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Old 11-04-2008, 11:20 PM   #21
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that looks really good with out the yellow... ill differently have to look into doing that..
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Old 11-05-2008, 12:15 AM   #22
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Yea here is a nice picture of Kre'* Bonneville with hear tail lights

https://www.gmforum.com/members/tktp...bums/23/88.jpg
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I read that many people are concerned about the legality of clearing the headlights and rear tail lights...Take a look at many of the new model years vehicles from Lexus and BMW...

Most all of the "sportier" cars are already cleared...Heck our 2004 VW Touareg has cleared lights with amber bulbs. So I really don't see the need to worry...
Clearing isn't the issue. FMVSS requires that a REFLECTOR is visible from the sides of the vehicle at both the front and rear. When you clear the fronts, you remove this reflector. The car no longer meets Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. I bet if you look at cars that come cleared from the factory, you'll see a reflector visible elsewhere in the general vicinity.
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Clearing isn't the issue. FMVSS requires that a REFLECTOR is visible from the sides of the vehicle at both the front and rear. When you clear the fronts, you remove this reflector. The car no longer meets Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. I bet if you look at cars that come cleared from the factory, you'll see a reflector visible elsewhere in the general vicinity.
Thnak you for the knowledge. Glad I have not cleared mine yet.
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95SLE, what part of MD are you located?
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Old 12-10-2008, 12:37 AM   #26
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Default Clarification...

I'm not trying to flame anyone, just understand... Please take the following in that context.

The amber insert that was removed, as itself, is NOT A REFLECTOR. There is a reflective mirrored finish inside the bulb housing, and all the amber insert does is turn the reflected light or bulb light an amber color.

So, ddalder, are you saying that it has to be an AMBER reflector, or just any reflector? Are you talking front or back or both? Because even if you remove the amber, it'* still a reflector.

When I changed mine, I of course added an amber dual-filament bulb. I shined a light into the area and it bounced around inside the reflector and got some of the amber color off the bulb. Then when I turned on the lights, the amber shone thru brightly. Also, if I'm not mistaken, since the bulbs are dual-filament, aren't they on all the time anyway? (Running lights during daytime, and driving lights during nighttime) I'm sure they are always on in the nighttime, as I just drove home and noticed them tonight.

I followed a lot of cars home this evening and I looked all around to get an understanding. I found some cars (Infinity G-35 and others I couldn't make out being dark) doesn't even have any amber in the tail assembly...All Red. The front has a cleared lens with an amber bulb. Only red lights in the tail and amber in the front...I did not see any passive reflectors.

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Some states allow only to have the amber colored lightbulb. I bought clear corners from Ebay and the "reflector" as you call it, is white instead of amber. As I look outside this Mazda CX-9 has cleared taillights as well. As long as the bulb isn't white when it'* cleared you should be fine. I'm only talking of course about turn signals that use amber bulbs, or that uses amber "reflectors."
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actually the yellow part of the light on the very side of the light IS a reflector
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Yep, and Federally DOT required. So it'* really up to each Officer whether to ticket, regardless of State. Alot of members have cleared though without any troubles.
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Would I be able to clear the tail/head lights on my '96 SE?

Also, I use a knife to cut in my line of work every day. Wouldn't I be able to just cut down the crack with my knife without having to heat up the tail lights and open it up? I know you have to be careful prying it open but I deal with situations like that all the time.

Do I also have to change the lightbulbs in there so it shines orange/amber light for the turn signals?
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