There are many different modifications that you can make to your truck. Beef up the engine, replace the rims, add on another compartment to the back. Literally, the list is endless. However, to ensure that you don’t run afoul of the authorities, and to ensure that your truck runs as smooth as ever afterwards there are some steps that you can take to ensure that your modification is compliant.
Check that the mechanic is qualified
There are many backyard mechanics out there, and while Bill down the road has offered to do your mod for a case of beer that doesn’t mean he’s actually qualified to do so. Check that the mechanic you’re thinking of going with is qualified and experienced before going any further.
Check the mechanic is qualified to work on your type of truck
And another one. While your regular mechanic is fully qualified to work on your Audi in the garage, he or she may not have any experience working on your particular type of truck. While they might have enough cunning and wits about them to get through the job without any dramas, you’re always running the risk here that they will stuff something up if they’ve never worked on your type of truck before. Better to go with someone that has experience already with something like this.
Run your intended mod over with the mechanic
Your mechanic should, if they are familiar with your type of truck, also be familiar with the rules surrounding modifications to it – or know the right people to ask if they don’t already know. Outline the type of modification that you’re looking to get to your truck and then see what the mechanic has to say about it. A good mechanic, if the desired modification is not going to be compliant, will be able to suggest to you a list of alternatives that you may like to try out instead.
Okay the modification with the Department of Transport
If you have any concerns about whether your truck is going to be street legal after your modification (and even when you don’t, really), you should okay your changes first with the relevant Department of Transport in your state. These are the guys who have the ultimate say in whether your modification is actually okay for driving your truck on the road. If you’re pulled over and they check, and the modification isn’t determined safe for driving, you might just end up with some hefty fines.
To ensure this doesn’t happen, it’s always best to check first to ensure compliance with the rules. This way, if you’re pulled up and there are any concerns, you can be assured that you are in the right here.
Ensure the parts you choose are either from the manufacturer or quality aftermarket parts
If you’re looking to include particular truck parts in your modification, a good way to go about this is to purchase parts directly from the manufacturer – or from a quality aftermarket parts provider. Aftermarket parts are often used as a substitute for manufacturer parts and can be just as good as the real deal, depending on the provider of the parts. Have a bit of a research of providers and parts before settling on a purchase to ensure that your new parts are going to go the distance in your truck.
If you have completed all these steps, you’ll be able to be as sure as possible that the new modification to your truck is going to be compliant, and you can rest easy knowing it’ll be fine on the road for many years to come.