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Old 02-19-2011, 12:22 AM
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I would like to know where I can find the rules for tail lights.
placement and things along those lines.
Can anyone point me in the right direction?
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Old 02-19-2011, 07:49 AM
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I found this. I know it maybe not want you want but it might get you going in the right direction. What state are you looking for??

http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/docs/vcb/VCB816.pdf?ga=t

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Old 02-19-2011, 11:11 AM
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Rules? As in field of view and such? Universally, a vehicle travelling on the road under it's own power with three wheels or more requires as taillights:

Minimum (2) spaced as far apart as practical to show the vehicles width.
Seperate brake and running light functions (dual filament bulbs serving both functions ok).
Retro-reflective panels on each taillight assembly.
Maximum height (I think) no greater than 47" to bottom of lens (does not apply to buses).
Minimum height (I think) no less than 21" to bottom of lens.
Lenses must be DOT certified and stamped as such.

In general, LED "bulbs" are illegal except for brake units specifically designed for them. Good thread here, though the info is somewhat dated: Red filter (tail light lens) - red or white LED?

I'd check with your local DMV for the specific New Jersey regulations. For some reason I couldn't find them online.
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I was asking or along the lines of where on the car I can put the lights.
My idea was to put the lights on the arches behind the canopy.
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Old 02-20-2011, 10:45 PM
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Err.. probably not, as it doesn't define the width of the car. But then, I've seen some dune buggies with the lights really far inside the bodylines, so it's likely to come down to what the individual officer stopping you feels like that day. Go to your local DMV and/or state certified inspection station and ask them. Since none of us are from Jersey, that's the only way you'll get the correct answer.
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thats what i thought. Since I am not in jersey right now ill have to wait on that too...
thanks for the help
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Old 03-05-2011, 02:48 PM
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Looking at pictures it show that the arches are pretty much in line with the outer edge of t.he tail lights.
I'll have to ask the dmv when i am up there next... have to wait until May then when we move.

I have another idea what about the rear turn lights I could put them on the arches, or is it the same thing as the brake lights. Go talk to the dmv

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