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Unread 07-02-2012, 01:37 PM   #1
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Q about Oregon law regarding fenders

I'm hoping to move to Orgeon before the end of the year (gotta sell my place and then find a job in the Portland area) and I realized I should look over the laws to make sure my JK will pass inspection. While checking out http://www.liftlaws.com/oregon_lift_laws.htm I noticed it states that fenders are required and have to cover the entire width of the tire. I'm running Bushwhacker flat fenders and 35s on 15x8 soft 8s so my flat fenders don't quite cover the entire tire. I was wondering how strict are they in Oregon for inspecting this? Is it something most places don't even look twice at or will I have to start looking into wider fenders?

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Unread 07-02-2012, 02:46 PM   #2
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It is one of those things that totally depends on the officer and location. Most people don't have issues, but I won't tell you, you won't ever have issues.
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Unread 07-02-2012, 11:36 PM   #3
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My tires stick out a couple inches past the fenders and I have never been pulled over for that, or anything else with my Jeep.
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Unread 07-03-2012, 07:04 PM   #4
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i thought it was an inch on both side and ive seen PLENTY of rigs way beyond that. As said before, it depends but its one of those things, you should be fine. Lake Oswego would be where u'd get yanked haha just south of Portland
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Unread 07-03-2012, 08:22 PM   #5
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I have the Bushwackers on my JK and my tires stick out about 2 1/2 inches. I've never had a cop question them.
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Unread 07-04-2012, 01:28 PM   #6
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i thought it was an inch on both side and ive seen PLENTY of rigs way beyond that. As said before, it depends but its one of those things, you should be fine. Lake Oswego would be where u'd get yanked haha just south of Portland

Cory by law the fender must cover the tire completely, not one inch, one way or the other in the law. But again it is one of those things that most people don't get hassled for. BUT I'm the type that if I did it I would get a ticket. Not to mention I park on police property all the time so I try to stay as legal as possible.
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Unread 07-04-2012, 09:26 PM   #7
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Most of the time it's the State Troopers that will get you. They like to drop a coin from the fender, if it hits tread you get a fix-it ticket. If it hits sidewall you are good.
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Unread 07-06-2012, 08:38 PM   #8
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I asked the sherrif and WA trooper that live in my apartment complex. Both said no one in their departments would ever pull over anyone for that unless it was blatantly obviously in violation unless it's near bar closing time or post event when there are more DUI's on the road. They both said they would use it as a valid reason to pull for "under suspicion." They assure me their counterparts in OR are of the same mindset. Ironically they said the same thing about local PD in smaller towns like Lake Oswego like Shewoolf said.

Man, I'll steer clear of Lake Oswego.
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Unread 07-06-2012, 11:03 PM   #9
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I find some small town cops are stricter about some things than big city cops.
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Unread 07-08-2012, 09:03 AM   #10
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Thanks everyone for the info. Hope to seen everyone on the trails up there. Can't wait to move and explore.
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Unread 07-08-2012, 10:19 AM   #11
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I have been running all over OR and WA in my JKU with 37x12.5 tires and stock fenders. The only comment I get from the police is nice jeep

But I also running with Texas tags, not sure if that would make a difference.
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Unread 07-08-2012, 12:19 PM   #12
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Thanks everyone for the info. Hope to seen everyone on the trails up there. Can't wait to move and explore.
Give me a holler when you get up here, I run with a wrangler club and we would love to show you around
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Unread 07-09-2012, 01:14 AM   #13
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the rule of thumb is, you should be able to drop a quarter of the fender flare and it should not touch the tire.

with that said, mine stick out a good 2 inches or more and i have been pulled over for speeding a few times and never questioned about them.

it doesn't make them money on a fix it ticket

i think they mostly care about burnt out lights
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Unread 07-10-2012, 02:04 PM   #14
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Give me a holler when you get up here, I run with a wrangler club and we would love to show you around
Thanks, Shewoolf. Hopefully I'll be contacting you sooner than later.
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Thanks, Shewoolf. Hopefully I'll be contacting you sooner than later.
Looking Forward to it!
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