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4x Forum Letters

Posted in Features on January 15, 2007
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Locking Up
I have a question about the Powertrax no-slip locker. I have read the ad copy, which says it is so smooth that it can be installed in the front differential. Is this true? If so, are other modifications necessary for applications such as a '98 TJ equipped with the stock Dana 30 axle? What about a limited-slip such as the TracLoc? Thanks and keep up the great work!
Warner Fellows
Ridgecrest, California

Dear Warner
Both work in the frontend, but the Powertrax is a full locker and the TracLoc is a limited-slip. Limited-slip differentials offer better handling and steering but less traction. It just depends on what you want to do with your Jeep. For occasional off-roading, use the TracLoc; for harder trails, use a locker.

Good Citizen Ship
Thanks for your article on Black Rock in the July 2000 issue. I'm an Early Bronco Limited club member and do a lot of four-wheeling in the southern Utah area with my family. After the disastrous results of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument plan, your article reminded me that we all need to address issues outside of our area of focus to help our fellow four-wheelers.

Attached is the letter I sent to the Nevada senators on Black Rock.
Bruce Bolander
Irvine, California

For the benefit of our readership, we have included a copy of the letter that Mr. Bolander wrote to Senator Richard Bryan (D-NV) regarding the proposed national conservancy area in Nevada's Black Rock Desert.

May 14, 2000
U.S. Senator Richard Bryan
209 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Reference: Nevada Black Rock Desert
Proposed National Conservancy Area (NCA)

Dear Senator Bryan
My interest in this proposal is that of a recreational four-wheel-drive owner having used the type of roads and trails that exist in Black Rock with family and friends for the past 12 years.

The Black Rock area of Nevada access should be left open as it currently is. There is no need for an NCA, and it would deprive our segment of the public from using the area.

I've recently been actively involved in the comment process on the BLM management plan for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah. I am deeply disappointed in the results. The GSENM plan and the multiplicity of other plans being proposed in the United States like Black Rock simply fail to recognize the rights of people like us to use these trails and roads to see the backcountry close up. The Black Rock NCA proposal is likely to result in similar, un-necessary restrictions.

We are a refreshing group of people in a refreshing activity who have every bit as much right as the hiker, backpacker, horseback rider, or mountain biker to get a close-up look at these beautiful areas. Our trips include families with infants to 85-year-old grandparents that could not enjoy these experiences any other way. Our trips are bonding experiences that we all remember fondly through our lifetimes.

Recreational four-wheeling is not a transportation need to get from one place to another. It's the challenge and the ability to go where most others can't in order to experience the solitude and see the beauty, regardless of our age or physical condition.

The existing routes and trails have been used for many years without jeopardizing the integrity of the resources in the Black Rock area. Responsible four-wheelers, hikers, backpackers, horseback riders, and mountain bikers protect the environment. There are very few irresponsible people in any of these groups who don't. Mother Nature has a much more significant impact on the resources and habitat than those of us who travel it by vehicle do, and wipes out most traces of our travels many times over.

The routes that remain open in areas to be restricted like Black Rock do not provide the great close-up experience that the roads and trails that are typically closed do. Those left open are generally two-wheel-drive roads in open flatland giving only views from a distance. A key part of our activity is to travel the routes that are less traveled and more difficult. We can negotiate these routes with our well-prepared vehicles while treading lightly.

The Black Rock NCA will exclude recreational four-wheelers from continuing to use the less-traveled trails within the area. We don't request a free hand to travel on virgin land, only on established routes. The restriction plans all use the typical, vague "protection purposes" approach to deny responsible vehicle access to people like us and therefore are not acceptable.
Bruce Bolander

Dear Bruce
We're glad you got involved and wrote your letter. We hope many more readers take your queue and do the same. With a united front, we can make a difference.

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