3 Responses to how do you determine street legal and whats not? some of the mini trucks say street legal others off road onl

  1. Bill O October 15, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    "Street-legal" normally means the equipment or vehicle is at or close to factory "stock" specifications and is legal to drive on the street or highway, so far as it’s equipment is concerned.
    On the other hand, if the vehicle or, technically, any one part is not legal by the laws of your state or federal regulations, it would make the vehicle illegal for on-road, or highway use, so it would be an "off-road" vehicle. Normally, an "off-road" vehicle has many parts or equipment that’s not legal for use on the highway or street, such as: open exhaust systems, bright, high-mounted driving lights, tires & wheels that extend beyond the fender wells, etc.
    Sometimes it’s difficult to tell if a part or system is "legal" where you’re at, and can even come down to the opinion of the law officer that might stop you to inspect it. There are other items you might see advertised that say "not legal for on-road use in the following states"…..
    In summary, (depending where you live),, any vehicle that can pass your state or city’s vehicle inspection laws is probably "street legal" , and if it has equipment that won’t pass inspection, it would have to be used "off-road" or risk the driver being ticketed for unlawful equipment, hence the "off-road" moniker.

  2. HYPERGFORCE October 15, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    This means what it says.Headlamps.tail lamps,brake lights.wipers,turn signals.The things the cops will site you for not haveing.

  3. tommy44432 October 15, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    For any vehicle to be street legal all that is required are lights, wipers, street tires, and mufflers. As long as this stuff is in place and the thing passes an inspection then damn near anything can be street legal.