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Old March 5th, 2008, 07:39 PM
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Rear window reflection--cars from behind?

For those with hard tops, do many of you have the on-coming headlights reflect off your rear window and reflect back to your rear view mirror? It sometimes feels someone is right on your tail? I HATE that! Has anyone come up with a solution?

I have searched for a solution for some time and it seems that the best bet is an anti-relection film that we can apply to the inside of the rear window. I have been talking with 3M and am having them send me a sample of one of their films for evaluation (only a 11" square sample). If it works, I can get pieces that are 26x44 and come in packs of 10 and are clear with a "permanent" adhesive on the back. I don't have my truck here right now, but I think the windows are about 13" tall, so this may mean that I can get 20 sheets available out of a 10 sheet pack by having them cut in half lengthwise.

So far, they have only sent me pricing for the 13"x22" pack of 25 sheets for $1150--which comes out to $46/each. The larger size will obviously be more expensive, but cut in half, I bet they will only be marginally more expensive (hopefully).

Anyways, two questions. 1) Does any one else have another option? 2) If it works, are there enough people that would want a sheet so we can all split the cost? I am not after the $$ if there are enough people to split it--I will pay the same as everyone else if we do this. Any interest?
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Old March 5th, 2008, 08:59 PM
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i hate when i feel like people are chasing me also.
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Old March 5th, 2008, 09:20 PM
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I don't know if it will help, but I installed an auto dimming rear view mirror with temp gauge and compass. It works awesome. It might help you, they are on ebay pretty cheap.
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Old March 5th, 2008, 09:38 PM
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Great suggestion, Shawn--I might try that. Did you need to do any antennae or temp probe when wiring that?
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Old March 5th, 2008, 10:05 PM
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Always tends to wake me up when I see that car flying up behind me, then I realize it's not real and go back to sleep. I've thought of trying a can of luster or satin spray like we used to use on photos to kill the gloss. Optically clear for the most part. Sure would be a lot less than the cost of the 3m film.
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Old March 5th, 2008, 10:27 PM
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Could do what I do. Don't run a rearview mirror. Mine came sitting in the center console when I got the truck. Honestly don't miss it.
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Old March 5th, 2008, 11:02 PM
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Yes, you must run some wiring, but it is not bad. I tapped power at the fuse panel in the center console, but I've heard you can grab it off the interior light, too. I ran the temp probe from the mirror, down the windshield frame and through the firewall all the way to in front of the radiator. I then zip tied it to the support bar in front of the radiator. Works perfectly, like factory.
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That is life with a Hard top.......Never found a solution. Keeps you on your toes when you are tired..........

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You guys just haven't owned your vehicle long enough. After a few decades you can drive at night by the reflection in your rearview mirror.
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Yes, you must run some wiring, but it is not bad. I tapped power at the fuse panel in the center console, but I've heard you can grab it off the interior light, too. I ran the temp probe from the mirror, down the windshield frame and through the firewall all the way to in front of the radiator. I then zip tied it to the support bar in front of the radiator. Works perfectly, like factory.
How much does your truck weigh?
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How much does your truck weigh?
I don't know. It's probably a couple hundred pounds above a stock wagon.
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Now that I am at my home computer, I can post the link-- http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3...l=0H01CMQK62gl which is for the 3m film. If anyone has a contact at 3M, I would love to get just one sheet but they don't break them out that way.

I will find a way to try it, if it works out, I will let you those interested know.
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Should we be concerned about covering the defroster elements with the plastic...as I'm typing this I realize that window tinting film probably does the same thing???

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