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post #1 of 18 Old 07-08-2008, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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PA Law - ? on tires

Does anyone know for sure how the PA inspection law reads regarding tires being wider than the vehicle? I was told they can be no more that 3" from the body of the vehicle, and flares can only be a maximum of 3" as well.

Doesn't seem right to me, but what do i know. I have 35 x 12.5's that extend beyond the fender right about 7". I am still about a month away from going for inspection, but trying to prepare myself now.

Anyone want to buy a set of lightly used 35's?

Any other PA laws that a new jeeper should know about?

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post #2 of 18 Old 07-08-2008, 08:01 PM
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One place I went to said the tread couldnt stick out past the flare. But a couple of months ago I got stopped and the cop said no more than 4 inches could be past. Im not sure which is true but the best thing to do is to ask somebody where your jeep is getting inspected whats up. Then you atleast know what to plan for. FWIW I had a TJ that was out of insp. for about 16 mo. just because of my tires sticking out.

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post #3 of 18 Old 07-09-2008, 05:52 PM
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i have 32X12.5 with 4" backspacing and I had no problems passing at a Monroe in PA for inspection. thats with a cherokee though id say they stick two inches past stock flares, never had a problem with the police either. I'm sure you could always go to a shady place and give them a little extra for their time
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post #4 of 18 Old 07-11-2008, 09:58 AM
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The letter of the law is that the tread - defined in the code as the portion of the tire that contacts the ground - must be covered by the flare. The width of the flares is limited to stock - Rubicon flares are considered stock, and can gain you some extra width.

However, as long as you're not more than about an inch beyond the flares, most cops won't bother you. I have a few friends that are cops, and most often they will prefer that you have wider than legal flares, ie. 6" warn or smittybuilt, that cover your tires. There is a law going through the house supposedly to allow for larger than stock flares. They just want to see the tires covered for safety.

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post #5 of 18 Old 07-11-2008, 10:07 AM
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Not all bad

I have Bushwacker 4 inch flares and 32s that stick out prolly 2inchs past and i past the last two times at two different shops

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I've got 7" flares and never had a problem with cops...yet. If it was anytime I was going to get pulled over it would have been last weekend... flares, doors off with no mirrors and going 75 in a 55 checking for tire wobble.

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Most cops dont know the inspection regulations. In my inspection book it says-- reject if fenders are not of a type and size used as original equipment. reject if fender flares exceed 3 inches in width.
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I had to put the stock tires back on to pass inspection. The guy told me that the tires couldn't be past the flares at all on a vehicle with fenders. His reasoning was that since the jeep has fenders the flares had to cover the entire tread, and the flares were limited to a 3" max. No questions asked. He wouldn't even look at it. He also measured my bumper and said I had about 1.5" to spare till that was too high. I only have a 4" lift and 33's so I don't know what I am gonna do if i get some shackles, a 1" BL, and 35's. However, I switched the tires to pass and then put the 33's back on. Been driving all over western PA and in/around DC/Fairfax with no problems. I think it is all in who is inspecting your jeep. So what happens if you have flat fenders and say 35x12.50's or bigger? Do you not pass "legally"?

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It depends on the inspection mechanic and cop. Your bumper height- a jeep is classified as a passenger car, I think, and noy a truck. That means the bumper height is lower. You probably wont get pulled over for it.
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I have stock flares and mine stick out about 2.5 inches. I passed, but I guess it's all about who or where you go to. But I do know that the tires can't extend past the fender flare. Also, the fender flare cannot extend more than 3" past the factory edge of the fender. Like I said, it's all about where you go for inspection or what mood the cop is in that pulls you over.

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They told me the tire could not exceed the flare. Mine was exceeding by at least 6inches. I had to buy bushwhackers or else they were going to revoke my registration. With that said I would spend the money and buy the flares, just based on my own experience and the cops in my area..

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guy i deal with goes by my word he knows i work on everyting myself....except for tires.....but that will end once i get a tire machine......i think the law is 35 inches to the bumper ? if thats the case bolt something up to the bumper for the inspection then take if off when done......
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Well, its official. I just got nailed today for tires sticking out 2". No warning or anything, just a $108 fine. What a ****
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happened to me also mine stick out about 2inch past the flares and I got a ticket up in hatfield PA the locals aroud my way leave me alone kinda wierd busier cops less time to complain about small stupid stuff cops with free time and the mud spot on your windshield is a half inch to big and you get a ticket
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was talking to a local cop the other day

he said fender flares can not be larger than 3" and tires cannot stick out past flare....what they will do is drop a pen off the flare and if it hits the "tread" they it wont pass, but if it hits the sidewall they will probably let you go.

I asked about the lift height and he said he really doesnt pay attention to that stuff, only if it looks "outrageously" lifted.

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