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New wheels on the Taos S 4Motion along w my fresh 20% tint. 19x8.5j 42mm et w Michelin Pilot Sport 4 All Seasons 245/45/19. Look amazing! About the biggest diameter/width wheel I’d try and go before issues w rubbing/suspension, etc. - Since I put them on today I haven’t noticed any rubbing. Super happy w them.

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I live in New Jersey also. I had no idea that they’d let us go 20% tint in our state. It looks great. Where did you get it done? I live in Northern Burlington county just south of Trenton and could use a recommendation for a window tinting place. Thanks.
 

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I live in New Jersey also. I had no idea that they’d let us go 20% tint in our state. It looks great. Where did you get it done? I live in Northern Burlington county just south of Trenton and could use a recommendation for a window tinting place. Thanks.
Unfortunately they still don’t, technically it’s not NJ road legal. Generally cops (esp these days) will not hassle you. Worst case you might get an added ticket if you’re ever pulled over for speeding, etc. but it’s very unlikely to ever get pulled over just for the tint on front windows. I’m in Hoboken and don’t do a ton of driving so my risk is quite low. I got these done at The Perfect Shade in Nutley. 20% ceramic tint on all windows except windshield cost $350 in cash. He did a really quality job and it looks beautiful but I’m not sure I’d recommend. He had me drop the car off at 10AM and I didn’t get it back until around 6:30PM.. could’ve easily told me come back later but didn’t… the installation was very frustrating. But if you don’t care about that his work is nice. I think there’s also a good place in Montclair you might want to check out…
 

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Unfortunately they still don’t, technically it’s not NJ road legal. Generally cops (esp these days) will not hassle you. Worst case you might get an added ticket if you’re ever pulled over for speeding, etc. but it’s very unlikely to ever get pulled over just for the tint on front windows. I’m in Hoboken and don’t do a ton of driving so my risk is quite low. I got these done at The Perfect Shade in Nutley. 20% ceramic tint on all windows except windshield cost $350 in cash. He did a really quality job and it looks beautiful but I’m not sure I’d recommend. He had me drop the car off at 10AM and I didn’t get it back until around 6:30PM.. could’ve easily told me come back later but didn’t… the installation was very frustrating. But if you don’t care about that his work is nice. I think there’s also a good place in Montclair you might want to check out…
Yeah, I didn’t think it was legal. They did do a nice job. Nutley is really north of me. They did do a really nice job and it looks great. I have an S 4 motion in gray and it would look good tinted. I probably wouldn’t go as dark as you. I’m just chicken. LOL.
 

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Yeah, I didn’t think it was legal. They did do a nice job. Nutley is really north of me. They did do a really nice job and it looks great. I have an S 4 motion in gray and it would look good tinted. I probably wouldn’t go as dark as you. I’m just chicken. LOL.
Thanks! I do love how it came out. I was planning on doing 30% to be more conservative, but he only had 20% and 35% as options… I think 35% would be too light for me.. he talked me into 20% and showed me a vehicle outside w it. With the ceramic tints, it’s really not that bad at all seeing out at night I was quite surprised… these aren’t the dyed tints of yesteryear. You might be surprised! Good luck, please share if you decide to.
 

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Thanks! I do love how it came out. I was planning on doing 30% to be more conservative, but he only had 20% and 35% as options… I think 35% would be too light for me.. he talked me into 20% and showed me a vehicle outside w it. With the ceramic tints, it’s really not that bad at all seeing out at night I was quite surprised… these aren’t the dyed tints of yesteryear. You might be surprised! Good luck, please share if you decide to.
So what do ceramic tints mean? Is ceramic something special?
 

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So what do ceramic tints mean? Is ceramic something special?
I believe most tint places use only ceramic at this point (maybe not.. who knows), but it’s a more higher end tint that uses ceramic particles in the film and helps w UV protection and heat rejection, also they apparently tend not to discolor over time. It’s just a higher end version of tint, but again I’m sure most shops use ceramic at this point.
 

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I believe most tint places use only ceramic at this point (maybe not.. who knows), but it’s a more higher end tint that uses ceramic particles in the film and helps w UV protection and heat rejection, also they apparently tend not to discolor over time. It’s just a higher end version of tint, but again I’m sure most shops use ceramic at this point.
Oh I see, thanks for helping me understand.
 

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Looking good 👍🏽

I have to ask, did your window trim and a couple of other pieces come black or did you black them out?
Thanks! The only thing I’ve done is add 20% tint to the glass/windows. The rest of the trim etc is all stock on my Taos S. If I recall, unless I’m wrong all Taos have those pieces mostly black… the only thing I know offhand that’s diff is that the roof racks on the S are black but silver on SE and SEL
 

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That’s good to hear. I just put a deposit on basically the same truck as yours. I was wondering what pieces I would need to tackle to essentially get a blacked out look. To be honest I didn’t even pay attention to it until I saw the picture of yours in the same colour not long ago. But that’s good to know.

I do like the wheels and I’m on the fence about that subject all together at this point lol. But if I chose black wheels, I don’t know if I would choose gloss black or a matte/satin to try and colour match the plastic body cladding more. The gloss would have a classier look I’d imagine.
 

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That’s good to hear. I just put a deposit on basically the same truck as yours. I was wondering what pieces I would need to tackle to essentially get a blacked out look. To be honest I didn’t even pay attention to it until I saw the picture of yours in the same colour not long ago. But that’s good to know.

I do like the wheels and I’m on the fence about that subject all together at this point lol. But if I chose black wheels, I don’t know if I would choose gloss black or a matte/satin to try and colour match the plastic body cladding more. The gloss would have a classier look I’d imagine.
Good luck and congrats on the purchase/down payment! Taosin general doesn’t have a TON of chrome/silver, lot of black. Taos S comes w 17” charcoal grey wheels (not super super glossy) and black roof bars. SE model (+ maybe SEL) has an option for glossy black 18” wheels that look real nice. I probably wouldn’t have upgraded my wheels if I had those from the SE. but SE/SEL roof bars are silver. Rest of the car as mentioned is pretty blacked out. would be really cool if someone made alt blacked out VW badges etc
 

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I’ve considered the look but who knows. I’m also not opposed to some offensive wheels either. It can all be changed and I like to switch it up or be progressive about a look that changes in my head. If that makes sense. Black paint is always a bonus because if you ever decide to wrap it, the jams are already black.
 

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Thanks! The only thing I’ve done is add 20% tint to the glass/windows. The rest of the trim etc is all stock on my Taos S. If I recall, unless I’m wrong all Taos have those pieces mostly black… the only thing I know offhand that’s diff is that the roof racks on the S are black but silver on SE and SEL
The SE and SEL trim have more chrome accents (slats on the grill, lower window trim, and roof rails), here's my SE before & after I blacked out as much chrome as I could :)
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