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Undercarriage lighting in Texas

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edgeracer2k5

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Post Tue Aug 02, 2005 7:48 pm

icon_cool.gif Yeah, so yesterday my and a friend decided to get my car a blue underbody neon kit for my black '02 Dodge Stratus. My friend has 2 tubes of green underglow and i was wondering if anyone knows the law in Texas is concerning having them on a car,having it on while driving, and what colors are legal. I got white windshield washer lights and an interior strobe on my cd player. i bought a radar detector too but i've been pulled over twice and i don't want to risk it again.
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Post Tue Aug 02, 2005 7:57 pm

well usually it depends on the city..where in TX are you at?
usually itll get you trouble so just use it with caution
cardinalsfan

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Post Tue Aug 02, 2005 7:58 pm

as far as i know, you are ok with anything as long as the bulbs arent showing OR flashing
edgeracer2k5

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Post Tue Aug 02, 2005 8:00 pm

yea i don;t have a kit installed so i guess it'll be a little hard not having the bulb showing, and i live in Dallas
alienyoungjr

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Post Tue Aug 02, 2005 8:19 pm

As far as Dallas area, my area, you can have whatever color you want, but it can not be showing or any type of patterns, steady-on is all. Some cities do have ordinances but that is hard to know until you get pulled over. A lot of cities around me, frisco, Plano, McKinney, Allen, they all are very shady on the laws and may not pull you over for them. The police might harass you or make a law fit to make the underglow illegal. But if you stay away from red or blue, and never let them be in any pattern, you might be fine, but no guaranties. Some cops have chips up there _____ but you can’t stop them, if you can’t be pulled over again then it may be best for you not to use it while driving only parked.
edgeracer2k5

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Post Tue Aug 02, 2005 8:45 pm

yeah, hopefully the radar i got will help a little, casue this one time my frind said he was driving in garland and a chick cop pulled him over casue she saw him turn his neon off while passing.
alienyoungjr

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Post Tue Aug 02, 2005 9:47 pm

yeah that happens, they laws are very shady on underglow stuff, and enough that most cops will just ignore them, but some cops have something out against people lighting themselves up like a christmas tree. Afterall if we were real criminals would we really want to stick out like a sore thumb.
Silentdawn

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Post Wed Aug 03, 2005 7:23 am

^^ this is quite true
txcovergirl2001

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Post Sun Dec 11, 2005 12:07 pm

Do you know if you can drive with them on in round rock.... its right outside of austin. I just bought some white ones for my truck
laanaashlee

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Post Thu Dec 15, 2005 4:45 pm

hi, i just wanted to say that i dont think that Honda Elements are ugly puppy_dog_eyes.gif
i plan on buying one by my b-day in April for $30,000
the black ones look pretty decent but it'll probably overheat faster than a silver one
they also look better with the chrome wheels too biglaugh.gif
i love hondas nissans and toyotas

the Scions (suv) are ugly and so is the Aztec[size=12
stasis-

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Post Thu Dec 15, 2005 4:52 pm

if you buy a new car, it SHOULDNT overheat at all..especially not depending on its color. elements are ugly though, sorry
Rags

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Post Thu Dec 15, 2005 4:59 pm

yea, just because its black doesnt mean it will overheat.
but yea, i like xb's more and nismo is better than it all.
Losing quickly

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Post Thu Dec 15, 2005 5:08 pm

laanaashlee wrote:
hi, i just wanted to say that i dont think that Honda Elements are ugly puppy_dog_eyes.gif
i plan on buying one by my b-day in April for $30,000
the black ones look pretty decent but it'll probably overheat faster than a silver one
they also look better with the chrome wheels too biglaugh.gif
i love hondas nissans and toyotas

the Scions (suv) are ugly and so is the Aztec[size=12


what the heck????this came out of left field. ok. onto your subject.... Elements are pretty nice in the interior. the seats are pretty neat. The stock sound system sounds great too. It has a 8" sub in the front in the bottom of the console. you can basically rinse out the interior with a hose if you need to. They should not overheat! I worked at a Honda dealership this summer, and it was HOT (over 100's) , and they would run with no problem. good running vehicles in my opinion.

Edit: a mechanic put a thermometer on top of a black prelude, it was over 150 degrees
my_hidden_romance

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Post Sat Dec 17, 2005 1:46 pm

damn thats hott..


i dont know about tx..but in pa..u cant have like..any lights on..unless ur parked..away from the road
Losing quickly

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Post Sat Dec 17, 2005 4:11 pm

my_hidden_romance wrote:
damn thats hott..



