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Old 07-11-2012, 08:03 PM   #1
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Extra wide fender flares

I am finally getting some things done on this to get it through inspection. Except I just hit a road block. I have 35x13.50x15 tires that stick way out from the fender flares (NJ says entire tread covered). I have flares on there that are about 6 inches wide. The widest I can find is 7, but need about 9 to cover my tires completely. Anyone know of anything that wide? Or do I need to go down in tire size?

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I am finally getting some things done on this to get it through inspection. Except I just hit a road block. I have 35x13.50x15 tires that stick way out from the fender flares (NJ says entire tread covered). I have flares on there that are about 6 inches wide. The widest I can find is 7, but need about 9 to cover my tires completely. Anyone know of anything that wide? Or do I need to go down in tire size?
Posted about this before.. was told they only check emissions now in NJ.

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Old 07-11-2012, 08:40 PM   #3
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unfortunately above 4 inches over stock the law is still on the books for the full inspection and tilt test.
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Find a shop that may look the other way as I am not sure I have seen flares that wide. Can you borrow some friends rims for a day?
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Just curious, how wide are your wheels? I want to get some 35x13.5R15 for the sand. Re-gear?
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Go buy a used set of tires and wheels for your yearly inspections and call it a day...
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:32 AM   #7
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Just curious, how wide are your wheels? I want to get some 35x13.5R15 for the sand. Re-gear?
I think they are 10's.

Regearing is on my list - right now running them with 3.73 and really not that much of a problem, but do have to downshift often on the hills/mountains.
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unfortunately above 4 inches over stock the law is still on the books for the full inspection and tilt test.
Are you already listed for the tilt test and have done it in the past or you are worried about having to get sent there? You can check it further but the shop that I use (that looked the other way) indicated that up 1" of the tread can be exposed and that is the actual tread not the sidewall which obviously will be out further.
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Since you live in NJ, you must get a lot of snow. Just go buy another set of narrower wheels and tires for the winter.
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from what I was told even going for the tilt test we still are very limited in height because of the weight class. I said to heck with it on my last TJ as they said if I can fit 35s I am to tall by the door height measurments unless you highline your fenders naturally . I think you are permitted 4" total lift before you are supposed to go for tilt and even then you are only permitted another 4" or less to be leagl because of our weight class. I said to heck with it . I put small tires on ,went reg inspection ( since the change ) they informed me I had 45 days to go through the raised vehicle as they knew no one drove a Jeep as silly looking as mine was with 6" flares and the amount of lift on stock tires. Height wise I was fine with the little tires but said they had to tell me that . The only thing that did was give me 45 days that I could not get written up for being illegal after that you are the same as you have been all along illegal and can be ticketed for it any time a cop wants to pull you over . I do have a set of 235s here I bought for the next time but sold the Jeep 40 bucks and they are yours
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from what I was told even going for the tilt test we still are very limited in height because of the weight class. I said to heck with it on my last TJ as they said if I can fit 35s I am to tall by the door height measurments unless you highline your fenders naturally . I think you are permitted 4" total lift before you are supposed to go for tilt and even then you are only permitted another 4" or less to be leagl because of our weight class. I said to heck with it . I put small tires on ,went reg inspection ( since the change ) they informed me I had 45 days to go through the raised vehicle as they knew no one drove a Jeep as silly looking as mine was with 6" flares and the amount of lift on stock tires. Height wise I was fine with the little tires but said they had to tell me that . The only thing that did was give me 45 days that I could not get written up for being illegal after that you are the same as you have been all along illegal and can be ticketed for it any time a cop wants to pull you over . I do have a set of 235s here I bought for the next time but sold the Jeep 40 bucks and they are yours
I'm going for the all out inspection - Part of me felt screw it, let me just run with the emissions sticker...the other part of me felt that cops in NJ are always more than happy to write me tickets. I'm almost good on the height, allowed 33 inches to bottom of door and I'm at 34. I have a 2 inch body lift on now, which I'm going to change for a 1 inch this weekend (hopefully), which will also lower my center of gravity a bit. Once I pass the tilt test, they give a second sticker with all measurements on it (including tire size).
Thinking I might change out to 35x12.5's and the 7 inch flares should work...but I like that extra wide stance of the 13.5's. Great stat that lets me trade a little more stability for non-existent fender flares.
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Old 07-12-2012, 12:36 PM   #12
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35x12.5x 15s here, when i install my rear fenders, i will still not meet nj law. but i go to my mechanic for inspection, i dont go anywhere near state places. ive only been bothered once by a state park ranger (of all people) about no fenders. njsp & locals dont bother me at all (knock wood) just get your emissions done at a private place, go with that 7" fender and i would say youll be just fine. i also dont drive like an ass, or play excessively loud music to draw attention to myself... once u get the po-po's attention... youre gonna get a ticket for somethin.
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How much would you have to air down to lose the offending inch of door height?
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Don't forget…. only the tread has to be covered. If the sidewall sticks out that's okay.
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I never though I would find a more f'd up place for gun & vehicle laws than N.Y......until I hear about N.J.
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Could you glue or rivet an extension onto your flares. Maybe some kind of flexible lawn edging. Just a thought. A shot of bed liner and it would be pretty near invisible.
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I never though I would find a more f'd up place for gun & vehicle laws than N.Y......until I hear about N.J.

u r 100% accurate on that!!! nj hates guns, hunting, off roading and people who enjoy those things. i believe strongly that nj's enviormental policy is " Look, & appriciate, but do not touch and enjoy"
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u r 100% accurate on that!!! nj hates guns, hunting, off roading and people who enjoy those things. i believe strongly that nj's enviormental policy is " Look, & appriciate, but do not touch and enjoy"
Thats too bad,it takes the fun out of the stuff you love to do.
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I'm going for the all out inspection - Part of me felt screw it, let me just run with the emissions sticker...the other part of me felt that cops in NJ are always more than happy to write me tickets. I'm almost good on the height, allowed 33 inches to bottom of door and I'm at 34. I have a 2 inch body lift on now, which I'm going to change for a 1 inch this weekend (hopefully), which will also lower my center of gravity a bit. Once I pass the tilt test, they give a second sticker with all measurements on it (including tire size).
Thinking I might change out to 35x12.5's and the 7 inch flares should work...but I like that extra wide stance of the 13.5's. Great stat that lets me trade a little more stability for non-existent fender flares.
Don't go to the state station where they are probably going to flag you. Take to a private shop. NJ local/state police are not going to pull you over just because of the wheel coverage. (you know how MANY Jeeps and other trucks I see every day with wheels well outside the fenders)
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Old 07-12-2012, 06:55 PM   #20
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My buddy has a set made out of the mud flaps from 18 wheeler, he only uses them for inspection then put the reg 6" pocket flares back on afterwards. Since the pocket flares are "close enough" the cops dont usually bother him. This is not in NJ tho, so I cant guarantee anything. But its a quick fix and alot cheaper than new wheels.
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Don't go to the state station where they are probably going to flag you. Take to a private shop. NJ local/state police are not going to pull you over just because of the wheel coverage. (you know how MANY Jeeps and other trucks I see every day with wheels well outside the fenders)
I see the same - very rarely see lifteds with 2 stickers. The town I live in though has a 10:1 cop:resident ratio. And I'm always bugging them for a new permit to buy something else...

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