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Posted: 7/19/2010 4:16:45 PM EDT
I'm getting my my windows tinted tommorrow, not sure how dark to go. I have a 06 white subaru sti. I was thinking 30%, I want to be able to see at night when I'm backing up. BTW its legal to go as dark as you want on all windows but the windshield in SD.
Looking for some opinions.

Post up some pics if you have a white vehicle. So I can see.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 4:20:52 PM EDT
i have 35%, it isnt dark enough.





20% on my last vehicle was about right.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 4:21:34 PM EDT
Get the mirror tint if you have chrome accents and rims on the vehicle, if you get regular black, go 10% all around, I have 20% on my car and now I wish I went with 5%
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 5:30:43 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/19/2010 5:32:23 PM EDT by Furious]
This is 20% on my old Z. As you can see its plenty dark even with no windshield strip.


When you have your window down in a thunderstorm in order to back up safely then you'll wish you went with 35%. Combine darkness and rain and it becomes impossible to see out of.
5% is for gang members and 16 yr olds that smoke weed while driving down the road....and the police know this.


Link Posted: 7/19/2010 5:33:41 PM EDT
A bunch of my friends have 5% on theirs and it's too dark for my tastes. I'm running 15% on my Dodge all around which works out to about 5% for the rear windows with factory tint and it's just about right I think.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 5:53:55 PM EDT
If you want to be able to see well backing up at night go for 30-35.  Like others stated 20 is really better for blocking sun/heat, but its a trade off.  I went with 35 on my windows of my truck cause I back boats and trailers often in the dark and I need to see well.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 6:10:53 PM EDT
I went with 35% cause I would like to be able to see out of my truck at night.

Link Posted: 7/19/2010 7:30:00 PM EDT
I'm thinking 20% on the back windows and 30% on the driver and passenger.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 8:41:35 PM EDT
Dodge Crew cab double 5% on the rear doors and back window, 30% up front.
Link Posted: 7/20/2010 4:21:21 AM EDT
I had 35% on my mustangs. It was a little on the lighter side but at different angles and closer to sun set, it looked pretty blacked out.

Link Posted: 7/20/2010 6:02:03 AM EDT
Originally Posted By RafterMan:
I'm thinking 20% on the back windows and 30% on the driver and passenger.



This is the best way.  I went 20 all around on my Dmax, I love the way it looks in daylight, but at night backing a trailer it is a beaoch.  


Link Posted: 7/20/2010 6:27:50 AM EDT
I had a white crew cab dually that had limo tint in if for 12 years.  I didn't drive much at night, so it wasn't an issue.  On a street with no street lights, you would be rolling down a window to see oncoming traffic, such as pedestrians or unlighted bicycles.  No close calls.

It was in CA and I eventually got the $10 fix-it ticket and had to take it out.
Link Posted: 7/20/2010 6:33:52 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Furious:
This is 20% on my old Z. As you can see its plenty dark even with no windshield strip.
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q295/Stylensky/DSCN1471.jpg

When you have your window down in a thunderstorm in order to back up safely then you'll wish you went with 35%. Combine darkness and rain and it becomes impossible to see out of.
5% is for gang members and 16 yr olds that smoke weed while driving down the road....and the police know this.




Well I work for the police so I guess im ok with my 5% on my other ride then eh?
Link Posted: 7/20/2010 4:29:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/20/2010 4:36:00 PM EDT by K1rodeoboater]





Originally Posted By RafterMan:



I'm thinking 20% on the back windows and 30% on the driver and passenger.



I have basically that on my car, only difference is 35% on the sides....and I wish I had gone with 20% on the sides.  I get blinded by the headlights reflecting off my side mirrors at night.  I have 20% on my rear window and it's perfectly fine for backing up at night (I turn and look out, never trust the mirrors).





Next car I get will be 20% all around, might even consider 15%



<eta> most factory tinted glass (NOT aftermarket or dealership film jobs) are 20-25% IIRC





 
Link Posted: 7/20/2010 5:33:29 PM EDT
18-20% seems to work best all around..
Link Posted: 7/20/2010 7:25:23 PM EDT
Thanks for the info fellas. I went with 20 in the rear and 30 on the driver and passenger. Looks great, I wish I could figure out how to post pics, yeah yeah I know, I still haven't learned, I've tried then I get to frustrated and quit
Thanks again

RM
Link Posted: 7/21/2010 3:49:21 AM EDT
I have 20% on mine and have no issues at night.  
Link Posted: 7/21/2010 5:56:28 AM EDT
I think my car is 30% or 35%.



This car I believe is 20% but I'll double check with the owner.



Also pics of said STi!
Link Posted: 7/21/2010 7:46:25 AM EDT
First you have to check what your state laws are, then you have to ask around about how well they enforce them.  For me at dark as possible as I have a medical exemption here.  Also if you have a dark colored interior or a new car with very raked window glass it will look darker.  I like a strip across the front for when I drive into the sunset/sunrise.

A word of advice, if pulled over roll all windows down BEFORE the officer gets to your car and if night time turn your interior light on.  NEVER got a tint ticket by abiding that rule.
Link Posted: 7/21/2010 3:26:00 PM EDT



Originally Posted By PraesulPresul1:


First you have to check what your state laws are, then you have to ask around about how well they enforce them.  For me at dark as possible as I have a medical exemption here.  Also if you have a dark colored interior or a new car with very raked window glass it will look darker.  I like a strip across the front for when I drive into the sunset/sunrise.



A word of advice, if pulled over roll all windows down BEFORE the officer gets to your car and if night time turn your interior light on.  NEVER got a tint ticket by abiding that rule.


Never been pulled over, but best advice for anyone.



 
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