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    hey jeepfever, most provinces will have a provincial or federal book store in the downtown core. Try searching for it on the net, or try carswell website, they do all the ontario provincial offence books. Good luck, and say hi the moses if you know any.
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    Question for anyone that might know:

    Do I legally have to have two reverse lights.

    If I switch to LED's in the rear, can I get away with just having a reverse light on the passenger side since the rear plate is in the way on the driver side?

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    99 TJ. With stuff.

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    Haven't found this question anywhere yet so here goes.

    Exactly how visable does my from licence plate have to be?? does it have to be mounted in plain view when looking at my jeep from the front? also am i allowed to trim my plate as long as the numbers remaim intact (i.e. could i cut off the "ontario" logo)

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    Scratch that in the HTA they are called number plates and here is what it says for those that are interested.
    Violations as to number plates

    12. (1) Every person who,

    (a) defaces or alters any number plate, evidence of validation or permit;

    (b) uses or permits the use of a defaced or altered number plate, evidence of validation or permit;

    (c) without the authority of the permit holder, removes a number plate from a motor vehicle or trailer;

    (d) uses or permits the use of a number plate upon a vehicle other than a number plate authorized for use on that vehicle;

    (e) uses or permits the use of evidence of validation upon a number plate displayed on a motor vehicle other than evidence of validation furnished by the Ministry in respect of that motor vehicle; or

    (f) uses or permits the use of a number plate or evidence of validation other than in accordance with this Act and the regulations,

    is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable to a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $1,000 or to imprisonment for not more than thirty days, or to both, and in addition the personís licence or permit may be suspended for not more than six months.

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    Originally posted by LooKin4MUD
    Haven't found this question anywhere yet so here goes.

    Exactly how visable does my from licence plate have to be?? does it have to be mounted in plain view when looking at my jeep from the front? also am i allowed to trim my plate as long as the numbers remaim intact (i.e. could i cut off the "ontario" logo)

    thanks
    No, you cannot cut apart a licence plate, especially if you removed the Ontario.

    The section listed above (12) would apply to that. The working for the charge is: Use Defaced Plate, and it is a summons straight to traffic court.

    As for how visible does your licence plate have to be, that falls under section 7(b)(i):

    7. (1) No person shall drive a motor vehicle on a highway unless,

    (a) there exists a currently validated permit for the vehicle;
    (b) there are displayed on the vehicle, in the prescribed manner,
    (i) number plates issued in accordance with the regulations showing the number of the permit issued for the vehicle, or
    (Remainder of section removed)

    "In the prescribed manner"... Would have to then dig through the Regulations for the exact wording, however it is somewhat subjective and common sense should apply.

    In general, the front licence plate must be affixed in a conspicous position, and not be obstructed by any items or attachments. Personally, I do not consider licence plates in the front winshield of a vehicle to be a valid position because they tend to sit downwards on an angle and are not easily visible. It is expected that front licence plates are mounted on a front bumper somewhere, so generally anywhere in that area should be good (ie front grill).
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    I pulled the front sway bar and links off of my YJ. Are modifications like this prohibited in the Act and what would the ramifications of myself being in an accident with this particular modification?

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    Originally posted by GI Jeep
    I pulled the front sway bar and links off of my YJ. Are modifications like this prohibited in the Act and what would the ramifications of myself being in an accident with this particular modification?
    No, it is not illegal under the Highway Traffic Act to remove your sway bar, although I believe it is required if you had to get a Safety Certificate.

    If you were involved in a collision, your insurance company may inspect your vehicle (they did with my XJ). If they determined that the collision was caused by the removal of the sway bar then I guess they could deny part or all of your claim.

    But I am not an insurance specialist, so I cannot say for sure. You would have to read your policy or speak with your broker. I know that there are clauses in insurance policies about not disclosing modifications but do not know how they would affect a claim in this situation.

    As around here about that part or do a search as the insurance thing has been discussed at length before. I think there are some insurance reps kicking around.

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    Talking about suspension mods... where would one find out more info? Specifically removal/alteration of components? I was running my pickup without rear shocks due to the bolt holes needing repairs(actually rode nicer without them!) Just wondering about liability/legality issues?
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    Yup! Dude put the shocks on!

    It's not worth the trouble it might cause you. I was hammered with an unsafe vehicle offence and lost my insurance because of it. I may also never find anyone else to insure my JEEP.


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    Was only a few days It's my dd so I was waiting till I could fab up some new mounts. I wouldn't go so far as to say that I was going to leave them off, just that it wasn't too bad without them. All I was really asking was what components are considered 'necessary' as in what will get you in trouble? Steering stabilizers, sway bars, bump stops...?

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    Originally posted by JustJoe
    Was only a few days It's my dd so I was waiting till I could fab up some new mounts. I wouldn't go so far as to say that I was going to leave them off, just that it wasn't too bad without them. All I was really asking was what components are considered 'necessary' as in what will get you in trouble? Steering stabilizers, sway bars, bump stops...?
    Steering stabilizer: probably get away with because not all vehicles were equipped with them

    swaybars: probably get caught because all vehicles have them from factory and they are easily visable. depends on the official and what they do or don't know about should be there

    bump stops: probably get away with but again it will depend on the official. have to look specifically for them on most vehicles


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    Hey augiedog,

    Oh ya she's finally running! I have overcome some pretty big obstacles to get it done.

    All that's left is the exhaust, which I just picked up the parts to start building this weekend. Some shock hopes and shocks, and I would also like to add to my roll cage.

    Then it will be time to feel 335HP under my foot, in a JEEP!

    Here's a pic of under the hood!

    Thanks, Jay
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    Originally posted by jeepfarm
    Hey augiedog,

    Oh ya she's finally running! I have overcome some pretty big obstacles to get it done.

    All that's left is the exhaust, which I just picked up the parts to start building this weekend. Some shock hopes and shocks, and I would also like to add to my roll cage.

    Then it will be time to feel 335HP under my foot, in a JEEP!

    Here's a pic of under the hood!

    Thanks, Jay
    start a seperate thread detailing what you went through, I'm curious to know

    Looks like it came from the factory with that engine, nice job

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    Originally posted by TopherTJ
    No, it is not illegal under the Highway Traffic Act to remove your sway bar, although I believe it is required if you had to get a Safety Certificate.
    I had my XJ with a 4" lift pass safety and it had the sway bar removed.
    This was at the local Firestone shop
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    How does the new addition to the Ontario seatbelt reguations actually read? All I've seen so far is the press release version, which says that it's now illegal to occupy a seat not equipped with a seatbelt.
    Do the exemptions for pre-1974 vehicles , buses and motorcycles still apply or did the government , in its usual wisdom , pass a regulation without thinking about how broad its implications were? If older vehicles aren't exempt, I guess I can't carry politicians in parades in my antique cars any more.
    Btw, if 1974 refers to shoulder belts, what is the magic date for lap belts? I recall that the regulations originally had separate cut-off dates, but I've forgotten what they are.

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    ok here is one I need some advice on how high can my entenna be......
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    As high as you want it to be. I cannot think of any regulations regarding it's height.

    How high do you want it to be? It cannot strike any overhanging objects of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skygod View Post
    ok here is one I need some advice on how high can my entenna be......
    mine sits 3" above the top of a transport and i've had no problems to date

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    seat belt

    i bought a 79 chevy beauville van from a friend of mine and it only had lap belts, he fought and won a seatbelt ticket for not properly wearing his belt (unsure of official lingo used) ie no shoulder peice installed, it was an option on that year of chevy van

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