To paraphrase the Almond Joy commercial, sometimes you feel like a tint, sometimes you don't. In states like California, having any tint on your front windows is verboten. It's only casually enforced, but it's still illegal. In that case, something like this setup might come in handy: a Russian gent on installed two power windows in one door, and tinted one of them.

We don't know how much alteration was required to make the setup work on this car (it appears to be a Lada/VAZ model); one commenter asked if the door's support ribs had to be removed in order to fit the duplicate systems. Check it out for yourself in the video after the jump.



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      rocketmoose
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't care how tacky that is, there's something strangely compelling about it.
      Mr. Meaner
      • 2 Years Ago
      I need this. Just got $210 worth of fines and a mandatory vehicle inspection for tint on my front windows on my GTI. (I live in British Columbia, Canada)
      NipponEngine
      • 2 Years Ago
      totally distracted by the typo "a Russian gent *on* installed...", but then i see how you spell your name and I find you just like putting "on" where it doesn't belong. hahaha
      LifeLongCarGuy
      • 2 Years Ago
      It'd look weird (imo) if there is tint on your rear window, or any of the other windows that don't roll down on your car but the idea is cool, nonetheless. I could totally see ultra high end manufacturers toying with this idea.
      Easy_Eight
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's a pretty cool idea. Reminds me of the polarising windows you get on Jets.
      Mr. ROBoto
      • 2 Years Ago
      From Mr. Deeds: Genius genius genius! Take my money!
      cc
      • 2 Years Ago
      Completely pointless, I love it.
      Robert Fahey
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Not here, honey, it's too bright." "Not anymore."
      thePeterN
      • 2 Years Ago
      Would be fun to prank people with this. Give the clear glass a really good cleaning. Bring down the tinted window and offer someone a candybar. Laugh your butt off when they smash their hand into the second window.
        sensibility2
        • 2 Years Ago
        @thePeterN
        I don't know why but I cannot stop laughing about your comment.
      space
      • 2 Years Ago
      YES! Screw the system! This is awesome!
      Go
      • 2 Years Ago
      As a car enthusiast (and presumably driving enthusiast) those reading this with front windows tinted are making a ridiculously bad choice -- When other drivers can't see your intentions (eyeline, gestures, etc.), you're just begging to get hit. Why risk it? For your vanity? As someone who takes driving seriously (again, presumably), I'd hope you guys would know better! 2ยข.
        Kevlar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Go
        You must not live in Florida. Try parking a car in direct sunlight in Florida all day and then tell me that window tint is purely for "vanity." Sure, "limo tint" on front windows is pretty stupid, but a ceramic ~30% tint is extremely effective at blocking heat and limiting interior sun damage, without appreciably affecting visibility, even at night. Also, as stated below, I have signals and lights to make my intentions known, and to Agilis's point about wanting to see if I'm on my phone/arguing with passengers/yelling at traffic, etc: I know perfectly well what I'M doing on the road, and I'm not going to turn my car into an infrared oven just so you can see that I'm not a threat to you.
        flychinook
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Go
        I'm having trouble thinking of any (appropriate) gestures I would have to display through my side window to signal my intentions.
        AlphaGnome
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Go
        There are a lot of benefits associated with window tint, not just there for "vanity." There are plenty of benefits associated with tint... Especially for those that suffer from light sensativity.
          AlphaGnome
          • 2 Years Ago
          @AlphaGnome
          Agilis, since common sense eludes you, I'll go ahead an list a few now that I am on my computer and not my phone. 1. Temperature. On a hot summer day, the cabin of a car that has tinted windows will be significantly cooler than a car that does not. Not only does this make your car a more comfortable to be, it can improve your MPG because you won't have to run the A/C at full blast. 2. Protection from UV rays. Not only are UV rays harmful to your skin, they are also harmful to your interior. With window tint, you can prolong the life of your interior... Warping, fading & cracking can all be caused by UV rays & the heat. 3. Safety. In case you were unaware, glass shatters. An accident on its own can ruin anyone's day... Adding a faceful of glass to the equation makes it that much worse. Tint can hold glass together in such an event. 4. Reduces Glare. Being blinded by glare from the sun or another vehicle's headlights can be a huge hazard. Working in insurance, I see blinding light as a factor on a accident report at least once a week. I'm not saying everyone should rush out and get limo tint, but to discredit tint as merely a cosmetic is ignorant. I personally have 35%, which is the legal limit here with a D.O.T. provided permit and I think it's more than sufficient at meeting all my needs.
