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Should i smoke my tail lights

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Rigz22, May 3, 2021.

  1. May 3, 2021 at 5:40 PM
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    Rigz22

    Rigz22 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hello all,
    I need some expertise, I currently have the 2020 trd pro tail lights and I have an appointment next week to get them smoked.
    I would like to know what every thinks about smoked tail lights and if I should do it.
    Looking forward to reading some advice
     
  2. May 3, 2021 at 5:45 PM
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    Knute

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    IMHO......they look like wannabee.


    I'd also think they'll kinda tough to roll up and light

    On the other hand, its your ride. Do what you think is good.
     
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    Lt. Dangle

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    na8rboy

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    It was cool in the 90's
     
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    Can't imagine inhaling those fumes would be good for your lungs
     
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    Mmaira2018

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    Beat me to it
     
  7. May 3, 2021 at 5:51 PM
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    0xDEADBEEF

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    Maybe with a nice dry rub and a big bowl of potato salad.

    Otherwise, nope.

    My nissan came with them like that, I hated it. Scraping it off and wetstanding took a while, but its normal now.
     
  8. May 3, 2021 at 5:53 PM
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    Rock Lobster

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    You mean potentially reducing light output on the device that signals other drivers to not hit you?
     
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    St0rm-Tr00per

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    I was thinking the same thing too!
     
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    Mastiffsrule

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    smoked lights are ugly
     
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    Since you asked for opinion about smoked lights.

    I hate them.

    Purposely diminishing your lighting out put so people have reduced visual cues of braking is uncool.
     
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    Exactly. That and they just look dorky to me. Get some nice blacked out Pro taillights, that's even better.

    Wait, you already have the Pro tails... Just leave those babies alone man, they're already perfect.
     
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  14. May 3, 2021 at 6:24 PM
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    Tacoma559

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    To each their own, I get compliments on my truck all the time, especially about the murdered out tail lights, I’m surely testing the limits with the police, but I got mine professionally painted. So it came out pretty even. I’ve seen some work where you can see the streaks and the smears. This is not that,

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    Save your money and buy the black AlphaRex tail lights.
     
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    If you are ok with the fact that you’re increasing your chances of being rear-ended then sure why not.
     
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    Taco_Coma

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    :puke:Well that was for that white truck.

    I mean if you do smoke your tails, make sure you get a flame pinstripe down the side
     
  18. May 3, 2021 at 6:30 PM
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    If it’s painted professionally. It should be very transparent.
     
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  19. May 3, 2021 at 6:34 PM
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    Rigz22

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    I want to thank everyone for their input and opinion on this
    I got some good advice
    Thanks all
     
  20. May 3, 2021 at 8:32 PM
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    My brothers a professional painter and I have done my fair share of customizing.
    Regardless of transparency you’re making a lens darker. Even his smoked corvette taillights are tough to see when sunlight is shining on the back of the car when he taps his brakes.
    Don’t smoke your tail lights.
    If you’re asking if you should do it then you’ll likely love it........right up until you get rear ended.
    Not sure what your insurance company would say in that case either. I know our local insurance monopoly is always looking for a scapegoat from liability.......just say’n ;)
     
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