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    Default Fender/Tire Coverage laws in NH??

    Anybody know what, if any, tire coverage/fender laws they have in NH. I mainly ask because I have been looking at some different fenders for my JK and saw these ----> http://www.smittybilt.com/product/index/138.htm and was wondering if someone would get flak for having them on their vehicle?? I seriously doubt I will be purchasing them, they are a little out of my price range at the moment considering they're $1000 for a full set , but i figured I'd throw the question out there.... Any inputs are appreciated....

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    If you can drop a coin from the edge of the flare and it doesn't touch the tire on the way down.....you pass.
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    Yeh, I was told by multiple garages that your fenders have to fully cover the tread (not the sidewalls), however, it only seems to matter when getting an inspection sticker. My tires stick out almost 2" beyond the flare and I've been like that since early spring and have never been hassled about it. I had to get an inspection sticker in December and no garage would touch it with those tires. Luckily I still have my stockers so put them on for the sticker, but I will be looking for other fender options before next year. Thinking some custom tube fenders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 70Mach1 View Post
    Yeh, I was told by multiple garages that your fenders have to fully cover the tread (not the sidewalls), however, it only seems to matter when getting an inspection sticker. My tires stick out almost 2" beyond the flare and I've been like that since early spring and have never been hassled about it. I had to get an inspection sticker in December and no garage would touch it with those tires. Luckily I still have my stockers so put them on for the sticker, but I will be looking for other fender options before next year. Thinking some custom tube fenders.
    A friend of mine got a ticket in Bradford for his tires sticking out too far (a good couple inches). It does happen...

    I've heard from some people that it has to be totally covered, others say that it can be to the first line in the tread. I'd like to know for sure too.
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    the tire has to be covered ...
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    I have had no issue with mine from cops, however, I have to go to a "special" place for an inspection.

    sticks out about 2"
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    I got a warning about a year ago by a cop with nothing better to do...

    As for the cops it depends on thier mood that day...but seems like most look away for less than 1" - 1 1/2" of tire sticking out.
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    266:57 Flaps; Guards. Every vehicle operated in or upon any way, when not equipped with proper fenders to prevent the throw, spray, or splash of water, dirt, or other matter, shall be equipped with suitable fender guards or flaps which shall effectively reduce the throw, spray or splash likely to be emitted from any wheel or tire. Said flaps or guards required shall be of a type and size prescribed and approved by the director.

    Really good read....
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    I've been thru this a few times. You should be able to take a straight edge (Level/yard stick) place it against both sidewalls of your tire (top and bottom) and touch the outer edge of your flare. In other words, FULL coverage.
    Most of the time, as long as you're within the first (outside) tread lug, you won't get hassled. If your vehicle is a "specticle" (loud/covered in mud/showboating around town/major lifted) they are going to pull you over..........
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    a lot also depends on how your rig and how you look. loud ratty beat up old truck half covered in mud is asking for it a lot more then something like randalls jeep cruising through town. being young looking never helps eather cops often look badly and care more about the little things you do. i think that has more to do with it then anything else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by butters View Post
    a lot also depends on how your rig and how you look. loud ratty beat up old truck half covered in mud is asking for it a lot more then something like randalls jeep cruising through town. being young looking never helps eather cops often look badly and care more about the little things you do. i think that has more to do with it then anything else.
    I don't know, if I were a cop and saw Randall cruising through my town I'd be suspicious.:biggrin5
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    Quote Originally Posted by 70Mach1 View Post
    I don't know, if I were a cop and saw Randall cruising through my town I'd be suspicious.:biggrin5
    Yeah, I get that, too!

    Mostly, it's another case of the law being intentionally vague, so enforcement is, by design, at the officers' discretion. You don't poke him, he may not poke you.

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    Your tires have to be fully covered. Some places will use their " own discretion" on the matter. Some say if you are making a valid attempt to cover the tires and they do not grossly stick out they will let it go. Mine were grossly sticking out but was only ever stopped once.
    I was pulled over by a state cop on a run. I also happened to be the last one in line so of course I got pulled over. He said my tires stuck out too far. He said to get the flares fixed. Then let me get back to the group. Yes it helps to be a girl I know, he was more interested in what the 20 vehicles that drove by him were doing than giving me a ticket.

    It all depends on the inspection station. The mood of the officer, and well if you don't have a blatantly illegal vehicle chances are you will get a sticker.
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    If anybody felt inclined to share via PM a garage in Rockingham or Strafford Counties that might be willing to have bad eyesight. I just put spacers on (Willys Wheeler with stock wheels was decidedly tippy). Looks good, rides measurably better, but I did have a po-po break hard and give me a long look. I'm MAYBE 1/2" of tread showing depending upon your angle... maybe. But the sidewalls are completely outside.

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