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Window Tint?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by billas333, Nov 22, 2008.

  1. Nov 22, 2008 at 8:06 PM
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    billas333

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    I was just curious if anyone knew the %for the amount of tint and or % light allowed through on the 2nd gen tacomas with the sport package.

    My rear window and back windows are very dark as is and the front windows are lighter cause its the law but I was just curious of the exact numbers because California allows 100%tint in the back and only 30% upfront and if I can go darker I just may :-D
     
  2. Nov 22, 2008 at 8:11 PM
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    The rear factory tint is around 20%. California prohibits any tint up front.
     
  3. Nov 22, 2008 at 8:14 PM
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  4. Nov 22, 2008 at 8:22 PM
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    The front wind shield cannot have tint but the windows can have up to 30% are you sure the rear is only 20? mine looks black as night
     
  5. Nov 22, 2008 at 8:26 PM
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    ^Yes, 20%. I was told this by my local installer who used a light meter.
     
  6. Nov 22, 2008 at 8:32 PM
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    wow cause on the TRD sport package it looks really black as is. If I can go that dark in the front im all for it
     
  7. Nov 22, 2008 at 8:45 PM
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    This is my truck with factory rear tint and 20% up front.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. Nov 22, 2008 at 8:49 PM
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    Love it! I am doing it! have u been pulled over at all because of it?
     
  9. Nov 22, 2008 at 8:54 PM
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    Before this I had an Acura TSX with 20% all around. I got pulled over for no license plate and the cop gave me a fix a ticket for the tint as well. But that was not the reason for pulling me over. I've never been pulled over for tint in the 5 years of driving.
     
  10. Nov 22, 2008 at 8:56 PM
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    how can he give u a afix it ticket if u r under 30% tint
     
  11. Nov 22, 2008 at 9:07 PM
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    Not sure, It was a $10 fix-a-ticket. All I had to do is get it removed and show my local CHP office. They didn't even check, the guy asked "did you remove it". I said "yes" and he stamped my ticket :). I could have left it on! :mad:
     
  12. Nov 22, 2008 at 10:05 PM
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    In Cali, Tint on the front windows are ILLEGAL. Period. You can catch shit for it.. but will you? thats a different story. I ran with tint on my old car for years and didnt get in trouble until i got popped for registration. I now have my taco tinted all around havent had any trouble yet. like DT says, it's only a $10 fix-it ticket =)
     
  13. Nov 22, 2008 at 10:09 PM
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    To hell with that if I got popped with 20% tint when 30% is cali law I would pull out my papers and make the cop look like an idiot and eat his ticket

    HOWEVER!

    if I was out at dinnner and had a couple beers getting popped for tint would not be a good thing at all
     
  14. Nov 22, 2008 at 10:12 PM
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    30% is not the law. internet is wrong
     
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    about the beers tho - tinted front windows do tend to prevent me from driving after a couple =)
     
  16. Nov 23, 2008 at 8:51 AM
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    I doubt that very much. Every single site lists the same numbers.
     
  17. Nov 23, 2008 at 9:24 AM
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    No tint is allowed on front windows or windshield, unless it is clear UV protection tint, which nobody but you would know, because it is clear.

    That being said, I've had tint on 30% on all my windows for almost 3 years, never an issue, but they can pull you over for that if they wish.

    From the CHP page:

    The main requirements for legal window tinting in California are:


    1. The windshield and front driver's side and passenger's side windows cannot receive any aftermarket tinting.
    2. If the rear window of a vehicle is tinted, the vehicle must have outside rearview mirrors on both sides.
    The law prohibits any person from driving any motor vehicle with any object or material placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied upon the windshield or side or rear windows, with certain limited exceptions.
    However, legislation signed into law effective January 1, 1999, exempts from the above prohibition specified clear, colorless, and transparent material that is installed, affixed, or applied to the front driver and passenger side windows for the specific purpose of reducing ultraviolet rays. If, as, or when this material becomes torn, bubbled or otherwise worn, it must be removed or replaced.
     
  18. Nov 23, 2008 at 11:19 AM
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    Damn so basically theres a slightly higher chance u get pulled over with tint on the front. Trujillo your windows look awesome though. I dont know if i will be doing this
     
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    Every site = wrong.

