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Discussion in 'Chevy Truck Accessories' started by sstoner911, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. sstoner911

    sstoner911 New Member

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    So I got bored with my tail lights and while I was at the paint store picking up supplies I had them mix up some tint to color match the taillights.

    The tint is a mixture of binder and the color code off the truck. The ratio is about 15:1 to its pretty translucent plus I thinned it a bit also.
    Then after testing the visibility I decided..why stop and tinting them? Why dip them in a clear/silver Carbon fiber?

    Well I layed down some clear coat on it today. I will post some pics of it on the truck tomorrow or so...its humid here right now so I may allow the clear to harden up an extra day.

    And for those of you have questions on if its legal....depends on your state. Arizona law ony requires your taillights to be visible from 500 ft...doesnt regulate whats covering them.

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    aloxdaddy99 New Member

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    That looks cool. Post some pics when you get them installed!!
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    WOW, I really like that but, is it street legal? I thought they had to be red and black out had some kind of exception. Could you do in white?
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    sstoner911 New Member

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    They are legal in Arizona as long as the color of the light when illuminated is red. The lens color does not matter.



    I thought it was 500 ft but its only 100ft. So as long as you dont go to dark you should be good provided your state doesnt have any goofy restrictions. The carbon fiber film I used is clear with the silver CF design.

    Here is how they turned out. The pic with the turn signal on doesnt do the illumination justice - its brighter than the pic.(last pic)

    The first pic is with no lights on.

    Second pic is parking lights only.


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  5. Untouchable

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    That's some nice work, sir. :great:
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    That is AWESOME! You sir, have an excellent looking truck.
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    Those look really good. I'd be concerned about their legality in certain places though. For example, up here in Alberta, there is also no law about tinting or covering your tail lights, but the law does state that the tail lights must be visible from 150m (492 ft) and that the stoplights must be visible from 250m (820 ft).

    So, bottom line I guess is that anyone who is interested in this should familiarize themselves with their local laws and make sure that they keep their lights bright enough to comply. The same would go for those who tint their lights.
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    While I am neither an attorney nor an expert in various state vehicular laws, I've looked up tail light laws for several US states as I was considering blacking mine out at one point (and then decided it was overdone ... so I didn't do it). What I found was that states seemed to have a colour requirement on the brake lights (red) and might have a minimum visible distance for them (500ft) ... day or night.

    I've not seen a minimum visible distance requirement that was less than 500 ft for any of the states I was looking at, so that might be a floor for the distance in the US? From a safety angle during the day (and also at night, but especially during the day) I know I wouldn't want the brake lights to NOT be visible at less than that distance, myself -- as that'd increase the chances of someone rear-ending me.

    @sstoner911, have you checked the daytime distance at which those are clearly visible to an observer behind you -- using an unbiased third party as the judge? I'm not asking from a legal standpoint -- I'm asking from a personal safety of your ride standpoint. If not you might want to ... just to find out how far behind you they are, in fact, visible during high sunlight daytime activity ... so that you know how much or little wiggle room there is, behind you, in an emergency stopping type of situation.
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    To each his own. Looks like a clean job, though!
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    Awesome license plate haha
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    I had my wife go maybe 200 ft and she said it was visible during the day. This was after redoing the taillight one time. The first time I used 3 coats of tint and my wife was quick to tell me it was too dark. The second time I only put down 2 coats. It was much brighter the second time around. Believe me she would be the first to tell me if it was not visible.

    I certainly dont want to be rear ended due to them being not visible enough - that only puts me and the other driver at risk.

    As you can see I had "smoked" tails and I have never had any issues with them. However, the real test will be having a few cops behind me and seeing how they feel about.
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    Yea getting rear-ended if they're not visible enough would be my primary worry. Having an actual test for 500 feet with a human being would also help you anticipate how cops might feel about it ... but it's only good for that (anticipation). If one doesn't like it and s/he harasses you, it is what it is. (Me, I'd want to know before that had the potential to happen if I was legal or not ... and it sounds like you've done your local homework on the laws.)
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    Took a trip to Phoenix Sunday and had some other people following. The color matched tail was easily visible during the day.Our seems the farther away you are the CF pattern seems to let more light through if that makes sense.

