[V8] e-code headlights and safety inspection

Mark R speedracer.mark at gmail.com
Fri Apr 17 10:33:52 PDT 2009

I suppose it would depend on your state.  Some states have state employees
who check out the vehicles (and are more strict) and some have independent
shops do it.

Here in NY, they'd never notice.  As long as the bulbs are the right color,
working and there aren't any cracked lenses.

Of note, the overall condition of the vehicle plays a part.  If it's a
junker, they'll check EVERYTHING closely.

Don't worry about it,
Mark Rosenkrantz

On Fri, Apr 17, 2009 at 8:10 AM, Kent McLean <kentmclean at comcast.net> wrote:

> Brett Dikeman wrote:
> > On Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 7:26 PM, Kent McLean <kentmclean at comcast.net>
> wrote:
> >> I have a state safety inspection coming up on my new-to-me V8.
> >> It has E-code (European) headlights, which are not DOT approved.
> >> My fear is the inspector may call me out on them.
> >
> > If they're properly aimed, I would think nobody would care or notice.
> > They'll have to look VERY closely to see there are no DOT markings-
> > and DOT alignment dots haven't been around for more than a decade.
> > The only thing they might grumble about would be missing side yellow
> > reflector bits?
> I don't think the V8s came with yellow side reflectors. They were all
> clear (or white).  My '91 200 with Euros passed, so I'm not too worried,
> but the wrench put the fear of The Man into me.
> --
> Kent McLean
> 1999 A4 Avant, V6 Tiptronic
> 1991 200 TQA #3, with mods
> 1990 V8 w/5-speed and other mods
> gone: '91 200 TQA x2, '94 100 S Avant, '89 200 TQ "Bad Puppy"
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