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Old 10-30-2015, 01:43 PM   #31
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One of the issues that people forget is legality.
If you bugger your suspension in an attempt to carry more weight, you don't/can't change the GVWR. The GVWR can only be changed by the manufacturer or a qualified rebuilder.


If you then try to carry more weight than the GVWR allows and get into an accident, and if the cop questions it, you'll be in a legal mess.
IMO, that's fear mongering BS. Cite some specific cases that you know of and what state and the circumstances.
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Old 10-30-2015, 01:54 PM   #32
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I stand corrected. It's not legal for a business to modify the GVWR unless they are qualified. Quote from the NHTSA legal counsel is below. Notice the last line.


“Because we do not regulate how individuals modify their own vehicles (and thus do not prohibit you from modifying your vehicle’s suspension), we are unable to advise you about the specific modifications that must be made to a vehicle for it to safely carry an additional 1,000 pounds. Among other things, however, you should carefully evaluate whether the vehicle’s axles, brakes, tires, and frame can adequately handle the additional load. We suggest you consult with the original vehicle manufacturer about this question. You may also wish to consult a local attorney concerning possible liability in the event your vehicle is involved in an accident.”
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Old 10-30-2015, 01:58 PM   #33
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I stand corrected. It's not legal for a business to modify the GVWR unless they are qualified. Quote from the NHTSA legal counsel is below. Notice the last line.


“...You may also wish to consult a local attorney concerning possible liability in the event your vehicle is involved in an accident.”
That's just NHTSA covering their own a--! Typical of every govt entity or any business.
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Old 10-30-2015, 02:57 PM   #34
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IMO, that's fear mongering BS. Cite some specific cases that you know of and what state and the circumstances.

Canada.
Over gvwr..
$73-2500 fine.


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Old 10-30-2015, 03:38 PM   #35
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Canada.
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$73-2500 fine.
Last I heard was Canada was not a state in the US of A.
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Old 10-30-2015, 03:56 PM   #36
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Connecticut state law Section 14-167a: "The axle weight on any axle and the gross weight of any vehicle or combination of vehicle and trailer or vehicle and semitrailer or any other object, including its load, may not exceed the manufacturer's axle weight rating, the gross vehicle weight rating ...."
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Before this turns into WW-3 , about axle weight and the law of it, the OP asked about shocks and spring replacement, he went his route with shocks ( in my opinion wrong route) end of argument , lets talk of better things , don't need to put beer in fridge now its getting colder outside. .
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Isn't it amazing how when the OP decides what to do, right or wrong (according to experts), the thread drags on and usually ends in meaningless rambling. This is typical of all threads and is worse when the subject is pulled towards truck brands or models, weights and capacities or tires; like they usually do. This thread isn't as bad as some, if it in fact it ends now.
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Old 10-31-2015, 12:07 PM   #39
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Isn't it amazing how when the OP decides what to do, right or wrong (according to experts), the thread drags on and usually ends in meaningless rambling. This is typical of all threads and is worse when the subject is pulled towards truck brands or models, weights and capacities or tires; like they usually do. This thread isn't as bad as some, if it in fact it ends now.
Thanks for the comments. So far the rear shocks are great - lifting the rear end back to where it needs to be when hooked to our trailer. I don't plan on carrying additional weight, so that shouldn't be an issue. At least now, and thanks to all your comments, I know what my next options are.
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