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so are blackout taillights illegal? (california)

 
Old 08-01-2005, 10:16 PM
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i see them frequently now on the road. people with completely black, where the brightness is definitely blocked a lot. i myself have a light spray of some JDM brand one from autobacs on it, but it's about 1/2 red 1/2 black, didn't wanna go too illegal.
i always thought they were illegal, aren't cars required to have red tails so u can tell its the back of the car (or something to that effect)?
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If it's JDM then it's legal, the USDM stuff your car gets impounded for having it.
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Old 08-01-2005, 10:19 PM
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Black tailights died out back in 1994. It was such a tasteless and corny "mod" that yes, the state of California made them illegal.
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Old 08-01-2005, 10:24 PM
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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by Accord94DX &raquo;</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">If it's JDM then it's legal, the USDM stuff your car gets impounded for having it. </TD></TR></TABLE>

haha, well the reason i got it was cuz u didnt have to do black+clearcoat/polish it, for the lazy i guess.
i saw the VHT stuff on some guy's car and it was flat black. he didn't clearcoat it for some reason.
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yeah they are illegal, the law states that you need to have red reflective lights from the rear. so they are not legal
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Depends on the light output...the VW Jetta Trek Editions came with smoked taillights from the factory.

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DOT requires a reflective device on both the front and the rear of the car. If the refelctive device is built in to the tail lamp and it is covered or not reflective to DOT spec in anyway, then a visible seperate reflector is required. Same goes for the front of the car.


example, seperate reflectors on the bumper.



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