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so because our great Governor Granholm decided to cut state cop funding in the upper peninsula they are now all going crazy writing every ticket they can find. I've been lifted for 2 years now with no problems, but got pulled over in Marquette and they busted out the tape measure. Front bumper was ok, Frame was ok, but my rear bumper was 4 inches too high (32 instead of 28) and I got one of those fix-it or pay 80 bucks tickets. I wasn't carrying the usuall bed of snow which would have set me around 2.5 inches over. But now i've got to do something about this, what has everyone here done in this type of a situation?

my options
1. Bolt a 4x4 to the bottom of my bumper and hope they pass it
2. fab a mini bumper under the current one (kind of like semi trucks do)
3. pay the 80 bucks and let "the man" win
4. have a ghetto bumper that's 10.5 inches tall
5. figure a way to make something that just folds down from the original bumper and makes the bumper low enough.
6. Any ideas?


I kind of like the mini bumper underneith my normal one, but only if I would be allowed to recess it about 2 inches so it wouldn't conflict with depart angle. I just dont want to build something that they wont accept.

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I forget his screen name on here, but there's another member that has a DeMello rear bumper, and he ran into the same problem. He had DeMello (maybe someone else) fab up a removable bar that allowed the truck to pass height requirements on-road but be quickly removed for off-road use to maintain departure angle. That's what I would do if I were in your position. Also, paying the $80 fine and "letting the man win" doesn't solve your problem. You'd still need to find a way to make the bumper legal.
 

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A member here, dstrbdone, runs a flatbed & fabbed up a helluva nice removable bumper addition to run on the road - i'm sure he'd send you a pic if you wanted.
 

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You're lucky. Kalifornia has it so you PAY, and fix it. Pricks...
 

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rojodiablo said:
You're lucky. Kalifornia has it so you PAY, and fix it. Pricks...
Ya, but cali lift laws are pretty easy compared to others.

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just fab up something that can be removed when you hit the trails. maybe even something that can swing up underneith the truck when not on the trails and drop down and be locked in with a pin or something when on the road.
 

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Just load it up and fill up the gas tank, when you go to the police station lower the air pressure in the rear which might get another 1/2 inch or so and raise the fronts which will force the back down lower. I would also measure yourself, see if what they say is right. If you do that and attach a 2" square or round tube to the bottom you should be pretty good, mise well get a receiver hitch then too.
 

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what do you think they would do if I just put my old 28inch tires on the rear and had it checked?
 

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what do you think they would do if I just put my old 28inch tires on the rear and had it checked?
If that gets you to 28" then it would probably work. However, if they're writing tickets like you say they are, then you'll probably get another one soon enough.

I have one idea (not as good as some of the other ones about a removable/swing up section): If you have a receiver hitch, fab up a straight bar that would sit at 28" or so and have it mount into the receiver hitch - kind of shaped like a very short "T". Just unhitch it and toss it in the bed when you go wheeling.
 
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