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#17267 of 19336 Window Tinting for Forester
Jul 14, 2007 (2:43 pm)
The Air Conditioner on my 2005 Subaru Forester 2.5X seems to be very weak for the Georgia Sun. I am thinking of getting the windows tinted. I was told if I get a metallic window film, it will interfere with AM radio reception since the radio antenna is embedded in the rear quarter window. Is that true? What kind (Brand, Type) of window tinting film is recommended for this vehicle?
#17268 of 19336 Re: Vaccum leak? [hypov] revisiting
Jul 15, 2007 (9:20 am)
OK, I'm differing from Vaccum leak, and am also sceptical that it could be an exhaust leak.
The stutter do not occur on each of my 40+ mile leg to work in the morning.
Will occur each time during the commute home during 80-90+ degree F outside temps.
None during rainy or down pouring conditions.
New observation. Headlight/DRL dims when stutter occurs.
My headlights normally don't dim, except when brakes depressed.
#17269 of 19336 Re: Window Tinting for Forester [georgiaman]
Jul 15, 2007 (9:27 am)
I do not personally have them on my vehicle, but the solar heat rejection numbers looks very good and they use ceramic technology vs metallic.
I do not believe the metallic film will have any impact on the in-window antenna. The tint is applied on the inside surface of the window and will be behind the embedded antenna. If any, it probably enhance capture of signals.
#17270 of 19336 Re: Window Tinting for Forester [hypov]
Jul 15, 2007 (11:16 am)
Thanks for your reply. I checked on the prices, and Huper Optic costs ($550 installed) more than double what metallic (approx $250 installed) film costs.
I don't have any fancy electronic gadgets (navigation etc) in my Forester. All I have is the AM/FM radio that came with the car, and my Sprint cellphone. From your reply it seems I can go for the metallic film without much risk of losing radio signal.
Can anyone else confirm that?
Thanks in Advance
#17271 of 19336 Re: What can damage the CV joint? [paisan]
Jul 15, 2007 (11:24 am)
At this particular place, they work on your car from underground while you wait in the car. No lift was involved. I'm not going to pursue anything with them... I found a garage that will replace the axle for around $200 total.
Thanks for all your replies!
#17272 of 19336 Re: Window Tinting for Forester [georgiaman]
Jul 15, 2007 (6:02 pm)
I would've gone for ceramic if I could've found it anywhere around here. I'm pleased with the tint itself (Johnson, I think). The AM reception in my tinted vehicle is worse than before tinting... I'd guesstimate about 25% weaker. Seems much more likely to have interference around power lines than before. If you listen to a lot of AM, and you're gonna drive this car for a few years, the ceramic might be worth it.
I think the most important thing in tinting, however, is choosing a quality, experienced installer and not just the cheapest. Odds are, a shop that installs a high-end product like the ceramic tint will be used to satisfying customers that expect the best.
#17273 of 19336 Re: 02 Legacy fog light wiring [stantont]
Jul 15, 2007 (6:15 pm)
Sorry to say it is a BIG job. You can't just "plug and play" as we say. When I sold Subarus we used to charge about $1,000 because the install was most of a day. They are not worth it anyway. I have them, but they don't do much- as in most cars. Unless you have a stupid truck with aftermarket ones (aimed too high). Then they help, but annoy the heck out of everyone on the road.
#17274 of 19336 Re: 02 Legacy fog light wiring [blwinner]
Jul 15, 2007 (6:26 pm)
$1000 and a whole day to install fog lights? That's laughable!
I wouldn't get stockers, however, Hellas are awsome driving or fog lights and I wouldn't hesitate to install them.
#17275 of 19336 Re: 02 Legacy fog light wiring [blwinner]
Jul 15, 2007 (6:30 pm)
Unless you have a stupid truck with aftermarket ones (aimed too high).
That would be me. I have 4 Hella 4000s on my Armada. They are however hooked up to the highbeams so they don't bother oncoming traffic.
#17276 of 19336 Re: 02 Legacy fog light wiring [paisan]
Jul 15, 2007 (6:51 pm)
Hmmm...looks like an Audi logo!