One day, I had to be taken home, I got so hot, I started puking and was dizzy and such....it sucked
30yodv

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Post Thu Dec 29, 2005 1:00 am

Firstly, I recommend anyone doing aftermarket mods to their rides to check out sema.org or semasan.com. Ok, check this. In Texas and New Mexico, red or blue exterior lighting, with the exception of brake lights, is illegal. Those colors are reserved for emergency vehicles. Texas Transportation code Chapter 547, read it, learn it, don't let law enforcement tell you otherwise. Of course, don't argue with a cop if they pull you over. Texas folks check out www.capitol.state.tx.us under Transportation code, specifcally 547.305. Be informed guys.
cardinalsfan

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Post Thu Dec 29, 2005 10:28 am

ah...so that means my front turn signals (they are red) are illegal...oh well
alienyoungjr

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Post Thu Dec 29, 2005 11:58 am

Quote:
§ 547.305. RESTRICTIONS ON USE OF LIGHTS. (a) A motor
vehicle lamp or illuminating device, other than a headlamp,
spotlamp, auxiliary lamp, turn signal lamp, or emergency vehicle or
school bus warning lamp, that projects a beam with an intensity
brighter than 300 candlepower shall be directed so that no part of
the high-intensity portion of the beam strikes the roadway at a
distance of more than 75 feet from the vehicle.
(b) Except as expressly authorized by law, a person may not
operate or move equipment or a vehicle, other than a police vehicle,
with a lamp or device that displays a red light visible from
directly in front of the center of the equipment or vehicle.
(c) A person may not operate a motor vehicle equipped with a
red, white, or blue beacon, flashing, or alternating light unless
the equipment is:
(1) used as specifically authorized by this chapter;
or
(2) a running lamp, headlamp, taillamp, backup lamp,
or turn signal lamp that is used as authorized by law.
(d) A vehicle may be equipped with alternately flashing
lighting equipment described by Section 547.701 or 547.702 only if
the vehicle is:
(1) a school bus;
(2) an authorized emergency vehicle;
(3) a church bus that has the words "church bus"
printed on the front and rear of the bus so as to be clearly
discernable to other vehicle operators;
(4) a tow truck while under the direction of a law
enforcement officer at the scene of an accident or while hooking up
to a disabled vehicle on a roadway; or
(5) a tow truck with a mounted light bar which has turn
signals and stop lamps in addition to those required by Sections
547.322, 547.323, and 547.324, Transportation Code.
(e) A person may not operate highway maintenance or service
equipment, including snow-removal equipment, that is not equipped
with lamps or that does not display lighted lamps as required by the
standards and specifications adopted by the Texas Department of
Transportation.
(f) In this section "tow truck" means a motor vehicle or
mechanical device that is adapted or used to tow, winch, or move a
disabled vehicle.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended
by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 380, § 1, eff. July 1, 1999.


If I read that correctly then it does not say we can't have blue, red, or white, however they can not be a beacon, flashing, or alternating. No where does it say that I can have it just illuminated.
cardinalsfan

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Post Thu Dec 29, 2005 9:36 pm

so then my red turn signals ARE illegal...
alienyoungjr

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Post Thu Dec 29, 2005 11:36 pm

cardinalsfan wrote:
so then my red turn signals ARE illegal...


well Red to the front has always been illegal, so get it fixed asap.
cardinalsfan

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Post Fri Dec 30, 2005 9:13 pm

well...ive seen tons of cops and i havent been pulled over, but it only takes once
spitfirepyro

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Post Fri Apr 14, 2006 9:06 pm

For Texas State Laws, I know in the houston area, you cant have any colors other than a standard white or that crappy yellowish color of stock headlights coming out the front and nothing but red out the back. As for undercarriage, they may not be strobing, and the bulbs cannot be seen. Color requirements are none existent, however, I have a green kit, one of my friends has a blue kit, and he got pulled over so much he go so fed up that he ripped the lights off. Another friend had a red kit and he definately got pulled over alot.
SunfireX

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Post Fri Jun 30, 2006 4:07 pm

I understand this is a topic revival, however I wanted to say something on the matter. Actually, I just talked with a officer of the Houston and Tri-City area police departments and undercarriage lights are legal as long as the bulbs are not showing in any way. They can also be any color, including blue and red. icon_smile.gif I have yet to ask about interior lighting but I plan to.
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Post Sat Jul 01, 2006 4:03 am

use red or blue and youll get pulled over. 100% guarantee.
alienyoungjr

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Post Sat Jul 01, 2006 7:31 am

simply not true, in my area its been tested. It wasn't tested for just a week, several friends I know had a red kit and a blue kit on their cars. They NEVER got pulled over for them. I've talked to cops in my area about UB kits and they simply were told not to mess with them.
SunfireX

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Post Sat Jul 01, 2006 10:09 am

alienyoungjr wrote:
simply not true, in my area its been tested. It wasn't tested for just a week, several friends I know had a red kit and a blue kit on their cars. They NEVER got pulled over for them. I've talked to cops in my area about UB kits and they simply were told not to mess with them.


Where in TX do you live?
alienyoungjr

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Post Sat Jul 01, 2006 10:36 pm

an hour north of Dallas in collin county.
SunfireX

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Post Sun Jul 02, 2006 1:24 am

Ah, well I am pretty sure that Houston is close to the same as up there... The cops really don't care about someone with lights in the undercarriage but more or less about speeding, I think I will take my chances with the blue. icon_wink.gif
iamdaman

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Post Sat Jul 15, 2006 10:04 pm

i just installed a blue underglow kit to my 2000 pontiac grand prix that has blue flames and the local cops around here said that as long as the bulbs are not visible or flashing that any color is legal.
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