Hmmm. We're looking at the February issue, too, and besides the articles you mention, we're reading a how-to story about a new suspension kit for Grand Cherokees, a short article about power-steering upgrades for Dodge HD trucks, and another article about rebuilding a Turbo 400 transmission for severe use. Are those things of no interest to anyone, too?
Okay, we know that there's no pleasing everyone with every issue. And given cyclical developments in the 4x4 marketplace (not to mention the time of year we're producing any given issue), some issues of FW are bound to be a bit heavy on tests, or travel, or features, or racing. As a rule, however, we've always tried to offer a little "something for everyone" in each issue of the magazine. It's been a bit more difficult recently since current economic conditions have dictated running smaller editorial packages, and if you're looking for more dedicated coverage of only Jeeps, or only trail rides-well, there are magazines that cater to those particular niches, too. But we do appreciate this kind of feedback, whether it's appreciative or critical, because it keeps us from becoming too convinced of our own genius. Even though we are.
About the 1/2-ton truck comparo, we were interested in trying out the newest versions of each of the four trucks, hence the roster of vehicles we selected. We've reviewed the Titan at length in recent months, and as it hasn't seen any significant revisions for the last couple of model years, we didn't include it in our test.
Wheeling at an Undisclosed Location
I just wanted to write to mention a couple of annual fourwheeling rides we have around my community every year. One is called the Tark Hill Memorial Ride. It consists of rocky creek trails, steep off-camber hillclimbs, and tons of mud. It's a memorial ride for three kids who were murdered on that trail. The other event is the "Turkey Run," as we call it. It is the day after Thanksgiving and consists of unbelievable long, very steep hillclimbs and many different canyon-like trails. Both rides have every kind of off-road vehicle you can think of: Trucks, buggies, rails, ATVs, side-by-sides, you name it. I don't see much coverage in your magazine from this side of the country. Maybe some of you desert runners can come over to Kentucky. Keep up the great work-this magazine keeps me motivated on my own projects when I feel all hope is lost.
Olive Hill, KY
Well, we can't guarantee that we'll be able to attend your events, but we can share them with our readers. It always helps, though, to tell us where the event is happening (Kentucky's a big state, after all) and if there are any local 4x4 clubs or organizations that folks can contact for more information. And don't hesitate to send us notices for our monthly "Calendar" section. You can send them via regular mail to 831 S. Douglas St., El Segundo, CA 90245, or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Building a Blazer For a Brother in Iraq
I have put a website together for my brother Jesse, who is currently serving his third tour of duty in Iraq with the U.S. Army. My plan is to overhaul his 1988 Chevy Blazer before he gets home from Iraq this summer. I plan to run the site until May or so in order to maximize the donations that we receive so that we can make sure that we make this Blazer the ultimate gift ever. Jesse is my best friend and my hunting buddy since we were old enough to hold BB guns. He is a great guy who is will to put his life on the line so that people like us can have a place to call home. So my goal is to make this homecoming the best one anyone has ever had.
The site is www.trickoutjessesblazer.com. Please help were you can with discounts on parts, donations, and services as well. Every little bit helps, regardless of size or quantity. I really want to make this one of the best presents for my brother. Please pass this website around to your friends, family and people who may be able to help out to get this project off the ground.
Coos Bay, OR
Consider it done. Hopefully, some of our readers or advertisers will make some contributions to your brother's truck. And send us a photo or two when your buildup is complete-we'll be happy to share it with our readers.