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Old 07-22-2004, 09:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guyz,
I am thinking of replacing my tail and marker lights from factory to smoke. BavAuto.com is selling the whole tail lightassembly for $234.95/pair and maker lights for $70... Is this a reasonable price or can i get a better deal some where else? If so where? Also, has anybody purchased anything from them? Howz the quality?

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Old 07-22-2004, 09:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The service and quality is great, expect the best. The only problem is their prices, very high!!! I know some other members have bought products from pelicanparts.com and were happy with the products...
Just remember that sometimes cheaper is not better. I have read some people had problems with water leaking inside the trunk after they replaced their tail lights because of cheap parts... the fit was not perfect.

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I purchased my front and side turn signals from bekkers.com. They are about the same price and quality as those found at bavauto. Pricey, but oem quality. Don't slap some cheap crap on your car, as they will leak. Spend the $$$, it's worth it in the long run.

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thanx... these forums are really helpful... i do plan to stick around.. get advice and hopefully help other people - make sure they don't make the same dumb mistakes i will...=)
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Old 07-22-2004, 11:43 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I know what you mean by dumb mistakes... I bought some PIAA buls that were supposed to look like HID type, whay a bunch of crap.. I spent $125 on this crap!

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I know what you mean by dumb mistakes... I bought some PIAA buls that were supposed to look like HID type, whay a bunch of crap.. I spent $125 on this crap!

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ouch!

but anyways why dont you just s moke them yourself for 25$? thats the way to go looks the same as long asyou arent stupid!

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good to know about the piaa bulbs, I was thinking about getting some.
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Old 07-22-2004, 02:38 PM   #8 (permalink)
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There is a do DIY I think in the FAQ foro smoking lights
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Mine came smoked by the guy before, me, I didn't like the way it looked
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got my smoked tailights off ebay from some random for 100 bucks...the fit wasnt perfect...but it was damn near close..they look great but the only crap thing was since it wasnt made in germany not all the lights worked so i had to take it to a bmw place to remap it...no leaks, very strong and look great.
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p.s. i also broke out the orange covers for the blinkers so now they blink white!
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Broke out the orange covers?? How can you do this? Would doing this look good without smoked tails?
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i suppose you could do this with any aftermarket tailight that has "clear" corners on them. they appear white on the outside but they blink orange because of a cover around the bulb inside the taillight. I have not seen the insides of any other tailights besides mine but i dont see why you wouldnt be able to this with other aftermarket lights. it looks sick...but it was a pain in the ass. took about 2 hours per light to get the damn thing out. it was worth it tho. if ur gonna do it be prepared...its tough
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I m really new with the forum...

steve- where is the FAQ thing that tells you how to smoke them? can you please do me a favor and send me the link if possible??
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You talking about that kind of housing? I ripped mine out too, it looked retarded before.
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