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Pennsylvania law restricts the frame height and bumper height of vehicles driven in the state. As long as those rules are followed, vehicles can be equipped with suspension lift kits, aftermarket wheels and tires, performance shocks, aftermarket bumpers, and grille guards.






Governing Laws

Code

Pennsylvania details its street legal laws in the Pennsylvania Code (PC) and the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code (PVC).

PC Title 67
PVC Title 75






Vehicle Dimensions

Dimensions

In Pennsylvania, the maximum vehicle width is 96 inches, the maximum vehicle height is 13 feet 6 inches, and the maximum overall single vehicle length is 40 feet.

PVC 4921
PVC 4922
PVC 4923






Tire Restrictions

Tires

All tires on vehicles driven in Pennsylvania must be safe. There is a minimum tire tread depth of 2/32 inches. Tire grooving is not allowed below the original tire tread depth.

PC 67-175-65
PC 67-175-80






Wheel Restrictions

Wheels

To comply with Pennsylvania's street legal laws, vehicles must be equipped with wheels that are compatible with the tires that are mounted on them.

PC 67-175-65






Braking Requirements

Brakes

Vehicles driven in Pennsylvania are required to have functional brakes on all 4 wheels. Vehicles under 10,000 lbs. GVWR must be able to stop from a speed of 20 mph within 25 feet. A secondary, mechanical, parking brake is required.

PC 67-175-64






Steering Laws

Steering

Pennsylvania does not have any steering related laws.






Suspension Laws

Suspension

Front lift blocks are illegal in Pennsylvania. Rear lift blocks must not exceed 5 inches over original equipment.

PC 67-175-80






Frame Requirements

Frame

If the vehicle's bumper height, relative to the vehicle's frame height, is altered from the original factory dimensions, the frame height is limited to the maximum bumper height. Pennsylvania also requires that a vehicle's body and frame be in good condition.

PC 67-175-77
PC 67-175-78






Bumper Restrictions

Bumpers

Pennsylvania law restricts a vehicle's maximum bumper height according to the vehicle's GVWR.


Vehicle GVWR

Max. Bumper Height

Cars & SUVs

Front: 22 inches | Rear: 22 inches

Under 5,001

Front: 24 inches | Rear: 26 inches

5,001 to 7,000

Front: 27 inches | Rear: 29 inches

7,001 to 9,000

Front: 28 inches | Rear: 30 inches

9,001 to 11,000

Front: 30 inches | Rear: 30 inches


( Measured to the bottom of the bumper. )



PC 67-175-78






Fender Requirements

Fenders

Pennsylvania requires fenders on all vehicles and both fenders and mud flaps on medium and heavy duty trucks. There is a maximum fender flare width limit of 3 inches and fenders must cover the full width of the tire tread.

PC 67-175-77
PC 67-175-80






Lighting Requirements

Lights

In addition to headlights and tail lights, vehicles in Pennsylvania are allowed to have additional lights installed. Off-road lights are allowed as long as they are covered and not in use while the vehicle is driven on the road.


Light

Number

Min. Height

Max. Height

Headlights

2 min.

24 inches

54 inches

Tail lights

2 min.

15 inches

72 inches

Spot lights

Unclear

n/a

42 inches

Fog lights

Allowed

n/a

42 inches

Aux. passing lights

Allowed

n/a

42 inches

Aux. driving lights

Allowed

n/a

42 inches


( Measured to the center of the light. )



PC 67-153-AA
PC 67-175-66
PC 67-173-3
PVC Ch. 43






Window Laws

Windows

In Pennsylvania, Vehicles are required to have windshields and windshield wipers.

PC 67-175-71
PC 67-175-80






Exhaust Requirements

Exhaust

In Pennsylvania, vehicles are required to be equipped with mufflers. Exhaust cutouts and bypasses are not allowed to be installed. The tailpipe must exit outside of the vehicles bodyline.

PC 67-175-75
PC 67-175-80






Engine Swap Rules

Engine

Engine modifications and engine swaps are not clearly explained under Pennsylvania's laws.






Emissions Testing

Emissions

Pennsylvania currently requires emissions testing in several counties.







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