Oregon to reintroduce bill to limit suspension/tire alterations
Written: March 30, 2011
by Andy Lilienthal
There's been a bill (H.B. 3147) introduced in the Oregon legislature that would greatly limit a vehicle's suspension, body lift, and wheel/tire modifications. To be specific, H.B. 3147 would ban vehicles whose bumpers are elevated more than 3 inches above the original manufactured bumper clearance. An identical bill was originally introduced in 2001. According to the SEMA Action Network page the bill would:

  • Ban reasonably altered vehicles due to overstated concerns with bumper mismatch

  • Discriminate against hobbyists and aftermarket parts makers (ahem ... that's us) by leaving it solely to the vehicle manufacturers to choose bumper heights

  • Force owners of modified vehicles to spend large sums of money to reinstall original components (ahem ... that's you).

  • Ban useful alterations that provide adequate clearance for on/off road capability and accommodate heavy loads, larger tires, improved suspension and water-fording capability

  • Impose a fine of up to $360 per offense for vehicles that exceed the 3 inch clearance requirement

  • The SEMA Action Network's website states, "This bill tramples on the rights of 4x4 enthusiasts in Oregon." We agree. Not only would this burden enthusiasts, it'd hurt manufacturers, such as Warn Industries, who make off-road equipment.

    Warn Industries urges you to contact members of the House Committee on Transportation and Economic Development.

    Representative Cliff Bentz - Co-Chair
    Phone: 503/986-1460
    Email: rep.cliffbentz@state.or.us

    Representative Tobias Read - Co-Chair
    Phone: 503/986-1427
    Email: rep.tobiasread@state.or.us

    Representative E. Terry Beyer - Co-Vice Chair
    Phone: 503/986-1412
    Email: rep.terrybeyer@state.or.us

    Representative Patrick Sheehan - Co-Vice Chair
    Phone: 503/986-1451
    Email: rep.patricksheehan@state.or.us

    Representative Shawn Lindsay
    Phone: 503/986-1430
    Email: rep.shawnlindsay@state.or.us

    Representative Nancy Nathanson
    Phone: 503/986-1413
    Email: rep.nancynathanson@state.or.us

    Representative Jefferson Smith
    Phone: 503/986-1447
    Email: rep.jeffersonsmith@state.or.us

    Representative Jim Weidner
    Phone: 503/986-1424
    Email: rep.jimweidner@state.or.us

    Tags: Bumpers, legislation, SEMA
    Filed under: Truck/Jeep/SUV