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Advice for Massachusetts Cherokee owner please
« on: December 01, 2017, 05:07:39 PM »
Hi - New to the board.  seeking advice.  formerly happy owner of '98 Cherokee with about a 5 inch lift.  Just told by the place I've gone to for years for inspection that the lift kit will make the jeep fail and that he cant inspect it anymore since it will fail.  I asked the shop is there anything I can do and he said uninstall the lift?!?!.    This guy is very cool and he said the rules just changed.  I'm freaking out -  does anyone have any suggestions other than to uninstall the lift in which case I need to remove the SYE, get small tires, a new driveshaft, replace control arms, etc etc.  it's just crazy.  any ideas?

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Re: Advice for Massachusetts Cherokee owner please
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2017, 06:05:15 PM »
yeah it's screwed up huh?

I got my last sticker 10 days before the changeover. I was told even the glasspack and K&N intake will fail.

I'm not sure that you can get a C-Note sticker anymore even if you had a guy. Other options would be to register it out of state thru an LLC. MA does have a task force looking out for that (mainly for RV's but they could segue to Jeeps pretty easily). Or with a relative.

Take it back to stock...you shouldn't need to mess with SYE, DS, LCA's etc. for the back if you have an extended shackle swap that, otherwise load the Jeep up with cinder blocks, sand bags etc. Up front stock I would try stock coils with maybe 2" spacers. Disconnect the front driveshaft because the caster will give you vibes. But otherwise it should be fine.

I already have a set of 30" 'inspection tires' but if you don't you'll need to borrow or buy some I guess.

I'm curious how you make out! I have 11 months before I have to deal with it myself...I'm hoping that enough complaints by you and the 10's of thousands like you will cause them to walk it back by then, probably not.

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Re: Advice for Massachusetts Cherokee owner please
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2017, 06:11:14 PM »
the rules did not change. the ability to catch the inspector did. now that they have 5 cameras in bay gives very little room for discretion on the inspectors part.

a company pitched a way to make money for the state and they went for it.  us serf just keep paying 
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Re: Advice for Massachusetts Cherokee owner please
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2017, 06:18:47 PM »
FYI- my trailer tires are the same bolt pattern as a XJ.  I think Bic hit it on the head.  The hardest part I see is if you have a big arch rear leaf springs.  You could always take some of the lower leaves out of the pack to bring the back down.  That way you wouldn't have to remove the main leaf and worry about the bolts.
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Re: Advice for Massachusetts Cherokee owner please
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2017, 06:47:53 PM »
Can't wait till Connecticut gets yearly inspections..

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Re: Advice for Massachusetts Cherokee owner please
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2017, 07:49:23 PM »
Thanks everyone.   Ill keep updates on the sage.  It is pretty grim reality.


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Re: Advice for Massachusetts Cherokee owner please
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2017, 10:47:48 PM »
Man that sucks. :confused:
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Re: Advice for Massachusetts Cherokee owner please
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2017, 07:54:17 AM »
Bruce, Yer gonna end up with a lot of new neighbors as we retire over the next ten years...

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Re: Advice for Massachusetts Cherokee owner please
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2017, 08:50:43 AM »
It's not that bad.  Charleston is mostly Blue state refugees! :rotflmao:
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Re: Advice for Massachusetts Cherokee owner please
« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2017, 02:57:17 PM »
Can't wait till Connecticut gets yearly inspections..

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Re: Advice for Massachusetts Cherokee owner please
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2017, 09:33:12 AM »
will this affect our rides in MA?
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Re: Advice for Massachusetts Cherokee owner please
« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2017, 10:05:27 AM »
No.
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Re: Advice for Massachusetts Cherokee owner please
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2017, 10:41:22 AM »
So this means my previously junk pile of stock coils and leafs just gained more value?! Honestly curious how this ends up playing out though. Never thought I'd say it but for this reason (and pretty much only this reason) I'm glad to be in CT.
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Re: Advice for Massachusetts Cherokee owner please
« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2017, 10:42:59 AM »
it wont last long, im sure ct will follow shortly after
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Re: Advice for Massachusetts Cherokee owner please
« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2017, 11:05:11 AM »
With how bad CT needs money I'm surprised they haven't.  It's like $10 per car a year to the state
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Re: Advice for Massachusetts Cherokee owner please
« Reply #15 on: December 08, 2017, 11:11:30 AM »
WAIT FOR IT!!!!!!!!!!!! :swear_mad:
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Re: Advice for Massachusetts Cherokee owner please
« Reply #16 on: December 08, 2017, 11:14:59 AM »
In SC, there are no inspections or emissions.  I haven't smelled so much over carburation since my Chevelle days.  There are alot of scary vehicles around.  On the plus side, if I wanted to put a small block chevy in a TJ AND register it, NO PROBLEM! :rotflmao:
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Re: Advice for Massachusetts Cherokee owner please
« Reply #17 on: December 08, 2017, 11:25:09 AM »
In SC, there are no inspections or emissions.  I haven't smelled so much over carburation since my Chevelle days.  There are alot of scary vehicles around.  On the plus side, if I wanted to put a small block chevy in a TJ AND register it, NO PROBLEM! :rotflmao:

And you can also buy race fuel at the pumps.
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Re: Advice for Massachusetts Cherokee owner please
« Reply #18 on: December 08, 2017, 11:38:43 AM »
Yup, along with what they call maritime fuel.  Which is fuel without the ethanol.  I use it for my small engines and long term storage fuel for my generators. 
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Re: Advice for Massachusetts Cherokee owner please
« Reply #19 on: December 08, 2017, 11:42:36 AM »
Everyone better start looking for trailers now

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Re: Advice for Massachusetts Cherokee owner please
« Reply #20 on: December 08, 2017, 12:37:53 PM »
Mine passed the CT. DMV inspect last year.

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Re: Advice for Massachusetts Cherokee owner please
« Reply #21 on: December 08, 2017, 01:51:11 PM »
Ill buy a property out of state and register it there
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Re: Advice for Massachusetts Cherokee owner please
« Reply #22 on: December 08, 2017, 01:57:37 PM »
Ill buy a property out of state and register it there

Hey, I like that idea.  Maybe we can get a bunch of people to chip in, and all register our Jeeps to the same address?  It could just be a dump at a trailer park.  Or, can you register a vehicle to a P.O. box?  How do homeless people register their 1980 Impalas?
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Re: Advice for Massachusetts Cherokee owner please
« Reply #23 on: December 08, 2017, 02:03:03 PM »
I wonder how many vehicles from different owners can be registered at a single property
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Re: Advice for Massachusetts Cherokee owner please
« Reply #24 on: December 08, 2017, 02:11:53 PM »
most states have laws against it
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