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#2419029 - 12/05/11 11:09 PM Alaska State Trooper Vehicles
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Anyone know the reason that they have the black hoods on all their vehicles. I have several guesses but could find no proof when I Googled it. If you are not 100% positive please have some proof.

My guesses are:

Not scratching the paint. Why not paint the trunk lid?
Melts snow quicker. Same trunk lid question.
Glare from all the snow. Why not have the whole car black?
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#2419031 - 12/05/11 11:17 PM Re: Alaska State Trooper Vehicles [Re: NCHeel]
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I've wondered that myself. My guess it has to do with temperature.
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#2419036 - 12/05/11 11:40 PM Re: Alaska State Trooper Vehicles [Re: NCHeel]
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Originally Posted By: NCHeel
Anyone know the reason that they have the black hoods on all their vehicles.
Not scratching the paint. Why not paint the trunk lid?
Melts snow quicker. Same trunk lid question.
Glare from all the snow. Why not have the whole car black?


Glare from the snow, along with visibility from aircraft would be my first guesses...

The Trooper doesn't drive while looking out the back window, so there would be no reason to spend the money painting the trunk lid..
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#2419045 - 12/06/11 12:15 AM Re: Alaska State Trooper Vehicles [Re: NCHeel]
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They do have all black cars as well.

I wanna know what they use for their "moose lights"
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#2419126 - 12/06/11 07:31 AM Re: Alaska State Trooper Vehicles [Re: NCHeel]
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I am not 100% positive, but your third guess is what I'd go with too.
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#2419157 - 12/06/11 08:20 AM Re: Alaska State Trooper Vehicles [Re: NCHeel]
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Yeah i'd imagine it would have to do with the very bright sun and snow glare that happens throughout the day. Otherwise those cars get ABUSED!!! Temperatures range from 30 to -30 and those cars just keep going!!
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#2419160 - 12/06/11 08:30 AM Re: Alaska State Trooper Vehicles [Re: NCHeel]
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With them getting more sun than any other place in the USA, I would think that they have the flat black hoods to reduce sun glare. Just my $.02
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#2419212 - 12/06/11 10:35 AM Re: Alaska State Trooper Vehicles [Re: GhostRider]
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Originally Posted By: GhostRider
They do have all black cars as well.

I wanna know what they use for their "moose lights"



I believe they use lights from Lightforce. They make some really good Off Road lights.


http://www.lightforce.com/index
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#2419700 - 12/06/11 10:35 PM Re: Alaska State Trooper Vehicles [Re: NCHeel]
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yes its for glare and to help with keeping engine area warm thats what i was told when i asked a friend who lives in alaska.

but im sure the seeing them from a plane might be another reason

and iv seen pictures of ones that had flat black hoods
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#2419721 - 12/06/11 10:59 PM Re: Alaska State Trooper Vehicles [Re: NCHeel]
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I think that they just like the JDM look.
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#2424654 - 12/16/11 05:22 PM Re: Alaska State Trooper Vehicles [Re: NCHeel]
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The black hoods up here are for the sun. Good reasons for that.

Due to the nature of being at such a high latitude the sun tends to go "around" the sky. Where-as on the equator the sunset takes about an hour our sunsets last for a few hours.

It's almost Winter Solstice right now and sunrise turns right back into sunset.

Driving south on a highway in winter just assures you will stare into the sun from 10:30am to 3:30pm Driving North on a highway in the summer and you stare at the sun from 10:30pm to 12:00am and then 3:00am to 5:30am.

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help with keeping engine area warm thats what i was told when i asked a friend who lives in alaska.


Common knowledge is that this would work as we all know black absorbs light the best and warms up fast but the reverse is also true. Paint two hoods black and white, warm them up the same temperature and put them in the dark and it will be the black hood that cools off the fastest.

All in all, I hope this helps. My Vic is from Wisconsin and I keep debating painting the hood black myself.
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