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I have no life so I downloaded the 2007 California Vehicle Code. Here are a few quotes from Division 12 "Equipment of Vehicles" that should answer some peoples questions.
2008 Vehicle Code General Provisions and Divisions 1 - 18 Table of Contents
I will try to go through and find more stuff to add later.

If you have questions about something on here, or something not listed, feel free to ask.

Modification of Vehicles
24008. It is unlawful to operate any passenger vehicle, or
commercial vehicle under 6,000 pounds, which has been
modified from the original design so that any portion of the
vehicle, other than the wheels, has less clearance from the
surface of a level roadway than the clearance between the
roadway and the lowermost portion of any rim of any wheel
in contact with the roadway.

Mounting Height
24254. Whenever requirement is declared as to the
mounted height of lamps or reflectors, the height shall be
measured from the center of the lamp or reflector to the level
surface upon which the vehicle stands when it is without a
load.

Headlamps on Motor Vehicles
24400. (a) A motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle,
shall be:
(1) ( ) 1 Equipped with at least two ( ) 2 headlamps, with
at least one on each side of the front of the vehicle, and, except
as to vehicles registered prior to January 1, 1930, they shall
be located directly above or in advance of the front axle of the
vehicle. The headlamps and every light source in any
headlamp unit shall be located at a height of not more than
54 inches nor less than 22 inches.

Foglamps
24403. (a) A motor vehicle may be equipped with not
more than two foglamps that may be used with, but may not
be used in substitution of, headlamps.
(b) On a motor vehicle other than a motorcycle, the
foglamps authorized under this section shall be mounted on
the front at a height of not less than 12 inches nor more than
30 inches and aimed so that when the vehicle is not loaded
none of the high-intensity portion of the light to the left of the
center of the vehicle projects higher than a level of four inches
below the level of the center of the lamp from which it comes,
for a distance of 25 feet in front of the vehicle.

Taillamps
24600.
(e) Taillamps shall be red in color and shall be plainly
visible from all distances within 500 feet to the rear except
that taillamps on vehicles manufactured after January 1,
1969, shall be plainly visible from all distances within 1,000
feet to the rear.

License Plate Lamp
24601. Either the taillamp or a separate lamp shall be so
constructed and placed as to illuminate with a white light the
rear license plate during darkness and render it clearly
legible from a distance of 50 feet to the rear. When the rear
license plate is illuminated by a lamp other than a required
taillamp, the two lamps shall be turned on or off only by the
same control switch at all times.

Backup Lamps
24606.
(b) Backup lamps shall be so directed as to project a white
light illuminating the highway to the rear of the vehicle for a
distance not to exceed 75 feet. A backup lamp may project
incidental red, amber, or white light through reflectors or
lenses that are adjacent or close to, or a part of, the lamp
assembly.

Turn Signal Lamps
24953. (a) Any turn signal system used to give a signal
of intention to turn right or left shall project a flashing white
or amber light visible to the front and a flashing red or amber
light visible to the rear.

Flashing Lights
25250. Flashing lights are prohibited on vehicles except
as otherwise permitted.

To sum up what flashing lights are permitted; Hazard lights, Blinkers, Emergency Vehicles, Tow Trucks, School Busses, and Funeral Processions.

Colors of Lamps and Reflectors
25950.
(2) The color of foglamps described in Section 24403 may
be in the color spectrum from white to yellow.

Sirens
27002. No vehicle, except an authorized emergency
vehicle, shall be equipped with, nor shall any person use upon
a vehicle any siren except that an authorized emergency
vehicle shall be equipped with a siren meeting requirements
established by the department.

Exhaust Systems: Whistle-Tip Prohibition
27150.3. (a) A person may not modify the exhaust
system of a motor vehicle with a whistle-tip.

Modification of Exhaust Systems: Sound Level in
Compliance

27151. (a) No person shall modify the exhaust system of
a motor vehicle in a manner which will amplify or increase
the noise emitted by the motor of the vehicle so that the
vehicle is not in compliance with the provisions of Section
27150 or exceeds the noise limits established for the type of
vehicle in Article 2.5 (commencing with Section 27200). No
person shall operate a motor vehicle with an exhaust system
so modified.
(b) For the purposes of exhaust systems installed on motor
vehicles with a manufacturer's gross vehicle weight rating of
less than 6,000 pounds, other than motorcycles, a sound level
of 95 dbA or less, when tested in accordance with Society of
Automotive Engineers Standard J1169 May 1998, complies
with this section. Motor vehicle exhaust systems or parts
thereof include, but are not limited to, nonoriginal exhaust
equipment.

Television
27602. (a) A person may not drive a motor vehicle if a
television receiver, a video monitor, or a television or video
screen, or any other, similar means of visually displaying a
television broadcast or video signal that produces
entertainment or business applications, is operating and is
located in the motor vehicle at any point forward of the back
of the driver’s seat, or is operating and visible to the driver
while driving the motor vehicle.
(b) Subdivision (a) does not apply to the following
equipment when installed in a vehicle:
(1) A vehicle information display.
(2) A global positioning display.
(3) A mapping display.

