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Window tint % question - suggestions

2007LucerneCXL

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The vehicle interior color can make the tint appear darker especially black, no color to reflect out.

Then again some vehicles may draw more attention which could be the reason the tint pull over was done.......
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Also sunroof can change how the tint looks. No roof and it will look darker. Part of the reason I went with the 20 was the pano roof.
 

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Texted my buddy / tint shop owner. Michigan will definitely pull you over with tint as a primary. Court case ruled it could be "hiding suspicious activity". Also, some claim it's an equipment violation, same as headlight out, bumper height on lifted truck, etc. Illegal and easily visible.
 

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I would imagine it's an equipment violation in most states. Here in NY it can be an expensive violation as I was threatened by this one cop to either take the tickets for four windows at 60 or 75 bucks apiece or take a seat belt violation for about a hundred. I was and always wear my seat belt but maybe it was near the end of the month and he was just trying to meet his "quota". It was no points on my license for the seatbelt violation so I took it even though I was wearing my seat belt at the time. This was about 7 years ago.

EDIT: 20% tint on sides, 5% limo tint on back window.
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Often times here, if pulled over they'll just have you peel the tint off on the side of the road. At least years ago. What they do now is anyone's guess. So many laws for the sake of there being laws I'm not even sure if it's enforced anymore given how many vehicles I see with a front tint. Even the glass shop guy's front windows had a slight tint.
 

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EXACTLY. No matter what laws are on the books it all comes down to the individual cop and whether or not they choose to enforce said laws.
 

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Illinois is at 35%, go lighter if it's a concern to cover other various areas of travel. I have never been pulled over in any tinted window vehicle and have driven through every connecting state to IL along with trips to FL. A lot of the levels on my previous vehicles would by far exceed legal levels today.

So the OP has 3 options:
1. Do nothing
2. Go with legal level
3. Go with a lighter than legal level

One of the last dark tints, silver interior and sunroof.
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It's all stupid. Had my bros WRX done in Cali years ago, 35% all the way around. He moves back east a few years later and they have to tint rules, no more than 35%, the check with some kinda light meter. They said it was 33 and 30% or something. He had to have them redone.

Gonna get mine done done tomarrow actually, 35% all the way around. For me it's the perfect combo of being somewhat shady inside with a good look outside. I love the look of a 20% on everything behind the front doors, but at night it's too dark for me.
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This should help re: IL window tint laws - they would put station wagons in the "sedan" category, which means down to 35% all around.

While the SUV/truck category does mean you can get darker rear windows, the front side windows must be lighter (50% VLT).

Personally, I'd go 35% all around. I had 38% in one of my previous cars and it was the best balance for heat rejection, shade, and nighttime/inclement weather visibility.

My BIL (also in IL) had his windows tinted to 20%. No issues with cops in the 3-4 years since he's had it tinted, but I hate it in all but bright sunlight. Especially at night, visibility is absolutely miserable. I get that it's different strokes and all that, but that's just too dark for me.
 

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35%, it's enough to provide a little shade, and you don't feel like your being baked in the sun. And a shot of it washed cause damn it looks so good
 

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I love that LONG wheelbase & beautiful vehicle! I have never driven one, but I bet the ride is awesome. Reminds me of the Roadmaster wagon from the '90,s.
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