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Old 03-10-2012, 06:41 PM   #1
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Tinting headlights and taillights.

I'm wanting to tint my head lights and tail lights on my 87 Wrangler. I'm curious where to get the stuff to do it? I searched Ebay motors, The tint was for newer model Jeeps. Anyone have a idea?

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Your local auto parts store will have stuff called VHT nite shades. A few quick coats will do the trick. Dont over do it or it will become too dark and therefore a bit dangerous.

There will be people who will try to talk you out of it. But if you like the look and want to do it, dont let anyone stop you.

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Dont over do it or it will become too dark and therefore a bit dangerous.
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Seeing at night is so over rated Especially on a stormy rainy night.
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The only stipulations are:

-The tail lights must emit a visibly red light, near OEM.
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Seeing at night is so over rated Especially on a stormy rainy night.

Told you there would be haters....
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Told you there would be haters....
I could care less what others think. It's my Jeep and I paid for it. I'll check my local Auto Zone and Oreilly's for the night shade you mentioned.
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I could care less what others think. It's my Jeep and I paid for it. I'll check my local Auto Zone and Oreilly's for the night shade you mentioned.
I would think it would look good too, but is it safe? There are a lot of things you can buy for a vehicle from the chain stores that are not legal locally on the highway.
I was getting tickets for window tint that wasn't even that dark, I can imagine what some cops would do if my lights were tinted. I am just saying think about it. Laws are different in different places. I thnk you can buy lights that look dark, but are fully functional at night. It may save you money in the long run
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Seeing at night is so over rated Especially on a stormy rainy night.


I don't even use my headlights at night. I just guess.
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I had a local LEO explain it well, if you have your headlights tinted and are taking your kid/ sibling out on Halloween, and you hit a kid and kill him because you couldn't see with those stupid night shades on, was it worth it?
I Want all the lighting on my vehicle to be as visible as possible. I travel over 100,000 miles a year and see way to many accidents to not wanna be as safe as possible.
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These are tinted plastic covers that I found in my jeep magizine. Go to quadratec.com
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Old 03-11-2012, 05:59 PM   #11
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Night shade works very well. Sand the lights with fine sand paper. Then spray a layer, let it dry, wet sand, and repeat until you get the desired tint. After they are where you want them buff them. Do them all at the same time or they could end up being different shades. I would not recommend doing the headlights for two reasons. One they get pretty hot, two white looks terrible lit up with the night shade. I did all of the brake lights and turn signals in my previous toy(85 Vette) and loved it. If you do it right, when they light up you can't tell they are tinted. Good luck.
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so do you tent the outside of signals and tail lights?
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'Cause ricing out your Jeep like a mid-90s Honda is what all the ladies are after.
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'Cause ricing out your Jeep like a mid-90s Honda is what all the ladies are after.
I have only been on these boards for a little while, but it is refreshing to see that all forums are the same. There are two type of people.

1. People who want to give advice and suggestions.

2. People who inject meaningless crap into a thread for no reason.

If he wants to put a fart can, lower the car, put a big useless spoiler, put racing stripes on, put Lambo doors on, put under car neon, or put 22" chrome rims with low profile tires on his jeep.... He can! He asked how to do it, not opinions on what people think about it.
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so do you tent the outside of signals and tail lights?
Yes outside. I did my break lights Nd turn signals.

Did one too many coats on my turn signals but Idc. Its blacked out looks awesome
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And im pretty sure all states doing anything to headlights is for off road only. Unless its for offload only use I would be hesitant to do them
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Old 03-17-2012, 12:27 PM   #17
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heres my $0.02. i bought blacked out tail lights and turn signals off of ebay. then if they were too dark i could get my money back and stick with stock. i would not mess with with tinting the headlights due to the heat. if you want the blacked out look like i did, buy some aftermarket housings. i am actually selling mine cause they werent bright enough for my liking. heres pics on mine after install


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I have only been on these boards for a little while, but it is refreshing to see that all forums are the same. There are two type of people.

1. People who want to give advice and suggestions.

2. People who inject meaningless crap into a thread for no reason.

If he wants to put a fart can, lower the car, put a big useless spoiler, put racing stripes on, put Lambo doors on, put under car neon, or put 22" chrome rims with low profile tires on his jeep.... He can! He asked how to do it, not opinions on what people think about it.
Good God, dude. I was joking around, but if you want to be that sensitive about it I'll be a little more concise.

Rice is pointed and laughed at not just because it's stupid looking, but most of the time it's illegal. Blacked out taillights are extremely illegal since they reduce the output of your brake lights. If you get rear ended by someone they'll have your head in court. That is if you don't get ticketed for it first.
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hey mitch your statements are not true dude. ive been in both worlds and blacked out tail lights are not illegal anywhere that ive ever been. as long as red light is visable at 100 yards (pretty sure thats the distance but dont quote me) it doesnt matter what color the lens is. as far as "rice" being laughed at i believe thats your opinion now isnt it? i happen to like the look of a nicely done civic or eclipse as im sure im not the only one. as far as it being illegal i think you may need to read the penal code for your area before laying judgements down like that.
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Old 03-17-2012, 02:38 PM   #20
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The standard for tail lights is found in SAE J585e September 1977, but damned if I can find it online without paying to view it.

