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Old 06-26-2014, 03:54 AM   #1
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Hey everyone I'm looking to tint my front windows, I don't actually like tinted windows but I don't like how the back is tinted and the front isn't so my question is does anyone know what % I have to tint the fronts to match

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No, but the fronts are not as tinted, because most states do not allow the front to have the same tint as the back windows. I suggest you contact the state police/highway patrol, before proceeding and see if the fronts already have the max tint.

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20% just did our 2014 to match the rear..
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Old 06-26-2014, 08:44 AM   #4
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I had mine tinted at 35% which is legal in Texas according to the tint shop and they have been in business almost 40 years and have tinted the windows in all if my cars and trucks with no problems
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I know for a fact that the rear window tint on my 2013 JKU is exactly 17%. I had the tint company measure it with some kind of light gun.

Therefore, I had my fronts tinted at 17% as well 2days after I bought it.

You might want to check your state laws for tint. Some have a distinctive percentage, where others state that a cop must be able to see you wearing a seatbelt or at times it's up to the discretion of the officer. Lastly, I have also heard another rule that you must be able to read your drivers license when pressed up against the window.....it all depends.

Looking back I would have liked 10% all around.
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Old 06-26-2014, 10:52 AM   #7
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Be prepared to be hassled if you do the two fronts and/or windshield, especially in NY. being military many of my company were NYPD and or law enforcement of some sort. They get very antsy not being able to see you inside the vehicle and it immediately puts them on the defense and in a pissy mood. Here in Michigan I have never had an issue except for State police who tend to be more strict than the local guys.
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A quick google search shows NY state front sides are 70% or lighter to be legal. That being said my guess would be 20% to 35% to match the factory tint. I personally perfer doing it lighter so the fronts arent darker than the real. I just did mine but I had to do all them because I didnt have factory tint. Did my fronts 35%, rears and backglass 20% and a 6" eyebrow. Found a place on ebay. Got everything precut for less than $40. Cant beat that.

And La law is 40% or lighter on the fronts. But here they really wont hassle you unless your acting a fool. Only problem I ever have is when a state boy rolls thou. They usually just give me a warning.
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I know for a fact that the rear window tint on my 2013 JKU is exactly 17%. I had the tint company measure it with some kind of light gun.

Therefore, I had my fronts tinted at 17% as well 2days after I bought it.

You might want to check your state laws for tint. Some have a distinctive percentage, where others state that a cop must be able to see you wearing a seatbelt or at times it's up to the discretion of the officer. Lastly, I have also heard another rule that you must be able to read your drivers license when pressed up against the window.....it all depends.

Looking back I would have liked 10% all around.
Perfect I'll look into that , I don't like dark tints as others said police get antsy when they approach your car when it has dark tints, as a police officer I can tell you it does make you antsy and I guess that's why I don't like dark tints lol thanks for everyone's help
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No, but the fronts are not as tinted, because most states do not allow the front to have the same tint as the back windows. I suggest you contact the state police/highway patrol, before proceeding and see if the fronts already have the max tint.
^^^This, because states very drastically, as to what is legally approved....
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Front window tints are completely illegal in CA. But I've never heard of it being enforced. Only problem I've ever heard of was when someone was taking a driver's license test and the tester refused to administer it because of a 15% tint on the front windows and called it "unsafe".

I'll still probably tint mine to match, everyone else does.
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Old 06-26-2014, 04:08 PM   #12
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Yeah the rear tints aren't dark at all I just want it to match it looks funny not having then in the front and I like the light while I'm driving
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Any reputable place that will give you a receipt will know the exact tint standards for your location and with their light meter will be able to tell you immediately what you already have on rears and whats the max you can have added to front. It takes like 30 seconds. In NC only the shady shops with no receipt will go above the legal limits and those folks just peel them off before every state inspection then reapply. We have to have inspections every year. They automatically add 10.00 for any front window tint and after checking with light meter will fail you if over the limit. Regardless, they do look better being tinted.
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Perfect I'll look into that , I don't like dark tints as others said police get antsy when they approach your car when it has dark tints, as a police officer I can tell you it does make you antsy and I guess that's why I don't like dark tints lol thanks for everyone's help
That blows my mind that somebody getting pulled over for whatever reason would leave their tinted windows up until the officer got to the window. Why start the whole process off with the Officer already on edge or pissed? I can't lie I may be a little heavy on the sauce at times and gotten 3 or 4 well deserved speeding tickets over 25 years, but by dropping all the windows, havings my hands in plain sight, asking to reach for my wallet, and being polite I have driven away with more warnings. The poor gas mileage of the Jeep definitely forces my cheap ass to slow down. Haha
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To get the tint to match all around, "and be as dark as I wanted, not legal",
I did 20% on the fronts and had to add 5% to all the rears to get it to match.
Just 20% on the fronts left the rears noticeably lighter, not a lot, but still.
My state is 35%, but I've had every vehicle at 20% for years and never had it even mentioned.
But, that being said, I wait for a windows down sunny day for inspection stickers, and if a cop is looking at me for more than a passing glance I put them down.
Did get pulled to the side last summer by a cop at a road detail and was waiting to be bagged for something, and all he wanted was to ask me what the name of the color is, "rescue green"
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That blows my mind that somebody getting pulled over for whatever reason would leave their tinted windows up until the officer got to the window. Why start the whole process off with the Officer already on edge or pissed? I can't lie I may be a little heavy on the sauce at times and gotten 3 or 4 well deserved speeding tickets over 25 years, but by dropping all the windows, havings my hands in plain sight, asking to reach for my wallet, and being polite I have driven away with more warnings. The poor gas mileage of the Jeep definitely forces my cheap ass to slow down. Haha


Do this please.... Any time you are pulled over to law enforcement, roll down you windows as soon as you stop and keep both hands on the wheel when they walk up and are talking to you. If it's night time, turn on the cabin light while rolling down your windows. Be nice and as to reach for whatever they want you to get- ESPECIALLY if you have something like a concealed weapon permit, which some states require you declare almost immediately. Keeps them from getting squirrely and will often get you off with a warning instead of a ticket..
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Do this please.... Any time you are pulled over to law enforcement, roll down you windows as soon as you stop and keep both hands on the wheel when they walk up and are talking to you. If it's night time, turn on the cabin light while rolling down your windows. Be nice and as to reach for whatever they want you to get- ESPECIALLY if you have something like a concealed weapon permit, which some states require you declare almost immediately. Keeps them from getting squirrely and will often get you off with a warning instead of a ticket..
^^^Yep, been there and done that, great advice!

One of my best friends is the Chief for the Sheriffs Department. We have talked about this many times. Take the fear away, so that the Officer is comfortable in dealing with you. Remember, they are also human, and are fearful of the unknown. This just may save you the cost of a ticket.........

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