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Old 09-05-2009, 03:38 AM   #1
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Need help in finding new wheels/tires, new to the jeep wrangler world and abit lost, just bought a preowed 01 sport lifted and has a 33x12.50x15 tire had a 7" flare but still stick out a good 3-4" state law is saying that no tire should ever stick out or it will be a $80 ticket per tire, looking to replace with a little bit narrower than 12.50 and still keep the bulky look any suggestions?
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And, what state was that?

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Need help in finding new wheels/tires, new to the jeep wrangler world and abit lost, just bought a preowed 01 sport lifted and has a 33x12.50x15 tire had a 7" flare but still stick out a good 3-4" state law is saying that no tire should ever stick out or it will be a $80 ticket per tire, looking to replace with a little bit narrower than 12.50 and still keep the bulky look any suggestions?
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R u serious? what state? I have seen lots of jeeps with this tires size.
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wow thats sucks i live in Texas and state law is nothing can stick out more than 7" on either side of the jeep sounds lke another way the man is trying to keep us from having fun
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And, what state was that?
State of Hawaii, Maui County
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Okay let me guess, your profile says Alaska because?
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Okay let me guess, your profile says Alaska because?
Because.. When I register, on the page where they ask your location/state... There is none for the state of Hawaii. Only 49 and Canada
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wow thats sucks i live in Texas and state law is nothing can stick out more than 7" on either side of the jeep sounds lke another way the man is trying to keep us from having fun
how about having bigger fenders? I mean wider ones. Any way they are not going to measure from the most sticking out part right? lol
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how about having bigger fenders? I mean wider ones. Any way they are not going to measure from the most sticking out part right? lol
well thats just what it says in the law books but i have some pretty wide fender flares and ive never had a cop pull me over and try to measure them i think its just one of those uninforced laws
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Because.. When I register, on the page where they ask your location/state... There is none for the state of Hawaii. Only 49 and Canada

Humm..... sounds like a job for super mod..... We have the "island" of Australia but not Hawaii?
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How about some pics of the tires/wheels/fenders? Might be helpful to actually see your situation. As was previously said there are many TJ's out here running 33x12.50's.

California had a one rib rule last time I was checking VC (in the 80's).
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are trying to get new tires because you've gotten in trouble for this? because it could just be an uninforced law i know there are plenty of those here in Texas
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Sounds about right to me,in Utah if you run water down the side of the Jeep & the drips hit the tire it's not roadworthy & won't pass a safety. However the cops are very good roght here in Moab & turn a blind eye most of the time.
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How about some pics of the tires/wheels/fenders? Might be helpful to actually see your situation. As was previously said there are many TJ's out here running 33x12.50's.

California had a one rib rule last time I was checking VC (in the 80's).
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Hawaii is pretty damn picky, I've heard that before. Those wheels must have a crazy backspacing though. I'm running 35x12.5's with 7" flares and are completely covered. I would look into new wheels.

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Hawaii is pretty damn picky, I've heard that before. Those wheels must have a crazy backspacing though. I'm running 35x12.5's with 7" flares and are completely covered. I would look into new wheels.

yup doing just that, looking at 33/10.50/15 by BFGoodrich, and how do you measure the backspacing on the rims? not to sure if its a 3.75" and how wide is your rim?
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In this pic it's 8" and BS was 3.75.

To measure lay something flat across the back of the rim and measure to the mounting surface......

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Roadkill your flares look like stockers. Look at Jess-James's 7" flares. They are wider than your. Or at least they look it.
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RK, looking at your pics it seems your wheels have a huge lip going out (forget if that is positive or negative backspacing) anyway if you were to change JUST THE RIM for one with the proper backspacing you may be able to keep your tires and save some $$ in the process. If you get the same BS on a different wheel even with a narrower tire it may still sit at the same width, therefore keeping the tire in the same place in relation to the flare = Out Too Far.
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Roadkill your flares look like stockers. Look at Jess-James's 7" flares. They are wider than your. Or at least they look it.
looks like there best top flares
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Roadkill your flares look like stockers. Look at Jess-James's 7" flares. They are wider than your. Or at least they look it.
believe you me... those are 7" flare, although I made a major SNAFU on the real tire size, dang it! my bad take a look...!
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How wide is the wheel? 12 in.?
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How wide is the wheel? 12 in.?
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So if I decided to go for a 33/10.50/15 size tires, I should also look for 15x10 rim
with 5 on 4.5 bolt pattern.. right?
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15x8 at most for a 10.5 wide tire.

I personally would go with a 33x12.5 tire on a 15x8 wheel with 3.75" backspacing. More options in that tire size too.
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15x8 at most for a 10.5 wide tire.

I personally would go with a 33x12.5 tire on a 15x8 wheel with 3.75" backspacing. More options in that tire size too.
Thanks for the all info. Jj... This will help me alot
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I say the same as many above check for less wheel back spacing!
I have 7 inch flares 12.5-35's and they do not stick out past the flares, close but they dont stick out.
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I have heard the fender must cover tire law before, I know Washington is like that, Texas is not. It seems like 7" should cover your tires though. I am running 33/12.5/15 and 6" Bushwacker pocket flares. My tires stick out less than 3/4". I am thinking you must have spacers on there to be sticking past 7".

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