Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Drives: 2010 Taurus SHO
Rep Power: 18
Dark tinted lenses are pretty much played out already. Kinda like HID
headlight conversions... In my opinion, dark tinted tails aren't worth the extra reason to get pulled over. xmattstraff's are about as dark as I'd really like to see. Gotta be shiny or it just looks like you got overspray on them and forgot about it.
As I understand, in CA, any tint on the taillights or headlights is illegal and can get you a ticket. CAN, not WILL. I know people who've been running around with tinted tails for years and never get bothered, but others get a fix-it ticket. Kinda like tinting the front doors, you're taking a risk. If you look at some cars that have stock tinted looking tails, that's probably a good reference point for how dark to go without being bothered. Those old 90's vw gti had them, my 03 nissan frontier has the reverse and turn signals tinted, but not the brake lights, etc...
I can't really disagree with you on this, I tinted the tails because I liked the contrast it added to the rear of the vehicle without going overboard, as far as the highlights I put tint on them more to protect the lens then for the tint, so I used the lowest percentage (6%) available. It was a real toss up as to go with a tint or a clear film for the headlights, and to be honest with the 6% no one has noticed that the headlamps are tinted. Again, this was more for protection then looks, but I do like the look of having the headlamps just a tad darker then stock.
2010 Ford Taurus SHO-Livernois 4+X Tune, Airaid CAI, Caliper Covers, Tinted Taillights, Tinted Headlights, LED Interior Lighting, LED Puddle Lamps and License Lights, SHO Hood Stripes, Rearranged Trunk Badging, 3 Bar MAP Sensor, 160 Evenflo Thermostat, V3 Triton Switchback LED Front Parking/Turn Signal, EBC Slotted/Dimpled Rotors w/EBC Yellowstuff Pads
2013 Ford Explorer Limited-Wife's Tow Vehicle
1999 Ford Taurus SE Wagon-'Our Family Truckster"
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