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Hi guys--I've been crawling the militia pic threads, and other general threads looking for armor color ideas. I'd like to know if anyone has any pics of a black TJ with full corners and rockers painted in a contrasting color--I'm looking for ideas, and most I've seen just go the black route. I like the color match look on some (red), and black armor and rockers on silver or white--but I'm trying to get ideas for something unusual on a black TJ and can't find anything.

I'm thinking maybe bare aluminum corners with matching silver rockers (rustoleum conveniently has aluminum as a color)? Or maybe Raptor liner colored tan, or silver-I'm interested in seeing if anyone has done something like this without having to be my own test dummy :} Mods feel free to move this if I've posted it in the wrong area.
 

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If I was doing a contrasting color on Black, I'd go with something like gun metal gray or darker gray... but full corners take up so much space on the Jeep that you will definitely want other gray pieces around the jeep... or do your corners to black-match and then your sliders and other accents in gray.... That's the route I would do in your shoes.

I think Butch did black with gray accents (sliders, bumpers, etc), if his jeep has pics on here.

An advantage black jeeps have is that a black powdercoating is simple on corners and nearly matches already..
 

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I found a couple pics of butch's-I like the gunmetal slider look.

I have have a set of Rokmen steel strykers and hoplite corners with aluminum rail, I'm going to make a decision and sell the other once I finalize the game plan. Been looking for a donor to come through the auction-and I have my eye on a black one coming up.

Going with black full corners and leaving the aluminum rail there as an accent-then painting the sliders and other accents silver or gunmetal sound like it might work. I was thinking of something [email protected] crazy like sunset orange metallic, or maybe rescue green or khaki raptor liner sprayed on the corners, sliders, and maybe fenders/hood louvers---but I might deserve to be slapped.
 

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Have you seen any pics of Geralds "Savvy" rig lately? His looks pretty sharp with the colors he did with the PC on the aluminum armor. Sounds like you might like something along those lines. I don't have a direct link, but check JF for the Savvy unlimited rig-lots of pics on the last page or two.

Best of luck,

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Thanks for the heads up Mike, I never really followed the Savvy build--but I just saw looked it up and saw the pics-Thanks.-The Savvy TJ Looks darn good, but do you think its a bit too much contrast/bling factor?
 

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Nah, he had some stuff done with a powder coat in a gunmetal or grey"ish" type finish. It really looks sharp with the contrast against the black. I'd have to search a bit to find them-he had it originally the plain aluminum look before this new coating. Both ways looked great. I like Kidmuggs idea too with the colored armor and the plain/clearcoated side rail. That would look cool too I think.

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Philip, got more pics??... from this angle it looks, to me, to be so-so in appearance. I understand the purpose: to advertise that they do a lot of aluminum work. I would make my jeep look like that for advertising their stuff too... but I'm unsure about the color combo being all that inspiring... I wouldn't walk out to my jeep every day proud to climb aboard... I'd think my jeep was piecemeal and unfinished... but that's just me.
 

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I looked up the thread on JF-looks pretty cool, but now seeing one done like that I think its too much contrast for me with the fenders. I'd probably keep the fenders body color, keep the corners body color, clear anodize the aluminum rail, and powder coat the sliders silver. Slap on some Savvy aluminum bumpers, and some small silver accents and it would look pretty clean imo.
 

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kidmugg said:
Philip, got more pics??... from this angle it looks, to me, to be so-so in appearance. I understand the purpose: to advertise that they do a lot of aluminum work. I would make my jeep look like that for advertising their stuff too... but I'm unsure about the color combo being all that inspiring... I wouldn't walk out to my jeep every day proud to climb aboard... I'd think my jeep was piecemeal and unfinished... but that's just me.

Here is one with the factory fenders.



The aluminum left "unfinished" is great for advertising, in that is clearly shows the product. It also helps convey the ideology behind the company. They want products that are strong, serve a very specific purpose, and that will not weigh the Jeep down and hinder performance. In this since, performance takes 100% priority over looks. The products were designed for people who play in the rocks and use them as they are meant to be used. When you rub the fenders, you have no paint to worry about. Same with the bumpers, skids, and rockers. It just so happens, everyone else (90% of Jeep owners) like the products also and have implemented them into their builds... so its quickly becoming popular.

I think the Jeep would have looked better with black front fenders. Not sure why he painted the Metal-Cloaks silver.

I love the idea of leaving the aluminum raw.


kidmugg said:
That savvy rig just isn't doing it for me. The flat belly pan is cool! :)


Its very cool. It only weighs 66lb, and has a 14" cross section. :D
 

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Seeing that pic I definitely prefer the black fenders. I wonder if anyone has ever installed a vent type insert that all the aftermarket fenders seem to have into the stock ones.
 

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kidmugg said:
..............................The flat belly pan is cool! :)
I definitely would have one if, they were around when I got my AEV/Nth from David. I may still get one if, I can unload mine. :twisted:
 

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vow ... that jeep got a LOT prettier since the last time I saw it on the trails :D
 

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IMO...Definitely would look better painted to match. Very cool product though. They're doing some cool stuff with aluminum.
 

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Since I'm not smart enough to figure out how to post direct pics, going to post this link instead-hope it's OK. First is color-matched blue savvy aluminum armor (if this works)

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/savvy-amongst-us-929460/index182.html#post10574450

Here's black with grey armor and polished rails:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/savvy-under-armor-1046497/index58.html#post10572640

And I'm sorry, for the life of me I can't find the black LJ with gunmetal armor, rails. Had matching bumper as well-really looked sharp. Very clean and I think more of that "finished" look kidmugg mentioned above. I'll keep looking.

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Thanks for the help Mike!

I wouldn't have thought a simple difference of bare aluminum vs. gunmetal would produce such a drastic difference in appearance....but in my opinion this gunmetal pic with the polished rail looks 10x better than the bare aluminum ones-I even prefer the simple painted steelies-I'm liking it.

Pics borrowed with respect form Savvy--hope Gerald doesn't mind....but its free advertising if nothing else right?
 

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Here's a pic of my Poison Spyder Ricochets. They're Rust-Oleum hammered silver.

 

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kidmugg said:
..............................The flat belly pan is cool! :)
I definitely would have one if, they were around when I got my AEV/Nth from David. I may still get one if, I can unload mine. :twisted:
How you going to make the flat bellypan fit? 2" BL? Modify tub? I'm sure Savvy did a lot of work to make that fit.
 
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