Here in UT the highway patrol is notorious for getting you for anything they can... that being said, some of the first things they can see are your mud flaps, fender flares, and third brake light. Since i have a 33x12.50 on my swing away my stock third brake light was a no go. So i copied this idea from Ahhst.
Got a 3 led trailer light, tapped into the 3rd brake light wires in the fender, and there you go... works great, and only cost about $5!
Ok, I know this is about the brake light, but the whole mudflaps on a Jeep thing is disturbing. Do you have mudflaps on your Jeep?
Mud Flaps? NO SIR, but I don't wanna get hosed when I drive to Moab I made some quick disconnect mud flaps, because fix-it-tickets suck.
Here is what i came up with for the flaps, all materials cost about $25 got the steel from home depot... I still need to trim them a little shorter, but you get the idea...
It's all true. I used to do safety inspections here in Utah and you must have mud flaps that cover at least the top half of the tire on any vehicle with modified suspension. Third brake lights are required as well. I have personally received a ticket for this. It's usually only the highway patrol that bothers you about these things. During the jeep safari in moab its not uncommon to see them with five or more jeeps all pulled over off the freeway off ramp at the same time. They will use the mudflap/brake light thing as their excuse to pull you over and then they will inspect you for whatever else. I even had a friend get a ticket for having those flush mounted rear tail lights because they are not visible from the side. So be warned if you plan on driving on the highway to the safari.
I was under the impression that as long as you are legal in you home state your fine?
I had rad in the past that removing the 3'rd brake light violated a federal safety law. If true, that would mean you are not legal ion your home state either. I just think very few states care about enforcing it.
Found this on another forum. Thought it was well put: "The center "third" brake light is a federally mandated safety feature for vehicle manufacturers.
It is not a state law.
It's really your own decision to keep it or trash it.
BUT; if you get rear ended you may have some legal and financial responsiblities to your insurance company. Especially if someone you care for is riding in your back seat and gets severely injured. Or if the other driver has a good lawyer.
A good law suit (according to my lawyer friends) would be that you removed a federally mandated safety feature and knowingly operated your vehicle on a public highway?
I also extended mine to be visible over my meager 32" spare.
As a matter of fact I put brighter bulbs in mine because of the poor tail lights on my TJ. I think they are dangerously dim considering the short distance between the back end and the back seat."
Nice job on the mudflaps.
I've seen Jeepers running similar flaps on theirs, and I've seen some really ugly looking "fenders" that attached similarly for the front on a Jeep that had no front fender to speak of. Gotta love those safety inspections.
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