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Old 02-16-2019, 12:18 AM
 
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I never really thought about this before, I used to have a 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 when I ran the lawn care company, it had the cab clearance lights on the roof the cab (5 little amber lights), but the cab wasnt that tall??


I can understand why cab clearance lights are on larger medium and heavy duty trucks, they are indicators to ensure the cab will fit under something, but with 3/4 ton and 1 ton pickup trucks, vertical cab clearance is not an issue.


Besides that, Ive seen brand new 1/2 ton trucks that the cab sits higher than 3/4 or 1 ton trucks, but these do not have the clearance lights for some reason. Anyone know about this?
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Old 02-16-2019, 12:31 AM
 
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There is a government requirement based on width, not recall how many inches. But have no idea why those who do not need it have it, other than "just because" or "looks nice".
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Old 02-16-2019, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Lee County, NC
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1-ton duallies are required to have them because of width. They choose to put them on the cab (you'll also notice they have marker lights on the fenders and under the tailgate).

The Ford Raptor is also required to have them because of width. They choose to put them in the grille instead of on the roof. The Raptor also has marker lights on the front fender flares and underneath the taillights.

3/4 ton trucks have them as an option.
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Old 02-16-2019, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Apex, NC
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I think they’d still be useful in parking garages.
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Old 02-16-2019, 07:30 AM
 
Location: MN
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I don’t have them on my 05 3/4.
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Old 02-16-2019, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Billings, MT
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There is a government requirement based on width, not recall how many inches. But have no idea why those who do not need it have it, other than "just because" or "looks nice".

This is true. One ton (and larger) trucks are required to have the lights, a minimum number and pattern. Some people simply like "the look".

I have even seen them on half ton trucks.
I would like to have them on my 3/4 ton, but not bad enough to install them or pay to have them installed.
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Old 02-16-2019, 09:07 AM
 
Location: San Ramon, Seattle, Anchorage, Reykjavik
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I think they’d still be useful in parking garages.
Why? When I am in the cab I can't see them. But I could probably hear then crunch when the low ceiling tears them off.
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Old 02-16-2019, 11:33 AM
 
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. . . Some people simply like "the look".

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That's it, man! THAT's the reason for most of them! - Or at least it used to be - when I was young - and had a pickup or two. There was a big style thing for them in Mexico, too - even bigger than the US. They were proud of their trucks, and liked to dress them up. Great stuff! Lots of fun! That was just before monster wheels started becoming a thing here in the US.
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Old 02-16-2019, 11:36 AM
 
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There is a government requirement based on width, not recall how many inches. But have no idea why those who do not need it have it, other than "just because" or "looks nice".
The 99 Dodge Ram 1500 and 2500 had the same body, the same width.
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Old 02-16-2019, 11:38 AM
 
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That's it, man! THAT's the reason for most of them! - Or at least it used to be - when I was young - and had a pickup or two. There was a big style thing for them in Mexico, too - even bigger than the US. They were proud of their trucks, and liked to dress them up. Great stuff! Lots of fun! That was just before monster wheels started becoming a thing here in the US.
Its more than looks, it has something to with legal requirements for marker lights, although like another poster mentioned, cab clearance lights would not help the truck driver in the least if he was driving along and same to a bridge or overpass that is low, driver is not able to see the lights anyway, so Im not sure who they are intended for, to see.
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