This thread is for the more frequently asked questions that we see here in AKIC...pls feel free to pm Kiwi or Squad with additions or corrections. Thx!
*WHAT IS THE FUEL SITUATION IN ALASKA?
We only have 90 octane gas in Alaska, most people who have modifications on their car either use Torco and/or Alcohol injection.
Torco can be purchased through our local vendor Continential – Please check in the classified section of AKIC
108 unleaded octane is avail at UNDERGROUND
*WHAT ABOUT MODIFICATIONS?
-CONTINENTAL MOTORS - after market parts (Cobb, Tein, etc...see Vendor Classifieds) and installs
-P3auto - after market parts (see Vendor Classifieds) installs and tuning
-Good info on what,who,where,etc for modding http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=533787
*WHAT ABOUT WINTER TIRES?
-Studded tires- Nokian hakka's, Hankook I-Pikes(Avail at Continental), Glacier Grips
-Studdless tires- Blizzaks (usually ordered from tirerack)
*ANY PLACES/EVENTS TO ENJOY OUR VEHICLES LEGALLY?
-SCCA events - solo 2 and road rally
-AK RACEWAY - drag strip 1/4 mile times
-Alaska Sports Car Club events - tanna cross/solo 1
-PCA events - solo 2
*ANY PLACES TO TUNE IN ALASKA?
-P3auto - Road tuning
-HALES - 2WD dyno only
-UNDERGROUND road tunes
-Members flying up a tuner - PDX tuning
for state codes
for Municipal Codes
*WHAT ABOUT TINT?
State law requires all passenger vehicles must allow at least 70% light through the front and front side windows, and 40% through rear and rear side windows. Anchorage police officers carry tint measuring devices in order to enforce this law, which carries a $300 fine.
Traffic Offense Fines
Tinted windows (light transmittance <70% front, <40% rear) Points 0 Fine $150
Anchorage Police Department source http://www.muni.org/APD1/offensefines.cfm
*HOW DARK CAN WINDOW TINT BE IN ALASKA?
-Darkness of tint is measured by Visible Light Transmission percentage (VLT%). In Alaska, this percentage refers to percentage of visible light allowed in through the combination of film and the window.
Windshield Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top 5 inches of the windshield.
Front Side Windows No tint can be applied legally to this window.
Back Side Windows Must allow more than 37% of light in.
Rear Window Must allow more than 37% of light in.
*HOW REFLECTIVE CAN THE TINT BE IN ALASKA?
Similar to sunglass lenses, some tinting film contain metallic elements that help in reflecting incoming light and reducing the glare and heat generated by visible light.
Front Side Windows No metallic or mirrored appearance.
Back Side Windows No metallic or mirrored appearance.
OTHER ALASKA RULES AND REGULATIONS
Restricted Colors The tint color(s) of RED are not legal by state law.
Side Mirrors No restrictions.
Certificate Requirements Manufacturers of film do NOT need to certify the film they sell in the state.
Sticker Requirements No sticker to identify legal tinting is required.
Medical Exemption State allows medical exemptions for special tint. For more details about the specific terms of the exemption, consult your state law.
Administrative Code Title 13, Chapter 4, Section 223
Section 223. Tinted Vehicle Windows.
(a) No person may drive a motor vehicle upon a highway or a
vehicular way or area with mirrored tinting material on any window of the
vehicle. Except as provided in this section, no person may drive a motor
vehicle upon a highway or a vehicular way or area with aftermarket tinting
material or aftermarket striping material on any window of the vehicle.
(b) Aftermarket tinting of vehicle windows is permissible as
(1) the glass immediately in front of the driver may have a
strip of tinting material applied to the top edge, known in the industry as
an "eyebrow," which does not extend downward more than five inches from the
top of the glass;
(2) the windows immediately to the driver's right and left
may have tinting material that permits at least 70 percent light
(3) the rear door windows, quarter glasses, and back glasses
may have tinting material that permits at least 40 percent light
(4) limousines and passenger buses used to transport persons
for hire, motor homes, and vehicles identified by the vehicle manufacturer as
multipurpose may have tinting material that complies with Standard No. 205,
Glazing materials in 49 C.F.R. 571.205 (1992).
(c) The windows of a vehicle may have tinting material that
permits less light transmittance than that specified in (b) of this section
(1) a driver or a passenger who frequently travels in the
vehicle is required for medical reasons to be shielded from the direct rays
of the sun;
(2) the medical reasons are certified annually by a
physician licensed to practice in this state; and
(3) the certification is carried in the vehicle.
(d) Tinting materials must be green, gray, or neutral smoke in color.
(e) Light transmittance must be measured by using a light
transmittance measuring device with an allowance for manufacturing variances
of plus or minus three percent. The accuracy of the device must be certified
by the manufaturer of the device.
(f) In this section, "light transmittance" means the ratio,
expressed as a percentage, of the amount of total light that is allowed to
pass through a window, including glazing, to the amount of total light
falling on the window.
(g) All vehicles must comply with this section by July 1, 1994.
Eff. 10/2/92 Register 123; am 4/2/94, Register 129.
For anyone interested so you don't have to trapse all over the web....
*WHERE CAN I GET TINT?
Top Choices from Members of AKIC in no particular order
2nd to None
5901 Arctic Blvd Ste A
Anchorage AK 99518
Shades of Competition Auto Accessories
6170 Old Seward Hwy
Anchorage AK 99518
320 E 76th Ave # B
Anchorage, AK 99518
Note: Trayci @ Dr. Vinyl is the lady who used to do tint for Northstart who purchased Dr. Vinyl
*WHAT ABOUT SMALL DENT REPAIR?
*WHAT ABOUT PAINT AND BODY WORK?
*WHEN DO I HAVE TO TAKE MY STUDS OFF?
No studs between May 1st and Sept. 15th. above 60 degrees. April 15th and Sept. 1st below 60 degrees