I am about to purchase a soft top for my 94 Sidekick from EBay and they offer tinted and non-tinted versions of the top. Does anyone have experience with tinted windows and is it worth the extra $20? Thanks in advance for your responses.
Tinted windows may help keep the Temp down
As for Back Seat Privacy... I doubt they will be
Agree with curlcd that it makes backing up difficult
especially if your offroad where there is no additional
outside light sources.
My hardtop had tinted glass and I got a local shop
to put in clear glass in the back window just for this
My Body Shop buddy loves tinted windows. He says
every time someone with a new SUV backs into a
pole it's $4000 in his pocket...
1996 2 Dr. 16V 5 speed 4x4. Conv, Canadian
New to me... Stock and never been
Off-Road. Soon to change...
- Street lights are minimal where I live
- I always associate tinted vehicles of the same make and trim with hotter interiors after sitting in midday sun for a while (Source: I live in the Tropics and that is just my observation as incorrect as it may be).
- In my area tinted vehicles gain more attention to thieves as it seems like you have something to hide vs. displaying that there is shit all in your car.
- In my area tinted vehicles are associated with illicit activities so they get more law enforcement attention.
All this said, in my area, 100% tint (more like blackout) on every pane of glass except the windscreen won't actually fail you on your yearly inspection. Though I am sure it is Illegal somewhere in the law books.
Japanese Escudo, '93, 4 door, 16v, 4 spd Auto trans, 4WD, Auto locking hubs
Perhaps you also need to determine exactly how they were tinted - if they are done with the tinted overlay on clear windows, the tinting may not last as long as you like - the windows flex, and others have not had great luck with tinting over existing clear windows.
I have tinted windows all the way around my truck an it sucks when your up on the mountain but I love the look but I don't think I'd do it to my geo because I am using it mainly as a mountain buggy its all in what you like. If you like it enough you can get over the fact that it's hard tocbsck up in the dark an just stick your head out the window.. I do it a lot
I have been using a rampage top with tinted windows and been happy for the most part with it. My biggest complaints are it is hard to see at night, and dust clings to the soft top windows and this shows horribly on a tinted top. I will post a picture later. Good luck with it.
1994 Sidekick JX 1.6-8v-5speed-4x4-2dr-FED Emission 206k miles and counting!
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