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Old 10-13-2008, 08:04 PM   #291 (permalink)
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doesn't adding length past the factory bumper (front or rear) make a car not street legal?
I'd love to attempt a kammback or boattail, but i'd rather not get pulled over...
I don't think this is true. Bike racks, snow plows, those hitch - shelf for your cooler things.... all add length to your car. None are illegal that I know of.

I know in MO, if you have something that extends more than 5 feet (pardon my non-SI unit, but that's what the law says) beyond your bumper, you have to mark it with a red flag. I don't know about if you actually extend your car with lights and such.

PLUS, there's no safety concern; in fact, adding length to your car makes it safer in a crash. (probably not much unless it's reinforced a bit and will crumple a bit in a collision)

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Old 10-30-2008, 01:11 PM   #292 (permalink)
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I don't think this is true. Bike racks, snow plows, those hitch - shelf for your cooler things.... all add length to your car. None are illegal that I know of.

I know in MO, if you have something that extends more than 5 feet (pardon my non-SI unit, but that's what the law says) beyond your bumper, you have to mark it with a red flag. I don't know about if you actually extend your car with lights and such.

PLUS, there's no safety concern; in fact, adding length to your car makes it safer in a crash. (probably not much unless it's reinforced a bit and will crumple a bit in a collision)
if any of this crap was true you wouldn't be able to pull a trailer. You got your lights, you got your tags, it wont be an issue unless you get a nutso cop thats really bored. Then ask him if hes bored and he probably will admit it and leave.
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Old 10-30-2008, 02:05 PM   #293 (permalink)
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if any of this crap was true you wouldn't be able to pull a trailer. You got your lights, you got your tags, it wont be an issue unless you get a nutso cop thats really bored. Then ask him if hes bored and he probably will admit it and leave.
I wouldn't ask anything like that.. That's just asking for a crap sandwich around here.

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Old 10-30-2008, 07:05 PM   #294 (permalink)
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It hasn't been a problem for the 7 cops that have pulled me over since I installed the boattail. When they stop me I make a point of asking them if there is anything illegal about my car and so far none of them has had a problem with the boattail or nosepiece.
I got pulled over 3-4 times by the night shift cops mainly because I had taken the tailgate of my Ford Ranger and apparently someone close to my vehicle desription was stolen. Cops are annoying, somewhat lazy, and highly misdirected by dispatch! Dispatchers (mainly women) seem to struggle to get murders and cops sent to correct location and issue.

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Old 11-03-2008, 11:41 PM   #295 (permalink)
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I know in MO, if you have something that extends more than 5 feet (pardon my non-SI unit, but that's what the law says) beyond your bumper, you have to mark it with a red flag.
I worked for a while at a lumberyard in MO, and asked a Highway Patrolman specifically about that, since we were putting a lot of flags on stuff. He told me THREE feet - past the back of a lowered tailgate of a pickup truck. I guess that would be close to 5 feet overall...

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if any of this crap was true you wouldn't be able to pull a trailer.
You're thinking in the wrong context, thefirebuilds: The idea is how far things are behind the taillights. Think at night, or coming up to a light. Something sticking out of a trunk or the back of a pickup tends to not have any "depth" to it, and is easy to run into. Trailers (AND THESE BOATTAILS) have their own lights in the back, which then will be a new reference point for the lady putting on makeup and talking on the cell phone behind you to use to stop by...
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You're thinking in the wrong context, thefirebuilds: The idea is how far things are behind the taillights. Think at night, or coming up to a light. Something sticking out of a trunk or the back of a pickup tends to not have any "depth" to it, and is easy to run into. Trailers (AND THESE BOATTAILS) have their own lights in the back, which then will be a new reference point for the lady putting on makeup and talking on the cell phone behind you to use to stop by...
NO, you took what I said out of context. I already qualified what I said in regards to lights and tags:

"if any of this crap was true you wouldn't be able to pull a trailer. You got your lights, you got your tags"

Sorry if my language was too folksy to follow, I was in a Palin-ey mood I guess.
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haha, folksey. It took me two times reading your text to get it, admittedly.
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D'oh

I see it now... I guess I got to the end of your first sentence, and was already planning my political rebuttal...

MAN, I'll be glad when these political ads are done. This negativity is rubbing off onto me!
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ok, really. whats going on with this car.

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