Jamming: Electronic Speed-Measuring Devices
28150. (a) No vehicle shall be equipped with any device
that is designed for, or is capable of, jamming, scrambling,
neutralizing, disabling, or otherwise interfering with radar,
laser, or any other electronic device used by a law
enforcement agency to measure the speed of moving objects.

Tint on front and side windows:
California Vehicle Code said:
(d) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), clear, colorless, and transparent material may be installed, affixed, or applied to the front side windows, located to the immediate left and right of the front seat if the following conditions are met:

(1) The material has a minimum visible light transmittance of 88 percent.


(2) The window glazing with the material applied meets all requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 205 (49 C.F.R. 571.205), including the specified minimum light transmittance of 70 percent and the abrasion resistance of AS-14 glazing, as specified in that federal standard.

(3) The material is designed and manufactured to enhance the ability of the existing window glass to block the sun's harmful ultraviolet A rays.

(4) The driver has in his or her possession, or within the vehicle, a certificate signed by the installing company certifying that the windows with the material installed meet the requirements of this subdivision and identifies the installing company and the material's manufacturer by full name and street address, or, if the material was installed by the vehicle owner, a certificate signed by the material's manufacturer certifying that the windows with the material installed according to manufacturer's instructions meets the requirements of this subdivision and identifies the material's manufacturer by full name and street address.

(5) If the material described in this subdivision tears or bubbles, or is otherwise worn to prohibit clear vision, it shall be removed or replaced.
California Vehicle Code said:
(b) This section does not apply to any of the following:

(1) Rearview mirrors.

(2) Adjustable nontransparent sunvisors which are mounted forward of the side windows and are not attached to the glass.

(3) Signs, stickers, or other materials which are displayed in a 7-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield farthest removed from the driver, signs, stickers, or other materials which are displayed in a 7-inch square in the lower corner of the rear window farthest removed from the driver, or signs, stickers, or other materials which are displayed in a 5-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield nearest the driver.

(4) Side windows which are to the rear of the driver.

(5) Direction, destination, or termini signs upon a passenger common carrier motor vehicle or a schoolbus, if those signs do not interfere with the driver's clear view of approaching traffic.

(6) Rear window wiper motor.

(7) Rear trunk lid handle or hinges.

(8) The rear window or windows, when the motor vehicle is equipped with outside mirrors on both the left- and right-hand sides of the vehicle that are so located as to reflect to the driver a view of the highway through each mirror for a distance of at least 200 feet to the rear of the vehicle.
California Vehicle Code said:
Sun screening devices permitted by paragraph (10) of subdivision (b) of Section 26708 shall meet the following requirements:
(b) Devices utilizing transparent material shall be green, gray, or a neutral smoke in color and shall have a luminous transmittance of not less than 35 percent.
 

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NIGHTHAWKSI said:
lol @ whistle tips. i cant beleive they have a section of the law just for that.
haha, seems like they are talking about them fake turbo noise makers, hahah that hook up to the exhaust tip, pretty funny
 

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Television
27602. (a) A person may not drive a motor vehicle if a
television receiver, a video monitor, or a television or video
screen, or any other, similar means of visually displaying a
television broadcast or video signal that produces
entertainment or business applications, is operating and is
located in the motor vehicle at any point forward of the back
of the driver’s seat, or is operating and visible to the driver
while driving the motor vehicle.
(b) Subdivision (a) does not apply to the following
equipment when installed in a vehicle:
(1) A vehicle information display.
(2) A global positioning display.
(3) A mapping display.
 

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what about front license plates? can they be displayed inside on the windsheild instead?
nope, a car next to me at a stoplight had it up on his dash and a motorcycle cop pulled next to him and pointed to the plates that were on his dash and pointed to his front bumper.
 
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when i got a ticket for my smoked tail lights, the violation was marked for VC 26101, so he didn't use VC 24600. 26101 pretty much says i cant do anything to my tail light that will change the performance of the light.

V.C. Section 26101 - Modification of Vehicle Equipment
VC 26101 Covers modification of the the light to impare its effectiveness
VC 24600 Covers the actual light itself

26101 No person shall sell or offer for sale for use upon or as part of the equipment of a vehicle, nor shall any person use upon a vehicle, any device that is intended to modify the original design or performance of any lighting equipment, safety glazing material, or other device, unless the modifying device meets the provisions of Section 26104.

24600
(e) Taillamps shall be red in color and shall be plainly
visible from all distances within 500 feet to the rear except
that taillamps on vehicles manufactured after January 1,
1969, shall be plainly visible from all distances within 1,000
feet to the rear.
 
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Only took you a month a 17 days to get to that.
 
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