A popular vehicle modification trend called the Carolina Squat has been banned in the state of North Carolina. Squatted trucks will be considered illegal in the state as of December 1st, 2021.
For those readers who don’t know what the Carolina Squat is, the term is used for truck and SUV owners who modify their vehicle’s suspension to include an increase in ride height in front, and a decrease in ride height in the rear. The modifications give the vehicle a substantial negative rake angle.
This style of suspension modification is also known as the Cali Lean, Dover Dip, and Tennessee Tilt.
As GM Authority covered previously, the North Carolina House of Representatives passed a bill in May seeking to make squatted trucks illegal. The bill, which is sponsored by Representatives B. Jones, Bell, Saine, and Hardister outlines that “a private passenger automobile shall not be modified or altered by elevating the automobile more than 3 inches from the manufacturer’s specified height in the front and lowering the automobile more than 2 inches from the manufacturer’s specified height in the rear. A private passenger automobile modified or altered in violation of this subsection shall not be operated upon any highway or public vehicular area.”
Now, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has signed House Bill 692 into law. Effective December 1st, 2021, the owners of squatted vehicles will be considered in violation of state requirements, and could face penalties that include fines and a one-year driver’s license suspension.
Critics of the squatted trucks trend argue that the suspension modifications impede forward visibility, while also negatively impacting braking and handling. Further issues may include blinding other drivers with misaimed headlights, and increased danger for pedestrians.
Videos depicting squatted trucks cruising on public roads have gained greater and greater momentum in the last year or so, with the trend extending around the country. It remains to be seen how other states may react to this new ban, and how enthusiasts will react to the new law.