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need input on JDM tail lights

Postby Rager » Tue Dec 25, 2012 3:17 pm

im about to order me some JDM tail lights :biggrin: . here is my dilemma, should I order the red center piece as a full set or will the left and right lights match my original center piece? or will the new tail lights look way to new compared to the 20 YO center tail light? anyone have a picture with the JDM tail lights with the USDM center piece? my center piece is in good condition, anyone got any input?
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Re: need input on JDM tail lights

Postby 300ZXttZMAN » Tue Dec 25, 2012 3:43 pm

Personally what I'm going to do is order the whole thing, just because I think the red "300zx" center part paired with the white body of my car in contrast with the red and white lenses will look good.

It's completely user preference haha.

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Re: need input on JDM tail lights

Postby Rager » Tue Dec 25, 2012 4:58 pm

i can understand your reasoning. if you look at my Z ive been trying to remove all "color" (note the clear lenses) thats why im wondering if the jdm tail lights will "match" the center panel cuz its white/gray

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if i had my choice i would go this route but i kinda gave up on it . my goal is to keep it as stock looking with what could be "factory options " on my Z

nrsz32? or something like that(just talking about the TLs)

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Re: need input on JDM tail lights

Postby Retro-Cow » Tue Dec 25, 2012 5:08 pm

There's some good pictures on this page:
jdm-tail-lights-t337140.html

This is another option for your center piece as well:
http://twinturbo.net/nissan/300zx/tech/illrp/illrp.html

It's up to you honestly and what you think looks good.

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Re: need input on JDM tail lights

Postby 300ZXttZMAN » Tue Dec 25, 2012 5:09 pm

Yea his name is something like that.. I'm not very fond of that^ tail light setup..

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Re: need input on JDM tail lights

Postby Rager » Tue Dec 25, 2012 6:27 pm

^ i just like the clear lights while trying to update the car without looking sh

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so what do you guys think with the jdm tails and usdm center? do you think it looks "factory"? quality?

at the same time rocking the complete jdm set looks good cuz it all flows together



here is a the full set
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it really looks like everything is the same except for the "300zx"

it seems like the color of the car makes a huge differenve


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Re: need input on JDM tail lights

Postby Rager » Tue Dec 25, 2012 6:40 pm

ill be honest.... does the jdm Tl really take 10 years off the car? ive never seen a Z with them ... shht i never see any z32 driving around here ... and ive owned my z for 5 years!

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Re: need input on JDM tail lights

Postby Z-owned » Tue Dec 25, 2012 8:55 pm

The jspec tail lights are probably my favorite cosmetic thing I have done to my car. The real ones (not the home made one's) really do make the car look a good bit newer, especially if the tbl isn't faded red. As for the center panel if you dont want any color the link below may be worth looking into.

http://s95014253.onlinehome.us/63104/64004.html

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Re: need input on JDM tail lights

Postby Ace2cool » Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:33 pm

Not to mention the reverse light housings on the JDM center are chrome lined, I believe. Matches the JDM tails a little bit better. I'm rocking UDSM center, and the reverse lights look a bit faded to me when compared to the clear of the JDM tail turn signals. It looks fine though, and you'll only notice it if you scrutinize.

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Re: need input on JDM tail lights

Postby 300ZXttZMAN » Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:48 pm

Rager wrote:ill be honest.... does the jdm Tl really take 10 years off the car? ive never seen a Z with them ... shht i never see any z32 driving around here ... and ive owned my z for 5 years!
I think they make the car look newer aswell. I have never met someone who bought them and regretted the purchase. I'll def be getting a set myself... As soon as I get my car back on the road.

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Re: need input on JDM tail lights

Postby DCaff300ZX » Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:59 am

Z-owned wrote:The jspec tail lights are probably my favorite cosmetic thing I have done to my car. As for the center panel if you don't want any color the link below may be worth looking into.

http://s95014253.onlinehome.us/63104/64004.html
I have to admit this looks pretty good as I am also a fan of less or no badges beyond the smaller Z logo emblem for the nose, and the Fairlady Z and TT stickers for the rear.

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Re: need input on JDM tail lights

Postby canadian booster » Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:45 am

the jdm tails on my charcoal Z were gorgeous, i'm not as concerned with them now that my new Z is red though since red/orange are pretty close in the color spectrum, it doesn't stand out as much as orange on grey.

i agree it does matter a lot on what you've done with the car and choice of wheels, tbl, etc. since yours is charcoal also (i miss that color) the new tails will look pretty spiffy

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Re: need input on JDM tail lights

Postby Rager » Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:23 pm

Ace2cool wrote:Not to mention the reverse light housings on the JDM center are chrome lined, I believe. Matches the JDM tails a little bit better. I'm rocking UDSM center, and the reverse lights look a bit faded to me when compared to the clear of the JDM tail turn signals. It looks fine though, and you'll only notice it if you scrutinize.
ahhh i see... i can always buy the center piece later if needed. i can spend that savings on other goodies :yesnod

zowned- ive replaced the TBL a while back so thats all set.

