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Title: Tire size and fender width.
Post by: BOHIC on May 17, 2017, 09:18:07 PM
Does anyone know if there is a width limit on tires sticking out past the fenders. I want to get a 12" wide tire but I don't want to have huge fenders to cover them. If someone could chime in on the inspection process with that I would appreciate it.
Title: Re: Tire size and fender width.
Post by: BOHIC on May 17, 2017, 10:52:28 PM
Just checking to see if there has been a update since the stickied post.
Title: Re: Tire size and fender width.
Post by: djljeep on May 17, 2017, 11:03:12 PM
Just checking to see if there has been a update since the stickied post.

I'm fairly sure inspection requires 100% coverage of the actual tire tread.  I posted on the facepage about it a couple weeks ago.  Standby for actual language...
Title: Re: Tire size and fender width.
Post by: djljeep on May 17, 2017, 11:10:03 PM
From (a only moderately out of date, but still relevant) inspection handbook.
Title: Re: Tire size and fender width.
Post by: Netorts on May 18, 2017, 06:14:53 AM
There are a ton of keeps on the road with 12" wide tires and many have aftermarket fenders that do not cover the full tire.   They all got inspected somewhere I would imagine. I have 35 x 12.5" tires with bushwhacker flares (they don't cover, ) and a dealer ship inspected it last year..,.,,  [emoji848]


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Title: Re: Tire size and fender width.
Post by: Jake on May 18, 2017, 06:39:42 AM
There's no tire size limit, but there is a vehicle height to weight limit. Also the most current inspection manual states the entire tread must be covered. That being said, as an inspection technician at a dealership when I worked there, as long as there was at least an attempt to cover the tread, I would pass the vehicle. But if a truck or jeep is running around with 6 inches of uncovered tread coming in for a sticker they would get laughed at.
Title: Re: Tire size and fender width.
Post by: yamaha225 on May 18, 2017, 08:51:19 AM
It's not just inspections you have to worry about. Cops can and will pull you over for having your tires stick out past the fenders. Gotta say that's one law that I agree with. I don't really want rocks and spray coming off your jeep and blasting me when I'm driving my daily.
Title: Re: Tire size and fender width.
Post by: Doc on May 18, 2017, 04:11:18 PM
as most have said, Maine is 100% coverage on tires, with that said, mine stick out 2.5 in front and 1.5 in the rear

they can pass all depends who inspects it, but also what Aaron said, even if it is inspected the police can stop you ..

your choise is .. to play nice with the inspection station and state you did it after inspection, they you pay the fine if they decide to give it to you

my inspection person knows that if I get stopped I will take the fine !!!
Title: Re: Tire size and fender width.
Post by: BOHIC on May 18, 2017, 08:30:36 PM
Thanks for the reply, guess I'll have to look into extending my fenders.  :-\
Title: Re: Tire size and fender width.
Post by: rockman on May 19, 2017, 07:32:06 PM
If you're running a 33" or smaller tire you can buy a 10.5" tire that actually works better. Also, I run rims with 4.5" backspacing and that keeps them tucked in better.
Title: Re: Tire size and fender width.
Post by: BOHIC on May 19, 2017, 08:18:32 PM
If you're running a 33" or smaller tire you can buy a 10.5" tire that actually works better. Also, I run rims with 4.5" backspacing and that keeps them tucked in better.

How is that with full turn, do you rub
Title: Re: Tire size and fender width.
Post by: rockman on May 19, 2017, 08:29:33 PM
It does rub a little but it's not an issue. It's a great trade-off, still run stock flares on both TJs but Rubicon flares are 1" wider which works for 35s.