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Old 12-13-2012, 07:56 PM   #1
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Legal bumpers in Jersey...

Does anyone know if shorty bumpers are legal in New Jersey? The last I read was that they have to be the width of the vehicle. Is that just the body or tires as well?

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Old 12-13-2012, 08:27 PM   #2
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It's "full width" of the vehicle. However, there is some confusion whether for "Jeeps" it only includes sheet metal or to the fenders. Since there is now only emissions inspections you're not going to fail for it. Chances of you getting stopped just for a stubby is slim to none. Although, a P.O.'s interpretation of "full width" can mean to the ends of the fenders if someone wanted to push it. If you want the stubby, get it. Never heard of anyone getting ticketed for a stubby. There's so much other b.s. going on out there, that type of citation is low on the priority list. Just don't use a cell phone or drive impaired while equipped with a stubby and you'll be fine.

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Old 12-13-2012, 08:34 PM   #3
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I have friends up there that run them on their Jeeps with no problems. As long as you have a plate on it no cops are going to give you crap. I believe the law says it has to be the full width of the vehicle and the fender flares being part of the body is debatable.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:50 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info...
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:30 PM   #5
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x3. I have been running a shorty front bumper and have never had problems. Your tires are also suppose to be covered by the fenders but I see a ton of jeeps and pickups with tires sticking out that they don't have to worry about. Go for it.
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:41 PM   #6
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Jeeps are some of the most popular "cop" cars in NJ (cops' personal cars) and unless you act like a complete dumba$$ on the road, cops wont bother you. I've passed cops with rooster tails, no front plate countless times and they don't give a crap. They are after the civics with purple headlights. I got pulled over with the wife last week, and the only reason the cop pulled me over is because he just got a 2013, and wanted to talk to me about my tire/lift combo.

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