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Glad you were able to avoid him.

Those vehicles crack me up they raise them like 4 feet up for 'off roading' but yet you can easily see the axles and all these vulnerable stuff under neither isn't any higher so they're not really any better for off roading (or hardly any) Then they use them for just driving around the town.. I can't imagine how many parking lot miss-haps they probably have.

Yes like Kenneth mentioned there are DOT standards for bumper height, and even noise (which includes tire noise) Unfortunately most cops would rather hand out speeding tickets than any of the other and in my opinion worse safety issues like tail gating, bumper height, cellphone talking, etc.

Seems that bumper height is just one of the many things they enforce on the manufacture side and never ticket for, I bet most cops don't even know what the legal bumper height range is.

It's ridiculous that a vehicle like that has the same speed limit as vehicles which are much more suited to freeway driving.
 

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I especially like it when I see one laying on its side when I go down to road junkie on some of my favorite jeep roads. High centor of gravity? Oops!

Although my very special favorite was seeing a hugely jacked up truck that was buried the dirt in the Uintahs. He'd apparently got stuck in the mud in the fall... mud above the axles.... only the tops of the tires were showing... and he had to leave it there until spring. When I drove by in the spring the ground was all dry and hardened and that nice fairly new Chevy 4WD must have been a cast iron bytch to get dug out.

Another friend of mine left a nice 500cc Honda ATV at the bottom of a deep crevasse in the Uintahs. It went down.. he didn't, luckily. It's still there if you want to try to figure out how to get it out.
Hehe When riding up in Lockwood valley once my father and I decided to do this innocent looking loop we had never done before. We set from camp around 12:00. The loop turned out to be 90% creek riding with tons and tons of big rocks to ride over some as big as VW bugs. We weren't prepared for such a long ride and we getting real close to giving in and drinking the creek water when we came apon an old 70's SUV type vehicle, a scout or something I think it's called. It was buried up to the door sills in sand, rocks and mud in the middle of the creek. Must have been there at least a year. We could see in though some of the windows though and saw some water judges in side, we managed to get the window open and grab them. We got back to camp at 10:00 at night, first time I ever tried riding my dirt bike in the dark... that was one hard ride. One week later in the paper there was a story about a motorcycle rider who tried the same loop got too tired and died for dehydration before his buddy could come back with help.

Later that year we ended up getting in even father over our heads... and did end up having to drink creek water and leave the bikes... but that's a story for another time :)
 
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