Well I finally made it to Germany and now that I'm here I've been doing research on what I'm going to need to put my Jeep on German roads. I found out today that the shortened stock bumper won't be legal over here, so I've been shopping around and finding out what shipping restrictions I have to deal with to get one shipped over here.
Basically what I'm asking is has anyone had experiance in dealing with this and what would you suggest?
Also what bumper would you suggest for over here, knowing the requirements are that it must cover most of the front tires (width), also cannot have anything sticking out the front (length).
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That´s not true. The normal German TUEV (Association for Technical Inspection) will not allow that on a TJ. But you can go to a special TUEV station that can make exeptions. There are special TUEV enigineers. And if they know Jeeps and if they like Jeeps they´ll write nearkly everything in your registration.
But it´s hard to find such a TUEV enginer...
This is a buddies Rubicon and it´s street legal here in Germany.
My rig is also street legal:
And "my" TUEV engineer already gave me his ok for this front bumper:
Are you stationed here in Germany? Then you can order the parts from the US to your APO address here. You only have to pay the "inside US shipping" and no customs or VAT.
If not you have to pay the international shipping and 2.5-4.5% customs + 19% VAT. The parts are still about 1/3-1/2 cheaper than buying them here from a German dealer.
Whre do you live in Germany? perhaps I know a TUEV station or Company that can help you with your car inspection.
But you´re right, the laws about cars are very strict here.