Last month's Rant was about a bad bout of breakage in a very short period of time. While they could all be summed up as "bad luck" incidents, I could make you a good argument about how every one of those things that broke could have been prevented with either better building or closer visual inspections.
I also realized (after the last issue had already shipped, of course), that I made no mention of how we went back and either did or are doing preventative maintenance and ripping through every single one of our vehicles that has an OFF-ROAD Magazine logo, whether they are broken or not. We are looking for any problems or potential problems that could cause us issues while the vehicle is being driven. And that type of maintenance and inspection should really be done for any vehicle that touches pavement. It doesn't matter if you're driving an '08 Mercedes or a '43 GPW; it is your responsibility to make sure that your vehicle does not endanger its occupants or anyone around you. If you're not capable of properly checking this out yourself, then for all of our sakes please take it to someone who can!
Here at OFF-ROAD, we feel that we have to (and want to) be the models of perfect vehicle ownership and should have our vehicles meticulously maintained and built as well as we think they should be (with no unsafe corners cut). But bringing them up to par means adding on certain pieces to some of our trucks-our K5 Blazer will be getting a rear sway bar and our Super Duty will be receiving a front one to make them both safer on the highway (as well as in the dirt).
Why are we so concerned about keeping ourselves (and you) safe and out of trouble? Because as much fun as a little innocent trouble can be, you never want to catch yourselves in a whole mess of bad trouble-the kind of trouble that comes from injury and/or damage to body or machine. Therefore, we dedicated a good portion of this issue to showing you some basics to keeping yourself safe and out of trouble.
We got ourselves involved in a number of stories concerning how to keep you safe and out of harm's way. We scrounged up a few good stories pertaining to proper vehicle maintenance, general safety guidelines to think about when you're building your truck, and some good advice on what not to do.
We also made it out to Moab for the Annual Easter Jeep Safari, where we caught up with Mopar's new Ramrunner. OR