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Old 03-04-2010, 12:46 PM   #1
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car inspection and tinted tails.

Hello everybody, I have a quick question, I'm do for my vehicle inspection by the end of the month. My car is registered in Richmond VA, my question is, do you guys know/think I could get into trouble for having my tail lights tinted? All responses regarding my question are greatly appreciated. Sorry about the pic, wether its been really bad.
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Old 03-04-2010, 02:36 PM   #2
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idk they do not look too dark....but the DMV in CT is a pain about that kind of stuff, idk about NY tho....when i first had them done i asked a cop if they meet the standards of CT, (even though that sounds dumb it will give you a good idea)
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Old 03-04-2010, 04:38 PM   #3
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thanks for the responses, i'll keep on searching on-line, but I thought to ask for help here, where I always get my answers to everything car related and more LOL
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Old 03-04-2010, 04:41 PM   #4
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you should be ok.
that would fly in new york

are you in NY or VA?
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Old 03-04-2010, 04:43 PM   #5
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This is from the Virginia State Police web site:

6. - INSPECT OTHER LIGHTS FOR:

•Approved type, proper bulbs, condition of lenses, wiring and switch.
•Aim of fog and driving lamps.
•Illumination of all lamps, lens color, and condition of lens.
(NOTE: Every vehicle must have a rear lamp showing a red light to the rear, a white light illuminating the rear license plate; vehicles over 7 feet wide or extending 4 inches or more beyond the front fender extremes must be equipped with approved clearance lamps and reflex reflectors. Count load in measuring.)
7. – INSPECT SIGNAL DEVICE FOR:

•Approved type, proper bulbs, condition of lenses, wiring and switch.
•Correct indications and tell-tale (visual or audible).
•Illumination of all lamps, lens color, and condition of lens.

What do you guys make out of this.
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Old 03-15-2010, 09:16 AM   #6
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you should be ok.
that would fly in new york

are you in NY or VA?
The car is registered in VA, but I live in NY. But I have to do the yearly inspection in VA.
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Old 03-15-2010, 01:31 PM   #7
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This is from the Virginia State Police web site:

6. - INSPECT OTHER LIGHTS FOR:

•Approved type, proper bulbs, condition of lenses, wiring and switch.
•Aim of fog and driving lamps.
•Illumination of all lamps, lens color, and condition of lens.
(NOTE: Every vehicle must have a rear lamp showing a red light to the rear, a white light illuminating the rear license plate; vehicles over 7 feet wide or extending 4 inches or more beyond the front fender extremes must be equipped with approved clearance lamps and reflex reflectors. Count load in measuring.)
7. – INSPECT SIGNAL DEVICE FOR:

•Approved type, proper bulbs, condition of lenses, wiring and switch.
•Correct indications and tell-tale (visual or audible).
•Illumination of all lamps, lens color, and condition of lens.

What do you guys make out of this.
Doesn't seem to specifically specify luminescence or anything of that sort. Unless they can somehow check brightness with a meter i don't see there being a problem?
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Old 03-15-2010, 01:51 PM   #8
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VA suxxors. They didnt pass my brothers prelude because he had clear corners.
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Old 03-15-2010, 01:56 PM   #9
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VA suxxors. They didnt pass my brothers prelude because he had clear corners.
Well, I always had clear side markers on my neon, and never gave me a problems. Does your brother's clear corners have the DOT stamp in them? I know that was an issue with a set of tail lights I had, they weren't OEM, therefor didn't have the DOT stamp.
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idk they do not look too dark....but the DMV in CT is a pain about that kind of stuff, idk about NY tho....when i first had them done i asked a cop if they meet the standards of CT, (even though that sounds dumb it will give you a good idea)
you should fix your sig, im pretty sure that you have a beatle engine cover, not a bettle engine cover...
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Old 03-15-2010, 02:01 PM   #11
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I live in VA, and I have clear side markers and have never failed inspection. i also know plenty of locals who have tinted tails that have never had issues with inspection...
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I live in VA, and I have clear side markers and have never failed inspection. i also know plenty of locals who have tinted tails that have never had issues with inspection...
thanks for the response. Lets hope they don't nother me about this.
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Old 04-04-2010, 09:20 PM   #13
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Update: I did my VA state inspection on saturday, amd my tinted tails were no problem, they didn't even pay attention to them :)
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you should fix your sig, im pretty sure that you have a beatle engine cover, not a bettle engine cover...
Neither. It's a Beetle engine cover.
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Old 04-05-2010, 01:55 AM   #15
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VA suxxors. They didnt pass my brothers prelude because he had clear corners.
What color bulbs did you have?

my grand prix had clears (aftermarket, non OEM), with clear bulbs that flashed yellow (some special kind of tint to the bulb), and I never had any problems
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Old 04-05-2010, 01:41 PM   #16
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depends on where you go, if I took your car to my place I'd get more bs about how dirty the car is :p
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Old 04-06-2010, 01:41 AM   #17
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I have painted sidemarkers in CA... does that mean that I will have to get a set of OEM sidemarkers to pass inspection when the time comes? Thats so lame...
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