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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 8:46 PM
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    Tacoma559

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    I concur possibly
     
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  2. May 3, 2021 at 8:50 PM
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    I almost rear ended some dude because his smoked tail lights made his blinker hard to see in the sunlight

    edit: blinker means turn signal where I’m from by the way
     
  3. May 3, 2021 at 9:02 PM
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    My truck is blacked out including the the tail lights. They are custom not painted and in the 2 years they have been on my truck I have yet to be rear ended. Nor has anyone ever complained that my taillights were out or they could not see them. My lights are bright and easy to see even in daylight. They match the look of my truck I have been very happy with them. My mirror turn signals are also blacked out courtesy of MESO and they are also very bright and easy to see.
     
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  4. May 3, 2021 at 9:05 PM
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    I have a 2017 trd offroad I was trying something new so I got the smoked raptor tail lights for my taco and I love em lots of compliments
     
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  5. May 3, 2021 at 9:07 PM
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    That dude should have got a led tailgate light bar like I did with sequential blinkers people know when I'm braking and signaling
     
  6. May 3, 2021 at 9:09 PM
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    I have the same meso ultimate blinkers love em my taco is inferno I think inferno and black is great looking
     
  7. May 3, 2021 at 9:12 PM
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    I kno my truck came blacked out from Toyota except the taillights and mirror turn signals. Truck looks way better that way. Your right just need to make sure you get bright enough lights like leds so people can see them when you hit the brakes.
     
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  8. May 3, 2021 at 9:17 PM
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    I know for sure I look in my mirror and I can see behind me going down the road apply brakes road signs light up red , another plus is led tailgate light bar is also bright as back up light
     
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  9. May 3, 2021 at 9:35 PM
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    Look at opt7 led tailgate light bar on Amazon
     
  10. May 3, 2021 at 9:36 PM
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    Also a curt wire adapter so you can still retain you light hookups for towing
     
  11. May 3, 2021 at 9:56 PM
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    Interested to see if TW can talk the OP in avoiding a pointless and dangerous mod.

    Since you're asking for opinions. Don't do it. Some will say its illegal some will say its dangerous. They're right. A cop may or not give you a ticket but they sure as he'll will have a reason to pull you over with dark taillights. Additionally, do you have kids or family ride in your truck with you? Don't give a reason for the person behind you, not to see you.
     
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  12. May 3, 2021 at 10:01 PM
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  13. May 3, 2021 at 10:03 PM
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    Smoked Tails and Truck Nutz, like peas and carrots.
     
  14. May 4, 2021 at 12:39 AM
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    No ! if someone was too rear end you,the insurance will say you are at fault as the other party could not see your altered tail lights,possible citation also.
     
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    There's a difference between smoked and blacked out, which I think some people are missing here OP. A properly smoked tail light shouldn't reduce light output that much. Blacked out on the other hand WILL make it difficult/nearly impossible in the daylight for people to see your brakelights.
    But as someone else said, you already have the Pro tail lights, those things are sick. IMO no need to upgrade.
     
  16. May 4, 2021 at 4:20 AM
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    It's kinda your call, most don't like it for the less light output, I concur. The best reason for not is the insurance company could have a denial of claim. Than who gets to cover the damages to both vehicles, the professional tinter or you.
    In the home window industry almost every manufacturer voids the warranty because they offer tinted glass from the factory on the proper surface so the tinting company now has the warranty.
     
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  17. May 4, 2021 at 5:46 AM
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    What I saw this morning, I just want to add to this thought. If you customize safety equipment, make sure you know what you are doing and do it right.

    I was following a truck with blacked out LEDs this morning. The difference between his running light and brake light was too small for me to distinguish. Dude probably had several hundred dollars worth of custom lights and I couldn't tell when he was applying the brakes. Perfect example of what not to do.

    Thankfully I'm not a tailgater. But this is Dallas, inattentive tailgaters tend to grow on trees around here.
     
  18. May 4, 2021 at 6:14 AM
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    Are you having them painted or is the shop applying a tinted film? I think most responders to your thread seem to think you’re “blacking out” your taillights, which in my opinion looks lame and is dangerous.

    I think a properly tinted taillight will be fine. In Missouri your tails need to be “red and visible at 500 feet”. I would check your local traffic laws and maybe check some other local car enthusiasts forums to see how much your local PD cares.
     
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  19. May 4, 2021 at 8:58 AM
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    Holy smokes!
     
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  20. May 4, 2021 at 9:32 AM
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    ^This right here, my blackout/smoked taillights were produced and molded from tinted plastic to look blacked out. The taillights are CLEARLY visible from a long distance away. I have driven my truck through 14 different states with my blacked out taillights with never an issue including law enforcement. I get that some people don’t like it who cares do what YOU like. Just make sure you buy a quality product that is very visible to other drivers that is what I did and the result so far have been zero issues. Don’t go through life by caring how others see you just be you.
     
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