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Back to the Future Tail lights

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by MESO, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. Oct 27, 2017 at 10:22 AM
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    El Taco Blanco

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    I'm guessing the inner housing would have to be re-designed as well?
     
  2. Oct 27, 2017 at 10:24 AM
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    MESO

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    Ya...this is more for myself than you guys lol.
    When something stumps me...I go all in to concur this bitch.

    Just the inside lens really. it needs to be split further down for the reverse
     
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  3. Oct 28, 2017 at 1:55 PM
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    had a crazy idea over the weekend, so I decided to give it a go. This is super rough and just a test..but I am getting somewhere.
    It looks like its from the 80's.... which is the point:rolleyes:
    [​IMG]

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  4. Oct 28, 2017 at 2:01 PM
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    JaCado

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    So close.. So close. :thumbsup:
     
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  5. Oct 28, 2017 at 2:01 PM
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    Thoughts or suggestions welcome:)
     
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  6. Oct 28, 2017 at 2:02 PM
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    I am on my phone outside at the moment so it's hard to see, but they look great. I think what throws them off a little is the shape of the entire light.
    They look awesome though. Need to see them lit up like Christmas.
     
  7. Oct 28, 2017 at 2:05 PM
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    Yeah,, I can't change the shape. Although I did realize I need to make the red much larger and the orange section smaller..like the originals.
     
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  8. Oct 28, 2017 at 2:12 PM
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    That maybe it also. Great job! You will have to share your secret one day.:rofl:
     
  9. Oct 28, 2017 at 2:26 PM
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    Looks good. Would still be cool to see an outer lense made just like the original, but I know that would be expensive. I'd be in for a set though.:boink:
     
  10. Oct 28, 2017 at 7:51 PM
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    Hard to tell what you did exactly. Could you elebaorate?
     
  11. Oct 28, 2017 at 7:55 PM
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    It's a textured film behind the clear lens from what I can see. The lens isn't painted at all.
     
  12. Oct 28, 2017 at 7:57 PM
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    Correct. Just throwing out different designs right now until I find one that resonates with me
     
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  13. Oct 28, 2017 at 8:03 PM
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    Although not my style, I like it. Better than painted version.
     
  14. Oct 28, 2017 at 8:10 PM
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    It's a catch 22;
    Use colored tint sprayed from the outside... but you don't get the "checkered" lens pattern like the original lens
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    Keep the outside clear and use a colored checkered inner lens... gets the OEM look but not as clean looking as tints from the outside..

    Ultimately getting an entire lens molded with the pattern, colors, and texture built in would be ideal. But my source is telling me about $10k for a custom mold. (Just not worth it IMO).
     
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  15. Oct 28, 2017 at 8:15 PM
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    ouch 10k, yeah i don't think so either. Film inside the lens will work just fine :thumbsup:
     
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  16. Oct 28, 2017 at 9:18 PM
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    I didn’t think the textured pattern would matter until you did this. It makes a huge difference, looks great!
     
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  17. Oct 28, 2017 at 9:24 PM
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    Holy hell that's a textured film I couldn't even tell until I had to really look at it, great work though!
     
  18. Oct 29, 2017 at 11:13 AM
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    What's the durability like with the textured film? If it's solid, and you'll stand by its reliability, then you've got my vote.
     
  19. Oct 29, 2017 at 11:15 AM
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    It's a project just for him, too much work right now to create a group sale or similar. We are just along for the journey which I have no problem with.
     
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  20. Oct 29, 2017 at 11:19 AM
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    It's actually a thicker textured acrylic panel that is heated up and vacuformed to the inside of the lens(to conture that shape). From there, I tint the sections for the proper amber/red colors.(the panel is clear by default).
    This is much more durable than any tint vinyl. And is on the inside, so protected by the outside clear lens:)
     

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