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Old 12-28-2002, 09:52 PM   #1
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I'm seriously considering purchasing the Morettes for my WRX, but the legality concerning the # of forward facing headlights have me concerned. I know the Morettes are not DOT Legal, but I don't mind so much as long as know I won't be attracting any undue attention. I really like the idea of the city lights in the Hi beams that turn on with the Lo beams, but currently, I really like to run my fogs all the time.

I'm guessing with this setup, I'll have 6 forward facing lights at a time... legal? I've tried looking for any cars that come like that stock but have only (kind of) come up with one: The Mercedes E Class with those dual oval lights. It seems they also have a city light setup in the highs so that all four headlights look lit up and in additiona I'm assuming you have opt for the fogs as well.
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Old 12-29-2002, 01:00 AM   #2
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It varies by state, but here in Maine it's 6 lights. I have morettes as well. In addition, I've wired up a pair of PIAA 510's so I have 8. I just need to be careful when I go using my lights
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Old 12-29-2002, 01:05 AM   #3
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I have no idea what the lights you are talking about look like, but here in Texas, if you have more than 4 front facing lights lit, it's illegal. If you explain to me or show me a picture of what the lights look like, I can give you a more definate answer.
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Old 12-29-2002, 01:31 AM   #4
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Old 12-29-2002, 09:26 AM   #5
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Does anyone know the New York State law regrding this? How can you find it on the internet? I've been trying to search for it to no avail.

BTW, GiPoliceman, my car is actually in Houston because I go to school there. If the NY law is six foward facing lights, and my plates and registration is from NY, could I be penalized in texas for having the six foward facing lights?
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Old 12-29-2002, 11:07 AM   #6
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Does anyone know the New York State law regrding this? How can you find it on the internet? I've been trying to search for it to no avail.
Below is a link to NY state laws and a method of getting some kind of hard copy.

http://www.nysorva.org/documents/vtl...e3Article9.htm
How can I get a copy of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law?
The Vehicle and Traffic Law is available as a book from the DMV for $1.50 per copy. Send your request to the Certified Document Center, NYSDMV, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12228. Pay with a check or money order payable to "Commissioner of Motor Vehicles".

It has been my expiernce so far is that if everything is aimed correctly (i have morettes) a known inspector won't bother you.
Also bear in mind that there is a lot of "play" in these laws. For example around here underbody lights and other unusual displays are intrepted by police to be distracting to other drivers.
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Old 12-29-2002, 11:10 AM   #7
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Worst case scenario is you'll just have to buy some fog light covers.
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Old 12-29-2002, 11:59 AM   #8
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*sigh* Besides the hoodscoop, the fogs are my 2nd most favorite part of the Impreza's look...

(Doesn't understand why people cover them up?)
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Old 12-29-2002, 07:19 PM   #9
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Those lights look AWESOME! where can i get some in silver?

As for the legality of the lights, the law here in Texas does say no more than 4 headlights (including fog lights) on at a time, but those won't draw the attention of officers. If all of those lights were lit at night, I don't know any officer around that would mess with you over that. Gotta go work now, be back later.
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Old 12-30-2002, 02:26 PM   #10
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If you are out of state you vehicle dosen't need to comply with the state MV laws. As long as your car abides by IE: NY DMV laws. It's called the interstate commerce act. Out of state cops cant ticket you for headlights except if one is out or something like that, window tint, loud exhaust etc.. etc... Your car dosen't need to comply with the state you are passing through. For example you tinted every window in your car and your from Flordia you drive to NJ where having the front tinted is illegal can NJpull you over for it and ticket you for tinted windows....absolutley not..
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Old 12-30-2002, 05:37 PM   #11
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Most BMW's fall into the six headlight group and since all six of your headlights shouldn't be lit when you are facing traffic or in town, I can't see you having a problem.

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Old 12-30-2002, 06:25 PM   #12
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as long as all of em are not lit at once you shouldnt be harassed....

i've been pulled when i had the 4 additional Hellas on my RS...
one pr of them was not covered... on a bright sunny day...
and no, they werent on...

it all depends on where you are and how the cop's doing w/their quota for the month

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Old 12-30-2002, 07:24 PM   #13
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Check your laws for forward facing covered vs. forward facing uncovered. In MA I can legally run with 2 headlights, 2 driving beams and 2 foglights as long as 2 of the above 6 lights are covered.

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Old 12-30-2002, 07:34 PM   #14
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Forget reasearching it. Your an out of state car in TX. They can't ticket you for that.. Interstate commerce act.. Trust me..

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Old 12-30-2002, 09:11 PM   #15
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Actually, I was researching NY (but just asked the side question for TX -- that interstate law seems pretty badass though ) because while I do spend most of the year in Texas, I will spend some time in New York and don't wanna get screwed.

BTW -- concerning the uncovered vs lit lights -- The morettes have little city lights in the high beams so when the lights are on, the highs and lows are all lit up.

Add in the fogs, and you have 6 uncovered foward facing lit headlights.
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Old 12-30-2002, 10:36 PM   #16
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BTW -- concerning the uncovered vs lit lights -- The morettes have little city lights in the high beams so when the lights are on, the highs and lows are all lit up.
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Add in the fogs, and you have 6 uncovered foward facing lit headlights.
The fog lights will not come on with the high beams unless the wiring has been altered.
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