[V8] e-code headlights and safety inspection

Christopher G. Mason njroadfan at gmail.com
Fri Apr 17 12:58:30 PDT 2009

getur at optonline.net wrote:
> >From my experience it depends on the state and the stamping on the lights. We've had euro headlights on the V8 and 5k for a long time and they passed inspection. But, the last time I took the V8 through inspection, this is in New Joisey, they failed me because the taillights and signal lights did not have a dot stamp on them. I had put on the smoked lenses that Bruce was selling a few years ago. Now they didn't fail me for the euro headlights so I assume they have some sort of stamp that the New Jersey inspection system accepts.
> George
The smoked tails are usually a red flag, not the markings. Most modern 
cars, including my MkV Jetta have no visible DOT markings on the factory 
taillights. Once would have to remove the lights to see the DOT stamp on 
the bulb holders. Hopefully they pass my car next year with e-code OEM 
LED tails as they lack FMVSS 108 required side markers.

As for the Audi 4kq I have, somehow it passed with a loose headlight 
(crappy plastic adjuster broke), something they like to fail a lot of 
people for. Hopefully the H1+H4s I'm putting in will pass this year. 
Judging by the amount of VW folks with painted and shaved front side 
markers passing, I don't think they pay too much attention to lights in 
NJ otherwise.

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