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Thread: Obscuring brake / tail lights with modifications

  1. #31
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    I would be more than happy to be "that guy" if it keeps idiots from hitting us. I do not believe in accidents or excuses and am a firm believer in "if you hit me in the rear then I will hit you in the front". Your car is a weapon, use it wisely!
    1998 Montero with winter/locker package with Old Man Emu springs/torsion bars/shocks, ARB winch bumper, 33x10.50 km2's, aluminum roof rack with ARB awning

  2. #32
    Auxiliary brake lights are inexpensive and easy to wire in. Regardless of legal issues, it's just NOT safe to have no brake lights.. I happened to be behind a guy with a bike carrier, with 4 bikes on it. COMPLETELY obscured his rear end.. Couldn't see his license plate, tail lights, brake lights, NOTHING..and it was on a Jetta, his entire rear view was obscured.... He happened to pull into the gas station I was going to, and I complimented him on his bikes (Trek's, I've had a couple).... then started asking him about his setup and politely remarking how unsafe it was. The guy flat out said he LIKED IT THAT WAY, because people kept their distance, and he mistakenly thought that if someone DID rear end him that he'd get a huge payout to replace his cars/bike.. I pointed out the fact that 1. Obscured brake lights are against the law, and if someone rear ended him, at BEST it'd be shared fault, but most likely ruled HIS fault, and 2. Obscured license plate = illegal (he commented that he didn't have to worry about red light cams, half joking half serious), and 3. it endangers his family, regardless of whose fault it was..... He politely dismissed me.... We agreed to disagree and parted ways... The only good thing to come out of it was seeing him get pulled over a block later for having an obstructed tag (Gotta love having a county portable).

    But, that just goes to show you, as mentioned earlier, the 'I'm invincible, it won't happen to me' attitude. I have a hard enough time with vehicles tailgating, not paying attention and almost hitting me, etc as it is, I don't need to HELP THEM rear end me..

    If you DO mount stuff that blocks your factory lights, the very LEAST you can do is mount add'l lights that aren't obstructed... It takes 2 seconds to add lights to those racks you slide into your hitch, and a lot of them are available with them preinstalled.

  3. #33
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    The website below is great for dash cam info. Battery failure has been my biggest issue as they tend to fail and swell in the heat, but there's the "super capacitor" options for more $$.

    https://dashcamtalk.com/

    Quote Originally Posted by pyrate View Post
    Any recommendations on one? I had a cheesy one for a bit and it died.
    2006 Toyota Tundra AC 4x4 (build thread)

  4. #34
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    Quote Originally Posted by pyrate View Post
    I like that set up.
    Thanks. Insurance might cover the cost of replacement parts, but I put too much time and effort to start over if a few extra lights can help prevent it. The lights are also a great fail safe when towing my trailer as they sit high enough to remain visible.
    2006 Toyota Tundra AC 4x4 (build thread)

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