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Unread 10-24-2013, 12:56 PM   #1
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Hawaii_Mud Flap Law?

I am in the Army and moving to Hawaii in December. I have a 2008 GC with 4" SL and 33" tires, the tires stick outside the fender wells about 1-2". I have been told that I will need mud flaps on the rear to pass the inspection. Does anyone have first hand knowledge regarding this? Thanks,

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Unread 10-24-2013, 02:05 PM   #2
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I went through that whole ordeal when I first got to Hawaii. You'll have to go through an inspection they call "recon". It's for any vehicle that has modifications outside of stock form. I had a Dodge Ram HemiSport with SRT wheels that stuck out maybe half an inch. Any part of the tire that sticks out beyond the fender well needs to have "fender flares" to cover them. What I did as well as most everyone else is go to Home Depot/Lowes buy some black garden edging, cut it down to the width you need and run it all the way around the fenderwell to cover the tire portion that's sticking out. Once your done with the "recon" inspection you can take it off but you run the risk of being ticketed by HPD. You'll see though A LOT of people have rides with extended out wheels/tires.

Also, your supposed to go through "recon" every time you add another modification. You get a paper you carry in the vehicle and have to show it to HPD when pulled over. This paper states every modification that went through inspection. You'll also be sporting a "recon" sticker on your rear bumper right next to your registration and safety sticker.
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Unread 10-24-2013, 03:16 PM   #3
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Great, thanks for the info. The garden edging is only for the rear fender well right? Sounds like a PITA paper drill, I hate fender flares/mud flaps.

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I went through that whole ordeal when I first got to Hawaii. You'll have to go through an inspection they call "recon". It's for any vehicle that has modifications outside of stock form. I had a Dodge Ram HemiSport with SRT wheels that stuck out maybe half an inch. Any part of the tire that sticks out beyond the fender well needs to have "fender flares" to cover them. What I did as well as most everyone else is go to Home Depot/Lowes buy some black garden edging, cut it down to the width you need and run it all the way around the fenderwell to cover the tire portion that's sticking out. Once your done with the "recon" inspection you can take it off but you run the risk of being ticketed by HPD. You'll see though A LOT of people have rides with extended out wheels/tires.

Also, your supposed to go through "recon" every time you add another modification. You get a paper you carry in the vehicle and have to show it to HPD when pulled over. This paper states every modification that went through inspection. You'll also be sporting a "recon" sticker on your rear bumper right next to your registration and safety sticker.
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Unread 10-25-2013, 01:20 PM   #4
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I had to put mount them to the fronts only. When I did the mcgauphys 2/4 drop. The replacement front spindles stuck the front tire out just a bit. I honestly never noticed it until the inspector made note of it. If you get on the hawaii dmv site I believe there is a site that explains what would constitute the need for recon. Any suspension, engine mods are a definite recon.
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