RAISING CONFIDENCE / DROPPING CONFUSION
Lifted or slammed? "Sky-high" or "in the weeds"? None of the above?
No matter the preference, few factors can impact the visual attitude of a stock vehicle quite like changes to its ride height. This preference is commonly known as "stance." In other words, how the combination of body and rolling gear appear in relation to a flat surface when at a standstill. An exaggerated stance is often characterized by a well above- or well below-average amount of space between the chassis and the road. Case in point, for contrast: a lowrider versus a rock crawler.
Whether the goal is greater performance, style, or some combination, know your rights. Brush up on the policies in your state before investing in the modifications and components to get your ride to sit just right. After all, automotive requirements found across the nation are as unique as the states themselves. Sound challenging? The SEMA Action Network (SAN) has taken the guesswork out of limitations for your next lowering or lifting project.
Check out SEMA's Vehicle Ride Height 50-State Guide, a comprehensive resource that outlines the constraints to adjust a vehicle's stance legally anywhere in the nation: semaSAN.com/AlteredHeight This easy-to-use guide provides detailed information on the laws and regulations governing vehicle ride height, which includes maximum and minimum heights, suspension modifications, and other necessary factors in each state. The material has been updated for 2023 and is posted live on the website.