280z On UK Roads - Brake Lights

BenjEtch

Club Member
Hi all,

I'm looking for some info regarding the rear brake lights/housing on my 280z. To be road legal in the UK I know that they have to be orange, but do I need to change the actual lenses or just get some orange bulbs?

If I need to change the lenses, can I change them individually instead of buying a whole rear light assembly?

Thanks!
 

M-j-b

Club Member
Hi, assuming you mean indicators ?

The lens would still show a red indicator even with the orange bulb, potentially not enough of a colour change.

I found these:


Hope it helps 🙂
 

status

Well-Known Forum User
Your indicators have to be orange but it was the case that you had a year to change after the first date of registration I think back in the day so you need a clear lens with an orange bulb or a set of uk rear lights which I have a spare set,the 280 z has orange front indicator lens so your ok with that
 

BenjEtch

Club Member
Hi, assuming you mean indicators ?

The lens would still show a red indicator even with the orange bulb, potentially not enough of a colour change.

I found these:


Hope it helps 🙂
Apologies, yes indicators I mean! Oh, they look good! Do you know if its an easy swap? I assume I'd just need a pair of amber lenses for the indicators, then I'm good to go?
 

BenjEtch

Club Member
Your indicators have to be orange but it was the case that you had a year to change after the first date of registration I think back in the day so you need a clear lens with an orange bulb or a set of uk rear lights which I have a spare set,the 280 z has orange front indicator lens so your ok with that
Ah, right I'm with you! Is your set for sale? If so I'll drop you a message!
 

BenjEtch

Club Member
I believe orange LED bulbs may also pass under red if they're bright enough
Yes, I've heard this also and it sounds to be the easiest route. I presume you can get straight swaps for the indicator bulbs? As I've seen some very fancy kits that require you to open up and modify the whole housing.
 

Mr Tenno

Digital Officer
Staff member
Site Administrator
Yes, I've heard this also and it sounds to be the easiest route. I presume you can get straight swaps for the indicator bulbs? As I've seen some very fancy kits that require you to open up and modify the whole housing.

Yep. There are ones out there, not tested them myself though.

Don't forget you'll also need to do something about the side marker lights.
 

BenjEtch

Club Member
Yep. There are ones out there, not tested them myself though.

Don't forget you'll also need to do something about the side marker lights.
Yes, I've seen threads about these needing modifications too. I presume they're the ones on the front fenders? Am I right in thinking I need to disconnect them and wire them into the indicator loop? Sorry for the newbie questions!
 

status

Well-Known Forum User
The orange bulb swop won’t cut it according to two mot testers ( mates) I asked after reading this,both different garages,mine could be for sale but like other bits now days they ain’t cheap
 

Minksport

Club Member
I have these new indicator lenses if you just wanted to change the red lenses to orange on the rear lights of a 260z/280z
 

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Mr Tenno

Digital Officer
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Yes, I've seen threads about these needing modifications too. I presume they're the ones on the front fenders? Am I right in thinking I need to disconnect them and wire them into the indicator loop? Sorry for the newbie questions!

Technically you just need to disconnect them but often yes they get wired into the indicators
 

Geoff-R

Club Member
The actual lense swap is really straight forward. You can pretty much pry them off. Just clean the old sealant off and reseal them afterwards.
 

Dale

Club Member
The actual lense swap is really straight forward. You can pretty much pry them off. Just clean the old sealant off and reseal them afterwards.
I would definitely recommend using a hairdryer to soften the sealant first though. I’ve done two and the sealant was solid and wouldn’t let go of the lenses.
 

moggy240

Insurance Valuations Officer
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Club Member
Hi all,

I'm looking for some info regarding the rear brake lights/housing on my 280z. To be road legal in the UK I know that they have to be orange, but do I need to change the actual lenses or just get some orange bulbs?

If I need to change the lenses, can I change them individually instead of buying a whole rear light assembly?

Thanks!
That's not technically true, plenty of USA cars that don't have Amber indicators.
Some MOT stations will pass them and some will fail them.
 

BenjEtch

Club Member
That's not technically true, plenty of USA cars that don't have Amber indicators.
Some MOT stations will pass them and some will fail them.
Interesting one, I feel like it's a bit of a grey area! I think I'll get some amber lenses just to be on the safe side but its really good info to have!
 

M-j-b

Club Member
To change mine I used very hot tap water (I also washed the years of dirt off inside and out whilst at it)
This made it really easy to take off the lens.

I then used a sturdy flat blade screwdriver whilst it was still hot to get out the excess left in the fitting.

I used white tiger grip to replace

Not a difficult job to do.
 
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