Ok, the Oklahoma requirements for motor vehicle equipment is found in Title 47. The statute states it complies as closely as possible to SAE standards. The standard for tail lamps is as follows:

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A. Every motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer and pole trailer, and any vehicle which is being drawn at the end of a combination of vehicles, shall be equipped with at least two tail lamps mounted on the rear, on the same level and as widely spaced laterally as practicable which, when lighted, shall emit a red light visible from a distance of one thousand (1,000) feet to the rear; provided that, in the case of a combination of vehicles, only the tail lamp on the rearmost vehicle need actually be seen from the distance specified.
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§47-12-206. Stop lamps.
A. Every vehicle shall be equipped with at least two stop lamps which shall meet the requirements of this section.
B. The stop lamps required by this section:
1. Shall be mounted on the rear of the vehicle at the same level, as far apart as practicable, and at a height of not more than seventy-two (72) inches nor less than fifteen (15) inches;
2. Shall display a red or amber light, or any shade of color between red and amber, visible from a distance of not less than five hundred (500) feet to the rear in normal sunlight; and
3. Shall be actuated upon application of the brakes.
That's as close as I can find to the SAE standards, unless someone wants to pony up 56 dollars to view the document
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Old 03-17-2012, 03:16 PM   #21
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The messing around with factory installed safety equipment is federal law and is equal in all states/possessions. You can do anything you want to your vehicle. Your insurance will cover any losses but then refuse to insure you in the future. They will cover any amount up to the coverage of the policy. The rest of the legal awards are covered by the under-insured owner. Bankruptcy is no escape from a jury award I'm told. Doing something as simple as darking out your safety lighting sounds pretty simple and hams nobody.....until you get into trouble with it on your vehicle.

The folks who wine about someone's opinion on a forum regarding something so relevant as safety and law regarding a proposed modification to a vehicle amuses me. It reminds me of when I was a child and would ask my parents permission to do something that was obviously a stupid thing to do and you parents said no.....but you did it anyway. Then found out there was good reason that they said no.

You get to do anything you want to your vehicle and as long as no one gets hurt all is well with the world. If you are an adult you know well (in most cases) that the consequences are owned by you. If you are a juvenile, your parents will own the consequences.

I don't advise any modification from stock on a safety item that would decrease it's effectiveness. The federal government agrees with this advice. Tinting lenses is an example of this.
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Good God, dude. I was joking around, but if you want to be that sensitive about it I'll be a little more concise.

Rice is pointed and laughed at not just because it's stupid looking, but most of the time it's illegal. Blacked out taillights are extremely illegal since they reduce the output of your brake lights. If you get rear ended by someone they'll have your head in court. That is if you don't get ticketed for it first.
Oh, so its ok for you to bust his balls and make a ricer comment, but you are off limits? Ok, ill keep that in mind.
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Here's Delaware's vehicle code on tinting
Tinted Windows - Window tint is prohibited on the front windshield below the top few inches of the windshield (specifically not below the ASI masking on the windshield), and on the left and right driver side/front passenger side windows. TINT MATERIAL ALSO MAY NOT BE INSTALLED OVER ANY LIGHTS or the vehicle's license plate.
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King - You should probably post where you are from. It seems like some states don't care and some do. If we knew what state you lived in, someone from that state might know what the laws are.
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Check out his profile it says says Texas
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Check out his profile it says says Texas
Oh, sorry about that. I am on my phone app. It doesn't give a profile. It only says his location if it is under his name.
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it seems this has sparked a hairy debate on the safety of tinting your tail lights. ill just stick with knowing i can clearly see my tinted tail lights light up in broad day from the other end of my street( roughly 400 yrds). i live in fort worth (since you are from tx) and not once have i ever heard of tinted tail lights causing an accident or receiving a ticket.
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it seems this has sparked a hairy debate on the safety of tinting your tail lights. ill just stick with knowing i can clearly see my tinted tail lights light up in broad day from the other end of my street( roughly 400 yrds). i live in fort worth (since you are from tx) and not once have i ever heard of tinted tail lights causing an accident or receiving a ticket.
You usually wouldn't hear about this in the newspapers. It is most likely rare that it ever gets to a court case.

Last I checked, Texas is still part of the Union and therefore its citizens still have to heed to federal law. Safety equipment, like lighting, falls under the federal DOT.
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Ive had a friend pulled over in his Mach 1 plenty of times for his "smoked" tail lights.

I live in Indiana, the idea about tinting your headlights, is literally the dumbest thing ive ever heard of.

I'm installing tinted maxxima LED lights that I have already in the non tinted version. But they come tinted, and DOT approved. But they are still brighter than the factory trailer lights that come on Jeeps by 5 times.
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The federal law 571.108 covers the blinkers and other safety lighting. It is pretty specific. It is long enough that I haven't found the exact section about modifying from the standards. I have read the part about the markings on the equipment that demonstrates compliance with the law. Since the markings certify compliance, I would conclude anything that you do that lessens the effectiveness from the original light would not be permitted.

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