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Old 06 Feb 2017, 11:37 pm
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Hi folks

Purchased a 2005 Cruiser about a year ago. (LOVE IT) Driving behind other Cruisers at night, I'm thinking I should be doing something to make the rear more visible to people driving behind me. Has anyone used reflective tape or stick on reflectors to do so? I'm looking at them on Amazon trying to visualize what they might look like. I don't want to ruin the look of my beauty, but really feel the need to create better visibility on the back panel. Any ideas?

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Old 07 Feb 2017, 05:59 am
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I added the chrome inserts on the rear bumper which shine when headlights of the car behind me are on plus added an 18 inch flashing LED light to the rear spoiler that comes on when my brakes are applied.







You also have a red reflector on each of the back-up lights mandated by law.

As far as the red reflective tape, you could add a strip across the bottom of the tailgate that wouldn't look too bad if you wanted to.
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Old 07 Feb 2017, 06:51 am
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I added the chrome inserts on the rear bumper which shine when headlights of the car behind me are on plus added an 18 inch flashing LED light to the rear spoiler that comes on when my brakes are applied.







You also have a red reflector on each of the back-up lights mandated by law.

As far as the red reflective tape, you could add a strip across the bottom of the tailgate that wouldn't look too bad if you wanted to.
Do the chrome inserts shine because they have a special reflective surface, or just because they are chrome? Would be nice if you could capture that in a night pic.

To the OP, you probably could also find a reflective license plate frame.
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Old 07 Feb 2017, 08:03 am
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If you do add reflective to the back, my advice would be a cute reflective sticker or something, not the conspicuity tape that instantly labels you as a weirdo

Be creative. You can match the car so you only see it at night.. you can draw a picture, have "www.ptcruiserlinks.com" cut from reflective and slap it on the glass, etc.. be creative..I have fun with it

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Old 07 Feb 2017, 09:00 am
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Hi folks

Purchased a 2005 Cruiser about a year ago. (LOVE IT) Driving behind other Cruisers at night, I'm thinking I should be doing something to make the rear more visible to people driving behind me. Has anyone used reflective tape or stick on reflectors to do so? I'm looking at them on Amazon trying to visualize what they might look like. I don't want to ruin the look of my beauty, but really feel the need to create better visibility on the back panel. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.
The easiest and very good-looking solution is simply to installed a very bright LED bulb to illuminate the license plate. I've done this on all my cars and the license plate is the brightest thing seen at night. And it looks very nice too.





The bulb I use for this is the second item in this list.




It's very bright even in daylight.



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[QUOTE=rckstein;641771]Do the chrome inserts shine because they have a special reflective surface, or just because they are chrome? Would be nice if you could capture that in a night pic.

I also have the chrome license plate holder attached to the chrome pillows that are on each side of the plate and yes, the chrome itself is what shines when the car behind has their headlights on.
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LED brake lights, like Handy recommended. I have all of my brake lights swapped to nice LEDs. Can see for miles when I apply the brake at night. Careful though, I replaced my reverse lights thinking it would flood light effect when backing up, but the housing does not have reflectors inside, so it basically just made the old yellow lights a crisp white. Might be on my list to get some extra housings and foil line the inside to make them more reflective for LEDs.
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Oh, these are some wonderful idea's, thank you. I found a really cool reflective sticker on AMazon that I like. I may do that in combination with the light over the license plate. That's a handy idea =)
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Old 08 Feb 2017, 08:37 am
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I put a set of chrome tail lights on SOOO BIG. I reasoned that as I had to replace the original broken tail light assemblies I chose these for their visibility and lower price than originals, not a fashion statement.

The visibility of the turn and emergency light being a bright yellow is another plus.

The fact that they look real neat is a bonus. The safety features of the red portion of those tail lights is that higher visibility with the lights on and the brakes applied.

I feel more than safe with these highly visible tail lights considering the stock over head brake light and the great stock red reflectors on the rear bumper. I feel secure that with safe, preventative, predictive driving by me, a driver behind me can see me at night. So far they done me in good stead.

Should I run out and get the newest rage, LED lights? Maybe, as long as I don't blind the driver behind me.

When needed during road situations demanding even higher visibility at night, during foggy situations or emergency moments while driving, I use the emergency flashers.

Could it possibly be that taken to a fault, high intensity illumination, much brighter than stock, and the "look at me" displays we see on the tail end of some trucks and cars are a blinding road hazard and over kill.

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LED brake lights, like Handy recommended. I have all of my brake lights swapped to nice LEDs. Can see for miles when I apply the brake at night. Careful though, I replaced my reverse lights thinking it would flood light effect when backing up, but the housing does not have reflectors inside, so it basically just made the old yellow lights a crisp white. Might be on my list to get some extra housings and foil line the inside to make them more reflective for LEDs.
Not to get off track on this, if you buy some "chrome" spray paint and paint the inside of the housing, it makes a large difference.
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