Re: Tires too big to pass inspection? Can I make the fenders wider?
On 30 Sep 2005 09:19:34 -0700, "ryegrove" <email@example.com> wrote:
>Thanks. I am trying to find the right Fender Flares...seems that they
>are about $300(?). The problem with checking the local laws is that I
>can't find anywhere that says the tires cannot extrude beyond side of
>vehicle. Maybe I am not looking at the right law, but this is the only
>thing I can find:
>they claimed on the inspection that I had "Mixed Tire Types" which is
First, realize there are some people working as 'Official Government
Inspectors' that get their rocks off by making trouble for the people
they interact with, some quite literally. Getting the job as a City
Code Enforcement Officer is probably why the BTK Killer stopped
killing for many years - he could make trouble for them much easier.
First thing I would have done is demanded a printed hard-copy of the
regulation they claim you are in violation of, or failing that an
exact code title and section number that you can research yourself
down at the local library. They can't just invent new rules on the
fly, they have to follow the Vehicle Code or other codified inspection
criteria. There might even be a book with charts and photographic
examples of what passes and fails.
"Mixed tire types" is a rather ambiguous term that implies you have
Super Swamper 31x10.50-15 bias-ply on the rear and P235-15 LTX radials
on the front...
Are all four tires the same size, brand and model? That might be what
they are complaining about, because there can be severe handling
problems if there are different tires either front to back or side to
side - if one end has performance tires that want to stick during
vigorous cornering and the other end has cheapies that want to skid,
and you aren't ready to deal with a car going sideways, you can end up
in a heap of trouble.
If you change tires to get around this one, save the old ones at
home rather than throw out good tires - once you get it registered,
you might be able to swap them back on to the car and get the rest of
the wear out of them. Put the best or "stickiest" tires on the front
axle, it does most of the work in steering and stopping.
If the back end gets happy in a turn, most experienced drivers can
handle it without breaking a sweat. And if you aren't experienced in
skid control yet you know it can happen, and at least you can be ready
for a learning experience to happen... ;-)
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