I have ordered a special tag to put on
the rear... More when my personalized tag arrives!
I finally got my
drivers license and registration done. So it was time to go to the inspection place. I was
going to the Jeep dealer because I figured they'd know the vehicle better and it would go
well. But they were closed so I drove up the street aways and found a garage that was open
and would take me.
They drove the Jeep in and got it lined
up for the lift. They did the walk-around and one of the guys says "You're going to
have a 'modified' vehicle sticker." So I asked why?
"You have tires two sizes oversized
and they don't come with Jeeps." Huh? I'm running 31's, a stock size on the Rubicon.
I even have Rubicon flares to get them under cover. "Yeah that's nice but your
sticker in your door says it came with 205's so it's modified..."
OK, fine whatever. I'd like to
know if this is the kiss of death or something but moving right along they found that one
of my front hubs has a little play in it. I don't mind about that because I do try to keep
the hardware in check but I was a little surprised they'd get so sticky as to say that the
vehicle is modified just because I have a different (and stock) tire size on board.
So now I have this big vertical sticker
on my windshield. I feel like Hester Pryne and the damn thing keeps distracting my line of sight.
Welcome to WV, right?
To be fair, the other guy that was doing
the inspection kept noticing things about the Heep and was very interested. We got to
talking wheeling and it turns out he's into it as well. So it went pretty well except for
that one "technicality".
I don't mind them doing their job but it
seemed strange that I can order the size tires on my vehicle factory but they're
considered a modification if I buy them later. I guess if there is no stigma attached to
the modified sticker it, then I don't care. I heard a few people saying "try not to
get one" so I thought it was a problem.
Back in Maryland we got it inspected once
and that was it. I'm just having trouble adjusting I guess!