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Off-Road Unloaded - Letters To The Editor - February 2009

Royal Purple Products
Jerrod Jones | Writer
Posted February 1, 2009

Letters To The Editor

Editor's Note: If you want to say or ask something, email Unloaded at jerrod.jones@off-roadweb.com.

Hates bikers
(Editor's Note: This letter appears unedited as it was originally sent.)

In response to Jerrod Jones' Rant in the December 2008 issue of Off-Road:

I feel sorry for the poor fellow in the Subaru. Imagine wheelin and some out of control jackass on a bicycle almost becomes big splatter on your windshield and to make a very scarry situation worse is some insane idiot yelling at you and threatening you for their stupidity. These bicycle A-holes are making the outdoors unsafe for all of us. A few years back I was hiking a steep mountain HIKING TRAIL with a group of Boy Scouts, when silently from around a corner came a group of 'viciously fast' out of control jerks on mountain bikes, the young teenage Boy Scouts had to dive off of the trail to avoid certain injury. The bikers did not slow, swerve, say sorry or even stop to if anyone was hurt. The Mountain Bikers are taking over the outdoors and lobbing to have trails that have been traditionally used for other outdoor activities, closed to all uses except nonmotorized bicycles. I am sorry to see a magazine that is for offroad wheelin in control by a Mountain Biker. Maybe it's time for a new editor.
David Spratt
Bingen, WA

David, I bumped a really good tech question to include your letter, which instantly became one of my favorites for the contradictions, the irony, and the fact that this is further proof that I can never please everyone all of the time.

To get some quick facts out of the way, my brother (the "A-hole mountain biker") was on a 15-mph unpaved dead-end county road with houses on it when the Subaru came around the corner at speed, so I hope to heck that the Subi driver was not "wheelin" along. The only reason my brother was partly at fault was because he was so dazed from his first fall that he could not react and get out of the way in time.

Secondly, you are totally correct: We riders are all the same, definitely menaces, and we're all out to get YOU! As a mountain biker, it is my sole mission in life to sneak up on hikers and scare the living crap out of them. I even use special silent tires that make no noise so I can more easily run down hikers and small woodland creatures. If Bambi ever steps out in front of my bike, I'm going to be having some veal for dinner

Maybe I'll see you sometime up on the trails and we can discuss this further. I'm taking my old mountain bike up to my family's cabin in Washington so I can ride up there in the Northwest, as well.

On a more serious note: I really thought that off-roaders and mountain bikers were on the same side, because we're both fighting to keep trails and land open and keep it all clean. And I have to think that much of the off-road community agrees with me since half the off-roaders I know are also mountain bikers. Perhaps we would best fight for our rights on trails by uniting instead of dividing and pointing fingers? Just a thought.

Not Happy With Us
(Editor's Note: This letter appears unedited as it was originally sent.)

I do not like the magazine since it went with the four wheelers. it is suppose to be a truck magazine, if i wanted to look at four wheelers i would by a atv magazine. it blows seeing all that s#!t in the magazine, i have been a subscriber for three yrs. i persaonaly am not gonna renew subscription. so but the magazine has to be better and all about trucks. and move away from the desert trucks and do something about mud trucks.
Jim Amos
Fairmont, WV

Jim, I understand and it sounds like OFF-ROAD is maybe not the best title for you. For the record, we don't cover "four wheelers," but we do cover side-by-sides if that's what you mean. I guess we're losing you, because we're definitely not losing the desert trucks - though you can bet on seeing a mud truck or two, as well.

This month, Royal Purple is hooking up our Letter of the Month with a cool care package of synthetic vehicle fluids for your ride. We can understand guys maybe not using high-end synthetic fluids for every engine-oil change, but how could you deprive your axles, transmission, or power steering system of top-of-the-line fluids? Check it out yourself at www.royalpurple.com

Letter Of The Month
1980-1996 Ford F-250 Quiz

I have a 1997 Ford F-250 HD. It's a regular cab and is a 4x4. I been having problems getting certain parts for my truck. For example, brush bars and a lift kit are my main problems. The kind of bumper I'm looking for is like the Road Armor Bumpers, in your August 2008 issue. Any help with any of these problems would help me a lot. Thanks
Spc Darren Kolbe
Fort Stewart, GA

Okay, just checking, but your truck is the one like the 1980-1996 1/2-ton, correct? Not that weird 7-lug one-year version of the F250 in 1997, right (I think that was only a light-duty version, but just checking...)? There is not a lot of aftermarket support for your particular truck model, but maybe we can help you out by making yours the Letter of the Month and sending you a Royal Purple care package to at least modify your truck's fluids!

Proto Fab Bumpers (www.protofab4x4.com) makes a really nice Bronco/F-150/F-250 plate bumper for your truck. It takes a winch and everything. I think you might like it. I think they can also weld on hoops on top, if you request.

As for lift kits, I'd have to suggest a Superlift (www.superlift.com) kit. I have had some great luck with Superlift's Ford springs giving a really excellent ride. And I know that your truck is quite the roughrider! I was just in my buddy's last week and I still have a sore neck from hitting the ceiling so much!

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