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Dark tinted lenses are pretty much played out already. Kinda like HID headlight conversions... In my opinion, dark tinted tails aren't worth the extra reason to get pulled over. xmattstraff's are about as dark as I'd really like to see. Gotta be shiny or it just looks like you got overspray on them and forgot about it.
As I understand, in CA, any tint on the taillights or headlights is illegal and can get you a ticket. CAN, not WILL. I know people who've been running around with tinted tails for years and never get bothered, but others get a fix-it ticket. Kinda like tinting the front doors, you're taking a risk. If you look at some cars that have stock tinted looking tails, that's probably a good reference point for how dark to go without being bothered. Those old 90's vw gti had them, my 03 nissan frontier has the reverse and turn signals tinted, but not the brake lights, etc...
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Being their one housing, would you just tint a PART of the housing?
I was just going to tint my brake lights so I'm going to tape off the rest of the light housing.
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I just got them sprayed so I'm wait for them to dry. I'll post pics up soon
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Why would any one want to reduce the amount of tail light that a follower would see?
Please explain the reason.
That's why I decided not to use too dark of tint, because the visibility is still good with the lights on.

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Dark tinted lenses are pretty much played out already. Kinda like HID headlight conversions... In my opinion, dark tinted tails aren't worth the extra reason to get pulled over. xmattstraff's are about as dark as I'd really like to see. Gotta be shiny or it just looks like you got overspray on them and forgot about it.
As I understand, in CA, any tint on the taillights or headlights is illegal and can get you a ticket. CAN, not WILL. I know people who've been running around with tinted tails for years and never get bothered, but others get a fix-it ticket. Kinda like tinting the front doors, you're taking a risk. If you look at some cars that have stock tinted looking tails, that's probably a good reference point for how dark to go without being bothered. Those old 90's vw gti had them, my 03 nissan frontier has the reverse and turn signals tinted, but not the brake lights, etc...
I can't really disagree with you on this, I tinted the tails because I liked the contrast it added to the rear of the vehicle without going overboard, as far as the highlights I put tint on them more to protect the lens then for the tint, so I used the lowest percentage (6%) available. It was a real toss up as to go with a tint or a clear film for the headlights, and to be honest with the 6% no one has noticed that the headlamps are tinted. Again, this was more for protection then looks, but I do like the look of having the headlamps just a tad darker then stock.

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^^ i think that looks awesome! I love the newer SHOs. Thats exactly what id do if i had one. I really like that the headlights are slightly darker than stock. gives it a different look. nice work

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Finally got them done....so attached are some pictures of what it looked like when it was stock, then with the outside lights tinted and then the plastics around the inside lights because it looked goofy with a light gray on the inside and blacked out on the outside. Tell me what you think
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I like the concept. A little darker than what fits my liking, but to each their own. The amber really pops. How is the light output with the tint?


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The light output is about the same without the tint, if you look at 3 picture for the top, the brightness is from the lights themselves. It doesn't make a huge difference at night either. I'll post some pics tonight of it
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