The raising of 4WD type vehicles

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From 26 October 2018, the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has increased allowable limits for light vehicle lifts in Queensland to harmonise requirements with other larger jurisdictions and the National Code of Practice VSB-14.

Following these requirements will ensure that your vehicle meets all applicable Queensland regulations and its safety levels are maintained.

The raising of 4WD type vehicles is now permitted up to 75 mm without certification for both vehicles with and without electronic stability control (ESC).

In this case, the vehicle can only be lifted by a combination of a maximum 50mm suspension and 25mm tyres. Any lift using body blocks needs to be certified by an ‘Approved Person’.

A vehicle lift up to 150 mm is permitted with certification by an ‘Approved Person’. Maximum lifts on specific components within the 150mm limit are in the table below. In Queensland lifts on 4WD type vehicles (ADR categories NA, NB1 and MC) can be certified by complying with codes LS9 and LS10 in the QCOP. Lifts on other types of vehicles can be certified by complying with the National Code of Practice VSB-14.

Certification Suspension Tyres Body blocks Total lift
Not required up to 50 mm up to 25 mm 0 mm up to 75 mm
Required up to 75 mm* up to 25 mm* up to 50 mm*

up to 150 mm*

Testing requirements for certification Lane-change test ESC test
Vehicles without ESC Required Not required
Vehicles with ESC Required Required – (or letter from manufacturer or certified recalibration is accepted)

Modifications to light vehicles can be generally classified in 4 ways:

 
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