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Discussion in 'Leon Mk1 (2000-2006)' started by Lodey23, May 8, 2012.
When i did offroading the tyres on my 4x4 stuck out an inch past the arch,no prob on mot
I was pulled a few years ago in my mk4, had wide rears and a low offset that probably hung out the arches a good 15mm.
Got pulled and they said its illegal, advised them it wasn't as the tread was covered by the arch. The reply was they'd happily ask vosa to come down and check the car thoroughly, and the fact there was some rubber on the arch from where it caught the bodywork wasn't winning me any battles, so I changed my wheels.
The cops admitted it was a grey area. Probably because they didn't know the law fully. And as I work for the police, didn't want anything coming back on me. Iv since looked it up and it is not to protrude 30mm past the arch and the tread is to be covered. So "technically" it's ok.
Hope this helps
See that's the thing it's technically ok but, how many police and traffic police actually know the law ?
I *think* there is a new rule in the offing where wheels AND tyres must be within the arch - keep an eye out for that
where have you head that too?
It was punting about the MOT forums a while back as one of the potential new changes, not sure if it's in yet but it would be worth checking with a VOSA station or post a question here.
well i signed up and have put up a post, see what replies i get
It's a good forum to use and at least you get real answers from MOT testers rather than just internet hearsay
i can feel an ebay add coming on lol
Or just use it as an excuse to get proper arch extensions made, fitted and blended in. The problem is the second you stand out from the crowd ( physically as well) you become a target for attention. Fitting wider wheels with lower offsets but inside bigger arches will be subtle but not illegal and won't draw attention from the Police. That means you won't be wasting their time and they won't be wasting yours.
Be interesting to see what the MOT folk say as they're the ones you'd have to get to rectify any defect notice you get issued by the Police.
Could you use narrower tyres stretched on the rims - then the tread would sit further inboard of the outside edges of the rims, and maybe inboard of the bodywork (depends on how far it is currently sticking out)?
no i cant run any more stretch really, its not the tyres that are the problem, its the fact the actual wheel sticks out
OK. Wasn't sure if it was the rubber sticking out or the rim sticking out that was the legal problem.
Y don't you just drive to a mot station
it used to be an mot requirement that the wheels/tyres didn't extend the arches BUT with the new mot rules that came in to place recently it is no longer a requirement. asked my mot tester about this
So if my wheels are an inch and half outside my arches it will pass mot?
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Camber ffs your get loads of tuck then for the cost of 4 washers why sell the wheels
Camber I tomorrows mission. Picked up some washers earlier
Sweet it's easy sure there are guides about go for one washer in each bottom bolt 1st
yep, we had a landrover proper 4x4 monster come in had huge wheels massive poke (he hadent put the plastic arches on yet) half the wheel was prittie much poking past the arch line and no probs at all