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We are seriously considering some window tinting on our '05 XC70 and found a shop that uses Llumar ATR products. Searching through Pennsylvania's laws in tinting, it appears that the legal limit on front and back (passenger cars, not trucks) is that 70% of the light must transmit into the car - this does not allow for much legal tinting. I am considering something relatively mild between 35-50% tint on the back windows and, nothing on the front - as I understand this is the percent amount of light that is let in. This is beyond the legal limits, but I see many passenger cars out there with much more then that. Would appreciate comments from any fellow PA drivers with personal experience on tinting and how stringent the laws are enforced.<p>
 

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Re: Another window tinting question for Pennsylvania drivers (samulsoon_0503)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>samulsoon_0503</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">We are seriously considering some window tinting on our '05 XC70 and found a shop that uses Llumar ATR products. Searching through Pennsylvania's laws in tinting, it appears that the legal limit on front and back (passenger cars, not trucks) is that 70% of the light must transmit into the car - this does not allow for much legal tinting. I am considering something relatively mild between 35-50% tint on the back windows and, nothing on the front - as I understand this is the percent amount of light that is let in. This is beyond the legal limits, but I see many passenger cars out there with much more then that. Would appreciate comments from any fellow PA drivers with personal experience on tinting and how stringent the laws are enforced.<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>We have tinted many customers' cars. You are right; if you are going to tint by using what is legal, you might as well not spend the money.<p>We have found out (yours truly included, with my own car) that as long as you do not go darker than 20%, you are OK. People do not get stopped. 20% and darker, I can guarantee you that you will be getting a ticket within 6 months.<p>Yannis
 

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Re: Another window tinting question for Pennsylvania drivers (GrecianVolvo)

Agreed,<br>I have 35% on 3 cars (front door glass), never stopped
 

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I have 35% percent on my R and even when i was pulled over they didn't say anything about the tint. i truely believe that driving a Volvo you are not in the same eye to police as someone driving an Acura Integra.
 

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<B>IF </B>there is a law about the rear (rear side) glass, it's NEVER enforced.<br>I don't think there is<br>They just want to have 35% (or less) on the front side glass
 

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Thanks for all of you comments!! Looking forward to seeing how this turns out - I'm feeling much more comfortable now.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>SL8Brick</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">35% on rear side windows only....never been pulled over/hastled about them</TD></TR></TABLE><br>You never will
 

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Re: Another window tinting question for Pennsylvania drivers (samulsoon_0503)

Back when I was in NJ. Most of my cars were limo(can not see in) tint on all windows form the front doors back. Front doors were 35% and windsheild upper band was 35% and fudged to be lower down then legal but never stopped for anything. Now that I am in SC the 744 has limo(can not see in) on all rear windows form front doors back. And the front doors and the windshield band are 35%. The BRIGHT RED 965 has limo(can not see in) everywhere and the windshield is 35%. Wonderful for makeing the A/C work extremely well. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Once in high school , I tinted my car with 5% all around except the windshield. On the very next day, while cutting for lunch, I got stop and the officer ordered me to open my door from the outside and come out slowly with his gun drawn. A moment later his supervisor stopped by and told me having such tint is not safe and sent me on my way without a ticket. Changed my tint to 20% the following day until I had to remove it again to pass inspection the following year.<p>How does everyone get pass inspection with tint on their cars?
 

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Well in SC we have no inspection. BUT in NJ we did and it was strict. That being said now. If you have a car with windows that go up into a channel in the front doors it is very simple(or to try) to pass. First do NOT tint the WHOLE window up into the channel. leave it a 1/4 inch from the edge. That way it will only be up into the edge of the channel. Not into the channel when the door glass is closed tight. When stopped you must roll down your window for them to use a light transmission meter over the glass like a clamp. The 1/4 virgin glass will dilute the meter reading and you will pass with 35% on front door windows. As onlt teh front doors matter BY LAW, nothing form the front doors back matter or can be ticketed or harrassed for. Anything more you will take your chances. If you have a car with front door glass that is not in a channel. Then you must judge where the rubber weatherstrip is and allow for a 1/4 inch band then on a free standing door glass. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Another window tinting question for Pennsylvania drivers (Nato740)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Nato740</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Back when I was in NJ. Most of my cars were limo(can not see in) tint on all windows form the front doors back. Front doors were 35% and windsheild upper band was 35% and fudged to be lower down then legal but never stopped for anything. Now that I am in SC the 744 has limo(can not see in) on all rear windows form front doors back. And the front doors and the windshield band are 35%. The BRIGHT RED 965 has limo(can not see in) everywhere and the windshield is 35%. Wonderful for makeing the A/C work extremely well. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Let's see...old car, waaaaaay deeply tinted windows. Buddy, I think it's just a matter of time until you get the ol' blue light special... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Another window tinting question for Pennsylvania drivers (JRinPR)

Well I think both my 91 744 and my 96 965 are far less likely to get any blue light specials form anything. More like the ALL LIMO tint on teh LOUD(exh and system) civics and preludes and mitsu's and toyota's or cavilers and ******* and such. But thanks for your advise. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Cementups</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I have 35% percent on my R and even when i was pulled over they didn't say anything about the tint. i truely believe that driving a Volvo you are not in the same eye to police as someone driving an Acura Integra.</TD></TR></TABLE><p><br>so very true...a nice tint job (and im not talking about 5% ghetto tint) on a nice car, such as the R, and you won't have any trouble.<p>
 

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i have 15% on my camaro... never stopped... for THAT at least.<br>volvo is at what seems to be about 50% but am going to go to the 20 range.
 

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Re: Another window tinting question for Pennsylvania drivers (Nato740)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Nato740</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Well I think both my 91 744 and my 96 965 are far less likely to get any blue light specials form anything. <B>More like the ALL LIMO tint on teh LOUD(exh and system) civics and preludes and mitsu's and toyota's or cavilers and ******* and such. </B>But thanks for your advise. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Like these?<p><A HREF="http://www.beaterz.com/reviews/rice.htm" TARGET="_blank">http://www.beaterz.com/reviews/rice.htm</A><p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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