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February 2010 4xForum - Letters to the Editor

Posted in Features on February 1, 2010
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We'll Make You Famous
Q: I was wondering how I can get a picture of my rig in 4 WHEEL DRIVE & SPORT UTILITY MAGAZINE? Thanks.
Justin
Oregon City, Oregon

A: Justin, the easiest way to get a picture of your rig in 4WD&SU is to submit a picture and description of your vehicle to 4 WHEEL DRIVE & SPORT UTILITY MAGAZINE, Trail Rigs, 2400 E. Katella Ave., Ste. 1100, Anaheim, CA 92806. You can also email a picture and information to Assistant Editor Kevin Blumer at kevin.blumer@sorc.com. If you are sending a digital image, please make sure that you have your camera set at the highest resolution. The higher the resolution the larger we can run the image and the better it will look. Thanks for writing. Wheel on.

Coil Springs or Coil-Spacers?
Q: I own a 2008 Jeep Wrangler JK X-model four-door and I am planning on purchasing a BDS 2-inch suspension lift. I'm not sure whether to go coil spacers or coil springs. My vehicle is a daily driver, but I do plan on taking it off-road. Besides lifting the vehicle, how well do coil spacers work off-road?
Jason Gerdeman
Independence, MO

A: Jason, using coil spacers won't necessarily change the performance of the factory suspension, it will simply allow a slight lift to allow fitment of larger than stock tires. Most Jeep Wrangler JK spacer kits will allow fitment of up to a 33-inch tire and require use of longer shocks. While this is an inexpensive route to gaining larger tires, you'll find greater off-road performance through use of a coil spring kit that includes new brake lines and sway bar extensions. Most kits use track bar drop brackets, however, I'd recommend installing adjustable front and rear track bars, as well. For more information about the available options in lifting JKs and other Jeep models, check out the many suspension technical articles at 4wdsu.com.

Vehicle Awnings
Q: I am trying to find a product similar to the one shown on the Camping Products Guide FJ Cruiser photo (August 2009). Mainly, it is a shade canopy/awning that attaches to a vehicle, has two poles and guides lines, and then rolls up into a long case after you detach it. I found one once and now I can't find it again, no matter what I call it. Any suggestions? Thank you.
Kathleen Burnham
Felton, CA

A: Kathleen, the awning you are speaking of is available from The Camping Lab [(786) 489-8258, www.campinglab.com]. The Camping Lab expedition awning features a sturdy aluminum extrusion on the back, which makes it easy to attach it to any roof rack or even load bar ends. The awning offers an aluminum structure covered by a sheet of 300D polyester with PVC coating and uses high-resistance plastic joints and galvanized hardware. It weighs in at 22 pounds and folds into a 7x4x83-inch protective cover which closes with a heavy zipper that keeps the awning clean and dust free. The Camping Lab expedition awning includes two adjustable guylines and four heavy-duty 1/4-inch galvanized steel stakes. The expedition awning covers an area of 85x79 inches and the poles can be set as high as 83 inches. Forty-seven- and 70-inch-wide awnings are also available. The Camping Lab also offers rooftop tents, campsite gazebos, and other adventure camping accessories. Thanks for writing.

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