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Old 08-23-2019, 04:11 PM   #1
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How wide vs body width does a bumper have to be for legality.

I am fabbing a front bumper for my Willy's which is 6 foot wide at the body. Would a 40" front bumper be alright or for legal reasons does it need to be full sized?
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Old 08-23-2019, 10:25 PM   #2
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each state has its own rules and regulations .
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Old 08-23-2019, 11:24 PM   #3
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^^^ x2. Here in MD a bumper is to be as wide as the body. I've made bumpers that were less and never got hassled. Our law also says a wheel opening must cover 180 degrees of the wheel. How can that work on a Willys or even brand new Jeeps? When lift lits were new I got pulled over for that. Went to court and told the judge if he went to any new car dealership he would not be able to find a single pickup truck that had the body in line or lower than the wheel center. I think 16" short from edge of body sounds like asking for trouble. I've built them within 6" at each end
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Old 08-24-2019, 05:53 PM   #4
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I scanned through Virginia code, and find no mention of bumper width. They do specify bumper height off the ground, but I think that's commonly violated without consequence.
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Old 08-24-2019, 07:05 PM   #5
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Re: Bumpers

Got the front bumper mounted today temporary heavy tack welds. I need to measure a few things, and decide if I want to change it before I go further.

I am thinking I will widen the bumper 6" a side perpendicular to the frame. The bumper has a V to match the Willy's nose.

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Old 08-25-2019, 07:29 PM   #6
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I work for Warn Industries and we offer stubby bumpers for Jeeps, they are just a tad wider then the Jeep frames. These are popular because you have a better approach angle in front of the tires. We have offered these for a few years, I have never heard of any legal issues.
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Old 08-25-2019, 11:00 PM   #7
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Thanks, I don't want.to build a truck that could be a become for tickets.
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