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Old 04-09-2012, 11:17 PM   #1
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Maine to Virginia

I'm relocating to the Harrisonburg area from Maine in the next month. I wanted to reach out to people on the forum and try to get an idea for what I should expect coming down there.

Is there any major trail systems around there, where are they at?
Places I should check out?
Places I should avoid?
How strict are the lift laws/tire coverage laws down there?

Anything you think I should know, I'm all ears!

Thanks in advance.

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Old 04-10-2012, 12:44 PM   #2
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Virginia does require an annual vehicle safety inspection. The cost is $16.00 and there are hundreds of places to get inspected. You have a 30 day grace period to get the safety inspection, state license plates, and to get a Va. drivers permit. If you don't want to get hassled by the local County Mountie's you should get started on these within a week of moving here. The State Police Safety web site has all the information you will need about the inspection stuff. It will take a little looking around to find everything but the FAQ list is a good place to start. Then you might want to check out the inspection procedure.

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Welcome to VA. Harrisonburg is at the mountains and you will have some good trails nearby.

Big Boy Playground is just outside of Harrisonburg too.
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I know there are some quality trails around there, though i have not been to any of them before. There is National Forest land on both sides of Harrisonburg. You will like it there i'm sure.... although Maine is pretty cool too.
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Old 04-11-2012, 11:39 AM   #5
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Virginia does require an annual vehicle safety inspection. The cost is $16.00 and there are hundreds of places to get inspected. You have a 30 day grace period to get the safety inspection, state license plates, and to get a Va. drivers permit. If you don't want to get hassled by the local County Mountie's you should get started on these within a week of moving here. The State Police Safety web site has all the information you will need about the inspection stuff. It will take a little looking around to find everything but the FAQ list is a good place to start. Then you might want to check out the inspection procedure.
This certainly something I will be checking out. Thanks for the info. I guess I was more or less asking what I can "get away with" as far as lifts and such.

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Welcome to VA. Harrisonburg is at the mountains and you will have some good trails nearby.

Big Boy Playground is just outside of Harrisonburg too.
Awesome, great to hear. Read a couple things about that Bog Boy Playground, ill have to check it out.

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I know there are some quality trails around there, though i have not been to any of them before. There is National Forest land on both sides of Harrisonburg. You will like it there i'm sure.... although Maine is pretty cool too.
Cool, I didn't know about the National Forest land..... can you use it for motor vehicle use? Thought that would be protected or something.....
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Old 04-11-2012, 11:46 AM   #6
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By VA state law any modification to a motor vehicle is illegal but you can get by a few things like lift as long as its not crazy high. Tires aren't suppose to stick out more than an inch past fenders. More or less a few things you will get by with unless you get a prick state bear that gets ya
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By VA state law any modification to a motor vehicle is illegal
..??

There are a lot of modified vehicles in VA. Not sure what you mean here.
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Old 04-12-2012, 05:39 PM   #8
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Yes there are but in the law it states any altercation is illegal but they don't fully enforce all of it
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:33 AM   #9
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Was at the 4x4 shop the other day and (long story short) a kid had brought his truck in to be "re-modified"

Seems the VA State Police had given him a ticket for having to "Hi" a lift

I do not remember the max legal lift, but you can call the VA State Police Info line and find out

Also, here in the Lynchburg area (counties) the Shefiffs Dept's are continually giving new out of town college students tickets for having to "dark" a tint on their windows
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:12 PM   #10
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I like your jeep, willee... what 4x4 shop are u talking about?
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Old 09-17-2012, 05:21 PM   #11
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Hey
I'm in nova and I'm curios as to what to high a lift is as well.
please advise
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Old 09-22-2012, 06:15 PM   #12
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As far as lift laws, they are actually bumper laws:

