I've read some other forums and according to them, in New Jersey, your tire tread cannot stick out past the fender flares. The sidewall is allowed to stick out a bit, but the actual tread must stay under. Some states allow 1" past. Others don't allow adding wider flares. The law changes wherever you go. Kinda dumb in my opinion. So, to answer your question: in New Jersey, it doesn't look like you're allowed to take your flares off. Unless you can somehow get your tread under the tub which we all know isn't happening. Sorry. Maybe someone else on here knows more.