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Old 7th February 2013, 23:57   #1906
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Yes Ceramic tints are very good for heat rejection and clear glass look. I know a few MB owners who have Pinnacle F1 and are very satisfied. I think even 3M has Ceramic tints.

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haha.. He made money, nevertheless. if you ever get ticketed, no one is going to ask you who did the tint for you and penalize them.

PS: You can also get tints online, precut for your car. The installation would be a DIY, with some tools required.

Check this out as an example - Northern Tint - Order Online
Haha So true he made some bucks outta me, fingers crossed haven't been caught since 3 yrs now

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That being said, The guy at tint shop told me its illegal, but still tinted the only 2 windows in my Mustang
Same with me. I got the only 2 windows tinted in Corvette and they asked me to sign a paper saying that they are not responsible if i get caught with the tints.

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For tints, go ceramic - you get better heat rejection and tints don't fade over time. They also don't interfere with the rear glass antenna in case your car has it.
Ceramic tints tend to be lighter than the dyed counterparts for similar percentages. I have 35% Formula One Pinnacle (http://www.formulaone.com/en/pinnacle.aspx) on my car and am very satisfied with the perfromance.
The ceramic tints are super cool. Very effective, a little expensive than regular tints but worth every penny with the way they reject heat and don't interfere with electronics.

I have 40% ceramic tint on front windows. The shop where i got done didn't have a 35%. They had 60%,40%,30% so i went with 40% so as to not risk the wrath of the BIG BROTHER.

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So much for Punxsutawney's predictions.
Another Noreaster is going to hit us tomorrow
http://www.wmur.com/news/national/Mo...o/-/index.html

My car will not hit the road now before Monday, safely parked under cover.
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The ceramic tints are super cool. Very effective, a little expensive than regular tints but worth every penny with the way they reject heat and don't interfere with electronics.
I have to get my Infiniti M tinted in late spring. I will check out the ceramic tint option. It's what 25% more expensive? I hear there is a Carbon film option also. Anybody has some comparative points at the top of their head?

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So much for Punxsutawney's predictions.
Another Noreaster is going to hit us tomorrow
http://www.wmur.com/news/national/Mo...o/-/index.html

My car will not hit the road now before Monday, safely parked under cover.
You are in the core area of the monster storm, I guess. Southern New Hampshire? I'm happy to have moved away from East Providence now. more than 2 feet of snow is no joke, I cannot imagine what all systems can get broke in those kind of conditions. I would be very wary of power failures.

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So much for Punxsutawney's predictions.
Another Noreaster is going to hit us tomorrow
http://www.wmur.com/news/national/Mo...o/-/index.html

My car will not hit the road now before Monday, safely parked under cover.
Come, visit us in CA. Its sunny here this weekend.

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I have to get my Infiniti M tinted in late spring. I will check out the ceramic tint option. It's what 25% more expensive? I hear there is a Carbon film option also. Anybody has some comparative points at the top of their head?
I haven't heard much of carbon film. Looks like it a new entrant in tints. But i did research on regular vs ceramic when i was getting it done. The difference in cost was justifiable by the things it did good. And since its about protecting our skin from sun, it worth it.

If Carbon is better than ceramic, i guess sooner or later it will be replaced.

Come summer, i am gonna switch to ceramic tint on my g35 that has regular tints for now.
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The focus on RFTs seems to presume you get punctures every few days , which is highly unlikely.
I don't think so, the purpose of RFT is to let the manufacturer get away with a spare tire & let the user drive the in case of a Puncture which could be very helpful if you are in the middle of nowhere.

If you get frequent punctures then you need to change your route or home or office

J/k more punctures would be a very expensive affair with RFTs because I don't think RFT's can be repaired as much as regular tires.
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I don't think so, the purpose of RFT is to let the manufacturer get away with a spare tire & let the user drive the in case of a Puncture which could be very helpful if you are in the middle of nowhere.
BMW's reasoning with the RFTs was that you need not try to change tires in the middle of the night in the middle of nowhere, in case you get a flat tire. Oh, and it does save weight with no spare tire.

