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How black can you go?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by victorye3, Nov 25, 2007.

  1. Nov 25, 2007 at 10:55 AM
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    victorye3

    victorye3 [OP] Western Alliance-NorCal

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    I live in California and I want to start tinting my tail lights. How black can I go until its illegal?
     
  2. Nov 25, 2007 at 11:14 AM
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    WilsonTheDog

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    In most states if not all, ANY tinting of the taillight is illegal. I believe your question should be, "How dark can I go before I will get busted on a daily basis?". I would go coat by coat until you get what you want. Do one coat, see what you think, do another coat, etc. It's a judgement call, really. If it's too obvious, you'll get busted. I usually do two coats and then a bunch of clear coats (haven't done Taco yet) but that's just my preference
     
  3. Nov 25, 2007 at 11:30 AM
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    909tacoma

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    We live in California, everything is illegal!
     
  4. Nov 25, 2007 at 4:15 PM
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    2003greenbean

    2003greenbean Carolina Alliance Costal Div

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    cold air intake, step bars, custom grill, 3in lift,12 in audiobahn sub, 285/75/16 procomp tires, 20% tint,
    you can get away with most things here in sc
     
  5. Nov 25, 2007 at 7:17 PM
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    TuRDTACO

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    small dent on the hood, new foglight bulb, roughed up bedliner, been smoked in, suspicious stains on the passenger seat, boogers on the drivers seat, dirty floor mats, girl doodles on the dirty windows, loose wiring
    my taillights are solid black and i havent gotten a ticket for them...headlight tint is illegal here but not taillights, mine are sprayed as black as if they had the AVS smoked covers
     
  6. Nov 25, 2007 at 8:50 PM
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    spencer_hong

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    Tail light tint is illegal but it's nothing to worry about. I'm in soCal and I haven't gotten hassled about it and I live in a really rich area with stuck up cops so I wouldn't worry about it. Just don't murder it out really bad and you'll be fine.
     
  7. Nov 25, 2007 at 10:53 PM
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    small dent on the hood, new foglight bulb, roughed up bedliner, been smoked in, suspicious stains on the passenger seat, boogers on the drivers seat, dirty floor mats, girl doodles on the dirty windows, loose wiring
    don't "rob & big" it and drive like a dick like i was just doing haha
     
  8. Nov 25, 2007 at 10:54 PM
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    TuRDTACO

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    small dent on the hood, new foglight bulb, roughed up bedliner, been smoked in, suspicious stains on the passenger seat, boogers on the drivers seat, dirty floor mats, girl doodles on the dirty windows, loose wiring
    ....countersteering one-handed and smoking will get your heart runnin haha
     
  9. Nov 26, 2007 at 9:39 AM
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    victorye3

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    I was thinking about going with the UAV style! haha Murdered out! black on black on black
     
  10. Nov 26, 2007 at 10:24 AM
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    cvillechopper

    cvillechopper Jackass to the masses

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    Not that anyone plans on getting hit, but one thing to think about...
    If you've got the tail lights tinted AT ALL and someone rear-ends you, they can claim that your tint was the problem and probably get it to stick in court since you were "breaking the law" with the tint. This means you'll not only have to pay for your own damage, but for the damages to the car that hit you as well as any medical they claim. I've heard of people that go around looking for tinted tail lights to hit just for this reason.

    Just a thought.
     
  11. Nov 26, 2007 at 11:34 AM
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    jhodge83

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    wat?
    look at mine....nuff said....haha
     
  12. Nov 26, 2007 at 8:44 PM
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    TuRDTACO

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    small dent on the hood, new foglight bulb, roughed up bedliner, been smoked in, suspicious stains on the passenger seat, boogers on the drivers seat, dirty floor mats, girl doodles on the dirty windows, loose wiring
    i'm going to weld a giant iron bar across each side of my truck, i'd like to see them sue me when they get totaled, i have a scratch on the bar, and i jump outta the truck yelling spanish profanities and saying no hablo english!! no insurance-o! haha
     
  13. Nov 27, 2007 at 7:40 AM
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    jhodge83

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    wat?
    mine are DARK and can still be easily seen during the day. so i'd like for someone to do that to me...i'll come through the court wall in my truck like i was the Koolaid man and show them that they can see them!!! haha
     
  14. Nov 27, 2007 at 7:04 PM
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    victorye3

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    There is always that "what if" right! It could happen, but hell at least we go out in style! When the judge ask if I have anything to say in my defense Im gonna say "At least my truck looks better than yours" HAHA
     
  15. Nov 27, 2007 at 7:10 PM
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    pb2themax

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    I just tinted mine enough to get rid of the pink color, but you can still see some red. My truck has plenty of illegal stuff on it. I don't want to draw any extra attention. ;)

    Check my CarDomain for pics of my tail lights.
     
  16. Nov 27, 2007 at 7:11 PM
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    jhodge83

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    wat?
    i've gone up and down i-95 for almost 25k miles now and i've never had a prob...i also drive around fayettenam and on base here w/o any issue...u should be fine. i'm also thinking about going to a 5% tint now that i see everyone w/ it and no probs
     
  17. Nov 27, 2007 at 9:43 PM
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    TuRDTACO

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    small dent on the hood, new foglight bulb, roughed up bedliner, been smoked in, suspicious stains on the passenger seat, boogers on the drivers seat, dirty floor mats, girl doodles on the dirty windows, loose wiring
    i can't tell you how many times front window tint and no front plate got me out of a speeding ticket lol
     
  18. Nov 27, 2007 at 10:00 PM
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    909tacoma

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    My friend just got a ticket in his Mercedes CLS in a upscale area for modified signals aka blacked out tail lights...

    It's all about the luck of the draw!
     
  19. Nov 27, 2007 at 10:02 PM
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    TuRDTACO

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    small dent on the hood, new foglight bulb, roughed up bedliner, been smoked in, suspicious stains on the passenger seat, boogers on the drivers seat, dirty floor mats, girl doodles on the dirty windows, loose wiring
    see if he was speeding and was nice to the cop, he mighta gotten away with speeding and just gotten the taillight ticket lol
     
  20. Nov 29, 2007 at 5:45 AM
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    2003greenbean

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    he has a mercedes he can afford the ticket
     
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