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      03-07-2012 02:46 PM #101
      Quote Originally Posted by CALICSGR View Post
      Why did VW even put these ugly markers on our cars? Ugh.
      because the US government requires amber sidemarkers
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      03-07-2012 03:30 PM #102
      Quote Originally Posted by Dutchmastr9 View Post
      because the US government requires amber sidemarkers
      I've seen plenty of cars without any sidemarkers in the bumper, which leads me to believe the sidemarkers are not required by law, but if they are installed, they must be amber or clear. So I'm still asking, why did VW install those sidemarkers at all?

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      03-07-2012 03:45 PM #103
      Quote Originally Posted by CALICSGR View Post
      I've seen plenty of cars without any sidemarkers in the bumper, which leads me to believe the sidemarkers are not required by law, but if they are installed, they must be amber or clear. So I'm still asking, why did VW install those sidemarkers at all?
      They are required by law. It would have been cheaper for VW to not have manufactured a new bumper with cutouts for side markers, they didn't do it to make US cars look worse

      For cars without bumper side-markers you will see they are built into the headlight housings.

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      03-07-2012 03:45 PM #104
      Quote Originally Posted by CALICSGR View Post
      I've seen plenty of cars without any sidemarkers in the bumper, which leads me to believe the sidemarkers are not required by law, but if they are installed, they must be amber or clear. So I'm still asking, why did VW install those sidemarkers at all?
      these cars prob have an amber reflector built into the side of the headlight. why the germans dont do this is beyond me but i assure you all cars in the us are required to have some sort of amber reflector on the side
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      03-07-2012 03:55 PM #105
      Quote Originally Posted by Dutchmastr9 View Post
      these cars prob have an amber reflector built into the side of the headlight. why the germans dont do this is beyond me but i assure you all cars in the us are required to have some sort of amber reflector on the side
      My Audi has the amber reflector built into the headlight assembly - I hate it
      Born into a VW family, what can I say?

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      03-07-2012 04:02 PM #106
      Quote Originally Posted by lovecarsDrV View Post
      My Audi has the amber reflector built into the headlight assembly - I hate it
      ah yes audis do it like that. and then it costs 1500 a headlight for the clear euro versions. much easier to pay for a color matched pop out version
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      03-07-2012 04:03 PM #107
      Quote Originally Posted by Dutchmastr9 View Post
      these cars prob have an amber reflector built into the side of the headlight. why the germans dont do this is beyond me but i assure you all cars in the us are required to have some sort of amber reflector on the side
      Ah, got it. Thanks.

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      03-07-2012 05:01 PM #108
      Quote Originally Posted by CALICSGR View Post
      No offense, but those look really bad. The color is tinged, and the fit is totally off. I'm trying to send my unopened set back to ECS, but they still haven't replied to my customer service inquiry. I ordered a set from OEM Plus, since I've heard better things about their product. If those suck too, I'm just going to run them until I can get the OEM orange markers color matched.
      I don't really disagree. I wanted to post this so other folks could make an informed decision before spending $44.95 on these.

      The color isn't quite as bad as my first pic suggests. Here's another that's more fair. But yeah, the fit sucks.


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      03-07-2012 05:05 PM #109
      Quote Originally Posted by OaktownDad View Post
      I don't really disagree. I wanted to post this so other folks could make an informed decision before spending $44.95 on these.

      The color isn't quite as bad as my first pic suggests. Here's another that's more fair. But yeah, the fit sucks.

      Hey, I appreciate your posting! It saved me from opening my ECS package and the time of the install! And the color does look better from further away.

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      03-07-2012 07:40 PM #110
      Has anyone got a response for ECS on this? Their customer service seems to be crap. If I don't hear back from them with by Friday. I'll just have Amex do a chargeback and they can pay the fine that Amex will charge them.

      I'm sick of crappy businesses that don't want to earn their freaking money and sell crap products.