Some cars now have a little puncture kit instead of a spare tire. Anyone here has a car with one?
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You are in the core area of the monster storm, I guess. Southern New Hampshire? I'm happy to have moved away from East Providence now. more than 2 feet of snow is no joke, I cannot imagine what all systems can get broke in those kind of conditions. I would be very wary of power failures.
Most of the power lines in my area are under ground. I didnt lose power during the Sandy storm either. Hope it stays that way.

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Come, visit us in CA. Its sunny here this weekend.
Hehe. Hows that different from any other weekend in CA?
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My car will not hit the road now before Monday, safely parked under cover.
Really! Man, I can't wait to go for a drive when it hits.
My Hakka 5's haven't been put to good use for the past two years!

Was scheduled to visit family around Boston but I guess I won't be driving that far this time though. My wife and me have made a number of trips through snow - now with the baby, not so much.

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Hehe. Hows that different from any other weekend in CA?
Sometimes rain and windy weather plays spoilsport. This weekend it is good though today and tomorrow its showers and rain.

I just hope the next weekend is better as we are going on a small trip to Half moon bay. It will be a good workout for me and corvette. Possibly will do US-1 too while we are there. Can't wait.
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Sometimes rain and windy weather plays spoilsport. This weekend it is good though today and tomorrow its showers and rain.

I just hope the next weekend is better as we are going on a small trip to Half moon bay. It will be a good workout for me and corvette. Possibly will do US-1 too while we are there. Can't wait.
I always have a confusion. Isn't US-1 on the east coast of the US? The one that parallels I-95 north to south? You are not the first California resident I know, that has mentioned US-1 in California. Is there a different US-1 in California?
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I always have a confusion. Isn't US-1 on the east coast of the US? The one that parallels I-95 north to south? You are not the first California resident I know, that has mentioned US-1 in California. Is there a different US-1 in California?
You are right. US-1 is the one on eastern coast line. The one in California is CA-1.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_1
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_State_Route_1

But no one refers to it as CA-1, it's referred to as Highway 1 by everyone.

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Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) is California State Route 1 (SR-1), not US-1.

Weather - nothing beats Vegas.

300+ days of sunshine
4 months of 100+ temps
8 months of bliss - (56 F - typical low day time temp during these 8 months)
rain/snow - almost none.
Mt. Charleston with its ski ranges - about 6 ft of snow on the ground now - 45 minute drive. Even at the height of summer, it's 20 to 30 degree cooler up there.
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I always have a confusion. Isn't US-1 on the east coast of the US? The one that parallels I-95 north to south? You are not the first California resident I know, that has mentioned US-1 in California. Is there a different US-1 in California?
Thanks for correcting. It is highway-1 or CA-1. Don't know what i was thinking when i wrote that.

I was nowhere near.

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Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) is California State Route 1 (SR-1), not US-1.

Weather - nothing beats Vegas.

300+ days of sunshine
4 months of 100+ temps
8 months of bliss - (56 F - typical low day time temp during these 8 months)
rain/snow - almost none.
Mt. Charleston with its ski ranges - about 6 ft of snow on the ground now - 45 minute drive. Even at the height of summer, it's 20 to 30 degree cooler up there.
I love Vegas. The weather in summer is unbearable though at times. Last time visited in August, it was 101-105 F at night. Walking along the strip, it was very uncomfortable with lots of people and sweat.

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The Strip in Summer.

Most people do not realize that the sign boards for the Casinos are more than 10 storey high, making it look like the place is nearby.

"Look honey, that place looks only 10 mins. away." Meanwhile, 30 mins later and still walking and by now wilting fast, and the place still looks 10 mins away. LOL.

Stay indoors or catch a cab, when you're in Vegas and want go around the strip in summer or winter.
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