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post #1 of 20 Old 12-08-2010, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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MA Tire Coverage Law

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So I was trying to hunt down some info on tire coverage in MA and I came across this in Part I, Title XIV, Chapter 90, Section 7 " Every passenger motor vehicle which is equipped with tires which extend beyond the fenders or body of such vehicle and which is operated in or upon any way shall be equipped with flaps or suitable guards to reduce such spray or splash to the rear and sides." General Laws: CHAPTER 90, Section 7

So from this I would take that your tires need to have some sort of fender flares but only to "reduce" spray. You think they would allow tube fenders with say 3" in flare?


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post #2 of 20 Old 12-08-2010, 05:18 PM
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Depends on how the cop is feeling that day. I know plenty of guys that have been stopped in MA because tires were not covered with flares. Never heard of anybody stopped because of no mud flaps though.

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Hey all,

So I was trying to hunt down some info on tire coverage in MA and I came across this in Part I, Title XIV, Chapter 90, Section 7 " Every passenger motor vehicle which is equipped with tires which extend beyond the fenders or body of such vehicle and which is operated in or upon any way shall be equipped with flaps or suitable guards to reduce such spray or splash to the rear and sides." General Laws: CHAPTER 90, Section 7

So from this I would take that your tires need to have some sort of fender flares but only to "reduce" spray. You think they would allow tube fenders with say 3" in flare?
If you are looking to be completely legal, make sure the tire is covered all the way. Mine stick out 2 inchs on each side and I dont have issues. I do plan on tube fenders in the future and a few guys in the club have them with no issues.
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If you are looking to be completely legal, make sure the tire is covered all the way. Mine stick out 2 inchs on each side and I dont have issues. I do plan on tube fenders in the future and a few guys in the club have them with no issues.
Thanks. I figure I can get 6" flares with some tube fenders but I feel like some of them that wide look too much like wings I'll just try and keep them to a minimal amount exposed.

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look up metal cloaks fenders, you can get a 6" flare or a 4" flare and they come off with two bolts so make trails super nice!!!

heres mine i cant get a straight on cause of the stupid crome bumper i havent taken off yet:/ but this is with no flare at all and i run it all the time here in indiana. no probs yet, and still to lazy to run the turn signals too so i have a double wammy and i drive it daily

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they also have a highline style
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Thanks, I am looking at metal cloak and I am 50/50 on either the highline style or the tube style.

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If a Chapter 90 is 4WD it does not have to be covered all the way.

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Depends on how the cop is feeling that day. I know plenty of guys that have been stopped in MA because tires were not covered with flares. Never heard of anybody stopped because of no mud flaps though.
Ill be the exception to your statement, LOL

Although, I wasnt pulled over because of that, it was something that was said by the officer after being pulled over for something else


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Ill be the exception to your statement, LOL

Although, I wasnt pulled over because of that, it was something that was said by the officer after being pulled over for something else
But I said "guys"!!!

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friends a cop and he said that he wouldn't even know how to write a ticket and that none of the guys he works with do either. if they are pullign you over for that chances are they are looking to see if you are doing something else wrong.
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techniclly i think you only need rear mudflaps it says nothing about front flares

straight off the page http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/Ge...ter90/Section7

" Every motor vehicle or trailer, excepting passenger motor vehicles, operated in or upon any way shall be equipped with suitable guards which will effectively reduce the spray or splash to the rear of mud, water or slush caused by the rear wheels thereof. Every passenger motor vehicle which is equipped with tires which extend beyond the fenders or body of such vehicle and which is operated in or upon any way shall be equipped with flaps or suitable guards to reduce such spray or splash to the rear and sides"

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my cousin is a cop and a jeep guy, he told me if u have a wench mounted you don't need to have flares or fenders because with a wench you can b considered a recovery vehicle, if they give you trouble just say you do it for free.
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my cousin is a cop and a jeep guy, he told me if u have a wench mounted you don't need to have flares or fenders because with a wench you can b considered a recovery vehicle, if they give you trouble just say you do it for free.
Then why does every row truck or other recovery vehicle you see have full fenders and mudflaps ???

Not saying he is wrong but just because he's a cop does not make him correct all the time
If cops were always right then you could not go to court and appeal a ticket.... Thank goodness for that haha
Also I don't recommend saying that your jeep is a recovery vehicle as the cop might be able to say you have an incorrectly licensed or titled vehicle and ticket you for that if the cop is a real jerk

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