Please post photo of black Z w/clear 3rd brake light

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Post by Old-Duckman » Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:32 am

I noticed the corner of mine was cracked (red lens), broke it off and glued it then noticed fractures along the top edge. It is not leaking or falling apart...yet. I want to have a replacement on hand to replace it before I really need to.

Saw a thread here where opinions were given on red vs clear on a white Z, I want to see the clear on black to help make up my mind. As noted earlier, the clear is cheaper (by about $13 USD from what I found).

Photos (and opinions) appreciated.

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Post by thecremeegg » Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:49 pm

A few of mine a few years back in this album here - https://goo.gl/photos/EYQRhEDUYSjzoX9N8

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Post by Number5 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:01 pm

Here you go, one of each
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Post by MerBrook » Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:47 pm

Here's mine.
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Post by Old-Duckman » Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:58 am

Thanks for the pix guys, I like the clear, looks good with black. Just ordered one!

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Post by thatnoise » Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:53 am

think I prefer the red, hard call though

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Post by Old-Duckman » Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:18 am

thatnoise wrote:
Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:53 am
think I prefer the red, hard call though
Agreed it is a hard call. But what I thought is I may as well save the difference in cash and should I really not like the clear once installed I could always do a colored vinyl wrap. Vivid brand colored wraps for light lenses is a couple of dollars less (on Amazon) than what I saved buying clear over red. If I did the Vivid wrap I would probably go with the darkest (closest to black) they offer and I think that would look nice, basically helping the light "disappear" into the body color.

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Post by Probocop » Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:46 pm

I also prefer the red. The clear has a bit of an aftermarket look to it, in my opinion.
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Post by Sidewaze Samm » Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:45 am

Because of the relative component shapes and lens colours of the rear light units for the facelift and original models, personally I find a clear 3rd brake light better suits the facelift models, whereas the earlier models look better with the red light. IMHO
In my household we've got a Zed of each model, both Black Sapphire, with 3rd brake lights as coloured above and we're both very happy with the appearance. But all personal choice...
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Post by Kit Kat » Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:32 pm

Bit of a curve ball but what about smoked :thumbsup:

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Post by Old-Duckman » Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:00 pm

Kit Kat wrote:
Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:32 pm
Bit of a curve ball but what about smoked :thumbsup:
Yes in my last post I mentioned "Vivid vinyl film". That is what I meant, what you are calling smoked. $12.99 USD on Amazon for a roll of their darkest film. If I don't like the clear once installed, that's my option. BTW they also sell red film were I so inclined to do that.

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Post by Kit Kat » Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:36 pm

You can also get spray tint the more coats you give it the darker it is. That’s another option.

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