Splash Guard removed, will I pass inspection?

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  1. Doing_flatbed_nc

    Doing_flatbed_nc Medium Load Member

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    Splash guard in my situation is the plastic guard located between the front drive tires and the fuel tanks.

    Pulled in from my run today and noticed my splash guard hanger was drooping. Inspection showed rust had weakened it beyond repair. So, I yanked it off and drove to the stealership. Stealership had the stock plastic guards in pairs for $300 but none in stock. The parts guy looked up after market and a shiny stainless replacement is $160/ set. No brainer, but none in stock.

    Couldn't make Truck Pro before they closed so now I'm rolling with one splash guard.

    Looking at the FMCSA book, I can't find a requirement for these guards.

    I'm sure going over scales with just one on my truck is going to flag me for an inspection but will I be in violation? I have to cross two scales tomorrow and they are VA scales that do not have a rolling weigh system. Stop and be observed system only.

    Of course I will get my guards ASAP but I have to run without them for two days before I can get them replaced. Anyone ever get a ticket for it?
     
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  3. 24valve puller

    24valve puller Medium Load Member

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    I believe you are talking about quarter fenders and You dont have to have anything on there. Its just simply to keep crap from getting bounced off the back of the bunk.
     
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  4. RustyBolt

    RustyBolt Road Train Member

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    Don't believe they are required. However, you have one still on the truck that a good inspector may notice. I think, not positive, that there is a sort of blanket rule that covers faulty/missing equipment. Sort of like missing the end of a plastic bumper cover. Someone with a better memory of the regs will be along to correct me if I'm wrong.
     
  5. RustyBolt

    RustyBolt Road Train Member

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    He said "front drive tires". But from what I'm getting, I think he meant between the steers and fuel tank.


    On second thought, I think you're right
     
  6. Doing_flatbed_nc

    Doing_flatbed_nc Medium Load Member

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    Can you get a ticket for missing equipment that is not required? Like a plastic bumper cover?
     
  7. RustyBolt

    RustyBolt Road Train Member

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    Ticket? I doubt it. But you can get points. That missing bumper piece I mentioned was on a co-workers truck at my last gig. He got dinged near Chicago. But, he was a pompus ### to the officer and got dinged for several other things too.
     
  8. SoCalRed

    SoCalRed Medium Load Member

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    Don’t think these are required. My daycab doesn’t have them.
    He is talking about the splash guard in front of the drives.
     
  9. Doing_flatbed_nc

    Doing_flatbed_nc Medium Load Member

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    I've never failed an inspection. I understand points for lights out but for bumper caps? Really? Cause there's a metal scrap yard not far from here. I'm pretty sure to enter, you must have a cracked windshield, at least the back plastic of one of your side mirrors must be missing, and one flat tire at all times.
     
  10. Doing_flatbed_nc

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    I have a daycab. After I took the rusty one off, I cruised the rows at the truck stop and noticed all the trucks have them.

    What kind of day cab you gots?
     
  11. SoCalRed

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    08 Cascadia single screw. Non of our trucks have them.
    Work for a major LTL. They order the trucks bare bone, so I assume it’s not required.
     
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