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Finally bought an RL. I gave up on the Blue RT and picked up a Black RTS tonight with running boards, rear mud flaps, and wheel locks. I will try to take some pics tomorrow and add to this thread.

Thanks for all the good information on this site. I feel like I should be outside driving somewhere! :D
 

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Congrats! We've spent the last two days driving around with ours. I hope you have a nice Sunday drive tomorrow.
 

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Lookin' good. Like the black with the running boards. Now you have to endure listening to the old myth about black being "hotter" than the other colors. Car and Driver had an interesting article about that myth several years ago. Enjoy!
 

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pbear said:
Lookin' good. Like the black with the running boards. Now you have to endure listening to the old myth about black being "hotter" than the other colors. Car and Driver had an interesting article about that myth several years ago. Enjoy!
Thanks...and I've already heard it.

You mean that's a myth?
 

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So what's the "myth" about black color on cars?
 

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In the article, they chose several different cars, different color combinations, ie: black/black, white/beige, blue/grey, etc. They took readings of the inside temperature during various heat conditions, ie: direct sunlight, noon, afternoon, etc and their conclusion (and if I remember correctly, they also had a graphical representation of their tests) was that there was only a slight interior temperature difference between the "light" colored cars, ie: white/beige and the "dark" colored cars, ie: black/black under most conditions. Not a big enough difference to make a buying decision with. Pretty much the same. And having lived in Texas all my life, I can tell you that during July and August it gets so freakin' hot in the cars here, especially if you park uncovered, say at work, that you really don't care if the interior temperature is 110 degrees or 120. Don't get me wrong here, not quoting the gospel on this subject, just remember reading about the test, and thought I would introduce that little nugget of info.
 

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Oh ok. First time I did hear about the myth.
 

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swampler said:
Thanks guys (and gals). As promised, here a couple of pics of the Ridge, with myself included in one of them!
Handsome on both counts. Looking good. Enjoy.
 

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Pbear,

Thanks for the explanation on the myth. I had always heard black was hotter, but hadn't heard any evidence one way or the other. I suspect the paint itself may get hotter than a light color, but inside the vehicle probably isn't a big difference as you said.
 

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yes, there isn't really big difference to notice in temp what color the vehicle under the sun, but it does makes the difference in looks and how much you want your car/truck to look. black color does need washing more than the others due to its color, it will show all dirt/dust marks, but it does look sharp when its wax and shine. Unless, you have leather and the vehicle has been sitting under an extreme heat sun during the summer. Prepare to have a towel handy or a painfull seating rear end.
 

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Thanks for the pics Swampler. I really like the running boards and seeing them on yours has me anxious to get mine! Good luck and happy driving!
 
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