    They probably all copied each other. Even the DMV hand book says no tint on the front windows.
     
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    That's incorrect. In order to have tint on your side windows, you need a doctors note saying there's a problem with your eyes and it has to be removable for night driving. You can get a ticket ($10 fix-it). I have (light tint) and so have a couple of my friends.

    Here's the code (www.leginfo.ca.gov) (from the site: All California Codes have been updated to include the 2007 Statutes):

    26708. (a) (1) No person shall drive any motor vehicle with any
    object or material placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied
    upon the windshield or side or rear windows.
    (2) No person shall drive any motor vehicle with any object or
    material placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied in or upon
    the vehicle which obstructs or reduces the driver's clear view
    through the windshield or side windows.
    (3) This subdivision applies to a person driving a motor vehicle
    with the driver's clear vision through the windshield, or side or
    rear windows, obstructed by snow or ice.
    (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.
    (9) A clear, transparent lens affixed to the side window opposite
    the driver on a vehicle greater than 80 inches in width and which
    occupies an area not exceeding 50 square inches of the lowest corner
    toward the rear of that window and which provides the driver with a
    wide-angle view through the lens.
    (10) Sun screening devices meeting the requirements of Section
    26708.2 installed on the side windows on either side of the vehicle's
    front seat, if the driver or a passenger in the front seat has in
    his or her possession a letter or other document signed by a licensed
    physician and surgeon certifying that the person must be shaded from
    the sun due to a medical condition, or has in his or her possession
    a letter or other document signed by a licensed optometrist
    certifying that the person must be shaded from the sun due to a
    visual condition. The devices authorized by this paragraph shall not
    be used during darkness.
    (11) An electronic communication device affixed to the center
    uppermost portion of the interior of a windshield within an area that
    is not greater than 5 inches square, if the device provides either
    of the following:
    (A) The capability for enforcement facilities of the Department of
    the California Highway Patrol to communicate with a vehicle equipped
    with the device.
    (B) The capability for electronic toll and traffic management on
    public or private roads or facilities.
    (c) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), transparent material may be
    installed, affixed, or applied to the topmost portion of the
    windshield if the following conditions apply:
    (1) The bottom edge of the material is at least 29 inches above
    the undepressed driver's seat when measured from a point 5 inches in
    front of the bottom of the backrest with the driver's seat in its
    rearmost and lowermost position with the vehicle on a level surface.

    (2) The material is not red or amber in color.
    (3) There is no opaque lettering on the material and any other
    lettering does not affect primary colors or distort vision through
    the windshield.
    (4) The material does not reflect sunlight or headlight glare into
    the eyes of occupants of oncoming or following vehicles to any
    greater extent than the windshield without the material.
    (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: (emphasis mine: All the conditions)
    (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.

    26708.2. Sun screening devices permitted by paragraph (10) of
    subdivision (b) of Section 26708 shall meet the following
    requirements:
    (a) The devices shall be held in place by means allowing ready
    removal from the window area, such as a frame, a rigid material with
    temporary fasteners, or a flexible roller shade.
    (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.
    (c) Devices utilizing nontransparent louvers or other alternating
    patterns of opaque and open sections shall have an essentially
    uniform pattern over the entire surface, except for framing and
    supports. At least 35 percent of the device area shall be open and
    no individual louver or opaque section shall have a projected
    vertical dimension exceeding 3/16 inch.
    (d) The devices shall not have a reflective quality exceeding 35
    percent on either the inner or outer surface.

    26708.5. (a) No person shall place, install, affix, or apply any
    transparent material upon the windshield, or side or rear windows, of
    any motor vehicle if the material alters the color or reduces the
    light transmittance of the windshield or side or rear windows, except
    as provided in subdivision (b), (c), or (d) of Section 26708.
    (b) Tinted safety glass may be installed in a vehicle if (1) the
    glass complies with motor vehicle safety standards of the United
    States Department of Transportation for safety glazing materials, and
    (2) the glass is installed in a location permitted by those
    standards for the particular type of glass used. (emphasis mine: Factory Tint)
     
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