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Question How dark did you go with your window tint?

I'm bringing my truck in tomorrow to get the windows tinted, I'm wondering what other people have done.

I have a 2012 DC RW that i just pickedup 2 weeks ago, the rear door windows are tinted along with the rear slider - they have whatever is factory, but in my opinion they still let in too much light.

I live in a state where it's illeagal to tint the front windows, however the cops dont usually harass you too much, and I can find somewhere to get the truck inspected so I'm going to do those as well

here's what I'm thinking, anyone done this or something similar?

front windows, either 50% or 35%
rear windows & slider, probably 20% on top of the factory tint... that should make the rear pretty dark.

I dont want to go too dark with the fronts, it'll just give them too much reason to pull me over, and I also still want to be able to see out without too much trouble.
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I've got 15% on all the rear windows (CM), and 35% on the front. Don't forget a windshield strip... Love only wearing sunglasses once in a while. Not a great photo.

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Also have a 2012 RW, but got the crewmax, tinted 20% all the way around.

If I get pulled over I usually roll the driver window down. Had My 98 Dakota tinted the same, no hassles from law enforcement.

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I went 35% up front and left the factory on the rear, and I'm happy with it. I didn't want to go too dark, especially for night driving. I believe factory is 20%. If you put another 20% on top of that, you are going to be blacked out back there. I would go 35% and maybe 50% on the rear if you don't want it too dark.

Here's what the 35 up front and factory rear looks like on mine.

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I put 30% on every window except the windshield. That doubled the three rear windows nice and dark. I like it. In CO the rear windows can be as dark as you want.

Got stopped once for speeding, just put both driver and rear driver windows down when the Leo approached, no problem. ( and just a warning)


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Tint.

Here's 20% all around on my Tundra on top off factory tint.


Limo on my Tacoma all around on top of factory tint.


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I always do 20 on the fronts and never touch the windshield. I have done 35% before. I was not happy with the amount of light it let in and I did not like the look of it from the outside. I ripped it off and replaced it with 20. I believe the factory stuff on the rears is some weird percentage, I have been told it's actually 17. I have 20 on the fronts and it is an almost perfect match but just a tiny bit lighter if you look hard enough.

I will never go darker than 20. I have driven some vehicles with super-dark tint. Others like it but I always felt uneasy about maneuvering at night on unlit streets where there are pedestrians.

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Limo on the rear slider. Matched fronts to the back doors. Consistent look... not too dark... not too light... just right!


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thanks all, I would really like to go 20% on the fronts, but I know for sure that will be bad as far as cops go, I can go as dark as I want to in the rear, so I'm pretty sure it's going to be 20% on top of the factory - the pictures really help.
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^^^ Agree with OP...I would stick with 50% in a state where front side tints are illegal. Anything more and you're pushing the limits of officer patience & understanding. On the back sides & rear I'd do 20% on top of the factory tint.

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In Texas 35% is the max for the front windows so thats all the tint shop would do. Which is fine it matches the rear factory tint and made a HUGE difference! Wish I would have done it sooner.

Cost was $139 total... 3M Color Shade tint.


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Here all tint is illegal. I went 35% on my front sides. I wish it was a bit darker, but it works. Always went 15% with my past trucks. It got kinda old not seeing well at night in certain driving conditions. End up always rolling down the window so I didn't run somebody or something over turning onto another street.

My car has 35% on fronts, 15% on backs, and 15% on top of 35% on the rear. It flows very nice and looks bad ass, but you most definitely can not see shit in reverse at night. I'm greatful for the large backup cam on the dash.

Been pulled over like 6-7 times between them all in WV, PA, and NJ. No cops ever mentioned the tint. Then again my nephew and a few other friends got nailed hard for tint by local cops with woodies for punks in sports cars. I think when you have a normal looking vehicle and your fronts are a bit lighter, you're probably not attracting much attention. TBH even if I got a ticket every 6 months I'd still keep it. Makes a huge difference.







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