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    Is it illegal to bake my headlights?

    I'm planning on doing a full blackout (including reflectors) of my headlights but I wanted to know if it was illegal to do this in California.

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    V C Section 24400 Headlamps on Motor Vehicles

    CA Codes (veh:24400-24411)

    In addition if your lamps no longer meet DOT standards they are illegal anywhere in the US, including of course CA:

    http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regul...px?reg=571.108

    In each link there are statutes listed; have a look at those etc.

    There is (was?) a CA code that stated you cannot make any light modifications beyond DOT and if you do this is not a "fix it" but rather a standing fine plus an administrative fee. I neither remember the specifics nor know how you'd find it other than asking CHP and/or looking up the links above.

    So the question is, does modifying a DOT lamp as you suggest violate
    http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/uscode/49/VI/A/301/II/30122
    and my best guess is yes, if reflectors are part of the design of the lamp.
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    I wouldnt completely black out everything may unless you were going to put projectors in the high beams or maybe retrofit a bixenon hid kit with working high beam. Maybe consider painting a few passes with metalcast and see if you would like a dark chrome look.


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    everything is illegal in CA
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    Very likely that any tampering is illegal. But who's going to know, even then who will enforce it? Maybe street cops, I don't know.

    ...Unless you plow into someone at night and kill or seriously injure the person, then there seems a better chance it could come up.

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    Only 3 ways I see:
    1 - just leave as is from factory: no issues
    2 - just do it in a factory-like manner: LIKELY no issues
    3 - buy factory replacement part in the look you want: no issues

    The lightwerkz with it's visible LED lamp could cause trouble...
    You can't have everything - where would you put it?

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