.
Morristown, NJ 07960
(973) 631-6578
Winslow V.I.S.

550 Spring Garden Rd.
Ancora, NJ 08037
(609) 567-0646


An examination of your vehicle indicates that it has been raised more than 4 inches beyond its manufactured height. Under the provisions of N.J.A.C. 13:20-37.3, such a vehicle must undergo a geometric stability test.
These tests are being conducted by appointment only at specialty inspection locations. A comprehensive examination of the steering and suspension will be conducted. There is no charge for this inspection. Please call the location of your choice as soon as possible, since the test must be completed prior to the expiration date of your inspection sticker.

Conditions for the motor vehicles with elevated chassis heights are:

(1) Steering gear ratios and steering wheel left stop to right stop turns must be within 1/2 turn of the original manufacturers specifications.

(2) Headlights shall be mounted no lower than 22" nor more than 54" above the ground.

(3) Taillights shall be mounted no lower than 15" nor more than 72" above the ground.

(4) Off road lights must be covered while operating on public roads.

(5) License plates must be mounted no less than 12" nor more than 48" above the ground.

(6) Brake lines and hoses must be protected from excess heat and vibration. They must be mounted in a manner to prevent chafing, undue wear, stress, or unintentional disconnection.

(7) Vehicles originally equipped with bumpers must have them securely fastened, no less then 16" from the ground to the bottom of the bumper, and shall extend the full width of the vehicle.

(8) Maximum tire diameter allowed will be 38" or 6" over stock, whichever is less.

(9) All tires must be the same size. Maximum tire pressure as stated on tire is recommended. Front tires must be at least 60% of the tread width of the rear tires.

(10) Front fenders must extend over the full width of the tire tread. Rear tires that are not covered by the fender or other body parts must be equipped with metal protectors or flexible flaps that prevent dirt, debris and water from being thrown.

(11) Exposed fuel tanks must be encased. Side mounted tanks must have a protective bar to prevent rupture.

(12) Exposed exhaust system components and moving parts must be shielded.

(13) Ballast must be securely mounted.

(14) Releasing the steering wheel in a sharp turn shall result in an increase in turning radius.

(15) Spacers to increase track width are prohibited.

(16) Maximum lift heights for GVWR 4500 lbs and under... 7" above original vehicle height.

(17) Maximum lift heights for GVWR 4501 - 7500 lbs... 9" above original vehicle height.

(18) Maximum lift heights for GVWR 7501 - 10,000 lbs... 11" above original vehicle height.

(19) No blocks are allowed on the front suspension.

(20) All credentials are to be up to date.

(21) Please report to the Supervisor’s Office at least 10 minutes prior to your appointment. Lateness will result in cancellation of the scheduled appointment. Do not wait in the inspection line. Stability tests are not given in inclement weather. Please call the station if questionable.

Please Note: Vehicles that have been previously approved prior to October 1, 1998 are exempt from lift restrictions. However, all other regulations must be complied with by February 1, 1999 except limitations on tire diameter which must be complied with by October 1, 2000.

Effective October 1, 2000, maximum tire diameter will be no more than six (6) inches larger than the stock tire available from the manufacturer ( for that model and model year ) or thirty-eight inch diameter, whichever is LESS.
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Re: NJ lift laws
« Reply #1 on: Feb 15, 2009, 10:31:28 AM »
and you get a fancy extra sticker with  tire size  and front bumper height and door height  but they use pen  so the sun fades it away :slap:

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Re: NJ lift laws
« Reply #2 on: Mar 29, 2009, 05:36:16 PM »
found this link   nice page   lots of good details http://home.comcast.net/~kayaker121/NJLiftLaws.html


some info from the site.

Below is the actual New Jersey Administrative Code which was revised in early 2007
 Note: This page is provided by private individuals solely for basic reference on NJ elevated vehicle inspection requirements    

13:20-37.1 Definitions

The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

"Chief Administrator" means the Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.

"Frame" means the main longitudinal structural members of the chassis of the vehicle or, for vehicles with unitized body construction, the lowest main longitudinal structural members of the body of the vehicle.

"Gross vehicle weight rating" or "GVWR" means the value specified by a manufacturer as the loaded weight of a single or a combination (articulated) vehicle.

"Lift" means any modification or alteration, other than load, of the chassis, suspension, body, rims, or tire size which elevates the height of a motor vehicle.

