Legal Lifts?

spoon88

New Member
Living in Queensland, how far can you lift your 4wd (suspension or body) before it becomes illegal? Also, there's been a bit of conjecture about whether lights mounted to the roof are legal or not... ?
 

frosty

4x4 Earth Contributer
At the moment, it's 50mm body, suspension and tyre lift. Each. Apparantly, it will be changed soon, for the worst of coarse.
 

rodw

New Member
At the moment, it's 50mm body, suspension and tyre lift. Each. Apparantly, it will be changed soon, for the worst of coarse.

Not quite correct if you read the QLD bible ChallengLee has linked to. The maximum lift is limited by 1/3 of the suspension travel. You have to read it carefully and scratch your head a few times. Typically, this limits you to about 50mm but it is possible to go higher and still comply. Sometimes this might be as simple as adding bump stop extensions.

From what I hear, QLD has no interest in agreeing to the NCOP which will change the rules and it is very low priority.
 

bmurray2250

4x4 Earth Contributer
Recommend to talk your 4x4 specialist because they have to be complaint and call the QLD roads dept.
 

rodw

New Member
Recommend to talk your 4x4 specialist because they have to be complaint and call the QLD roads dept.

There is so much misinformation out there and I think there will be a solution for this in the near future but I digress. that is another project of mine.

Sure by all means ring Vehicle Standards Branch at QT but basically, a suspension lift is a minor modification which does not need any approval. I put an application forward for an aggressive lift and the rang me and said it was OK. They said they would not approve it in writing becasue they do not have the resources to look at minor mods but were happy what I proposed was legal (3" Coillovers and replacement Total Chaos upper control arms). The kit was capable of being wound up to 4" of lift. Most kits are mild and suit the vast majority of users.

But if you want to push the limits, you need a hard core shop not an OL, ARB or TJM. Ontrack 4wd at Slacks Creek would qualify. Just read and understand the bible and comply with it. But you got to understnad your individual vehicle parameters if you want to push the limits.
 

croozza

Active Member
to stay safe and legal, I would only go 2 inch, but as you have a paj, you would only get 35mm max, so then you would have to go for a body lift of 2 inches also, then you can put in a tyre that is one size bigger so that it doesn't stand out (so there is not a big gap in the wheel arches) and then it would look normal and not catch the eye of the authorities. It also works if you don't drive like an idiot, just look at the people that get the import nissans, toyotas ect, they were there own worst enemy, lets not let 4wd's go down the same road.
 
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