" What are the bumper height laws in the state of Virginia?
Section 46.2-1063 states:
Alteration of suspension system; bumper height limits; raising body above frame rail. -- No person shall drive on a public highway any motor vehicle registered as a passenger motor vehicle if it has been modified by alteration of its altitude from the ground to the extent that its bumpers, measured to any point on the lower edge of the main horizontal bumper bar, exclusive of any bumper guards, are not within the range of fourteen inches to twenty-two inches above the ground. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this section, the range of bumper heights for motor vehicles bearing street rod license plates issued pursuant to § 46.2-747 shall be nine to twenty-two inches.No vehicle shall be modified to cause the vehicle body or chassis to come in contact with the ground, expose the fuel tank to damage from collision, or cause the wheels to come in contact with the body under normal operation. No part of the original suspension system of a motor vehicle shall be disconnected to defeat the safe operation of its suspension system. However, nothing contained in this section shall prevent the installation of heavy duty equipment, including shock absorbers and overload springs. Nothing contained in this section shall prohibit the driving on a public highway of a motor vehicle with normal wear to the suspension system if such normal wear does not adversely affect the control of the vehicle.No person shall drive on a public highway any motor vehicle registered as a truck if it has been modified by alteration of its altitude from the ground to the extent that its bumpers, measured to any point on the lower edge of the main horizontal bumper bar, exclusive of any bumper guards, do not fall within the limits specified herein for its gross vehicle weight rating category.*

The front bumper height of trucks whose gross vehicle weight ratings are 4,500 pounds or less shall be no less than 14 inches and no more than 28 inches, and their rear bumper height shall be no less than 14 inches and no more than 28 inches.

The front bumper height of trucks whose gross vehicle weight ratings are 4,501 pounds to 7,500 pounds shall be no less than 14 inches and no more than 29 inches, and their rear bumper height shall be no less than 14 inches and no more than 30 inches. The front bumper height of trucks whose gross vehicle weight ratings are 7,501 pounds to 15,000 pounds shall be no less than 14 inches and no more than 30 inches, and their rear bumper height shall be no less than 14 inches and no more than 31 inches. Bumper height limitations contained in this section shall not apply to trucks with gross vehicle weight ratings in excess of 15,000 pounds. For the purpose of this section, "truck" includes pickup and panel trucks, and "gross vehicle weight ratings" means manufacturer's gross vehicle weight ratings established for that vehicle as indicated by a number, plate, sticker, decal, or other device affixed to the vehicle by its manufacturer.In the absence of bumpers, and in cases where bumper heights have been lowered, height measurements under the foregoing provisions of this section shall be made to the bottom of the frame rail. However, if bumper heights have been raised, height measurements under the foregoing provisions of this section shall be made to the bottom of the main horizontal bumper bar.No vehicle shall be operated on a public highway if it has been modified by any means so as to raise its body more than three inches, in addition to any manufacturer's spacers and bushings, above the vehicle's frame rail or manufacturer's attachment points on the frame rail.This section shall not apply to specially designed or modified motor vehicles when driven off the public highways in races and similar events. Such motor vehicles may be lawfully towed on the highways of the Commonwealth."

Mirror laws state you must have 2 mirrors free of cracks, one of which can clearly see 200' straight back. If the frame is there you must have the glass. You can take the pass frame off and still be in compliance, however, assuming you have a windshield mirror.

Tint on back and rear side windows cannot excede 35%, front side 50%, and if tinted you must have mirrors on both sides and both must be visable to 200'.

All window stickers are illegal.

You may only have 2 headlights, 2 fog lights, and 2 spot lights. Your headlights must not be obstructed by any brush guard.

Most of this is up to the inspection station. I drove a car with 35% all around for 4 years and never heard a word about it. My truck violated a couple of va laws blatently, never heard bout that neither. Its all up to the local smokie.

As far as the grace period, you are still liable for operating a vehicle you know to be in mechanical violation of state law. It too is up to the smokie, and they dont appreciate being told that they "cant" write you a ticket for that.

National Parks are restricted use but National Forests are multi purpose =) and as such most are open to driving in (on the fire roads). But since these are fire roads, they are legal streets. So you gotta be street legal.

Welcome to the commonwealth.

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