    So all in all from a safety stand point the color tint along with the hydrographics shouldn't be an issue.
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    I don't want to step on your toe's here sstoner911, but AZ Law requires that you have reflectors on your truck and your tail lights (factory) have reflectors built into them.(either in them or in the plastic material they use when fabricating them). I would just hate for you to get popped by a "tail light chaser" (Highway Patrol) and get a ticket for not having the reflectors mounted somewhere to the rear of the vehicle. Just a thought.....
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    Your taking about ars 28-929....that applies to trucks over 80 inches on width...tractor trailer s or tractors.
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    Here is the Arizona Revised Statute (ARS) that shows what I was getting at with the reflectors. Again, I don't mean to get into any pissing match with you, and I for sure don't want to get on the wrong side of anyone, I'm just looking out for the forum individuals living in AZ.

    28-926. New motor vehicles; reflectors
    A. Except as provided in subsection B of this section, a new motor vehicle sold and operated on a highway, other than a truck tractor, shall carry on the rear, either as a part of the tail lamps or separately, either:
    1. Two red reflectors that comply with this section.
    2. If it is a motorcycle or a motor driven cycle, at least one reflector that complies with this section.
    B. A vehicle of the type provided in section 28-929 shall be equipped with reflectors as required in that section.
    C. A reflector shall be mounted on the vehicle at a height of not less than twenty inches nor more than sixty inches measured as provided in section 28-923, subsection B and shall be of such size and characteristics and so mounted as to be visible at night from all distances within three hundred feet to fifty feet from the vehicle when directly in front of lawful upper beams of head lamps, except that visibility from a greater distance is required of reflectors on certain types of vehicles.
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    I dont think that ARS could even apply to ALL motor vehicles as there are OEM taillights that DO NOT even have reflectors not to mention the aftermarket ones that dont have reflectors.

    From my conversations with DPS you just need to see the tails when the are illuminated from the required distance and it has to be red in color. I originally smoked the tails with black when I bought the truck in 08 and they were to dark and I did get pulled over. He told me to simply lighten them up so that you could see the red from the required distance.
    If you dont apply to many coats of the candy your ok.

    Guys smoke the tails all the time with no problems...color matching is the same think just with a color other than black. I guess if that ARS was brought up I would ask them to define what a NEW motor vehicle means...Does that mean right off the lot? But after that its not new, its used once I drive it off the lot right? The truck is 4 years old - thats not new....

    That ARS is vague at best...probably why they don't bother with it. Hell I have seen guys with rat rods with no reflectors on the tails and they dont get any grief.

    It comes down to this - if you like it, you arent scared of cops, do it.

    If you dont like it - dont do it. Its been 2 months and that truck is driven daily both day and night. I have been in Phoenix and Tucson and in between...no LEO has made a big deal out of it.

    I did these tails in the picture for a guys charger - we were going to put a red candy over them to match his paint job but he ended up liking them without the candy.

    So, we can do the tails both ways - we can hydro dip them and either apply color or not.



    28-939. Signal lamps and devices
    A. A motor vehicle may be equipped and if required under this article shall be equipped with the following:
    1. A stop lamp on the rear that emits a red or yellow light, that is actuated on application of the service or foot brake and that may be incorporated with a tail lamp.
    2. One or more lamps or a mechanical signal device that is capable of clearly indicating an intention to turn either to the right or to the left and that is visible both from the front and rear.
    B. A stop lamp shall be plainly visible and understandable from a distance of one hundred feet to the rear both during normal sunlight and at nighttime. A signal lamp or lamps indicating the intention to turn shall be visible and understandable during daytime and nighttime from a distance of one hundred feet both to the front and rear. If a vehicle is equipped with a stop lamp or other signal lamps, the lamp or lamps shall:
    1. Be maintained at all times in good working condition.
    2. Not project a glaring or dazzling light.
    C. A mechanical signal device shall be self-illuminated when in use at the times provided in section 28-922.


    28-927. Stop lamps
    A person shall not sell a new motor vehicle, including a motorcycle or motor driven cycle, in this state and shall not drive a vehicle on the highways unless it is equipped with a stop lamp that meets the requirements of section 28-939.

    28-939 doesnt even mention reflectors....

    Your going to get opinions on certain MODS and if its legal - hell even adding HID to stock light housings is questionable - is it legal? Some argue no some say yes...





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  19. Gunnin4U6754

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    I hear ya sstoner... I was just putting my 2 cents in on hat I knew ARS stated. I have a good friend who is a DPS motor cop and he was telling me about them if I smoked out my tail lights. I'm not trying to create any wars here just tossing out that idea.

    What do u charge to smoke out tail lights ?
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    sstoner911 New Member

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    No worries..throw em out there! Ism not prefect so its good to get other info.

    If someone wants to do the tails I charge between 50 and 90 bucks..just depends on what you want.
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