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WeaselChew
05-10-2005, 09:13 AM
I am upgrading my '97 style taillights, and I am currently undecided on whether I should go with stock 99.5+ lights: https://secure3.nexternal.com/achtuning1/images/Eurosedan.jpg

OR

Get these aftermarket lights:
http://www.ivautoparts.com/andale/images/FKRL553.jpg

Just trying to get some other opinions, maybe some points I haven't thought of.

Stock is always a good choice... I know it will look right, won't leak, etc.
These are the best aftermarket tails I've seen (and the only ones I would get) and they would make my car stand out a little more compared to all the other A4s around...

nizmosx
05-10-2005, 09:19 AM
altezzas are sick










hope people know im kidding

DRA4
05-10-2005, 09:34 AM
99.5+ is the way to go.

outkasta4
05-10-2005, 09:37 AM
Stock is the way to go, dont really like the second choice but they might look nice smoked

IndieRockSteve
05-10-2005, 09:38 AM
my vote goes for the stock, but those aftermarkets don't look bad, they're not altezzas, so they got that going for them.

AudiSnawb
05-10-2005, 09:38 AM
99.5+
The aftermarkets look like theyre right off of a Jetta [down]
(Jettas are great little cars- just dont go that route for the tails...)

SantorinA4
05-10-2005, 09:40 AM
Definitely stock. I'm in the process of upgrading my 99.0 to 99.5 and up tails.

black9918tq
05-10-2005, 09:45 AM
the 99.5 r the best

WeaselChew
05-10-2005, 10:11 AM
haha, they do look like Jetta taillights. If they were red-white-red-white instead of red-white-white-red they'd look exactly like the newer Jetta tails.

I hate the stupid altezza lights... but these almost look stock, just a little different. I also kinda like how the white/clear wraps the whole way around the side of the light, it doesn't stop right in the middle like the stock 99.5+ does.

All in all, I think I do like the 99.5+ better, I'm probably just trying to reason the other ones since they are a bit cheaper.

I think in the end, I'm going to spring for the stock 99.5+


thanks for the feedback!

Hassmeister
05-10-2005, 10:15 AM
Il ike my '98's they are more subdued.

ECA4
05-10-2005, 11:46 AM
nmb has those second tails and he pulled them off pretty well, i'm a fan.

maxh2o
05-10-2005, 12:07 PM
I vote 99.5

yellowaudi24psi
05-10-2005, 12:19 PM
99.5

Chop4Life
05-10-2005, 12:30 PM
To me, the stock ones looks better. Aftermarket [down]

MKGIY
05-10-2005, 12:34 PM
Or you can get soem Candy Apple Transparent Testors spray paint and colro mathc yoru 97 tails. That is what i did with my A4. Had a similar look to the first pic.

Mike

ECA4
05-10-2005, 01:33 PM
Hey MKGIY, I think I saw your car for sale again on the vortex.

pigliiit
05-10-2005, 01:40 PM
hah, im the only vote for aftermarket. i think they're the best looking taillight after they are smoked.

Trefive
05-10-2005, 01:47 PM
Here is something I haven't seen any Audi guys yet. Get some transparent red paint and just paint the white area only. All redded tailights look great in my opinion....just to be different.

WeaselChew
05-10-2005, 01:59 PM
Well, the guy I was going to get the stock tails from sold them to someone else. I'll keep my eyes open a little longer, but might end up getting those aftermarket ones simply because I can never find the stock 99.5+ tails

nmb
05-10-2005, 02:07 PM
I like mine.

http://www.audizine.com/gallery/data/500/46snow2.jpg

rowdysaudi1
05-10-2005, 02:11 PM
So who's car. the lady or the kid? hell of a 8th birthday present.

audi_a4_kid
05-10-2005, 02:11 PM
IN.pro

WeaselChew
05-10-2005, 09:41 PM
nmb, those look pretty good on the car. which lights do what? I'm guessing it's brakelight (red), turn signal (clear), reverse (clear), and then reflector (red) - top to bottom - is this right?

You don't happen to have any pictures at night time? (with the lights on)

thanks for the pic!

nmb
05-11-2005, 01:12 AM
Originally posted by rowdysaudi1
So who's car. the lady or the kid? hell of a 8th birthday present.

it's my wife and 7 year old kid [:D]

as for the lights, top is dual fogs. next turn signals and I need stealth bulbs. next reverse light and bottom brake light.

you have more pics on my AZ gallery.

MKGIY
05-11-2005, 05:45 AM
Originally posted by ECA4
Hey MKGIY, I think I saw your car for sale again on the vortex.

You are correct sir, the guy who bought it is selling it. I hope the new owner takes care of her.

Mike

WeaselChew
05-11-2005, 06:44 AM
nmb, those night pictures look like your old (stock) taillights. Are there reflectors in the lights?

nmb
05-11-2005, 07:27 AM
Originally posted by WeaselChew
nmb, those night pictures look like your old (stock) taillights. Are there reflectors in the lights?

those night pics are with the old tails

WeaselChew
05-11-2005, 07:54 AM
I thought so...

Do your new tails have reflectors in either of the red sections?

nmb
05-11-2005, 09:35 AM
hum... I think they have on the side sections... upper red are fogs. lower red are brakes.

RippleChip
05-11-2005, 09:44 AM
Those look good on the car nmb

A4Rob
05-11-2005, 12:45 PM
i'd rock the aftermarket ones

WeaselChew
05-11-2005, 02:11 PM
I don't think the aftermarket ones will be legal in the states if they don't have reflectors at the back and sides.

Kruat
05-11-2005, 02:39 PM
Get the euro S4 tails. I think ECS sells them.

Kruat
05-11-2005, 02:43 PM
Well I can't find them on ECS's site. But they look just like 99.5 tails, cept the turn is orange when lite. KURZER has them.

derek2079
05-11-2005, 10:29 PM
i like the aftermarket fk tails if anyone wants to trade me for my 2000 stock tails let me know, or if anyone knows a good place to buy em

scooter44
05-12-2005, 12:37 AM
stock

nmb
05-12-2005, 01:15 AM
Originally posted by Kruat
Get the euro S4 tails. I think ECS sells them.

you mean euro A4/S4 tails? S4 are just the same as the A4.

littlewhite
05-12-2005, 02:07 AM
stock oem 99.5+

nmb
05-16-2005, 06:23 AM
Originally posted by WeaselChew
I don't think the aftermarket ones will be legal in the states if they don't have reflectors at the back and sides.

there's no DOT sign on them. Only E1. But you need reflectors on europe as well.