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11-19-2012, 02:03 PM
Well, this is interesting. My wife just called. She was pulled over and given a ticket for the tinted windows on the truck. The officer told her that the tint needed to be removed from all windows but only the driver and passenger windows were tinted. The rest were factory tinted. Anyone run into this recently?

Plenty of soccer mom vehicles around this neighborhood that are black or near black on the windows. Not saying that my wife just got singled out in the FJ but the truck does kind of stand out.

Guess I'll peel off the driver/passenger windows and see what happens.

11-19-2012, 02:21 PM
From the CSP (http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/StatePatrol-Main/CBON/1251594549056)

Is Window Tinting An Illegal Vehicle Modification?

New vehicle owners are often excited about their recent purchase and rush out and buy after market equipment that really helps to personalize the vehicle and make it their own. There is nothing wrong with this at all, as long as the use of the equipment is legal.

One of the most common upgrades done to a vehicle is window tint. Window tint is measured in percentages by Colorado law. When a percentage is discussed, it means the percent of ambient light outside the vehicle which is able to enter the vehicle. For instance, if a window's tint is measured at 2%, that means that only 2% of outside light is making it into the car. All original equipment side windows come from the factory tinted a little, most are tinted to somewhere between 70-80%, which looks fairly clear.

In Colorado, it's legal to darken windows behind the driver's seat as dark as you want them IF the front windows, driver's side and passenger's side, along with the windshield are at least 70% (clear automobile glass with NO tint).

Or, you can tint all of the windows in the car except the windshield to a maximum of 27%. Remember though that at no time, can your two front side windows be darker than 27%. Also, in Colorado no mirrored or reflective tint is allowed on any window of the vehicle.

Not sure what yours are, but maybe this helps

11-19-2012, 02:35 PM
Yea I just dug that up along with a bit from LexisNexis. Bec didn't tell me if he had a light meter on him or not so I'm not sure if he actually measured the glass. In SoCal, I had the tint on the front windows matched to the factory tint on the rear.

I have no issues peeling the front windows since they're getting a little scratched up anyway. I'm sure that'll make a difference on how the rears look but I've always hated bare windows.

Jenny Cruiser
11-19-2012, 04:19 PM
Just bad luck. I'd leave them as they are. My last car, which has been passed down and is currently being driven by my little brother, is 11% on all windows including an eyebrow that covers nearly a 1/3 of the front windshield. It's like a bat cave in there. Not even a warning in over 5 years. I've never been pulled over for not running a front plate either, but I know it happens. Was she in Denver when she got the ticket?

11-19-2012, 05:13 PM
Do you still have California plates on it? That might be the reason they pulled it over. Sorry to hear about the grief. Makes me wonder about Kim's truck. I think it's factory but it seems really dark.

11-19-2012, 06:12 PM
Personally, I would ditch the tint on the front side windows. One of my cars has tint on the driver side but the pass side was replaced after the tint job with factory glass. In the evening or later, I'm amazed how much harder it is to see things through the tint compared to lighter glass. I think it makes for less safe driving. I think my tint meets the states rules for not being too dark.

11-19-2012, 06:13 PM
My rig is pretty dark and even after having been pulled over I haven't gotten a ticket. I always try to roll the front windows all the way down when I know "it" is going to happen. I see lots of cars with dark front glass..

Sounds like she was singled out for some reason.

J Kimmel
11-19-2012, 07:18 PM
where was she at? I run 15% on all of my cars for the last 6 years or so, never had an issue...and I drive everyday for work.

11-20-2012, 07:28 AM
She was just down the street from the house here in Broomfield. Headed down Sheridan I think. She must have gone by him at an intersection as he told her he couldn't see in when she went by. He also told her that the police were cracking down on tint jobs because of all the officer related shootings over the past year. Broomfield is pretty gangster so I completely understand. Sarcasm aside, I do get where he might have been coming from.

No CA plates. Had those changed back in April I think. I may run it by a tint place and get their opinion.

11-20-2012, 08:21 AM
Interesting the bit about no mirrored tint is allowed on any windows. That's what came stock on the lx450 in the rear and hatch windows. I really like the tint on all my cars, especially for the UV protection. The front windshield will filter out a good deal of UV due to lamination, but side windows wont.

11-20-2012, 11:40 AM
My car is blacked out (5%) all around, and our SUV is moderately (30%) on all windows (except windshield that only has a strip around the top). have been for years and years, have never had a cop say a thing, even when getting pulled over. I sat next to a cop in Broomfield traffic in the car about an hour ago...

Honestly, i didn't really think cops cared about that. I think that guy was just having a bad morning and wanted to wreck somebody else s day.