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While it might be thought that there is a need for a "DOT Certification" for a steering component to be "legal or not", that would not be the case. Try to look for a "DOT approval number" on a tie rod end at your local parts center. You won't find one. DOT specs are general guidelines that steering manufactures can. There is not any perceivable global governing body where one can have a part "certified" as being DOT approved, but rather a manufacturer claiming DOT compliance takes it upon themselves with an insurance premium to cover their claim if ever challenged. In doing so, this would instantly raise the cost of their product significantly, which would have to be passed to the consumer. We would rather pass along the savings directly to our customers and back our product with our own LIFETIME warranty instead. And, we do!

Below is a copy of Wisconsin State Statutes which is a typical example illustrating that the "type" of steering linkage is not specifically addressed one way or another, which does not make modifications in that area something that can be cited as long as it is in "proper working order". Be sure to check with your local laws as they can vary from State to State.

Trans 305.29 Steering and suspension;

(1) The steering and suspension of every motor vehicle shall be maintained in proper working condition and in conformity with this section and s. 347.455, Stats.

(2) The steering linkage may not be worn, jammed or bind, nor shall the steering system have excessive lash. Lash of more than 1/8 of one complete turn of the steering wheel is excessive.

(3) The belts assisting the power steering unit shall be in proper working condition and may not be missing, loose, or excessively frayed or cracked.

(4) The power steering unit shall be in proper working condition. No portion of a power steering unit or steering linkage may be disconnected. The power steering unit shall contain the proper fluid levels. All hoses and connections shall be in proper working condition and will have no leaks or visible cuts or cracks.

(5) (a) Every motor vehicle shall be equipped with a steering wheel the same size as the one with which the vehicle was manufactured or a replacement not less than 13 inches in diameter. Every homemade and reconstructed vehicle registered after January 1, 1975, shall have a steering wheel of not less than 13 inches in diameter.