As you may have seen in the other thread, I just moved to MD and am buying a YJ this weekend. I have been doing a lot of research on this, but I still have some questions about the reg/safety process.
As far as I can tell, I am going to have to:
-Go get cash and pay for the Jeep
-Take the title to the DMV, or whatever you call it here. As I'm buying on Saturday, I assume this means Monday.
-Get temp tags, go get the Jeep, then take it to get safety/emmissions
-Take all associated paperwork to DMV again for permanent tags/stickers/whatever.
Is there a shortcut that doesn't have me waiting until sometime next week to be able to get the Jeep? Also, it is on a 3" lift. Included are 35x12.5 tires, but it is currently rolling on 31s. It is NOT exempt. How much of a problem will this cause?
Well, you cannot get historic tags, nor hot rod tags. So you're stuck with a full blown Maryland Inspection. Chances are, it will not pass with the lift installed. Before you even go, measure the bumper height from a level surface to the mounts for the bumper itself. If the measurement is greater than 28"s, you may have a very difficult time getting the jeep to pass Md inspection.
I just went out and measured mine. 29" ground to top of front bumper, 26" ground to top of rear bumper. I'm pretty sure they measure the bottom of the bumper though. Check the specs in my profile, sounds similar to yours but with a couple more inches of lift. The rear is so low because I have spring under with an 8.8 (bigger tubes) and a ton of heavy stuff in the back. You should be fine on stock tires.
Bumper height wasn't a problem. Nor was the 45 degrees to the center of the hub thing. Everything else was. Now I'm confused. Apparently the fenders (at the side) have to be in line with the center of the wheels. Well, that's not possible. It has a total of 4" lift. The bottom of the fenders is 10" above wheel centerline. Something doesn't make sense here.
Oh, and I can fail for a rust hole in the tailgate? The tailgate? I am effed with a giant dee.
Welcome to MD....the "mother may I" state where all decisions you make must be approved by the state and local governments (after an environmental study and a public hearing).
I am getting ready to go through myself, but not worried too much about the fender bit. If anything...mud flaps. I suspect it has everything to do with mud/stone/rain slinging/spray. I've got other issues like fixing the susp. (missing shock), crack windshield, elec window switch, etc.
I find the best strategy is to show up with everything perfect safety wise (lights, windows, brakes, tint, etc.) and if they are pretty cool, they'll glance over a few minor issues. Also, don't pick a station fishing for business. If you are worried about ride height, bumpers, etc. only go to a shop that does basic mechanical work. But it is always chancy here in Maryland. Such a horrid state. The one time I miss Florida (no emissions, no inspections...you can put a rolling chassis on the road with valid tags).
There were no real safety issues, but there are a few little things like a worn brake pedal pad and stretched passenger seat belt. The things that got to me were the bit about the fenders and the rust in the tailgate. I went in expecting they'd find a few things I didn't know about, but that was silly.
So, can I just start over somewhere else, or is that in the system that I have started? I'd be happy to fix the things that actually need fixing and find somebody that understands that the vehicle didn't meet the fender height and bumper width requirements from the factory.
Time for new tires. Any recommended places in the Odenton/Annapolis/Pasadena area?
Yeah, the internet. It has always been cheaper for me to buy a new set of 15x8 steel wheels with every set of tires and have them mounted, balanced, and shipped versus buying tires at a place around here. I understand they need to make some money but the markup is ridiculous.