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Old 12-25-2015, 03:22 PM   #1
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I'm a new Subaru owner. 2016 Impreza Sport Limited. I am very happy with my switch to Subaru and I have a feeling I'll with Subaru for a long time to come.

With my new purchase, I have already been doing cosmetic mods (window tint, Rally Armor flaps, side window deflectors, some interior audio mods, etc.), my next move is wanted to black out the tail lights. I've tried to do some research and from what I've seen (I do understand this is a 2016, so aftermarket stuff is probably slim pickings atm), is there a few options for black'd out tail lights....... Painted, vinyl overlay, or replacement tail lights.

I haven't seen any after market tail lights that come black'd out (again, I know its a 2016). Do a lot of you just have your factory lights painted? If you do, do you do it yourself or are there custom shops that do that sort of thing? Also, what is the life of the paint job?

I'm new to this kind of mod.

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Old 12-25-2015, 10:39 PM   #2
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I highly recommend you DONT do this. It is a major safety issue. If you ever get rearended, it will be your fault. Good luck fighting that battle. Highly doubt it is legal in any state for any road worthy vehicle.
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Old 12-26-2015, 08:16 AM   #3
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I highly recommend you DONT do this. It is a major safety issue. If you ever get rearended, it will be your fault. Good luck fighting that battle. Highly doubt it is legal in any state for any road worthy vehicle.
I agree with this. ^

And by the way, your car may be a 2016. But it shares the same tail lights as a 2012 Impreza.

There are smoked LED options on eBay. That would be a thousand times smarter than rendering your stock lights useless with tint.

Good luck on your search.
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Old 12-26-2015, 11:46 AM   #4
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The other two have probably gotten the point across but have you ever been behind someone with "blacked out" tail lights? Just like driving past someone with an HID setup in their low beams that blind you. I think a lot of people dont actually realize how bad it is.

At night you may be able to see brake lights come on but during the day, depending on the "tint" level of the vinyl, etc, it can be next to impossible to see.
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Old 12-27-2015, 01:27 AM   #5
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Thanks for the responses. After doing some research and reading up on this subject, I never really thought beyond the fact of how I thought it would look "cool". I've always liked the way they look on certain cars, but I don't think I've ever driven behind a car with blacked out lights before.

As for the legal part of it, that is a HUGE factor in swaying me not to go through with it. After originally posting this thread I hit google for some research..... I had an feeling it would fall along the lines of tint laws and vehicle safety. What I found was exactly what bobditts was saying.

Anyways, long story short, I think I'll just find something more practical to mod. Probably the grille and some sill plates instead. Haha

Thanks again.
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Old 12-27-2015, 03:18 AM   #6
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/121515426273...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

I think you may like this one and I remember somebody did post a similar one installed in the Impreza thread. Though, I am not sure about the legal issue.
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Old 12-27-2015, 11:09 AM   #7
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Oh, okay... So basically, its the painting or tinting of tail lights that makes it a hazard, but hypothetically, if I were to purchase an LED style tail light that is "smoked", these function like non-smoked lights..... designed without the hazards of painting or tinting?
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Old 12-27-2015, 09:04 PM   #8
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I'm guessing you're wanting to do this for the "personalization" factor? There are many ways to personalize your car without introducing a safety hazard - because lights that are "smoked" or "blacked out" are a safety hazard, not just for yourself, but for those that are approaching you.

Legal issues notwithstanding, other drivers rely on your lights to determine your positioning and intentions. Altering them for the "cool" factor is actually very uncool.
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Old 12-28-2015, 08:26 PM   #9
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One thing i like is red out on the tail lights.. I dont have any pics specific of that on my car and i cant take any because im on a trip but this picture kinda shows it..all it is, is a $14 red vinyl in the same shape of the white area of the oem tail lights..very easy and looks good ImageUploadedByNASIOC1451352266.063671.jpg
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Old 12-28-2015, 08:26 PM   #10
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Old 12-28-2015, 09:59 PM   #11
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good luck not getting pulled over and ticketed. hope it works out for you.
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Old 12-28-2015, 10:29 PM   #12
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I tinted my taillights back in June and haven't had any problems.
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showpost.php?p=43535544&postcount=343
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Old 12-28-2015, 11:13 PM   #13
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Not only will it be your fault if you get hit in the back, but they look super tacky imo.. But I recommend overlays honestly if you are going to do it, cheap, easy, and they look fine.
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Old 12-29-2015, 09:20 AM   #14
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I'd like to remain safe while on the roads, so I don't think I'll be painting or tinting my lights. I'm a fan of the black on black look, so I was curious to what options I had as far as getting black on as much of the car as possible. Are the LED lights out there that are advertised as "smoked", those are legit, right?...... as far as not being a safety concern?
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Old 12-29-2015, 11:52 AM   #15
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I'd like to remain safe while on the roads, so I don't think I'll be painting or tinting my lights. I'm a fan of the black on black look, so I was curious to what options I had as far as getting black on as much of the car as possible. Are the LED lights out there that are advertised as "smoked", those are legit, right?...... as far as not being a safety concern?
I agree with not using vinyl or tinting taillights for safety concerns. However, I still wanted the murdered black on black look. I just installed Colins LED "smoke lens/smoke chrome" taillights on mine over the weekend. They look sick and are a lot brighter(safely visible) than oem. Took me less than 45min to install with 10mm socket wrench.

Here's where I got them:
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Old 12-29-2015, 04:54 PM   #16
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I tinted my taillights back in June and haven't had any problems.
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...&postcount=343
Except the people driving behind you in the middle of the day that cant see your brake lights. You understand we live in a society?
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With your new tail lights did you just need to unbolt the tail lights and bolt in the new ones? Or did you need to splice all the wires?
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Except the people driving behind you in the middle of the day that cant see your brake lights. You understand we live in a society?
I still have the top brake light and its still visible.
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With your new tail lights did you just need to unbolt the tail lights and bolt in the new ones? Or did you need to splice all the wires?
@Kottosen no splicing, just reusing wires:

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One thing i like is red out on the tail lights.. I dont have any pics specific of that on my car and i cant take any because im on a trip but this picture kinda shows it..all it is, is a $14 red vinyl in the same shape of the white area of the oem tail lights..very easy and looks good Attachment 75636
Would the vinyl redden the back up light
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Old 12-31-2015, 01:37 AM   #21
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Would the vinyl redden the back up light

Yeah but supposedly if you put a cyan light it will come out white but i havent tried it
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Old 01-01-2016, 03:35 AM   #22
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Yeah but supposedly if you put a cyan light it will come out white but i havent tried it
I see
Just order a pair of pre-cut ones and I would try to see if the back-up light still white enough tho.
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Old 01-18-2016, 07:28 PM   #23
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Old 01-18-2016, 08:02 PM   #24
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they look pretty dim in the pictures compared to OEM. Post up some before and after pics of your own if you could.
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Old 01-18-2016, 08:11 PM   #25
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Those pictures are of mine own. They are a little dim in daylight. I wonder if there is a more powerful LED light that could be put in. The reverse and turn signal bulbs aren't included, but you just swap them from the OEM lights.
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