ST/2014 specific Tail Light Tint

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Exterior Upgrades' started by 70sstrat08, Apr 8, 2014.

  1. 70sstrat08

    70sstrat08 Member

    So I was never big on tail light tint.... until I got an orange car. When you get M.O. in direct sunlight and the light reflects off the metallic and the tail lights they clash quite a bit IMHO. I've only been able to find 11-12 pre-cut tint.

    With no reverse light cut out:
    http://www.headlightarmor.com/11-13-ford-fiesta-hatchback-smoked-taillight-kit.aspx
    With:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/380663005960?lpid=82

    What I'd prefer is a pre cut-tint that only covers the non illuminated part of the tail light. I'm not great with photoshop but here's what I'm thinking. Also it isn't the best illustration but it's the best picture I could find.

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    Last edited: Apr 8, 2014
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  3. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    That would get you a ticket in my area (I understand it would not be that dark).
    Tinting the complete light assy. (also illegal, in my area) would not be so obvious.


    Dave
     
  4. 70sstrat08

    70sstrat08 Member

    So in theory covering up the illuminated area as well, the part that allegedly makes tail light tinting dangerous, would reduce the likelihood of getting a ticket. Someone call the 90s.
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  5. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    That is not what I said at all.
    I said it would be less obvious.
    Tinting over the reflector or the light makes your car more hazardous to you as well as others.
    I also said that it is illegal to tint ANY part of the tail light (in my area).
    Tinting over the reflectors could make you a road hazard.
    This could put you at fault in the case of an accident.
    It is just the way insurance companies are now days.

    Personally I don't care.
    You do whatever you want.
    Just offering friendly advise.



    Dave
     
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2014
  6. 70sstrat08

    70sstrat08 Member

    Gotcha, I was thinking less obvious means less likely to get attention from officers of the law and therefore a ticket if applicable in your state. Safety is the reason I've never been a big fan of tail light tinting. I was hoping tinting over the reflector would minimize any risk because the light is the primary warning. The reflector would still function and the light would be at a 100 percent stock level. I'm no expert on US DOT regulations I would assume the rear lamps on the fiesta would be safe if they only contained the illuminated portion which alone is larger then other cars.
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  7. 70sstrat08

    70sstrat08 Member

    No hostility meant Dave. Just bouncing thoughts off your perspective. I still haven't made up my mind what to do. Thanks for your help.
     
  8. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    No hostility meant on this end either.
    I too have MO car and have trimmed mine in black.
    I think the tail lights blend very well.
    It would be worse if you had a blue car (just my opinion).
    I just try to not give any other reasons to get hassled by law enforcement.


    Dave
     

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