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      08-17-2018, 11:12 AM   #23
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I thought about tinting my tail lights, then I remembered I'm not in my '98 Civic anymore.
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Someone rear-ends you because they can't see your blacked out taillights, and you are a terrible driver??? Give your head a shake....
How can't you see somebody's car if they tinted their tail light.

My car with night lights on.


My car on brakes.

I think you can see that, can you?

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Yes your a terrible driver if you can't even see somebody car even if they're tinted. You do realize that when you brake you can easily see the red through the tint right?
I don't care what you do to your car to make it easier for someone to rear-end you. It's your car and your neck. There are lots of distracted drivers out there who are "terrible drivers" and your darkened taillights will make them less likely to see you. Do what you want, however, many of us on here are not in favor, and think tinting your taillights is dumb. You posted on here to get opinions, well, you got them and now you don't like them. Typical.

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I've seen some really cool tail light tint, but it's done with knife tape. Basically outlines certain parts of the light so you're not actually blocking any parts that light up, but still gives a better aesthetic IMO. Here's an example:

Very minimal, but I've seen others that look even better and you're not really blocking any light.
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I don't care what you do to your car to make it easier for someone to rear-end you. It's your car and your neck. There are lots of distracted drivers out there who are "terrible drivers" and your darkened taillights will make them less likely to see you. Do what you want, however, many of us on here are not in favor, and think tinting your taillights is dumb. You posted on here to get opinions, well, you got them and now you don't like them. Typical.

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Opinion on which tint looks better. You clueless?
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I think lightly tinted tail lights do look better than OEM but I'd never do it. Why increase your risk of being rear ended? Even when it's clearly not your fault the other driver can always argue that he/she couldn't see your brake lights.
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Regardless of one's driving skills, the point is not that it can't be seen, rather it does reduces visibility. On a bright sunny day, sure, probably minimal impacts. However when its dark and poor weather, the lights won't pop as much and could have impacts.

Not saying you will get rear ended or that anyone with tinted tail lights will get rear ended, however by reducing the visibility you are increased the probability of it happening and to me (and many others on this thread), the trade off is not worth it.
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It's actually daytime when tinted taillights are most likely to end up in an unwelcome melding of one's rear bumper with that of the car following. While we might think of governmental imposed regulations as infringements on our personal freedoms there are instances when they're necessary to protect us from our own stupidity. This falls into said category.
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It doesn't matter if you can or cannot see them when tinted. After rear ending you while eating my cheeseburger, all I have to do is point at your tinted taillights and say "he modified/disabled his braking safety feature and I had a hard time telling that he was stopped". Winner every time.

Tinting taillights is honda boyish and suggests that you didn't even purchase the vehicle. You're going to get flack for all this, and you should have expected it.

Why are there safety warnings on shampoo bottles?
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I considered putting a light tint on mine too but I still don't think it'll get the look i want. I really like the Audi style that have more contrast to the LED areas. BMW made the LCI lights look similar in images, but in person they are a really bright red. I just don't want to darken the light piping too. And I don't like the black housing tail lights either. So just kind of dealing with it right now.

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It doesn't matter if you can or cannot see them when tinted. After rear ending you while eating my cheeseburger, all I have to do is point at your tinted taillights and say "he modified/disabled his braking safety feature and I had a hard time telling that he was stopped". Winner every time.

Tinting taillights is honda boyish and suggests that you didn't even purchase the vehicle. You're going to get flack for all this, and you should have expected it.

Why are there safety warnings on shampoo bottles?
Word. Maybe I'll try the new mod of just not having taillights.

New thread: Should I do the 'remove taillights mod'?
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It doesn't matter if you can or cannot see them when tinted. After rear ending you while eating my cheeseburger, all I have to do is point at your tinted taillights and say "he modified/disabled his braking safety feature and I had a hard time telling that he was stopped". Winner every time.

Tinting taillights is honda boyish and suggests that you didn't even purchase the vehicle. You're going to get flack for all this, and you should have expected it.

Why are there safety warnings on shampoo bottles?
Word. Maybe I'll try the new mod of just not having taillights.

New thread: Should I do the 'remove taillights mod'?
Rather than tint why not consider black-line tails? Personally I'm not unhappy with the OEM taillights on my F36, but I did go this route on my pre-LCI E90. You get the look without sacrificing visibility.