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Re: need input on JDM tail lights

Postby Ace2cool » Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:13 pm

Right. And the center piece swaps out without the removal of the tails. You actually have to at least loosen the center piece to get the tails out though.

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Re: need input on JDM tail lights

Postby Rager » Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:50 am

so im about to pull the trigger on the tail lights, this is going to be the largest purchase for my Z in probably 4 years. last being the SZ cat back.

so ive been saving my pennies (literally ) for a couple of years for these.\

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i know i could have just gone out and bought them but i like to save money for expenses like these. it almost seems like they are going to be free cuz there is no money coming out of m y bank account or my wallet.
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soooooo im hoping i have enough to cover them here. anyone like to take a guess at how much i got here lol. :gotme

i was un able to pick up the jug with one hand thats how heavy it was.

so ive looked at CZP and Z1 for the tail lights and both are simular in prices. anyone know of anywhere else i could look to buy them?

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Re: need input on JDM tail lights

Postby 300ZXttZMAN » Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:59 am

Hell yea dude, awesome!!! I finally bought a set a while back. I ended up getting them from CZP.

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Re: need input on JDM tail lights

Postby Rager » Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:12 am

so far 200 in cash alone, i should have enough with the change. maybe a little extra for tints as well :ohno:

mark im thinking CZP also. they have some other little things that Z1 doesnt have

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Re: need input on JDM tail lights

Postby 300ZXttZMAN » Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:38 am

Yep.

I wish I could have gotten them from IPP but they weren't instock. -_-

Greg didn't have any instock either, he doesn't normally stock them though.

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Re: need input on JDM tail lights

Postby Rager » Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:27 am

im trying to find the best deal without going through ebay

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Re: need input on JDM tail lights

Postby BigTDogg (MA) » Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:18 pm

Dude, that's dedication! :dblthumb:

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Re: need input on JDM tail lights

Postby Z-owned » Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:35 pm

lol when you get them and put them on you will wish you had put a dent in your bank account just to have them sooner. But the wait will be worth it.

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Re: need input on JDM tail lights

Postby Rager » Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:29 pm

Z-owned wrote:lol when you get them and put them on you will wish you had put a dent in your bank account just to have them sooner. But the wait will be worth it.
im sure i will.

so total 220 in cash, and 375 in loose change :ohsnap . not to shabby.

now im conflicted, tail lights, adjustable parts for my uninstalled powertrix COs or this

http://hartford.craigslist.org/boa/3727620059.html

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Re: need input on JDM tail lights

Postby BigTDogg (MA) » Thu Apr 11, 2013 7:51 am

Dude, you saved for the tails, get the tails. IMHO, the JSPEC center ties it all together nicely. The chrome insides of the lights are on the reverse lights as well.

Then get a deal on some adjustable links by calling Charles and getting a return customer discount :)

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Re: need input on JDM tail lights

Postby Rager » Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:27 pm

BigTDogg (MA) wrote:Dude, you saved for the tails, get the tails. IMHO, the JSPEC center ties it all together nicely. The chrome insides of the lights are on the reverse lights as well.

Then get a deal on some adjustable links by calling Charles and getting a return customer discount :)

i think im gonna go for all three pieces.

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soon to be me....


i didnt know about the "return" customer discount with PT. :crazy:


im wondering if CZP will match IPP on price, its only twenty bucks but its worth trying right? i wonder if i can talk them into free shipping like they did at xmas :sad:
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Re: need input on JDM tail lights

Postby Z-owned » Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:33 pm

How close up do you want?
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Re: need input on JDM tail lights

Postby Rager » Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:44 pm

^ that works lol :biggrin: just a semi big purchase for something ive never seen in front of me. but yea. cool. im sure ill love them.

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Re: need input on JDM tail lights

Postby Rager » Tue Jun 04, 2013 5:45 am

JUST ORDERED!!! the full set!! :badger

so this is all very exciting. I should have them here in a week i would guess. Im also just rented a garage here in CT so ill be able to get my z from my garage in VT and bring her down here and actually be able to drive it and participate in the Z32 photo game. its june and ivve only drove my z once for 10 minutes. but thats about to change.

next on the list, tints and installation of my powertrix CO

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Re: need input on JDM tail lights

Postby Zleepin » Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:45 pm

Z-owned wrote:How close up do you want?
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Where did you get that trunk spoiler from? It's perfect. :blush:

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Re: need input on JDM tail lights

Postby 300ZXttZMAN » Wed Jun 05, 2013 1:44 pm

Rager wrote:JUST ORDERED!!! the full set!! :badger

so this is all very exciting. I should have them here in a week i would guess. Im also just rented a garage here in CT so ill be able to get my z from my garage in VT and bring her down here and actually be able to drive it and participate in the Z32 photo game. its june and ivve only drove my z once for 10 minutes. but thats about to change.

next on the list, tints and installation of my powertrix CO
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Re: need input on JDM tail lights

Postby Z-owned » Wed Jun 05, 2013 6:30 pm

Zleepin wrote:
Where did you get that trunk spoiler from? It's perfect. :blush:
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