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Old 03-23-2013, 09:37 PM   #1
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stubby bumpers legal in wa?

Lift Laws | Suspension Lift Laws By State doesn't seem to have any laws against stubby bumpers in wa. So I guess stubby bumpers are legal in wa? Is this your understanding or do you have info to the contrary?

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Old 06-28-2013, 09:20 AM   #2
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Doesn't look like you got any reply yet. This is something that I am currently researching but I tend to believe they are illegal in WA. I have sent an email off to the State Patrol but have yet to hear back from them. Here is what the RCW states about bumpers:

Bumpers, unless specifically exempted above, must:

(a) Be at least four and one-half inches in vertical height.

(b) Be centered on the vehicle's centerline.

(c) Extend no less than the width of the respective wheel track distances.

(d) Be attached to the vehicle in a manner equivalent to the original manufacturer's installation.

(e) Be horizontal load bearing and attach to the vehicle frame to effectively transfer energy when impacted.

I am guessing (C) makes the stubby illegal. I have talked to a local 4WD shop and they said that they believe it isn't up to the code in the RCW but that only an officer looking for an excuse would pull you over for it. He also explained that most people are out of compliance with stock vehicles from the factory. I have my feelers out on other forums trying to see how many of the people in WA have been pulled over for the stubby. I will let you know if I get anymore information.

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I sent a message to a friend that knows Jeep stuff and is a reserve officer, hopefully he'll get back to me about this.
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Old 06-28-2013, 05:02 PM   #4
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Technically you could receive a ticket for a stubby bumper in Washington, but It's one of those deals where you gotta give the officer a reason to give you a ticket.
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Old 07-01-2013, 03:41 PM   #5
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Actually ran into a guy that I know from the local car shows who is also a cop. He said that it shouldn't be a problem and that it is true that the RCW states pretty much a full bumper. I also talked to a friend that has a stubby bumper on his vehicle and he said he has never been bothered because of it. He also said there are many other things about his Jeep that aren't street legal but it has never been an issue. I feel better about putting one on now.
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Old 07-01-2013, 05:36 PM   #6
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Stubby front bumper on mine. No issues so far.
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Old 07-01-2013, 06:09 PM   #7
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That an officer says you'll not have any issues does not mean that you're legal; it just means that it isn't a primary enforcement activity and you get an officer on a bad day or bad mood, you can be cited and it will stick. The vehicle code in (c) is quite clear and no excuse will get you out of that one.
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that an officer says you'll not have any issues does not mean that you're legal; it just means that it isn't a primary enforcement activity and you get an officer on a bad day or bad mood, you can be cited and it will stick. The vehicle code in (c) is quite clear and no excuse will get you out of that one.
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:16 AM   #9
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I've had mine on for over a year and no problems yet... I don't even run my front license plate normally. If I am driving long distances, then I might put the license plate on.

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