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Tire Laws in PA, state inspection?

[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/shocked.gif[/img]Does Pennsylvania have a state inspection? can your tires stick out past your fender flares? do they enforce this law?

yesterday i was talking with a local "White Sands Jeep Club" member, he used to live in PA and told me they have this law.


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YES,NO,YES

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Re: Tire Laws in PA, state inspection?

thanks, i got one more, how about a bumper height law, do you how high can it be, or is it a measurement above stock location?

i'm asking because i'm moving to PA

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As far as I know there is no bumper law, and in some places everything is negoatiable. Expcet the PIA computerized Philly emissions, wired directly to PennDOT so there is now way around it and the $65 fee (even if you only have to pass the lessened test in an older vechile). However the other 95% of the state has no emissions at all, which makes that test even more B U L L S H I T than it already is.
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Re: Tire Laws in PA, state inspection?

What county are you moving to YJ? Chester, Montgomery, Bucks (I think), Delaware, Philadelphia ......and Pittsburg (and maybe a few around Pitt) have "enhanced emissions" requirements......that's where they put the vehicle on a dyno and run it up to 15 mph or so.......I only paid $45 for that inspection + $25 (that may be where the $65 came from) for the regular safety inspection (they pull two wheels at odd corners of the vehicle plus the exhaust... suspension and such) I've seen a few cars with tires that extend beyond the body flares ......but not the tread......and if you're found with them extended too far ......you'll be known as a "pinch" for any of the local and state constabulary that haven't written a ticket in a couple of weeks and need a "target of opportunity" to get their sargent off their back. I once asked a state trooper that I knew why he pulled over "clubers" (local motorcyle club members -HDs) .....he replied that he was always guarenteed that they had at least 3 inspection violations......it was nothing personal. Plenty of "mini monster trucks" around .......

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Re: Tire Laws in PA, state inspection?

thanks alot for all the info MarkyMark and GeeAea, i'm moving to York County. actually my YJ and some of my "stuff" is already there.
I was just hanging out with some Florida Jeepers this last weekend and heard a kind of horror story about him/his Jeep when he lived PA a few years ago. it got me starting to worry alittle.

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Here is a link to PennDot dont know if it will help but worth a try
http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/home/index1.asp
also Allegheny County (Pittsburgh) does not have an enhanced emissions,(no dyno)they do however have onsite emissions testing

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in october when I got mine inspected the total was $80. $20 for the saftey inspection and $55 for the emissions, plus tax.
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Re: Tire Laws in PA, state inspection?

If you are lucky enough to drive less than 5k miles per year, the vehicle can get an exemption. This happened for me last year with my Cherokee and I only had to get the safety inspection. The mechanic told me that if the vehicle chronically fails the emissions part of the inspection, a waiver can be applied for if the vehicle is an older model. He told me my 86 would qualify because of its carbureted engine. Up to now, the XJ has always passed but it sometimes had to have a tune up to do so. I think that there is a maximum amount they can legally force you to spend in order to make it pass. I live in Philadelphia, Pa.

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Yes, there is a maximum of $150 for vehicles of under so many years model years......the figure for cars beyond that age is $125 (I think). But this is not quite true at all times. My 88 Corsica required a new cat.(as the computer rightly indicated)..........the repair facility "quoted" the list price for the item .......$225+labor .........so I would have exceeded the threshold ....but I still would have been out $300.....I guess they could have repaired other items to reach the $150 and left the cat go since I don't think that law states that they necessarily have to fix any one item on the emission controls in an attempt to achieve compliance ... .......I just bought the entire exhaust system (it needed it) front to rear for $175 and had it retested.
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