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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 06-14-2010, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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New G6 owner in need of help

Hello! Let me start off by saying I do not know anything about cars. When I say that I mean it, I know nothing.

With that said, I bought a Black Pontiac G6 GT last month. Tomorrow I will take pictures of it and put them up here, even though every person on a G6 website probably knows what a stock G6 looks like. But whatever.

I want to make some modifications.

First off, I am pretty sure I want to tint my windows. My question is what percent tint should i get? Also, what is the legal percent? (For Illinois)

Secondly I really like when black cars have black rims on them. That is all I have to say about that, so any advice on where to get those, how to get those, etc. would be greatly appreciated.

I also want to make some interior modifications such as audio, LED's, and other stuff. Any advice on a cheap head unit you suggest, what speakers or subs you suggest, or anything, literally anything about LED's would be once again appreciated.

Thank you for helping me, and most importantly, putting up with my shit knowledge about the G6.
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First off, where at in IL are you located? I recently moved from Edwardsville and Highland area a few years ago. Just curious.

Tint - Your back windows can be as dark as you want. Your front/passenger windows have to be 35% or higher to be "legal". Its the same here in MO but I went 5% all the way around. I'm taking the risk and only state troopers can pull you over and give you a ticket. I have many friends in IL who have went darker and always get pulled over and get tickets. They are very strict there and big DICKS about it. I would suggest doing the front windshield weather strip 5%, front/passenger windows 35%, and the rest 5%.
http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/full...ID=10&Session=

Wheels - I would suggest going to Google and typing in black wheels for G6 or maybe someone else has a actual link for them. Make sure when getting them you get some kind of chrome lip on it and not all black.
http://www.discountedwheelwarehouse....D=2505&Search=

Interior - This is entirely up to you. I would honestly stay with the stock head unit. It has all the info on it for fuel range and etc. Plus, it matches the rest of the lights in the car being red. LED's can be bought at autozone etc. I would suggest wiring them to a switch. There are many options and things you can do to your car. There is also a lot of threads. You will see a lot of cars that inspire you so look around and enjoy.
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Welcome to the site!
there are a lot of people from IL around.
And i agree with the 35% i have a couple friends with 5% and they get pulled over and ticket alot so im going to be going with 35 LOL the last mod i do. Its most peoples first.

I have leds all over the car its basically come up with an idea of where you want it and im sure one of us could help you figure out how to hook it all up.
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Better go LEGAL for tint. Just had a buddy last night get pulled over and the cop made him rip the tint off plus gave him a ticket. IL cops are total DICKS. State Troopers aren't the only ones in IL who can give tickets for TINT. So be careful!

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Better go LEGAL for tint. Just had a buddy last night get pulled over and the cop made him rip the tint off plus gave him a ticket. IL cops are total DICKS. State Troopers aren't the only ones in IL who can give tickets for TINT. So be careful!

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For what it's worth, most cops won't bother with pulling you over for tint. They will pull you over for other reasons, then perhaps tell you it was because of the tint.

Of course you can avoid this problem by sticking to the law, or not going too far past the limit. But who wants to do that?

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I came across some interesting LEDs while looking up some for my friends honda civic and accord. Its called Ice LED Ufo Strobe lights.So far I think they make the most interesting LEDs out there. And for your speakers/sub inquiry how many watts are you trying to output?

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Got a link for them LED's?

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lol. better look at the tint laws closer.. it is No tint on the driver and passenger windows. from the front doors back can be black. 6 inches down on the windshield.
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First off, where at in IL are you located? I recently moved from Edwardsville and Highland area a few years ago. Just curious.
I am from Downers Grove, IL. It is near Chicago so pretty far away from Edwardsville.

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I came across some interesting LEDs while looking up some for my friends honda civic and accord. Its called Ice LED Ufo Strobe lights.So far I think they make the most interesting LEDs out there. And for your speakers/sub inquiry how many watts are you trying to output?
As Dillon had said, can I see a picture or a link to the LEDs? And once again, I have no knowledge about any of that stuff so I really don't know how many watts.

Thank you guys for responding to me, i really appreciate your guys' help.

So what I am getting from most of you is to get 35% tint on the side windows, and the front and back 5%? Except for the last post, that makes me a little concerned... I don't want to be consistently getting tickets, so I really would like the most tint, but only what is legal.

The wheels I can just deal with later on. Probably going to be the last of my worries.

The LEDs I am just going to autozone or some store like that and buying them. I like the idea of the switch, that you said Dillon, but I don't have any idea how to do that so if someone could help me find a how-to or tell me how to do it I would love you.

Thanks so much guys
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lol. better look at the tint laws closer.. it is No tint on the driver and passenger windows. from the front doors back can be black. 6 inches down on the windshield.
Its been updated.

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/Bill...ionID=76&GA=96

*NOTE* - It says something about being so dark in back you must have your fronts at a certain darkness. All I know is that a officer wouldn't be checking the back. He would defiantly check the front. Its really all up to you. I'm in MO and have FULL 5% around my car besides the windshield (I have the EYEBROW) which is 5%. Its just a risk I take. MO cops could care a less though. You could also call the IL hwy patrol and they will tell you everything.

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On the head unit, it's never going to be cheap.

With the integration of the car's command center to the deck, you have to either purchase an expensive bypass unit (look in ebay) or you have to get the equally expensive (and somewhat ugly) Metra kit.

Personally, I would suggest leaving the stereo alone or upgrading to a better OEM head unit (search ebay for possible ones) if you're not intending to spend too much money upgrading.

If you do want to upgrade, expect to spend a good $300-400 just replacing the head unit.
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If you shop around you could find some awesome led headlights and the ledbreak lights for the car (tint both front and back lights blact before pitting them on).
As far as the radio it has the hole info system connected to it but I took mine out and put in a 7" bose tv in that spot the tv cost me about $600 but you can find them for cheaper I'm about to hook it up to a laptop with the diagnostics software program installed so dat will give me a full readout on the car.
Next I would suggest you by the k&n air filter and cold air intake to give yourself more hp.
As far as your tints I don't know how the cops do in IL because I live in NY and the cops up here really don't bother you unless there trying to fill there ticket quota at the end of the month. But as far as the rims I would stick with what dwhiteg6gt said.

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I went ahead and bought a deck for my car i couldnt stand the deck on the G6. yeah it tells me all the oil stuff and gas milage but the sound quality was just to quiet and not as clean as i like it. I went with a single din Kenwood Excelon Deck though at night the rest of the car looks red the deck is blue and actually looks pretty nice on my dash. its 380 total with install but the sound quallity does dramatically improve.
i put 15% tint all the way around on my windows which is a shade darker than the legal limit where im from..but its not bad and at afternoon or on a cloudy day people cant really see me at all..i was hoping to get about 5% but that ran to high for me it was 170 for all 4 windows and the back winshield.
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Alright first of all I want to announce I made official my first modification, I installed two Pioneer 6x9 speakers in the back on my car. they sound great!

Secondly, you guys think that I should leave my stock head unit in there? I was thinking about getting a new one but from the looks of it, it seems like everyone is sating to leave the stock one in. Yay? Nay?

The tinting i am doing next i think, Where can i get a tutorial on how to do that myself? I would much rather do it myself than have someone else do it for a lot more money. ANd where do buy the stuff I need to do it.
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