I know I risk infuriating the masses by flogging a dead horse here, but I just can't stop myself.
I think I am going to put my order in for a 2 door Rubicon tomorrow morning and I am on the fence on one last item with my configuration. I know I need to get what I like and I think I have decided, but I am still curious as to what most people out there like. Then again I don't want anyone pointing and laughing either because of my impeccably bad taste.
Now I agree that the painted hardtops and fenders make the jeep look too much of one color (see the "Detonator" school bus pictures courtesy of Pat ). I think the contrast between the tops and fenders help balance things out. Seeing the painted hardtops in person though really impressed me and as I have a black car now, I need something different and I am hoping the white hardtop will help keep the interior just a bit cooler.
I am going to keep the fenders black whatever way I decide to go on the hardtop. I don't know why but going body color on both the fenders and hardtop is just too much of one color in my opinion even though I think they look sharp.
I mocked up a photo (courtesy Google) that reflects the color I want and the two top options I am currently torn between. Now I just want to see what people on here prefer out of these two choices. Please forgive my crappy Photoshop job.
I am not a fan of color matching tops, but the white is the first color I've seen look good.
I myself would not do it, mainly because- my hardtop is sitting under a tarp for most
of the year. The soft top imo IS the wrangler. having both extends the life especially the soft only used in the warm months.
They do make insulation for the top if you get a darker color or just go with black, it DOES get extremely hot. The hard top should not be on anyhow during the summer-it's a sin lol.
Good luck and be sure to post pics
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I would not be concerned about the heat. "Peej" is quad black and the temps here in the valley had been in the nineties since the end of May. But, even after sitting out in the hot sun all day, the really ice cold A/C cools it off in about two minutes.
Sloop, here is my opinion about the color. First, it doesn't matter if your other other vehicle is black. If black is your favorite Jeep color, then go for it. You might even trade the other vehicle down the road and then really wish you had gotten a black Jeep.
As far as white on white goes, IMO it looks sort of ok. It is not as bad as school bus yellow or fire truck red. But to me it does resemble a refrigerator on wheels. If you do go with the white body, go with the black top.
OFF TOPIC BUT NO ATTEMPT TO HIJACK: Need Admin help. I don't know why my second paragraph in my post above begins with the word "Sloop". I tried to edit it out, but when I hit the edit button the whole app crashes and kicks me out.
For that Jeep...with the non painted fenders....I like the non-painted hardtop a bit more.
Some can get away with a monochromatic look. Silver, tan, black, dark cherry, dark blue (if offered), and maybe even white. Some color NEED the contast. A JKU in Dozer, Crush, Cosmos Blue, or Gecko with matching everything would be a bit too much.
Well, I ordered my white Rubicon today and my girlfriend talked me into the black hardtop.
The only thing that intrigued me about the white top besides the possible heat reduction is that it kind of reminds me of my cousin's old white CJ-5 with a white top. I guess I was thinking the white top paired with a black roof rack might have toned it down a bit. Either way I came to my senses.
I do wonder how well the painted tops will hold up over time compared to the black though. I would think chipping or flex related cracks might be an issue if the paint is too brittle. I guess time will tell.
I prefer your Photo 1. Gives more definition to the 'outback look' rather than the 'mall driver' look.
Not that my taste matter in YOUR choice.
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The last thing I'd want on a rubicon I'm doing serious off-roading with (why else buy the Rubi?) would be painted fender flares. It's another thing to scratch/chip/fix. And when you do fix it, it'll be a hell of a lot more expensive than the black plastic.
I have a soft top, so I never had to tussle with the painted top decision.
That said, it looks real good either way, I'd just be too damn worried about it off road with all that extra paint rubbing stuff.
From appearance, I like black just a wee better. BUT if you are up north, then you might Wang the added beat the black top might provide. If you are down south, the. You might prefer the white. If it us good weather, why would you have the top in anyway?