Inflating Tires in 2.37 Seconds?
Correction: I was just reading an article in the May '07 issue of 4WD&SU about the new Warn winch with the built-in air compressor ("PowerPlant Dual Force HP"). The article states, in a photo caption, that the air compressor will inflate a 35-inch tire from 5 to 32 psi in 2.37 seconds. Wow! Sign me up for one of those, please! I've been airing up tires on the trail for quite a few years with every type of air compressor you could imagine, and 2.37 seconds not only sets a record for trail inflating, but possibly a Guinness record too. Perhaps the article meant to state 2 minutes and 37 seconds (just a guess on my part). As always though, you guys put together a great magazine, and I look forward to each issue. Locating typos is more fun than finding the GeoStash coordinates. Keep up the good work.
Thompson Falls, MT
A: Tom, we're glad you're enjoying the 4WD&SU typo game. Though we do our best to offer the most complete and accurate information, sometimes a mistake or two gets by us. You are correct that the text displaying the 5-to-32-psi inflation time for a 35-inch tire should have read 2 minutes, 37 seconds, not 2.37 seconds. Even still, we were quite impressed with the abilities of the Warn PowerPlant Dual Force winch system. Thanks for keeping us on our toes. Wheel on.
Pro Comp Steel Wheels
Q: After reading the article "Grand Plan" in the Apr. '07 issue of 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility Magazine, I looked up Pro Comp's website and found no way to contact the company. I also tried to find Pro Comp at www.yellowpages.com without success. I'd like more info on the company's line of steel wheels mentioned in the article. Can you provide me with a phone number or e-mail address?
A: John, a new website for the Pro Comp Rock Crawler Xtreme steel wheels is under way, and you should be able to access it through the Pro Comp Tire & Wheel Co. (www.procomptires.com) website by the time you're reading this. Pro Comp does not sell directly to the public; rather, its tires and wheels are available through such parts houses as 4 Wheel Parts Wholesalers and 4 Wheel Drive Hardware, to name a few. Either of these companies can offer more detailed information about the Pro Comp wheels you're interested in. Thanks for reading.
Toyota FJ40 Body Parts
Q: I saw in one of your recent issues that there is a company which makes replicas of old FJ40 Land Cruisers. I was wondering if you could give me the name of the company that makes them and also tell me if there are any companies that make fiberglass or aluminum replacement panels for FJs.
A: Nathan, the vehicle you speak of is the Icon, which is manufactured by TLC of Van Nuys, California [(818) 785-2200, www.tlcicon.com]. The Icon is a beautiful recreation of the classic FJ40 Land Cruiser and is constructed with great attention to detail with only the finest in OE and aftermarket parts. For replacement body parts, you can look to Aqualu Ind. [(888) 765-6714, www.aqualu.com], which produces durable, 5052 aluminum, replacement FJ40 rear-tub and front-cowl sections, along with windshield frames. The company also offers a variety of miscellaneous aluminum body pieces, including tailgates and front fenders. Aqualu also produces tubs and body parts for many Jeep vehicles. If fiberglass is more your speed, you can look to Malotte Mfg. [(916) 645-8111, www.malotmfg.com], which offers fiberglass tubs and one-piece front-end assemblies, as well as hardtops, fenders, hoods, and grilles. Man-A-Fre [(805) 578-8712, www.man-a-fre.com] in Simi Valley, California, is also another good source for Toyota FJ40 body parts. Good luck.
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