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      05-18-2018, 09:43 AM   #1
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Get OEM LCI Tails or Depo Replicas? Opinions Please F80

I've seen all the threads I can see about retrofits for the OEM tails and a few Depo installs. The Depo looks like a pretty damn good replica. What is the general consensus or comparison?


The Depo LCI is going for around $400. They come with harnesses.

The OEM LCI is going for around $600 (Used) to $850 (New). And you need the harness for another $120-$150.




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I'd say go Depo.

Fronts Id say OEM...rears - DEPO is fine.

If you do decide to go for DEPO, contact KiesMotorsports and tell them Tommy sent you - he will give you an ever better deal
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I'd say go Depo.

Fronts Id say OEM...rears - DEPO is fine.

If you do decide to go for DEPO, contact KiesMotorsports and tell them Tommy sent you - he will give you an ever better deal
Thanks dude, I really appreciate the opinion and info!
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After many years of modifying vehicles, I won't bother with aftermarket lights anymore. Inevitably, they leak, yellow, discolor, fade, etc. The OEM tail lights are very good quality and worth the extra cost IMO.
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+1 for OEM
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I agree that OEM are better quality, but rear lights don't matter that much.

And if you can save $600 by doing so - why not.

Of course it's only my opinion - not judging anyone for doing this vs. that
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After many years of modifying vehicles, I won't bother with aftermarket lights anymore. Inevitably, they leak, yellow, discolor, fade, etc. The OEM tail lights are very good quality and worth the extra cost IMO.
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+1 for OEM
I hear you guys. I've had good experiences and bad experiences. Truth be told I usually have gone with OEM only but I'm so surprised by the quality and look of the Depo that the price looks mighty tempting. Appreciate the input.
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OEM all the way.

Personally not a fan of replica parts - it's like buying a fake wallet/belt/[insert consumer good of your choice].

Rarely, if ever, is the quality/fitment/life span the same.
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I agree that OEM are better quality, but rear lights don't matter that much.

And if you can save $600 by doing so - why not.

Of course it's only my opinion - not judging anyone for doing this vs. that
Actually they do matter. The tail light has a rather substantial seal on it that keeps water out of the trunk area where there are a lot of control modules. On the OEM piece, you can tell it's very high quality just by touching it. Do you want to roll the dice with an aftermarket light, knowing that their sealing properties are usually their downfall? I would not.
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