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Old 07-12-2006, 09:05 PM   #1
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Question Ambers vs. Clears

I just wanted to ask, why is there such animosity towards ambers? I just got my '04 sedan a month ago and it came with the original amber lights. I don't think it looks bad. Is it taboo among E46 enthusiasts to not want clears?
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Old 07-12-2006, 09:10 PM   #2
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not taboo...everyone has their own opinion. It just so happens that most people like clears that's all =P...I don't think my ambers look that bad either it's your car, do whatever you wish no need to conform with society.
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Old 07-12-2006, 09:14 PM   #3
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Old 07-12-2006, 09:18 PM   #4
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i like my ambers too!
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Old 07-12-2006, 09:19 PM   #5
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Old 07-12-2006, 09:19 PM   #6
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moi too! plus my theory is that i think it keeps the cops away
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Old 07-12-2006, 09:22 PM   #7
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I've got clears on my black 325i, but my wife's white car looks much better with amber. To each their own.
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Old 07-12-2006, 09:27 PM   #8
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I like my ambers as well. I just don't like the way clears look on pre-facelift E46s, they look too "plastic/cheap" to me. But they do look good on the facelifted cars.

As for the tails, they look better clear on all E46 models.
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Old 07-12-2006, 09:30 PM   #9
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I upgraded my wheels to type 68 staggered 17 inch (from the standard 16 inch wheels). But I have kept my ambers. If the car had clears, I would keep them. For me lens are just not worth messing with unless you have to.

How about an E46AmberFanatics.com site?
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Old 07-12-2006, 09:32 PM   #10
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i like my ambers...i also like my clears
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I'm glad there are more of you out there. I like how my ambers look on my car. Mine is Mystic Blue Metallic.
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Old 07-12-2006, 09:54 PM   #12
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On my jet black I think the ambers look best....
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Old 07-12-2006, 09:55 PM   #13
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drive up to one with clear. compare them side by side and see if you like it. i didn't clear is a big deal before but it does make a big difference on mine (black).
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Wooo! Ambersssss Wooo! Clearsssss

It really doesn't matter whatever floats your boat! I prefer clears, I think they look cleaner/sportier. It can depend on the color though. Ex: White- clears are essential, Black- either way. Can't really think of an amber only



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I liked my ambers, but I love my oem clears. (Jet Black)
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Old 07-12-2006, 10:20 PM   #16
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Wooo! Ambersssss Wooo! Clearsssss

It really doesn't matter whatever floats your boat! I prefer clears, I think they look cleaner/sportier. It can depend on the color though. Ex: White- clears are essential, Black- either way. Can't really think of an amber only.
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Old 07-12-2006, 10:22 PM   #17
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I personally went a different route. My car originally came with amber lenses from the factory but prior to purchasing my car in 7/2000 I had the dealership take out the amber lenses and replaced with clear lenses, but eventually went with smoked lenses.

I was happy with the clear front corner lenses until I chose to go with a black carbon fiber theme for my car, therefore since my headlight trim, kidney grilles, hood roundel, and license plate frame are all black carbon fiber (plus my RDSport R35 front bumper has a black grid mesh), I decided that my OEM front clear corner lenses no longer went with my car's theme, therefore I replaced the OEM front clear corner lenses with smoked clear corners which look MUCH better with my black carbon fiber theme.

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Haha james, hilarious sig.

I think people prefer clears because it gives the car a cleaner look. Orange tends to stick out like a sore thumb, whereas clear (white) blends in better and is less "noticeable".

It's interesting though, because the Euro rear tail lenses for Corvettes are a popular mod, and they include an orange turn signal within the red taillights. Maybe we just all want to be European?
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