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West Virginia does not have a suspension lift limit, however, bumper height is restricted to 31 inches and there is a body lift height limit of 3 inches. As long as these laws are obeyed, suspension lift kits, aftermarket wheels and tires, performance shocks, aftermarket bumpers, and grille guards can be installed.






Governing Laws

Code

West Virginia's street legal laws are covered by the West Virginia Code (WVC).

WVC Ch. 17C






Vehicle Dimensions

Dimensions

Vehicle size in West Virginia is restricted to a maximum width of 96 inches (102 inches for RVs), a maximum height of 13 feet 6 inches, and a maximum single vehicle length of 45 feet.

WVC 17C-17-2
WVC 17C-17-4






Tire Restrictions

Tires

All tires on vehicles driven in West Virginia must be without any bulges or exposed cords. There is no listed a minimum tire tread depth requirement. Tire grooving is not listed in the code.

WVC 17C-15-37






Wheel Restrictions

Wheels

West Virginia's code does not have any regulations on wheels.






Braking Requirements

Brakes

West Virginia requires that cars and trucks have brakes on all four wheels capable of stopping the vehicle from a speed of 20 mph within 30 feet. A secondary, mechanical, parking brake is also required.

WVC 17C-15-31






Steering Laws

Steering

Steering systems are not covered in West Virginia's code.






Suspension Laws

Suspension

There are currently no suspension lift limits or suspension modification restrictions listed in West Virginia's laws other than front lift blocks being prohibited.

WVC 17C-15-48






Frame Requirements

Frame

West Virginia requires that the floor of a vehicle's body be no more than 3 inches above the frame.

WVC 17C-15-48






Bumper Restrictions

Bumpers

In West Virginia, vehicles under 10,000 lbs GVWR have a maximum bumper height of 31 inches. If bumpers are removed, there is a maximum frame height of 31 inches. If a vehicle came equipped with bumpers then it must have bumpers that are at least 3 inches tall.

( Measured to the bottom of the bumper. )

WVC 17C-15-48






Fender Requirements

Fenders

It is not clear if West Virginia requires fenders or mud flaps.






Lighting Requirements

Lights

In addition to headlights and tail lights, vehicles in West Virginia are allowed to be equipped with additional lighting. The maximum number of lights that can be turned on at the front of a vehicle while driving is 4. Roof mounted off-road lights are allowed as long as the lights are covered while the vehicle is driven on the street.


Light

Number

Min. Height

Max. Height

Headlights

2 min.

24 inches

44 inches

Tail lights

1 min.

20 inches

60 inches

Spot lights

1 max.

n/a

n/a

Fog lights

2 max.

12 inches

30 inches

Aux. passing lights

1 max.

24 inches

42 inches

Aux. driving lights

1 max.

16 inches

42 inches


( Measured to the center of the light. )



WVC 17C-15-4
WVC 17C-15-5
WVC 17C-15-17
WVC 17C-15-25






Window Laws

Windows

The laws in Virginia require that all vehicles with windshields be equipped with windshield wipers, however, it is not clear if windshields are required.

WVC 17C-15-36






Exhaust Requirements

Exhaust

In West Virginia, vehicles are required to be equipped with mufflers and they cannot have any kind of exhaust cutout or bypass.

WVC 17C-15-34






Engine Swap Rules

Engine

West Virginia's code does not reference engine modifications.






Emissions Testing

Emissions

West Virginia does not currently require emissions testing.







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