"Motor Vehicle Commission" or "Commission" means the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission established by section 4 of P.L. 2003, c. 13 (N.J.S.A. 39:2A-4).

"Original manufacturer" means any company engaged in the manufacture or assemblage of motor vehicles which comply with all applicable United States Department of Transportation regulations for delivery to the first purchaser.

"Original vehicle height" or "OVH" means the highest distance inclusive of the largest tires and highest suspension available as standard or optional equipment for the particular vehicle from the original manufacturer. The distance shall be measured from the lowest edge of the centerline of the operator's door with the door closed, or from the lowest point where the door would meet the body on vehicles without doors, or from the lowest point on the floor panel directly below the operator's position on vehicles designed without doors, to the level surface on which the unladen vehicle rests.

"Wheel track" means the shortest distance between the centers of the tire treads on the same axle. The widest distance shall be calculated on vehicles having dissimilar track widths.


13:20-37.2 Elevation of original vehicle

height of motor vehicle restricted; elevated vehicle approval certificate; special windshield decal; inspection

(a) No person shall operate on any highway of this State any motor vehicle registered in this State whose original vehicle height has been elevated by modifying the tire or rim size from the manufacturer's specifications or by elevating the chassis, suspension or body from the manufacturer's specifications by use of "shackle lift kits" for leaf springs or by use of lift kits for coil springs or by use of blocks or by any other device or means without an elevated vehicle approval certificate issued by the Chief Administrator, except that an elevation of the original vehicle height resulting exclusively from an increase in tire diameter that does not exceed four inches or, for motor vehicles which have been modified for snowplowing purposes, an elevation of the front suspension from the manufacturer's specifications that does not exceed two inches, shall not be subject to the requirements of this subchapter.

(b) In order to receive an elevated vehicle approval certificate and a special windshield decal from the Chief Administrator, the owner or lessee of a motor vehicle whose original vehicle height has been increased by elevating the chassis, suspension, body, rims or tire size from the manufacturer's specifications shall comply with the requirements of this subchapter, and such elevated vehicle shall successfully pass inspection to verify that it complies with the requirements of this subchapter and does not possess any modifications or alterations that would affect the safe operation of the vehicle.

(c) In order to receive an elevated vehicle approval certificate and a special windshield decal from the Chief Administrator, an inspection of the vehicle to determine compliance with this subchapter shall be conducted by the Motor Vehicle Commission. Such inspection shall occur within 30 days after the elevation of the vehicle or registration or renewal thereof, whichever occurs first. All inspections required by this subchapter shall be performed at a site or sites specifically authorized by the Chief Administrator to perform the type of inspection and tests required by this subchapter. Any test or inspection conducted at any other location shall be null and void.

(d) In addition to determining whether a vehicle complies with the specific requirements of this subchapter, an elevated vehicle shall fail inspection if any of the modifications affect the safe operation of the vehicle; are improperly installed; degrade the structural integrity of the vehicle or any of its component parts; modify the geometric angles on critical components from original manufacturer specifications likely to result in component failure; create the danger of leaks, cracks, or chafing of brake lines; cause brake lines to be of insufficient length, size, or durability; or cause any component that affects the safe operation of the vehicle to be less effective or more likely to fail in the performance of its designed function.

(e) Vehicles subject to inspection pursuant to this subchapter shall comply with all other applicable safety and emissions inspection requirements imposed by law or regulation in addition to complying with the inspection requirements imposed by this subchapter.
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Re: NJ lift laws
« Reply #3 on: Mar 29, 2009, 06:15:10 PM »
continued do to size



13:20-37.3 Requirements for elevated vehicle approval certificate



(a) To be approved pursuant to this subchapter, a motor vehicle shall meet the following standards:

1. The suspension system shall consist of the basic elements originally provided by the manufacturer and be geometrically arranged in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications. No suspension system component shall be replaced unless the replacement component meets or exceeds the quality and performance standards established by the vehicle manufacturer. The vehicle shall have a suspension system that allows movement between the unsprung axles and wheels and the chassis body and shall be equipped with a shock-absorbing device at each wheel location. The suspension system shall be capable of providing a minimum relative motion of plus or minus two inches. When any corner of the vehicle is depressed and released, the damping device shall stop vertical body motion within two cycles. The use of spacer blocks between the front axle and leaf springs is prohibited.

