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Unread 05-07-2011, 04:43 PM   #1
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No fender flares... Illegal???

Is it illegal to not have fender flares on your jeep?

Wondering if anyone knows if you are REQUIRED by law to have fender flares.

I like the look of my jeep without fender flares.

If you do know please tell me. Mainly concerned with the states of NY & CT.

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Unread 05-07-2011, 04:47 PM   #2
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It's different from state to state. I don't know about the 2 that you listed. But I would imagine that a big state like NY would have some sort of requirements.

Around here you have to have coverage. But they have never enforced it. It's also illegal to modify any vehicles suspension. So spring overs, and even running without trac bars is illegal. But would you ever get a ticket for it? Probably not unless you're being a prick to a cop and give him a reason.
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Unread 05-07-2011, 05:08 PM   #3
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Is it illegal to not have fender flares on your jeep?

Wondering if anyone knows if you are REQUIRED by law to have fender flares.

I like the look of my jeep without fender flares.

If you do know please tell me. Mainly concerned with the states of NY & CT.

Thanks Everyone,

--Devin
I'm in NY. upstate and western. (Buffalo area) I've got the stock fender plastic and 31x10.5 and it passed inspection no probs. I think that's about the max with no lift. You should be OK as-is.

Yes, you are required by law to have fender coverage. Its remarkably lax tho, so its kinda a gray area. I wouldn't go wider than my 10.5's on stock flares. If you wanna go bigger than that, then most likely you'll have to spring for flares, lift, etc. and get to know the local cops.

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Unread 05-07-2011, 05:12 PM   #4
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I'm in NY. upstate and western. (Buffalo area) I've got the stock fender plastic and 31x10.5 and it passed inspection no probs. I think that's about the max with no lift. You should be OK as-is.
Oh yeah, I forgot you guys have to go through inspections up there.
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Unread 05-07-2011, 05:33 PM   #5
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Oh yeah, I forgot you guys have to go through inspections up there.
LOL Newbie yeah but actually I'm glad in a way. They're trying to push something like the Cali Emissions and all the local mechanics know that its total BS. On the other hand I'm glad that my guy checks things like tie-rods ends and brakes and wheel brgs. Yeah I can do that myself but not legally. And I've seen the stuff they put on the road in other states and I was just "WTF????" These ppl are *nuts* and I'm the one who has to pay insurance just to drive across their state!
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Unread 05-07-2011, 08:27 PM   #6
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Different state by state like mentioned, absolutely illegal in CA, that's not to say that a person couldn't get away with it, but still illegal.
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Unread 05-07-2011, 08:30 PM   #7
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I live in Connecticut too. If your ties stick out of the bodys width including the flares, it's illegal, if you have no flares, its definitely illegal unless u could find a way to push the tires in. Your car can also not exceed 8 ft wide.
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Unread 05-08-2011, 12:47 AM   #8
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Different state by state like mentioned, absolutely illegal in CA, that's not to say that a person couldn't get away with it, but still illegal.
Lol, really? I've never had an issue with my front tube fenders and they barely cover half the tread on my 12.50s. Same goes for the current tj flares on the rear.
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Unread 05-08-2011, 01:14 AM   #9
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also illegal in NJ...though i still didnt put them on the rear yet and nobody has said anything in over a year...
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Unread 05-08-2011, 03:33 AM   #10
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Lol, really? I've never had an issue with my front tube fenders and they barely cover half the tread on my 12.50s. Same goes for the current tj flares on the rear.
San Dogg PD guys must be really chill. Here in Sacramento, the cops pull people over all the freaking time for stupid **** like tint, mud flaps, flares, loud exhaust, etc...Especially the CHP. It seems like they're just itching to pull people over.

...but I know they're just doing their job.
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Unread 05-08-2011, 07:02 AM   #11
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San Dogg PD guys must be really chill. Here in Sacramento, the cops pull people over all the freaking time for stupid **** like tint, mud flaps, flares, loud exhaust, etc...Especially the CHP. It seems like they're just itching to pull people over.

...but I know they're just doing their job.

Ya its called "revenue generation".......
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Unread 05-08-2011, 08:45 AM   #12
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just passed inspection in NY and id say these tires stick out... just a little. Been this way for quite some time, never an issue.

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Unread 05-08-2011, 11:47 AM   #13
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Lol, really? I've never had an issue with my front tube fenders and they barely cover half the tread on my 12.50s. Same goes for the current tj flares on the rear.
I think it really just depends on the area. Up here you probably wouldn't have any issues unless you were full width without mud flaps or something, a little out of the flares isn't much of an issue.

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No person shall operate any motor vehicle having three or more wheels, any trailer, or semitrailer unless equipped with fenders, covers, or devices, including flaps or splash aprons, or unless the body of the vehicle or attachments thereto afford adequate protection to effectively minimize the spray or splash of water or mud to the rear of the vehicle and all such equipment or such body or attachments thereto shall be at least as wide as the tire tread.
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No person shall operate a motor vehicle while wearing glasses having a temple width of one-half inch or more if any part of such temple extends below the horizontal center of the lens so as to interfere with lateral vision.
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Unread 05-08-2011, 12:52 PM   #14
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According to National Highway Trafic Safety Agency standards it's not illegal but they it is required that tires be covered (mud flaps) if the tires stick out past the body/fenders.
I went through this in MA and was rejected by the jerk at the checking station but fought it and won by citing the NHTSA rule. Big pain in the arse but it's nice to know when you're right.
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Unread 05-08-2011, 01:52 PM   #15
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Different state by state like mentioned, absolutely illegal in CA, that's not to say that a person couldn't get away with it, but still illegal.
It is illegal in CA. You're right, some can get away with it. I do. I have one in the rear (3" Smitty Built) and no cash to do the front yet after I removed the plastics and trashed them. Knock on wood. No hassle yet with my 33x12x15.
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