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348 rear tail light conversion pics...

Discussion in '348/355' started by 92_348ts, Mar 1, 2004.

  1. 92_348ts

    92_348ts Formula Junior

    Jun 6, 2002
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    I finally got the nerve up to do a rear tail light conversion on my car. Personally, I have always prefered the looks of the 348 over an F355, but couldn't get past the hiddeous rectangle tail lights in the rear.

    The tail piece arrived in a high gloss carbon fiber finish, however after seeing it on the car, the CF looked to "rice" to me. I am going to take it down and have it sprayed body color, along with the lower trim portion on the car.

    I took a couple of quick pics, so bare with me on the quality of the photos. I will take some more pics once I get it painted.
     
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  3. chaa

    chaa F1 Veteran

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    I think from the photos it looks good.
     
  4. Chiaro_Slag

    Chiaro_Slag F1 Veteran

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    Wow, I think that looks great - More photos from different angles please!!!

    I don't think it looks rice.

    Where did you buy this & what was the price?

    Thanks!
     
  5. ecadwell

    ecadwell Karting

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    You know, that looks much better than I expected! The taillight panel has always been the biggest thing keeping me from considering a 348, and most conversions I have seen don't look that great in my opinion, but this one looks quite nice!

    Having worked extensively with carbon fiber (I built an airplane out of the stuff), I can tell you that spraying paint without the texture showing will take some effort and copious amounts of primer. I guess that is assuming that your panel is real carbon fiber.

    I'm with Slag... post where you got it and how much, if you don't mind. I'm sure other 348 owners would be interested. I am more interested just out of curiosity.

    Nice find!
     
  6. Chiaro_Slag

    Chiaro_Slag F1 Veteran

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    I agree - One reason I always like the speciales better - But this even looks nicer than that!
     
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  8. davey_jones

    davey_jones Formula Junior

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    Hey Slag - take that back!

    Actually, that looks pretty darn good to me... I'm quite impressed!
    It makes his car look a little "wider" - like it's not already phat enough :)
    I wonder how that would look on my red car if left black?

    What might be even better is a challege grill !!!!!

    Nice!
     
  9. sindo308qv

    sindo308qv F1 Rookie

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    I'd leave it in CF, does'nt look "ricer" to me either.
     
  10. Chiaro_Slag

    Chiaro_Slag F1 Veteran

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    hehe, sorry - I do like the speciale also though. :) Heck, I like em all!

    A challenge grill with 355 lights would look good also, me thinks. :)
     
  11. 92_348ts

    92_348ts Formula Junior

    Jun 6, 2002
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    Thanks for the comments. I purchased the conversion kit from Ray at www.garedcars.com

    Very happy with the service (no affiliations, kick backs, yadda, yadda....)

    The complete kit was $1,975 and included the tail light panel, (4) Ferrari factory tail lights, (2) wiring harnesses, and all mounting hardware.

    I initially considered purchasing a stock F355 rear tail light panel and having it modded to fit the car. However, once you factor in $975 for the new factory tail lights, $500 for a used rear panel, $100 for a pair of wiring harnesses, and who knows how much for the modification itself (not to mention the time it would take to make it all fit right), it was just easier to buy the conversion kit.
     
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  13. Victory

    Victory Formula Junior

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    I like what you've done. If one thing that I can fault the 348 is the tail lights.
     
  14. ghost

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    Nice job. Interesting to know that their are "kits" out there. Didn't think it would be economical enough to make a "run" of them, since I thought not too many people actually ended up making the conversion. Your gain! Did you look long and hard?!
     
  15. JSinNOLA

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    More pics! More pics!

    I love how it looks!:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D
     
  16. NYJETSFAN

    NYJETSFAN Formula 3

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    Looks great! got me thinking to do the same on my 348tb, please post more pics when you can..
     
  17. davey_jones

    davey_jones Formula Junior

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    I almost think the conversion looks better on his car because it is black...
    You really don't see the "lines" as well...does that make sense?
     
  18. yongyut109

    yongyut109 Rookie

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    this is very nice. how difficult to change the set? and please more pictures.

    thanks.
     
  19. 348 Turbo

    348 Turbo Formula 3

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    I like it. I'd leave it carbon fiber. When I want something for my car, I don't care at all if people consider it too "ricer" or anything else. If I like it, "'nuf said".
    The car looks great. Post some high res photos in good light, if you could so we can have a close look at it.
     
  20. kenyon

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  22. Jordan Ross

    Jordan Ross Formula Junior

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    Man both of those cars look so awesome (but the wing on the red one is a bit much) the black one is a lot nicer looing than a regular 348. It even looks nicer than a 355 IMO because it isnt bothered by the non body-color strip of the 355 above the lights. Good job!
     
  23. 360CS

    360CS F1 Rookie

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    Thats a fellow fchatters car, he carried out the conversion , the wing is off now, as he was trying it out for stability at speed......I think it looks great..

    jmo
     
  24. kenster888

    kenster888 Formula Junior

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    I think it looks hideous. Sorry.
     
  25. Mickey

    Mickey Formula Junior

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    The original tail light looks just about right on the 348.

    I prefer the original
     
  26. 360CS

    360CS F1 Rookie

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    Thats fine Ken, I think Andy was just going for the Challenge Car look.....its a less aggressive looking car now without the Wing..

    Joe
     
  27. Andy hls

    Andy hls Formula Junior

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    kenster888 I think it looks hideous. Sorry.


    If you don't like it don't get one, But now its been off a week its going back on cos it really makes a differance. As soon as you hit 120 you can feel the push .
     

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