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Unread 05-19-2012, 02:32 AM   #1
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Fender flare coverage

Hey all, I'm thinking ahead, considering what kind of flares I'll need to keep things legal. I've heard that to pass inspection i'll need full coverage.

According to my math, the difference between my current tires and wheels (8" wide wheel, 5" backspacing, 9.6" wide tire) and the set up I want (8" wide wheel, 4" backspacing, 12.5" wide tire) means I'd be pushing about 2.5" more tire outboard.

I've got a Rubicon and my flares are supposed to be 4.25" wide, which I would say by eyeballing is about right, and my current tires are tucked in about one-half inch.

So this means I'll need to find a fender flare that's about 6.25" wide. I've seen a 7" Rugged Ridge pocket flare that looks stock, but there are lots more 6" options that I like.

So I've got two questions:

1) Does anyone know if the NJ inspection rule is TREAD must be covered, or entire TIRE, sidewall and all?

2) Has anyone been able to pass inspection/not get hassled even if your tires are sticking out a little bit?

Thanks in advance.

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Unread 05-19-2012, 10:57 AM   #2
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Being that MV really only checks emissions now, do they even bother now? And even if they do, go to ur local gas station and pay him $29.99 for the inspection there. They could care less...
Just because you bought every bolt-on accessory available for your jeep, doesn't mean you know WTH your doing or talking about...
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Unread 05-20-2012, 08:16 PM   #3
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I past inspection in Oct 2011 without any flares with almost the whole tire exposed (31" 10.5"). They only check emmissions and gas cap seal. However, I believe legally it must be fully covered. Wasnt hasseled at all by inspections. I now have them covered with the rugged ridge 6 inch pocket flares and really like the look on my YJ.
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Unread 05-23-2012, 06:41 PM   #4
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It seems unless you use spidertraxx 1.25" spacers you should be covered well enough I would guess you are using your Moabs . If you decide to go with something wider I have a set of 6"Warn Flares for sale. They are the same shape as the OE flares just a bit wider to remain legal and cleaner .

You can pass emissions inspection and still be illegal and get a ticket . What was ilegal before still is .They just don't inspect the other stuff there, but its still up to you to keep it with in the same rules including going to raised vehicle inspection if your door height is over 4" above a stock TJ . Makes no difference that a Rubi is taller to begin with ,they don't care.
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