          Agilis
          • 2 Years Ago
          @AlphaGnome
          Wow, you list one benefit when you said there are a lot. Guess you could only come up with 1 along with vanity. And for those that suffer from light sensitivity, that is why you tint your windows 35%, 25%, perhaps even 15%. Not 5%.
        Agilis
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Go
        Go: You are a smart and a heads-up driver. Can't say the same for others here and it just goes to show, that not everyone takes driving seriously.
          AlphaGnome
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Agilis
          Hate to break it to you Agilis, but because someone has their windows tinted, does NOT mean they don't take driving seriously. Idiot.
      The Calligrapher
      • 2 Years Ago
      "In states like California, having any tint on your front windows is verboten". Where do you get this garbage? In California having the front window tint is perfectly legal as long as it is not over the legal limit. The current legal limit in California is maximum 30% of blocking. You can tint your front windows up to 30% without any worries.
        Chris Timberlake
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Calligrapher
        Perhaps he got it from the California Highway Patrol's Website? Only Clear UV Tint is allowed up front. Can I put after-market tinting on the windows of my vehicle? The windshield and front driver's side and passenger's side windows cannot receive any aftermarket tinting. If the rear window of a vehicle is tinted, the vehicle must have outside rearview mirrors on both sides. http://www.chp.ca.gov/html/answers.html
          My Order
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chris Timberlake
          LOL, you just PWN3D The Calligrapher!!!!!!!!!! he was quick to dispute it without knowing the real facts.. E-SLAP SON!!!!!
          The Calligrapher
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chris Timberlake
          @My Order: LOL! That guy just made a honest mistake. And it is not a big deal. There are quite a few innocently ignorant people like him. But you... There's really no word to describe the degree of embarrassment that you must be experiencing right now! You are not just a Loser with capital L. You are a LOSER, with all capitals.
          The Calligrapher
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chris Timberlake
          You need to stop reading web pages written by some cronies spilling out their delusions on the Net, even if they are somehow associated with highway patrol or anything else. Even the page you reference has a "However..." clause that mentions the new law, but you apparently didn't have the attention span to read to that point. The California Vehicle Code is available from here: http://dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/vc/tocd12c4.htm The page that cover window tinting is available here: http://dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d12/vc26708.htm It does explain what exactly "clear, transparent, colorless" (mentioned on your page, BTW) mean. Ant it means the following "(d) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), clear, colorless, and transparent material may be installed, affixed, or applied to the front side windows, located to the immediate left and right of the front seat if the following conditions are met: (1) The material has a minimum visible light transmittance of 88 percent. (2) The window glazing with the material applied meets all requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 205 (49 C.F.R. 571.205), including the specified minimum light transmittance of 70 percent and the abrasion resistance of AS-14 glazing, as specified in that federal standard." Any questions? It is amazing how in California, where windows tint is quite popular, there are so many ignorant losers who are too stupid to learn the law. The voting tally in this forum just confirms that point. Unbelievable...
        bentleypowered
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Calligrapher
        i've had to re-do my tint twice. both times i try to play dumb and the cop says no front tint is allowed at all. so if you can actually prove that the the california limit is 30%, i would like you to be my lawyer please :)
          The Calligrapher
          • 2 Years Ago
          @bentleypowered
          You need to learn the law first. The problem is not the light transmission ratio. In fact, any cop knows that 30% transmission ratio is allowed in CA. Cops in CA carry a "30% tint sample" with them that they use to determine whether your tint is legal or not. This is the law that was became active in 1999. In your case they simply tried to con you out of your money. Apparently, successfully. I provided the links to CA vehicle code that says clearly and explicitly that 30% tint is allowed. BTW, the difficult part is actually not the light transmission ratio. The difficult part is that the law also requires you to carry a certificate from the installer that says that the tint is legal. Unfortunately, very few installers issue such certificates. This is the part that a cop can fine you for. As for the transmission ratio... You simply encountered a crooked cop who had some fun at your expense.
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