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IS it illegal to pant tail lights in California?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by hoodratstormtroop, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. Nov 18, 2010 at 6:59 PM
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    hoodratstormtroop

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    I was wondering If i could paint my tail lights black in CA without getting ticket
     
  2. Nov 18, 2010 at 7:01 PM
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    I'm pretty sure everything is illegal in california.
     
  3. Nov 18, 2010 at 7:03 PM
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    My tail lights and 3rd brake light are tinted. No issues.
     
  4. Nov 18, 2010 at 7:06 PM
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    jhodge83

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    wat?
    depends on how dark and how much of an ass you are to the cop when he pulls you over for it
     
  5. Nov 18, 2010 at 7:09 PM
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    did u spray paint them or did u get them done professionally?
     
  6. Nov 18, 2010 at 7:11 PM
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    wat?
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    pretty much
     
  8. Nov 18, 2010 at 7:13 PM
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    yup..just depends on how the cops are feeling the day they come across you
     
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    Tinted tails are illegal in all 50 states. Its about the same as HID plug and play kits. Illegl everywhere but rarely enforced. We have better things to do... unless we are working traffic for overtime, then I will write that ticket every time.
     
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    this day and age....California needs revenue so you will be pulled over and fined.
     
  12. Nov 18, 2010 at 7:56 PM
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    yeah its illegal, but i just got pulled over yesterday for speeding and i recieved a ticket for that and i have my front windows illegally tinted as well as my all three brake lights and they brake lights are pretty dark, the red housing or whatever is bearly visible and the cop clearly noticed both tints but didnt write me up for it. so its illegal but it depends on how big of a dousche the cop is to you! if anything i believe you just recieve a removal ticket? but im not sure about the consequences of getting caught, ide like to know tho :)
     
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    i had some on my last truck, up here you are gonna get pulled over for tint more than anything else, i never had a problem with tint on my tails, oh yea CALIFORNIA > I once got pulled over for going to slow on I-5
     
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  16. Nov 22, 2010 at 10:21 PM
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    It IS illegal in California. You could paint them and get pulled over and cited for them the minute you pull out of your driveway or you may never get stopped or cited for it. It really just depends. You can drive down the street and see a dozen vehicle code violations every block. It's just the luck of the draw. You will NOT get your truck taken from you by the CHP, local cops or sheriff if you "talk back" to them...where do people come up with this stuff?!

    It is an equipment violation. The worst that would happen is you would receive a "fix-it" ticket. You will have a certain amount of time to remove the paint, show it to an officer, have the ticket signed off and pay a processing fee for the courts. Same thing for just about any other equipment modification. Window tint, mud flaps etc.
     
  17. Nov 22, 2010 at 10:23 PM
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    If i rear end you(no homo) im sueing you! cause i couldnt see your lights!
     
  18. Nov 22, 2010 at 10:25 PM
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    That's actually a really good point! 99% of the time the person who rear ends the other driver is at fault. If they are smart or their insurance adjuster points it out you could be seen at fault for at least part of the collision
     
  19. Nov 22, 2010 at 10:31 PM
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    yup, take a picture of the tails that day of the accident and show it in court,
     
  20. Nov 22, 2010 at 10:34 PM
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    Also if you tint your tails and are rear ended and they point that out in the report your insurance will not cover it and you will by liable to repair the other vehicle as well as yours.
     
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