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TangoBlue
12-30-2011, 05:12 AM
Box Rocket - finally got some pics...

http://i394.photobucket.com/albums/pp22/TangoBlue/CIMG1411.jpg

http://i394.photobucket.com/albums/pp22/TangoBlue/CIMG1413.jpg

haddix
12-30-2011, 05:18 AM
Glad to see you finally broke down and posted pics lol. It looks good! I may just have to invest in one of these.

HumphreyBear
12-30-2011, 05:57 AM
It looks great, nice job. The Stealth Tacoma...

trump
12-30-2011, 06:17 AM
Looks good! ;)

Saiyan66
12-30-2011, 06:21 AM
Is it just a vinyl decal to cut down on glare? Looks good by the way.

TangoBlue
12-30-2011, 06:25 AM
Is it just a vinyl decal to cut down on glare? Looks good by the way.

Thanks all! trump is the one who took the plunge; plus he's skilled with a camera... or at least remembers to bring a camera.

3M Controltac film. http://www.crawlorado.com/store/

trump
12-30-2011, 07:03 AM
or at least remembers to bring a camera.

LOL! Funny you should say that... sitting here looking puzzled at my friends DSLR.

jim65wagon
12-30-2011, 12:43 PM
That looks good T. I do like the looks of the hood blackout.....if I didn't already have a black truck I'd add blackout. Reminds of the early 70's musclecars.....oh the memories! If that's a shot at IPOR, you should have posed on the rocks! No, that's not a rock crawler reference! It would strictly make a cooler looking photo....really.

4xdog
12-30-2011, 01:09 PM
Looks good. The Satoshi mod to the grille looks super.

Don

Detslider
12-30-2011, 03:46 PM
Looks good but I thought the reason to blackout a hood was to reduce glare from roof mounted lights.

jim65wagon
12-30-2011, 03:55 PM
Looks good but I thought the reason to blackout a hood was to reduce glare from roof mounted lights.

It also cuts glare from the sun, and provides a cool look.....

4xdog
12-30-2011, 04:07 PM
A number of commercial vehicles have black hood treatments that don't have roof-mounted lights. Kansas Turnpike and Chicago-area highway department vehicles, for example.

The objective of low-glare treatments is preventing oncoming light from being reflected up into the driver's eyes, as I understand it. An optically-smooth surface will reflect a high portion of the incoming light specularly -- glancing off the surface at the same angle as it was incoming. The combination of black color (for high absorption) and low gloss (to give diffuse reflectance) will reduce glare from incoming light.

With respect to roof lights specifically, one could almost imagine that a black, low-gloss hood would be WORSE for roof-mounted lights. The last thing one wants is to have light reflected back toward the driver. A shiny smooth hood will send the roof light off down the road. Now, where roof lights lead to reflectance back toward the driver from objects down the road, a black hood may help -- the high light position is exactly the wrong angle for the specular reflection mentioned above, and could be right into the driver's eyes.

Don

Sempertoy
12-30-2011, 04:29 PM
That looks awesome! I really want to black mine out, but think I'll pull out the 'ol rattle can ;) BTW whats with the grill mod? I wonder if it is available for the 80's?
EDIT: quick search on mud yielded some results. looks good.

TangoBlue
12-30-2011, 04:40 PM
Looks good but I thought the reason to blackout a hood was to reduce glare from roof mounted lights.

What the following 2 posts said in response to yours, and further validation of what jim65wagon and 4xdog noted...

The silver hood reflected a lot of sunlight and glare, especially when travelling west from the east coast, which I seem to do a lot the last couple years. Since I've applied it I've really noticed how much more "visually comfortable" it is when driving. Less squinting, glare, and headaches.

Also, since application of the vinyl, I've noted an undocumented, intangible benefit. Randomly, at stop lights or in parking lots, women have commented that my truck looks really hot. So I got that going for me too...

TangoBlue
12-30-2011, 04:56 PM
That looks awesome! I really want to black mine out, but think I'll pull out the 'ol rattle can ;) BTW whats with the grill mod? I wonder if it is available for the 80's?
EDIT: quick search on mud yielded some results. looks good.

That's what I'd do as I recall your hood. Repair the rust, give it a good scuff, and shoot it with the original paint color, mask off your design, shoot it with matte black, or just do the hood all black and you're GTG.

Thanks! The 2001-04 grille was reminiscent to me of the old Buick grilles from the 50's and I never have been a fan of the sombrero emblem; give me old school TEQ any day - just like the 2F 710 cap on my engine.

