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Old June 1st, 2012, 09:26 AM
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Talking A reason for lamp guards

Sitting at a stop light this AM right at that point where the left turn lane begins and breaks off waiting to go straight. Drinking my coffee when there is this flash of white passing me on my left. This little Corola looking thing has got both left wheels up on the curb trying to make the left turn light so he's flying. As I'm turning to watch, his bumper passes my door then BAMM, I hear plastic breaking and parts flying. He's hauling so it's like watching a comet fly through space with it's trail of debris. He comes to a stop in the turn lane. Everyone behind me saw this so now there's space in behind me, and I put down my coffee and back up onto the median.

I get out and go look at what happened in my rear quarter panel. A couple months ago I had bought used lamp guards for my rear lights from sirjond and installed them. Well that turned out to be rather fortunate. Turns out, the dude miscalculated his approach, and his right mirror smacked that left rear lamp guard and knocked his mirror out. As I'm looking at my right rear quarter panel area, all I can see is a little white paint on the lamp guard, and a little hint of paint on my exhaust. In a single swipe, I rubbed the paint off both with my thumb and it was as if I wasn't involved in the accident at all.

He got out of his car and apologized, clearly assuming responsibility. During inspection of his car, the mirror was hanging on his car by only the power leads for the motors and heating element. That sux 4 him. And my exhaust scraped the length of his car.

I said to him "no issue from me, you good?". What's he gonna say? I shook his hand and drove off.

I was thinking on the way to work after that, not only am I glad I got those light guards. If I hadn't, I'd be replacing my left bank of lights. Also, if I had already invested in those LED conversion lamps, that would have really sucked.

I know there's debate out there about whether light guards are worth putting on or if they cause more damage than not having any, but not in my mind.
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Old June 1st, 2012, 09:38 AM
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Maybe your ladder helped reinforce the rear quarter panel?

You were thinking of doing the LED conversion with the square trailer lights or the circular '95-97 style?
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Old June 1st, 2012, 09:55 AM
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maybe. In ref to LED lights, that's one day down the road. I was thinking this would be worthwhile for anyone else who had done it, to protect their investment.
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Old June 1st, 2012, 10:37 AM
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My Lamp Guards protected my lights once, but it pushed the quarter panel in.
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Old June 1st, 2012, 11:25 AM
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On my '97, the left side outer lamp was forever getting cracked or busted, shopping carts, etc. I must have replaced it 3 times before I wised up. I bought a set of the square guards from RDS...they sure solved my breakage issues.
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Old June 1st, 2012, 11:30 AM
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I still have my lights, but they are cheaper to replace.
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Old June 1st, 2012, 11:34 AM
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Counting on the turn signals as some kind of crumple zone energy absorber for minor accidents just doesn't make sense to me. I do have a 45L stainless water tank behind that quarter panel space, so I wouldn't get that kind of deformation anyway.

I also have a rubber mallet and not afraid to use it!
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Old June 1st, 2012, 12:26 PM
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Good for you Mark. Yeah, any incident that is enough to deform the light guard or push it into the panel probably would have bent the panel anyway. Light guards aren't there to protect the lights from impact with other vehicles, more so from rocks thrown up by other vehicles, brush, and other minor impacts. Plus, they make you look cool.
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Old June 1st, 2012, 12:32 PM
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If you look closely you might see some Asian auto white paint on that guard! But no damage!
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Old June 1st, 2012, 12:36 PM
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I had the luck his bumper was high enough to push the guard up and then hit the rear step bumper. Any lower and just would have hit the step bumper.

I've beat on it. Just make it worse. Gives it character.
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Old June 1st, 2012, 05:12 PM
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Asian's made the paint, right? If Asian Robot's made the paint, then my bad. Toyota, Honda, Kia, etc is all the same to me, so I'm grouping them. I have no idea what make of car that was. They all look the same.
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Old June 1st, 2012, 10:57 PM
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Similar thing happened to me but I also have quarter panel guards. Someone came to close when I was making a left hand turn and the sharp corner (since the guard is bent aluminum) tore up the hood of their car. Not a scratch on mine. I was pretty pleased since it was entirely their fault. Light guards might be useful but quarter panel guards could save you from having to replace the quarter panel.
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