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Old 01-24-2010, 05:52 PM   #1
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BLACKED OUT TAIL LIGHTS IN CA

I want to black out my rear tail lights either with a tint overlay or with GTS's blackout covers. The reason for this thread is because Ive been pulled over NUMEROUS times in the past with other vehicles I've had with blacked out tail lights so I'm wondering who has done this in the SoCal area to their 2010 and if you have been hassled yet from our locals finest (Meaning our lovely Police Officers)??

I know Guillermo, "Tribone" has his all set up with everything blacked out and I don't think he has been hassled yet. One reason why I'm thinking is because his car is black and mine is yellow which means more attention to me and his blends in more! Someone shed some light on this please! Should I just leave the rear alone so I don't get pulled over? or is it legal to have the covers just not spray painted?
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Old 01-24-2010, 07:10 PM   #2
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I believe it's perfectly legal as long as when you step on the brakes, they light up red. I had smoked tails on my eclipse but red bulbs and the brakes weren't dimmed by a tint or spraypaint. I was never hassled, but the tails had a DOT sticker on them. Do GTS claim to be street legal? I would contact them to ask if they have DOT certification.
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Old 01-24-2010, 07:19 PM   #3
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It's illegal bro. I had a murdered out flat black H2 and a blacked out tahoe, both with smoked rear lights, and I got pulled over ALL the time. However, I love how it looks and refuse to learn the hard way. I say do it but don't be surprised when you get lit up!
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Old 01-24-2010, 07:22 PM   #4
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I'm 90% sure its illegal. Most local PD's wont hassle you. But the CHIPYS sure will .
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Old 01-24-2010, 08:14 PM   #5
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I have vinyl on mine. If I get hassled, I pull it off. No problems for 3 months.

Crap.....now I'll have problems because I said no problems!
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Old 01-24-2010, 08:17 PM   #6
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Old 01-24-2010, 09:24 PM   #7
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Got mine done a couple weeks ago and they are almost blacked out. No problems with the cops yet. I have a black SS.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=59384

You could just turn them on when there's a cop around.
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Old 01-24-2010, 10:11 PM   #8
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I have had those blkouts for over 6 months now, and no prob in San Jose where the cops are strict. and im IOM so huge contrast.

If u get a ticket then pull of, have a cop sign then, place back as there out in with a clear velcro pay 15$ and repeat if wanted.
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Old 01-24-2010, 11:47 PM   #9
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My son did this to his car and did get pulled over several times. However they were smoked plexiglass that was velcro'ed on so, it was a fix it ticket. But, he lsked them so much, he'd only put them right back on again.
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I think if they're too dark then you'll definitely get pulled over. I've held off on doing this for that very reason. I have seen some tails darked out to the point you can barely see the light come through, but others are mildly done which I think wouldn't draw as much police attention. My friend's wife had a mercedes with tinted tails and she got pulled over several times and issued a ticket each time. I say do it, but know the chance to get pulled over for it is going to be there.
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I would blackout the chrome things around the taillights. That usually gives the effect of darker taillights. The RS tails are darker than the regular lights anyways.
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I would blackout the chrome things around the taillights. That usually gives the effect of darker taillights. The RS tails are darker than the regular lights anyways.
100% right. thats what i did . if you paint the chrome bezels around the lights and if its a RS pkg. it will look darker.
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Old 01-25-2010, 12:45 PM   #13
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Most of the time, minor vehicle infractions are used to pull someone over to see if they are doing something more serious i.e. drinking and driving etc.

Fix-it tickets are $25 in most areas now. If you're willing to fork out the $$ for the covers and possibly the fix-it ticket then go for it.

I've had 2 VERY close calls where people almost rearended my car and don't want to detract from the brightness of the rear lights. If you have them on and are rearended, it could be ruled your fault for having illegal covers "consealing" your lights. Just food for thought.
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