5th Gen Mods, Install

5th Gen 4Runner SR5 Window Tint

Updated 3/9/18 / Read Time: 4 mins

5th Gen 4Runner SR5 Window Tinting – Semi Blacked Out

Stock 2016 SR5 4Runner No Mods

5th Gen SR5 Window Tint Tinted

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In our 5th Gen 4Runner Mods (Part1) post, we touched on the basics of modding out your 4Runner. One of those steps was window tint and blacking out your 4Runner. Tinting your 4Runner can have a dramatic transformation at an affordable cost. The 5th Gen 4Runner comes with 20% factory tint on the rear windows and nothing on the front. This leaves your stock 4Runner looking very “stock”.

If you go with 20% tint on the back window and all the way around, you will be fine. The 5th Gen 4Runner already comes with a factory window tint at 20%-30%. So, if you are going to add another layer of 20% tint film over the factory tint, you would be at 10%. I think that is how it works, correct me if I am wrong.

If however, you want to black out the windows with 3% tint, that will turn the overall tint to a 2% or more than limo tint. You will run into a couple issues with “more than limo” tint. My main issue; it is very hard to see out of the rear window when looking in the rear-view. Also, you run the risk of getting pulled over. Not a big deal these days. But it is still well worth it, in the end, to go with a 5% tint all the way around. Except for maybe 20% on the front windows.

Step #1 – Clean All Windows

Step #2 – Remove Plastic Cover on Rear Hatch

The biggest pain in the ass about tinting a 4Runner is the rear window and the windshield. But, the rear window has to be done in multiple stages and requires removal of the rear hatch plastic cover. The rear hatch plastic cover can be removed by unbolting one bolt from the outside and then disconnecting the speaker wires. Once you have disconnected the speaker wires, you can completely remove the plastic cover. There is a large surface area that can not be accessed for tinting the window unless you remove the rear hatch cover. So, this is the biggest part of the process. I am no tint expert but have witnessed a few 4Runners get tinted. It’s a process.

5th Gen 4Runner Window Tint - Remove Plastic Cover Rear Hatch

Step #3 – Prepare and Cut Tint Film

4Runner Tint Step #1 - prepare Film

Step #4 – Apply Film to All Windows Desired

Apply Film to All Windows Desired

Step #5 – Clean All Areas Around Windows (Inside and Out)

Finished Tinting

Window Tint Percentages all the way around: 

  • Front Window: 50%
  • Front Side Windows: 35%
  • Rear Windows: 3% over factory 20%

What’s it like with 50% Window Tint on the Windshield?

It’s amazing. This is my girls 4Runner (2016 SR5 4Runner), not my 2014 Trail 4Runner. On the 2014 Trail 4Runner, we currently have a layer of polycrystalline on the front windshield which blocks heat resistance up to 80%. It blocks the heat a little better than darker film but it does not block the actual sun in your eyes as much as the darker window tint film.

When I hop into the 2016 SR5, I am jealous with window tint envy. The darker window tint all the way around feels much better in terms of sun and glares. Not to mention it looks much better from the outside.

Another Touch? If you want to go a step further with blacking out your 4Runner, don’t forget to check out the 5th Gen 4Runner Blackout Kit. This is a press-on blackout emblem kit. Super affordable and looks great on all 4Runner models.

NOTE: Some states have different laws regarding window tint. Please refer to your state laws before tinting your windows and always tint at your own risk. If you tint your windows over the state allotted requirements, you are subject to a fine.

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Dan Smith
Dan Smith
September 27, 2019 7:49 am

I’m surprised more people are not using tinted “Security” window film. I’ve had it on a few vehicles when I worked overseas. It’s amazing stuff. It isn’t bullet proof or even bat/hammer proof but it takes a full grown adult at least 15 hard/fast full out give it all you got swings to knock out a window.

I’ve been to 3 local (MT) window tint/stereo shops to inquire about getting it installed on my Gen 6 4Runner and they act like I have two heads. Has anyone else used a security window tint film in the US.

December 29, 2019 10:17 pm
Reply to  Dan Smith

Add 35% tint all around- Is the best in my opinion… Adding it on top of the factory tint in the back windows is what I chose to do… Really helps with the heat and looks great.

Jonathan Tong
Jonathan Tong
July 5, 2019 9:49 am

Do you have any trouble looking out the back end at night with 3% on top of factory?

I was thinking about doing 20 all around and something clear for the front windshield.

Anyone try this option before? 20 all around, I also want to make sure i can see out easily at night. I feel 35 over factory in the rear is a little light

Would anyone recommend 20s all around over 20 in the driver/passenger, and then 35 all in the rear?

June 28, 2018 10:51 am

i did not know you can put an additional layer of window tint over the existing layer my 3erd gen 4runner window are already pretty dark i live in calif and i would like to tint my driver and passenger window but i don’t know how dark i can go without getting a ticket if anyone can tell me i would appreciate that info.larry b

Andrew Thomas
Andrew Thomas
May 13, 2020 9:24 am
Reply to  larrybroad47

I would ask a vehicle inspector OR google the window tint laws for your state. The inspector should know what the law is for this.

January 22, 2018 4:27 pm

Thank you.

January 22, 2018 8:39 am

I am unclear if the tint is being applied over the existing tint? Is that possible? I live in the state of Virginia and was curious how to accomplish this with the strict laws in this state.

September 13, 2017 4:59 am

“If you go with 20% tint on the back window and all the way around, you will be fine. The 5th Gen 4Runner already comes with a factory window tint at 20%-30%. So, if you are going to add another layer of 20% tint film over the factory tint, you would be at 10%. I think that is how it works, correct me if I am wrong.” I think you might be wrong. Think of it this way – Your are starting with a “light level” of 100. The light passes though the factory tint with a VLT of 30%,… Read more »

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