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/99?...3D253637149065
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It doesn't matter if you can or cannot see them when tinted. After rear ending you while eating my cheeseburger, all I have to do is point at your tinted taillights and say "he modified/disabled his braking safety feature and I had a hard time telling that he was stopped". Winner every time.

Tinting taillights is honda boyish and suggests that you didn't even purchase the vehicle. You're going to get flack for all this, and you should have expected it.

Why are there safety warnings on shampoo bottles?
Word. Maybe I'll try the new mod of just not having taillights.

New thread: Should I do the 'remove taillights mod'?
Rather than tint why not consider black-line tails? Personally I'm not unhappy with the OEM taillights on my F36, but I did go this route on my pre-LCI E90. You get the look without sacrificing visibility.

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/99?...3D253637149065
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It doesn't matter if you can or cannot see them when tinted. After rear ending you while eating my cheeseburger, all I have to do is point at your tinted taillights and say "he modified/disabled his braking safety feature and I had a hard time telling that he was stopped". Winner every time.

Tinting taillights is honda boyish and suggests that you didn't even purchase the vehicle. You're going to get flack for all this, and you should have expected it.

Why are there safety warnings on shampoo bottles?
Some of you have to stop spreading misinformation. yall think this is completely binary. It does not matter if he tints or not. What matters is how much light is visible at a certain distance.

I forget the exact law here, but you just need to be able to see the brake lights from *removed*like 250-300 ft*removed* some distance away. You can see light through tinted tails. Even if it reduces the visibility.

I agree blackout tint is dumb/looks like shit, but if you think you can be a distracted driver and slam into someone while eating a cheeseburger and then just look for any sign of modification as an excuse, you're wrong.

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Rather than tint why not consider black-line tails? Personally I'm not unhappy with the OEM taillights on my F36, but I did go this route on my pre-LCI E90. You get the look without sacrificing visibility.

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/99?...3D253637149065
These look really nice on certain colors but not on others. It's so weird. On EB, they look bad, but on red?
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I like how the blacklines look with a light tint on them (and plan to do the same); see these:

https://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sh...&postcount=299

https://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sh...&postcount=304
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Some of you have to stop spreading misinformation. yall think this is completely binary. It does not matter if he tints or not. What matters is how much light is visible at a certain distance.

I forget the exact law here, but you just need to be able to see the brake lights from like 250-300 ft away. You can see light through tinted tails. Even if it reduces the visibility.

I agree blackout tint is dumb/looks like shit, but if you think you can be a distracted driver and slam into someone while eating a cheeseburger and then just look for any sign of modification as an excuse, you're wrong.
The cheeseburger reference was a joke and shouldn't have been taken so literally. That was my cheeky way of saying that even though it's clearly my fault, you can still be held accountable for reducing the brightness of a safety feature. Perhaps you should search Google for examples of such incidents before claiming that it's not an issue.
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I did mine the lightest shade I could find. I did not want to make my brake lights unsafe. I just like the way the darker lights pop on a white car. It all comes down to personal preference[IMG][/IMG]
That looks good! That's the maximum one should go!
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Opinion on which tint looks better. You clueless?
Clueless = letting vanity override common sense (like you are doing).
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Some of you have to stop spreading misinformation.

I forget the exact law here...
Follow your own admonition. There are regulations, spelled out by the US Department of Transportation, with minimum visibility standards precisely defined. I doubt Canada is any different.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...gVYXmjP9pZFEfM

'you just need to be able to see the brake lights from like 250-300 ft away' won't be found in those regulations.
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The cheeseburger reference was a joke and shouldn't have been taken so literally. That was my cheeky way of saying that even though it's clearly my fault, you can still be held accountable for reducing the brightness of a safety feature. Perhaps you should search Google for examples of such incidents before claiming that it's not an issue.
I understand that you were joking. I was carrying the analogy along to make the point that just because tail lights are tinted even at the lightest tint, doesn't give everyone else a free pass if they end up rear ending the tinted car. That's ludicrous and some of your anecdotal google stories would have other factors involved. The facts are that the law requires light to be visible at a certain distance. It does not require that the tail lights be 100% free of tint. That is factually incorrect. That's all I was saying.
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I understand that you were joking. I was carrying the analogy along to make the point that just because tail lights are tinted even at the lightest tint, doesn't give everyone else a free pass if they end up rear ending the tinted car. That's ludicrous and some of your anecdotal google stories would have other factors involved. The facts are that the law requires light to be visible at a certain distance. It does not require that the tail lights be 100% free of tint. That is factually incorrect. That's all I was saying.
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