2. Steering gear ratios and the number of turns necessary to rotate the steering wheel from the left stop position to the right stop position shall be in accordance with the original manufacturer's specifications within a tolerance of one-half turn. The distance between the wheel stop and the front axle shall be the same on both sides. The number of turns of the steering wheel from a straight ahead front tire position to right stop shall be equal to the number of turns of the steering wheel from a straight ahead front tire position to left stop within a tolerance of one-twelfth turn on either side of centerline. No modification of the motor vehicle shall obstruct or limit the turning radius of the motor vehicle.

3. Headlights shall be not less than 22 inches nor more than 54 inches from the level surface upon which the vehicle stands to the center line of the lamp. Tail-lights shall be not less than 15 inches nor more than 72 inches from the level surface upon which the vehicle stands to the center of the lamp. All lighting equipment shall meet the standards of the Society of Automotive Engineers and auxiliary off-road lights shall be equipped with opaque covers which shall be used to completely block any light at all times when the vehicle is operated on public roads.

4. License plates shall be not less than 12 inches nor more than 48 inches from the ground.

5. Brake lines and hoses shall conform to 49 C.F.R. 571.106 and shall be protected from excessive heat and vibration and be installed so as to prevent chafing and undue wear, stress, or unintentional disconnection during operation of the motor vehicle.

6. Where the vehicle was originally equipped by the manufacturer with bumpers, all bumpers shall be securely mounted, extend across the full width of the vehicle and be horizontal load-bearing bumpers attached to the vehicle frame to effectively transfer impact when engaged. Bumpers shall not have sharp edges or dangerous configurations. Bumpers shall be mounted to be no lower than 16 inches from the ground to the bottom of the bumper.

7. The maximum tire diameter for vehicles with a GVWR of 10,000 pounds or under shall be 38 inches or six inches more than the maximum tire diameter available as standard or optional equipment for the particular vehicle from the original manufacturer, whichever is less. In determining compliance with this requirement, actual tire diameter shall be measured with the tires inflated to the manufacturer's specifications.

8. All tires on the same axle or on axles less than six feet apart shall be of the same tire size with respect to diameter and width. Each tire shall have a load carrying capacity specified by the tire manufacturer in excess of the intended maximum axle load divided by the number of tires on the axle. Each front tire shall measure a minimum of 60 percent of the tread width of the rear tires. Tires shall have a sufficient vertical and horizontal clearance so as not to rub on the chassis, body, suspension or other part of the vehicle while being operated. All tires shall be marked as approved for highway use as required by the United States Department of Transportation.

9. Fenders shall extend the full width of the tire tread and, in case the rear wheels are not covered by the fenders, body or other parts of the vehicle, the vehicle shall be equipped with suitable metal protectors or substantial flexible flaps so as to prevent the throwing of dirt, water or other debris on following vehicles. The metal protectors or flexible flaps shall be a standard type or design and installed in a manner which complies with the Society of Automotive Engineers Standard J682, incorporated herein by reference.

10. Fuel tanks which have become exposed as a result of elevating the vehicle shall be protected against damage from collision by some means of encasement. For vehicles equipped with a side-mounted fuel tank mounted outside the vehicle frame, a protective bar shall be installed to protect the fuel tank from being ruptured in case of collision.

11. All moving parts or exhaust system components which have become exposed as a result of elevating the vehicle shall be shielded to prevent injury to persons making contact with these parts.

12. Any ballast material used for the purpose of adding weight to the vehicle shall be permanently attached to the vehicle structure. No liquid or loose ballast is permitted.

13. Release of the steering wheel while the vehicle is in a sharp turn at a speed of between five to 10 miles per hour shall result in a distinct tendency for the vehicle to increase its turning radius.

14. The weight distribution between the two sides of an empty vehicle on level ground shall not exceed 45 percent/55 percent.

15. Spacers shall not be used to increase wheel track.


13:20-37.4 Standards for vehicles with elevated height

(a) If a motor vehicle has been elevated more then four inches beyond the manufacturer’s specifications, it shall, in addition to complying with the standards set forth at N.J.A.C. 13:20-37.3, be tested to verify that ican withstand the lateral standard established by the Chief Administrator of the Motor Vehicle Commission.

