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Crushed a tail light, should I buy aftermarket replacement?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by TimR, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. Aug 25, 2010 at 12:14 AM
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    TimR

    TimR [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I backed into something today and crushed a tail light. I drive a black '09 TRD.

    I think the oem tail lights are quite expensive - can anyone recommend a good after market tail light? I have black rims, so I'd like something somewhat blacked/smoked out but still legal. I don't want it to look ricey.

    My friend warned me about buying certain brands, not sure what he meant? Are most off of ebay fine?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Aug 25, 2010 at 12:34 AM
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    TacomaHarry

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    I too busted a tail light on my 2005, I went cheap and bought aftermarket and after a couple of years I now notice my reverse light reflector is blackened, and I've had moisture in the housing and the redish finish on the plastic is flaking of the finish inside. If I was a "show and shine" type of guy I'd be upset. But I've got trail and brush scratches all down the sides and even on the side of my crappy aftermarket taillight.
    You get what you pay for.
     
  3. Aug 25, 2010 at 1:00 AM
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    Ridingontrd

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    Check out Rockauto.com They're a vendor here.Ordered a tail light from them a few months ago.About $68 shipped.Came w/bulbs & wiring.:cool:
    Not like the empty shell you get from e-bay.
     
  4. Aug 25, 2010 at 1:29 PM
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    TimR

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    This is probably a pretty stupid question, but I have never removed tail lights before. I just broke the outer shell, can that be replaced? Or do I need a whole new tail light?


    and I couldn't find tail lights on rockauto??
     
  5. Aug 28, 2010 at 2:57 AM
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    Ridingontrd

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    The tail light comes as one piece. Couldn't find them at all?? or just your year?:confused:
     
  6. Aug 29, 2010 at 5:11 PM
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    TimR

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    I found it this time. Can I trust that the tail light will look identical to the oem one I broke?
     
  7. Aug 29, 2010 at 5:28 PM
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    Ridingontrd

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    The one I have is exact.:thumbsup:
     
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