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Rhode Island's street legal laws do include a suspension lift limit of 4 inches. There are, however, no limits on frame height, bumper height, or body lifts. As such, moderate suspension lift kits, aftermarket wheels and tires, performance shocks, aftermarket bumpers, and grille guards are allowed.






Governing Laws

Code

The Rhode Island General Laws (RIGL) govern the state's street legal requirements.

RIGL Title 31






Vehicle Dimensions

Dimensions

All vehicles driven in Rhode Island are restricted to a maximum width of 102 inches, a maximum height of 13 feet 6 inches, and a maximum single vehicle length of 40 feet.

RIGL 31-25-3
RIGL 31-25-4
RIGL 31-25-5






Tire Restrictions

Tires

All vehicle tires must be safe and without any bulges or exposed cords. Rhode Island has a minimum tire tread depth requirement of 1/16 inch. Tire grooving is not covered in the law.

RIGL 31-23-45






Wheel Restrictions

Wheels

There are no regulations on wheels found in Rhode Island's laws.






Braking Requirements

Brakes

Rhode Island requires brakes on all 4 wheels capable of stopping the vehicle within 30 feet from 20 mph. A secondary, mechanical, parking brake is also required.

RIGL 31-23-4
RIGL 31-23-5






Steering Laws

Steering

Steering systems are not covered in Rhode Island's code.






Suspension Laws

Suspension

There is a suspension lift limit of 4 inches in Rhode Island.

RIGL 31-23-13.1






Frame Requirements

Frame

Rhode Island has no maximum vehicle frame height.






Bumper Restrictions

Bumpers

Bumpers are not restricted in Rhode Island.






Fender Requirements

Fenders

Rhode Island requires both fenders and mud flaps.

RIGL 31-23-26






Lighting Requirements

Lights

In addition to headlights and tail lights, vehicles in Rhode Island are allowed to have auxiliary lights. The maximum number of lights that can be turned on in the front of the vehicle while driving is 4.


Light

Number

Min. Height

Max. Height

Headlights

2 min.

24 inches

54 inches

Tail lights

1 min.

20 inches

72 inches

Spot lights

2 max.

n/a

n/a

Fog lights

2 max.

n/a

n/a

Aux. driving lights

2 max.

n/a

n/a


( Measured to the center of the light. )



RIGL 31-24-4
RIGL 31-24-6
RIGL 31-24-7
RIGL 31-24-8
RIGL 31-24-16
RIGL 31-24-28






Window Laws

Windows

The street legal laws in Rhode Island do not state whether or not windshields and windshield wipers are required.






Exhaust Requirements

Exhaust

In Rhode Island, mufflers are required equipment. Exhaust cutouts and bypasses are prohibited.

RIGL 31-23-13






Engine Swap Rules

Engine

It is unclear whether or not Rhode Island has any engine swap or engine performance modification rules.






Emissions Testing

Emissions

Rhode Island currently requires emissions testing.

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