      I was going to order a lot more stuff with the side markers but something told me to see what the experience with the side markers is like. Getting hung up on when I call and no reply to emails...I'm surprised they've been in business as long as they have. Time to complain to the BBB too.

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      03-07-2012 09:13 PM #111
      I installed a set of clears from OEM Plus last night... I am very happy with the fit.

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      03-07-2012 09:19 PM #112
      Quote Originally Posted by peruski View Post
      I installed a set of clears from OEM Plus last night... I am very happy with the fit.
      can you post some pics or even a little video like I did, it would be much appreciated
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      03-07-2012 10:09 PM #113
      I ordered a set of tinted sidemarkers for my Golf from ECS, and the fit was so bad that they didn't even hardly stay in. If I pushed on the side they would pop out. They lasted about 1 minute before I took them out, threw them in the trash, cursed aftermarket parts, and again remembered why I decided to go with painted OEM sidemarkers. Wasn't even worth the hassle to me to return them, lesson learned...

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      03-07-2012 10:16 PM #114
      ECS need to resolve this issue quickly, I will definitely be going down the painted OEM side-marker route when my R arrives!

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      03-08-2012 12:40 AM #115
      Quote Originally Posted by Dutchmastr9 View Post
      and this is why i bought oem ones to be color matched
      Pm me if you need color matched side marker, reflector/gloss black Vw emblem . R mirror cap..
      Order color matched marker click here http://portfotolio.net/johnftc5
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      03-08-2012 12:44 AM #116
      Quote Originally Posted by 1SLOWMK6 View Post
      I know a place where they sell OEM R marker smoke.
      Pm me if you need color matched side marker, reflector/gloss black Vw emblem . R mirror cap..
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      03-08-2012 08:38 AM #117
      Quote Originally Posted by 1SLOWMK6 View Post
      I know a place where they sell OEM R marker smoke.
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    18. 03-08-2012 09:39 AM #118
      I just received my smoked oem sidemarkers from ecs. They are crap! Arrived all scratched up and had a slight chip in the one. Calling ecs today to get my money back. Either going to keep them the way they are or getting some from you know who....

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      03-08-2012 10:08 AM #119
      Sounds exactly like how mine were.

      Although I have to say ECS was very quick to respond and I have already sent out the RMA.

      Quote Originally Posted by Yunque05 View Post
      I just received my smoked oem sidemarkers from ecs. They are crap! Arrived all scratched up and had a slight chip in the one. Calling ecs today to get my money back. Either going to keep them the way they are or getting some from you know who....
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      03-08-2012 10:51 AM #120
      Quote Originally Posted by brakedust View Post
      can you post some pics or even a little video like I did, it would be much appreciated



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      03-11-2012 05:21 PM #121
      looks good brother!

      Hmmm now you got me thinking
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      03-11-2012 07:21 PM #122
      Either shave it or OEM euro:


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      03-25-2012 10:30 AM #123
      Has anyone had any luck finding a smoked sidemarker that fits yet??

    24. 03-25-2012 12:40 PM #124
      Did anyone paint them at home?How about a how to on painting your side markers at home!I want to install mine before it leaves the showroom.

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      03-25-2012 01:00 PM #125
      Quote Originally Posted by retired View Post
      Did anyone paint them at home?How about a how to on painting your side markers at home!I want to install mine before it leaves the showroom.

      Primer it then paint...you just need a dust free environment to really do it right.

      http://www.amazon.com/Volkswagen-Can.../dp/B00407V3RI
      (other colors available)

      Start by holding the can about 8"-12" away. Start spraying away from the marker and spray across the entire marker and move off the other edge before stop spraying. I.E. start and stop the spray not directly on the marker. Use slow even movements across the entire marker at the same distance. Do at least 2 or 3 coats. Probably 4 or 5. Let dry THOROUGHLY before applying another coat. Also a couple of coats of clear coat is a MUST.

      Will it look professional? Maybe...its all about even coats, good ventilation and no dust.

      My big question is...is a painted marker legal?
      Last edited by b-R-ad; 03-25-2012 at 01:03 PM.

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