The Essential Guide for Modified Jeeps
As a fellow jeeper that is a member of various jeep clubs and social media jeep pages, I commonly see questions regarding what the state laws of Illinois are for modifications. I often see people who have received written offenses or warnings from police officers regarding various modifications. I hope that the below information on the most common modifications can help answer many of these questions.
It is an officers’ discretion whether they want to issue a citation in violation of the Illinois Compiled Statutes. Based on the below information many of us are driving vehicles that are modified and could result in citations being issued. Lastly, make sure you have any added modifications to your jeep insured with your insurance company. Keep those receipts. If you do not have the added insurance, you will be limited to what the local value is of the vehicle for the same vehicle with the same options. Insurance companies do not go by Kelly blue book. If you have liability only, get full coverage. There is a significant number of drivers that are uninsured or underinsured on the road. If you have received a citation in Illinois or have any legal needs, contact me for any legal assistance.
Front & Rear License Plates
To begin, all vehicles in Illinois must have a front and rear license plate on display.
625 5/3-413 Display of registration plates or digital registration plates, registration stickers or digital registration stickers, and drive-away permits; registration plate or digital registration plate covers.
Lights are not to be covered in Illinois. There are no light length limitations (light bar) requirements only the number of lights on a vehicle. The statutes contradict each other indicating that a vehicle can have a spot lamp however under the unauthorized lighting on a vehicle may be used which says no spotlight. Halos or color changing lights must be off and DO NOT USE RED OR WHITE OR BLUE as you can be considered impersonating an emergency vehicle which in some jurisdictions can be classified as a felony and will result in your vehicle being towed
625 ILCS 5/12-212(c) Unauthorized Lighting on Vehicle
(c) Unless otherwise expressly authorized by this Code, all other lighting or combination of lighting on any vehicle shall be prohibited.
625 ILCS 5/12-211 Number of Driving Lamps Required or Permitted
625 ILCS 5/12-215 Oscillating, Rotating, or Flashing Lights on Motor Vehicles.
The use of red or white or blue oscillating, rotating, or flashing lights, whether lighted or unlighted, is prohibited.
All vehicles must have a front and rear bumper and set to the heights listed below.
625 ILCS 5/12-608 Bumpers (a)
625 ILCS 5/12-608 Bumpers (b)
625 ILCS 5/12-608 Bumpers (c)
Lastly, any violation of this Section is a Class C misdemeanor. A second conviction under this Section shall be punishable with a fine of not less than $500. An officer making an arrest under this Section shall order the vehicle driver to remove the vehicle from the highway. A person convicted under this Section shall be ordered to bring his vehicle into compliance with this Section
Suspension Modification/Lift Kits
625 ILCS 5/12-607 Suspension System (a)
bumperthe bumper, except that it is unlawful to operate a street rod or custom vehicle when the suspension system has been modified from the original manufactured design so that the horizontal line from the front to the rear bumper varies over 7 inches in height when measured from a level surface of the highway to the lower edge of the bumper.
625 ILCS 5/12-607 Suspension System (b)
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