(b) For testing passenger or utility type vehicles the standard is 1.1. gravitational forces or more.

(c) For testing pickup trucks the standard is 1.1 gravitational force or more.

(d) Vehicles that have not been elevated more than four inches may be approved provided they comply with the standards set forth at N.J.A.C. 13:20-37.3.

13:20-37.5 Testing

Test shall be conducted by the Motor Vehicle Commission at sites to be designated by the Chief Administrator using the procedures set forth at N.J.A.C. 13:20-37.7.


13:20-37.6 Maximum lift

(a) No motor vehicle shall be elevated by any means, including, but not limited to, elevation of the chassis, suspension, body, rims, or tire size, to create a lift with the vehicle unladen in excess of the following amounts based on the gross vehicle weight rating of the vehicle:

      GVWR - Maximum Lift
      4,500 pounds or under
      7 inches above OVH

      4,501 to 7,500 pounds
      9 inches above OVH

      7,501 to 10,000 pounds
      11 inches above OVH


(b) In determining compliance with this section, the distance shall be measured from the lowest edge of the centerline of the operator's door with the door closed, or from the lowest point where the door would meet the body on vehicles without doors, or from the lowest point on the floor panel directly below the operator's position on vehicles designed without doors, to the level surface on which the unladen vehicle rests.

(c) Any vehicle equipped with adjustable lifts, including, but not limited to, hydraulic or air adjustable lifts, shall comply with the requirements of this subchapter when tested and measured with the lift devices in both their lowest and highest height positions. Adjustable lifts shall be installed in such a manner to prevent height modifications or alterations while the vehicle is in motion.


13:20-37.7 Procedure for testing elevated vehicles


(a) The track width of the front and rear axles shall be measured from the centers of the tread of the outermost tires on the same axle. The front track width shall be added to the rear track width and the sum shall be divided by two to give the average track width.

(b) The side to side weight distribution shall be calculated with the vehicle empty on level ground. The distribution shall not exceed 45 percent/55 percent as set forth in 13:20-37.3(a)14.

(c) One side of the vehicle should be raised to a static relative angle of 15 degrees plus or minus 1/2 degree from horizontal.

(d) The weight of the vehicle shall be measured on the unraised side.

(e) The maximum permissible weight on the unraised side is 62.4 percent of the total vehicle weight multiplied by twice the unraised side's weight percentage as determined in (b) above.


13:20-37.8 Method of measurement

Compliance with any distance or height limitation contained in this subchapter shall be determined by measuring the vehicle in an unloaded condition on a level surface with the tires inflated to the manufacture’s specifications.
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Re: NJ lift laws
« Reply #4 on: Mar 29, 2009, 06:25:30 PM »


Stability (a.k.a. tilt) test
Your truck will be weighed providing 3 weights. (total weight, driver side weight and passenger side weight). You will then drive it onto a 15 degree ramp. The weight transfer percentage is then calculated. The magic transfer percentage is ‘under’ 62.4%. This means if there is more then 37.6% of total weight on the passenger side, you will fail the tilt test.

1) Drive truck on both scales flat on the ground. They weigh total truck weight

2) You back off the scale and drive up the ramp (drivers side up). This places the passenger tires on one set of scales.

3) They weigh the passenger side new weight.

      Example (flat weights):
      Driver side 1,500 50%
      Passenger side 1,500 50%
      Total weight 3,000 100%

Tilt passenger side weight 1,869 62.3% of 3,000 (pass)

If the passenger side weight exceeded 1,869 pounds (or 62.3% of total weight) you fail.

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Re: NJ lift laws
« Reply #5 on: Mar 29, 2009, 06:27:25 PM »
so are you legal??
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Re: NJ lift laws
« Reply #6 on: Mar 29, 2009, 06:28:59 PM »
and people complain about CA :dunno:
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Re: NJ lift laws
« Reply #7 on: Mar 29, 2009, 06:37:28 PM »
CA will be the next one to try and do that s@#t :usa: :driving:

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Re: NJ lift laws
« Reply #8 on: Sep 25, 2009, 06:05:41 PM »
Had inspetion today   i had to do the ramp over aging i should of got a better pic.
This is where they weight you  then u drive up the ramp weigh aging   and then figure your 50% 50%
The ramp is 15 degree angle



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