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Old 9th November 2013, 09:58   #3406
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The main requirements for legal window tinting in California are:
  1. The windshield and front driver's side and passenger's side windows cannot receive any aftermarket tinting.
  2. If the rear window of a vehicle is tinted, the vehicle must have outside rearview mirrors on both sides.
I just stumbled upon these and realized that my wife's car brought from TX has front driver and passenger side glasses tinted. We are gonna be in trouble. Has any one faced this problem while driving an out of state far in CA?
I used to drive my Mustang tinted, for nearly 3 yrs . But there are certain tint grades that can be done(the transparent ones)

But you are still driving an out of state car??
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Old 11th November 2013, 22:55   #3407
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I used to drive my Mustang tinted, for nearly 3 yrs . But there are certain tint grades that can be done(the transparent ones)

But you are still driving an out of state car??
Prem, that's some relief. I'm not sure about the transparency, but it's not dark.

We re-registered the car the same day it arrived in CA.
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Old 11th November 2013, 23:10   #3408
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I used to drive my Mustang tinted, for nearly 3 yrs . But there are certain tint grades that can be done(the transparent ones)
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... I'm not sure about the transparency, but it's not dark.
Most states have rule of 30% or less. Not sure about california. You can get by, by giving the excuse that the car was moved from a different state.

I am sure the cops have much better things to do than catching people with various degrees/percentages of tint.
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Guys, recently realized that when i put on new tires last year, they did not do Wheel Alignment

Have done around 5k-6k since then, Should i get it done now? The alignment seems to be fine as the car remains straight unless road has slope.
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Guys, recently realized that when i put on new tires last year, they did not do Wheel Alignment

Have done around 5k-6k since then, Should i get it done now? The alignment seems to be fine as the car remains straight unless road has slope.
You may not observe or feel the difference, But AFAIK wheel alignment adheres to the manufacturer's standard of the angles the wheels are supposed to be. Its better that you get it done asap cause it may cause irregular wear and tear of the tires. Also i think 5-6K is not too much of miles to rectify this change.


BTW; Anyone here buying Snow tires soon? Would like some feedback for 225/50/R17 Blizzaks for my F30.
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Guys, recently realized that when i put on new tires last year, they did not do Wheel Alignment

Have done around 5k-6k since then, Should i get it done now? The alignment seems to be fine as the car remains straight unless road has slope.
Techno, you don't need to get a wheel alignment done when you change tires. When did you get it done before?

If you don't detect any issues then no need for wheel alignment.

Once a year or every 20-30k miles is good enough.

All they're going to do is check whether alignment is within factory-spec and charge you regardless of whether they make any adjustments or not.


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BTW; Anyone here buying Snow tires soon? Would like some feedback for 225/50/R17 Blizzaks for my F30.
Yes, I will be buying soon. For the F30, the 225/45R17 will be a better fit.
The 50 profile might rub on the fenders.

ps. If you want 18s, I have a set of MSW Wheels with studded Nokian Hakkapeliitta 5 tires (225/40R18) on them up for sale. Unfortunately, they have the TMPS for the E90, which probably won't work with the F30.

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Techno, you don't need to get a wheel alignment done when you change tires. When did you get it done before?

If you don't detect any issues then no need for wheel alignment.

Once a year or every 20-30k miles is good enough.

All they're going to do is check whether alignment is within factory-spec and charge you regardless of whether they make any adjustments or not.
Haven't got alignment done since I got the car, not sure when was it last done by previous owner. Have run around 12k since i bought. So i think i will get it done just to get some peace of mind

Btw recently stumbled up "Cnet on Cars" series on youtube. Pretty decent reviews.

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BTW; Anyone here buying Snow tires soon? Would like some feedback for 225/50/R17 Blizzaks for my F30.
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ps. If you want 18s, I have a set of MSW Wheels with studded Nokian Hakkapeliitta 5 tires (225/40R18) on them up for sale. Unfortunately, they have the TMPS for the E90, which probably won't work with the F30.
Take them, Fraz33r. And set the exchange point as Boston. We might actually end up having an East Coast meet finally!!
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BTW; Anyone here buying Snow tires soon? Would like some feedback for 225/50/R17 Blizzaks for my F30.
Bought Nokian Hakka R's on Ebay for the TSX. 225/50 R17. $709 for the set including shipping
I might put them on after Thanksgiving.

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Just hear the engine sound in this review of the Jag F type , pure bliss

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/10/au...to-rumble.html
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...The 50 profile might rub on the fenders....

ps. If you want 18s,,,,,
I was going with the Stock config for the F30. I definitely want the thick sidewall. Also I am planning to retain the RFT's with no TPMS for 4 months winter setup. But the 45 is a good tip.

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Take them, Fraz33r. And set the exchange point as Boston. We might actually end up having an East Coast meet finally!!
Haha. Any updates on that front? Last I heard most of use were free by Nov.


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Bought Nokian Hakka R's on Ebay for the TSX. 225/50 R17. $709 for the set including shipping
I might put them on after Thanksgiving.
Is Ebay, the right place to buy them? I was planning on going with tire rack.

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Just hear the engine sound in this review of the Jag F type
See this review; I totally loved it:

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I was going with the Stock config for the F30. I definitely want the thick sidewall. Also I am planning to retain the RFT's with no TPMS for 4 months winter setup. But the 45 is a good tip.

Haha. Any updates on that front? Last I heard most of use were free by Nov.

Is Ebay, the right place to buy them? I was planning on going with tire rack.
Oops! I'm sorry, that's my mistake - The E90's had the 45 profile as standard on a 8jx17 rim, didn't know they had changed it to 50 profile and a 7.5jx17 rim for the F30.

eBay's not a bad place to buy tires - you can get deals. Some tire stores also run eBay stores side-by-side with their main websites.

TireRack doesn't sell Nokian but you'll get the other well known & well reviewed Blizzaks, X-Ices, etc.
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Haha. Any updates on that front? Last I heard most of use were free by Nov.
I have just now made an attempt to revive that thread.
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Is Ebay, the right place to buy them? I was planning on going with tire rack.
Can't get Nokians on tirerack.
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One of my colleague is planning to buy a SUV, his budget is around $45k-$50k. He is looking for only new vehicles. Currently the choices are
1) BMW X3
2) Audi Q5
3) Lexus RX350
4) Evoque

From talking to him he prefers German(not a fan of Merc), but not a must(i guess) since I convinced him to add RX350 and Evoque to his options

Any other choices in this range he must include? I suggested Cayenne, but he somehow feels its not his preference now.

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