First observing the 4Runner crowd performing the "Satoshi grille mod," it inspired me to do this to the Tacoma and pay homage to its distinguished heritage. The black mesh insert is from Grillcraft and of course the Toyota emblem is from an early FJ-40. I ordered a new, unpainted in the raw black plastic for way cheap, cut out the grill and screwed in the mesh insert. I looked at using a FJ-60 and FJC emblem but they were just too large in comparison to the size of the grill opening. Someone on here did it to a hundy but he did it with some simple mesh painted black -- it looks pretty good. You should give it some serious consideration.

Box Rocket
12-30-2011, 10:22 PM
Looks great! Thanks for getting off your butt and posting these. ;)

Hanz
12-30-2011, 11:00 PM
I like it. It "goes" well with the snorkel.

I'll have to get both in the springtime.

Thanks for the photos.

boknows
12-30-2011, 11:02 PM
I like it.

adrenaline503
12-31-2011, 01:26 AM
I wish someone made a reasonably priced one for my Xterra. Yours looks really nice.

Haggis
12-31-2011, 03:10 PM
That look's pretty sweet Tango, I wonder how doing a similar treatment would look on my Tundybird?

But I have a couple of questions/thoughts...

As an owner of two silver vehicles (a similarly shaped model as yours, ie the Tundra, and one with a flat slab of hood in the form of my LJ) I've never really notice reflected sun glare off the hoods of either vehicle whilst travelling about. I wonder if their really is significant reflection and I'm just use to it or if the reflection one gets of a hood is really trivial or not.

Why does the decal only cover 2/3 of the length of the hood? Does the nose of the hood curve down enough outside of the treatment so as it does not reflect light back or is it an aesthetics consideration?

TangoBlue
12-31-2011, 10:53 PM
As an owner of two silver vehicles (a similarly shaped model as yours, ie the Tundra, and one with a flat slab of hood in the form of my LJ) I've never really notice reflected sun glare off the hoods of either vehicle whilst travelling about. I wonder if their really is significant reflection and I'm just use to it or if the reflection one gets of a hood is really trivial or not.

Why does the decal only cover 2/3 of the length of the hood? Does the nose of the hood curve down enough outside of the treatment so as it does not reflect light back or is it an aesthetics consideration?

After calculating the coefficient of the sun's position in the sky and adding the cotangent of the slope of the hood, and of course applying the reciprocal process of 3 in this calculation, I came to the conclusion... pffft... I don't know - there's just less glare. Maybe it's my position in the seat or slope of the windows, or its all in my head. But it was not a mission stopper for me - I still drove the truck and enjoyed it; it's just better now. So maybe there is something to your observation that you just got used to it.

The vinyl covers just 2/3 as you see but from the drivers position you can't tell - all you see is black. The curve of the hood is severe enough that it doesn't reflect back.

But I think you're missing the real point that I discovered - chicks dig it. :rolleyes:

Sempertoy
01-01-2012, 12:28 AM
But I think you're missing the real point that I discovered - chicks dig it. :rolleyes:

Wait. Do some people on this forum actually mod their rigs for function?

Haggis
01-01-2012, 12:49 AM
But I think you're missing the real point that I discovered - chicks dig it.

Was this discovery from empirical data or by advanced mathematical constructs? Pics or it ain't true. :elkgrin:

TangoBlue
01-01-2012, 03:47 AM
Was this discovery from empirical data or by advanced mathematical constructs? Pics or it ain't true. :elkgrin:

This is ExPo - we don't need no stinkin' empirical data... what was it Oxi used to say? "You cannot prove or disprove it, therefor it must be true." :coffeedrink:

juicebox
01-01-2012, 08:00 AM
With respect to roof lights specifically, one could almost imagine that a black, low-gloss hood would be WORSE for roof-mounted lights. The last thing one wants is to have light reflected back toward the driver. A shiny smooth hood will send the roof light off down the road. Now, where roof lights lead to reflectance back toward the driver from objects down the road, a black hood may help -- the high light position is exactly the wrong angle for the specular reflection mentioned above, and could be right into the driver's eyes.

Don

Hmmm... Makes sense to me, but also...

I am pretty sure Baja Racers blackout the front fenders so they don't get glare back at them, so it may be the same kinda deal... 79934

I don't know how or if it works for cutting down on light glare, absorption, etc... But I guess there is proof that the "chicks dig it" function is working great for Tango, and that's better than any product testing research done in any lab.

trump
01-01-2012, 03:46 PM
People, it's fact that black doesn't reflect as much as other colors:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black

This isn't speculation and can be proven.

That said, the only problem I have with it is dust. The more time you spend off road, more dirt and dust collects on the decal and reduces its effectiveness. This can of course be fixed by brushing off the blackout every once and a while during a multi-day trip. Even with the dust on it though, it still is better than a ______ color hood.