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Amber and Red 11 20.00%
Clear and Red 33 60.00%
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Old 06-04-2016, 01:44 PM   #1
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Three 986 OEM Taillight Color Combos to Pick From

I have gone through may changes on the Boxster over the years. A couple wheels, steering wheels, audio systems, steering wheels, exhaust and so on. I have also swapped out the taillights a couple times. I had the original ones that came on the Boxster in 2001; the amber and red ones. Then I swapped out to the 2003/2004 clear and red ones a few years back. Earlier this year I went back to the original ones. Now I have a set of solid red ones that came on 2004 550 SE Boxsters. I went back to the original amber and red ones because I wanted to get the Boxster closer to its original looks. With the red ones I am once again drifting away.

I'll keep the red ones on for awhile but wanted to put a poll out there to see what others think.







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Old 06-04-2016, 01:56 PM   #2
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Number 3. Like mine.
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I prefer the stock amber's. But the red/red on your red car is a good look.
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Old 06-04-2016, 02:17 PM   #4
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I think it really depends on the car color. For example I think the smoked 03 tails look excellent on my Seal Grey, they blend really well. I dont think the reds would look good on mine however being yours is red I think the SEs look good . But on the other hand I like the contrast of the 03 tails, not only do they pop but they make the badge pop too. I never liked the ambers, regardless of car color. My vote is the 03s.
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I never liked the amber. #2 or #3.
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Old 06-04-2016, 02:40 PM   #6
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03-04's for my taste. The clears look best IMO, and you still get amber directional bulbs.


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I will say the 03 04 lights look better with the larger 03 04 air dam lip.
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Old 06-04-2016, 07:53 PM   #8
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I like the all red, but it is too much red on a red 986 for my taste, so I voted for the clear/red. I've never been a fan of the amber, and have been slowly deambering my 986.
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I like the clear better.
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Old 06-05-2016, 05:31 AM   #10
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On your red car the clear/red look best. I have the red/red on my Arctic Silver Boxster and think they look best on that color. I never liked the amber/reds.
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I have gone through may changes on the Boxster over the years. A couple wheels, steering wheels, audio systems, steering wheels, exhaust and so on.
Hi Chuck,

What kind of exhaust did you go to? I was washing my box yesterday and thought that the exhaust tips looked kind of ordinary. Yours look great!

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Old 06-05-2016, 07:08 AM   #12
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Thanks for the comments everyone. I am leaning towards the clear and red ones too.

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Hi Chuck,

What kind of exhaust did you go to? I was washing my box yesterday and thought that the exhaust tips looked kind of ordinary. Yours look great!

Thanks, John
The exhaust is an OEM PSE (Porsche Sports Exhaust). Here is a link to a posting I started when I got it;

http://986forum.com/forums/general-discussions/56379-installed-pse-porsche-sport-exhaust-photos.html
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Old 06-11-2016, 03:36 PM   #13
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I installed my clear and red set today

This was a timely thread. It made me renew my effort to find some clear tail lights and I found a set on Craigslist. I like the 550 style as well, but with a silver car I thing the additional clear area is more compatible with the color.



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I think the clear/red look good on a silver car but on a red car they look like head lights....ugh.

The solid red and amber/red look good on your car with the amber/red making it look distinctly more European.
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I like the all red. It looks even better if you get your bumperette's painted too.

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Agree, I think the 3rd set looks the best on the red car, and would look better with painted bumperettes.
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Old 06-13-2016, 08:12 AM   #17
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I have all 3 combinations spread out over my Boxsters. My favorite are the 550 taillights, although on my red '01S I prefer the amber/red.

I think the 550 lights need the right color car to compliment the solid red.
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I have solid red on my 99 Arctic Silver and like the look.
I like these too been thinking about going this route.
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I have solid red on my 99 Arctic Silver and like the look.

I like these too been thinking about going this route.


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I have a set of amber rear lights. I have silver vinyl I was going to cover the amber with and see how it looks.

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