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Old March 31st, 2011, 11:18 AM   #1
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Default Oregon to reintroduce bill to limit suspension/tire alterations

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There's been a bill (H.B. 3147) introduced in the Oregon legislature that would greatly limit a vehicle's suspension, body lift, and wheel/tire modifications. To be specific, H.B. 3147 would ban vehicles whose bumpers are elevated more than 3 inches above the original manufactured bumper clearance. An identical bill was originally introduced in 2001. According to the SEMA Action Network page the bill would:

Ban reasonably altered vehicles due to overstated concerns with bumper mismatch


Discriminate against hobbyists and aftermarket parts makers (ahem ... that's us) by leaving it solely to the vehicle manufacturers to choose bumper heights


Force owners of modified vehicles to spend large sums of money to reinstall original components (ahem ... that's you).


Ban useful alterations that provide adequate clearance for on/off road capability and accommodate heavy loads, larger tires, improved suspension and water-fording capability


Impose a fine of up to $360 per offense for vehicles that exceed the 3 inch clearance requirement


The SEMA Action Network's website states, "This bill tramples on the rights of 4x4 enthusiasts in Oregon." We agree. Not only would this burden enthusiasts, it'd hurt manufacturers, such as Warn Industries, who make off-road equipment.

Warn Industries urges you to contact members of the House Committee on Transportation and Economic Development.

Representative Cliff Bentz - Co-Chair
Phone: 503/986-1460
Email: rep.cliffbentz@state.or.us

Representative Tobias Read - Co-Chair
Phone: 503/986-1427
Email: rep.tobiasread@state.or.us

Representative E. Terry Beyer - Co-Vice Chair
Phone: 503/986-1412
Email: rep.terrybeyer@state.or.us

Representative Patrick Sheehan - Co-Vice Chair
Phone: 503/986-1451
Email: rep.patricksheehan@state.or.us

Representative Shawn Lindsay
Phone: 503/986-1430
Email: rep.shawnlindsay@state.or.us

Representative Nancy Nathanson
Phone: 503/986-1413
Email: rep.nancynathanson@state.or.us

Representative Jefferson Smith
Phone: 503/986-1447
Email: rep.jeffersonsmith@state.or.us

Representative Jim Weidner
Phone: 503/986-1424
Email: rep.jimweidner@state.or.us


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Old March 31st, 2011, 12:06 PM   #2
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Sounds like an entry barrier to wheeling to me. I think most people (myself included), have a road vehicle and an off-road vehicle that is trailered to sites. I agree that bumper mismatch is a problem on the road, but a 4-6 inch lift isnt going to really make a difference in contact point in a vehicular crash. Its the bigger rigs (IE:man kills girl with monster truck) that is a problem. But when entering the wheeling community for the first time, yeah, my Bronco was my road vehicle as well. I couldn't afford two vehicles. So for those in Oregon looking to get into wheeling, its going to be more expensive. Anyways, its still BS and like the seatbelt law and smoking ban, the government will continue to run your life until you tell them no. Call you rep, even if you aren't from oregon.
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Sounds like an entry barrier to wheeling to me. I think most people (myself included), have a road vehicle and an off-road vehicle that is trailered to sites. I agree that bumper mismatch is a problem on the road, but a 4-6 inch lift isnt going to really make a difference in contact point in a vehicular crash. Its the bigger rigs (IE:man kills girl with monster truck) that is a problem. But when entering the wheeling community for the first time, yeah, my Bronco was my road vehicle as well. I couldn't afford two vehicles. So for those in Oregon looking to get into wheeling, its going to be more expensive. Anyways, its still BS and like the seatbelt law and smoking ban, the government will continue to run your life until you tell them no. Call you rep, even if you aren't from oregon.
i've been see more and more Control on the bumpers look at the new 2011 Trucks the nose is almost on the Ground like a low rider






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I know. and they want you to put no more than 3" on it! Wonder if the bill says anything about roming the underbumpers, thats going to get caught on a pebble.
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While I don't agree with this bill, the "no lift law" thing in Oregon is out of control, based on what I saw myself out there. There's trucks with 24" or more of lift all over the place, many of them with a huge drop hitch pulling huge trailers as if they are still stock. I looked at quite a few of them, and there is some serious ghetto fab rolling the streets out there.
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i've been see more and more Control on the bumpers look at the new 2011 Trucks the nose is almost on the Ground like a low rider






I posted about this subject a while back, I don't think it has anything to do with laws as far as oem bumper height goes I think it is more about aerodynamics, the big three are trying to squeeze more mpg out of the newer trucks and that is why they have such a low air dam. Why spend a million dollars designing a change on the power train to achieve 1mpg more when they can clay model a air dam, wind tunnel test it for 50k and achieve the same 1mpg gain?

The dollar figures are just an example but you get the idea, it is cheaper to redesign a front fascia to be more aerodynamic than it is to redesign a power train to consume less fuel.

So blame your new low riding 4x4's on CAFE standards and not on safety issues.
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