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View Poll Results: should i french?
yes 1 6.67%
no 11 73.33%
headlights only. 1 6.67%
fogs only 2 13.33%
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:58 PM
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quick vote yes/no, frenched content.

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Orange fogs/highs


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ok....i do not get it. is this the before, or after pic??

and what is up with that guy in the hat???

never really understood what the term 'frenched' meant to our vehicles. as i understood it, it was used on older cars that had headlight bezels. we don't have those, so what exactly, is it??

btw, the headlights look like the way mine are mounted, and i did nothing to them but mount them. with stock parts. so....yeah,...really don't get it...




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I don't know where the term "frenched" came from in regards to yellow tinted lights. There's bound to be and interesting back-story there somewhere. Frenched in reference to a car meant "molded in" as in frenched headlights, back in my teen years. The street rodders still use the term.
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right, as in when the chrome trim ring would be 'done away with' and the light looked more molded in with the body.

that is what i have always seen described as 'frenched'. but the tinting yellow thing?? frenched?? i think not. now, if that creepy stik figure wore a beret instead of a stocking cap, then maybe i could see ze french in zees mannahr, but nooooooooooooooo, yoo sihleehy amahrihkanz dooo theeeees all ze tahmm...i ahm ze seek uhv eet.




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LOL! I wish my daughter was at home. She speaks fluent French and could answer with some French pun.

Yellow headlights look silly. Fogs, meh.
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Pic with only fogs frenched? Probably the way I would go.
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I just realized why I don't like the yellow highs and fogs....they clash so much with the amber corners.
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I rock yellow fogs (well not currently since I broke a fog light):

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I want yellow fogs... Lamin-x yellow film and done?
oui. ze lamin-x is ze wai tuh get ze yehlloh zat yooh seeyk.













































still is le sux, tho...

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I don't know where the term "frenched" came from in regards to yellow tinted lights. There's bound to be and interesting back-story there somewhere. Frenched in reference to a car meant "molded in" as in frenched headlights, back in my teen years. The street rodders still use the term.
The hot rodders definitely use the term "frenched" to refer to recessing the lights into the body of the car, but the term is used completely differently in the European car genre. For Euro cars, the term "frenched" refers to yellow tinted headlights because the French government required all French citizens to have yellow headlights beginning in 1936 to allow them to be distinguishable from German invaders. Basically, anyone that didn't have yellow lights was considered an enemy of the state. Once the war wrapped up, they kept the yellow lights mandatory, citing that they helped reduce glare compared to white lights, but this wasn't really true. They continued using yellow lights until 1993.
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well did not know this little factoid...how bout that??

(insert snooty french sounding 'ahuh-huuuhh huuuhh' here.) :beret wearing smiley here:





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Lots of votes no doesnt mean i still wont do it


Fogs are probably going yellow tonight.... a deep deep deep yellow and

I wish that i could match the fog color with the licenseplate/corners but i think that might be illegal in some way? idk
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Franklyn, if you insist on doing it you need clear corners. Too many colors going on up there.

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uploaded with more pictures.

and i was thinking about that chad. check out the orange photoshops... tell me what you think.


Is that illegal in any sort of way to have orange lights...

I would match the colors to the best of my abilities. i couldnt quite get the right color/darkness for the fogs/highs in the photoshop so keep that in mind
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uploaded with more pictures.

and i was thinking about that chad. check out the orange photoshops... tell me what you think.


Is that illegal in any sort of way to have orange lights...

I would match the colors to the best of my abilities. i couldnt quite get the right color/darkness for the fogs/highs in the photoshop so keep that in mind
All the dark orange looks like you're trying to impersonate a traffic cone....


It will be even harder to match the colors when you're actually doing it than in Pshop, I'd go with yellow fogs and highs and drop the front plate and amber corners.

Read your VC to find out if it's illegal, my guess is orange high beams probably are illegal, orange fogs probably are fine.

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