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Off-Road Unloaded - Letters To The Editor - November 2010

Posted in Features on November 1, 2010
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Letters Of the Month
This month, everyone who got their letter published is getting hooked up with a shirt from Lip Service Clothing. You can get your own Lip Service by checking out online.

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Good Deeds ARE Rewarded!
Ed update: In the August 2010 issue, we put the call out to see if anyone had a spare Ranger four-banger for Michelle Holder after she took the time to help out another reader. One of our favorite readers, David Tucker, answered the call and Michelle was able to pick up an engine and get her truck running again.

Thanks much for your kindness, David! Some OFF-ROAD gear will be coming your way soon.

Letter 1: I read the wonderful article you wrote concerning my plight about needing an engine. Thank you for being so kind! I have indeed spoken with Mr. Tucker and he has an engine for my truck! It turns out he lives about four hours from me! How cool is that?

Letter 2: I picked up the engine! It was great meeting Dave. He is such a nice man. Thanks for all of your supportive help in making this happen for me. Warmest regards, Michelle Holder

Heim Joint Steering
I was writing to comment on the Letter of the Month (June 2010) about the steering ends. I have a '78 blazer that I run 38.5 tires. I changed the steering links over to Heims. I drive it on a daily basis in Wisconsin weather, so I was concerned about salt and other contaminants on the steel spherical balls as well. What I did to help the situation was take two OEM tie rod end boots and cut them down to sandwich the Heim. I also loaded the inside of the boots with grease. You can see in the pic how well it does preserve the Heim. Also, you can tell that the truck is driven and used often by all the rust and debris on the other components. This setup has held up quite nicely for about three years now, with no signs of wear or rust. It definitely helped the steering and the longevity of the steering components. You also can get more angularity if you use a bushing to extend the eye height. I just wanted to share this info with you guys, for what it is worth. Thanks!

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Thanks for the cool tip on the rubber boots, Ken!

We Made A Mistake!
I was looking back at the May 2010 issue of OFF-ROAD and noticed little bit of misinformation about the BW1350 transfer case (specifically regarding what models and years the T-case was available in. Here is a link from a site that I am a member of. If anyone asks you about tech info in any RBV's (Ranger-based vehicles such as the Bronco II , Explorer, and Mazda B-Series) we have a great tech library and a lot of wonderful people on the forums , so give us a shout out if you could please.
Dan Neal

Dan, thanks very much for the correction and the information. I'm sure this will help out a lot of our Ford readers!

Reading Buddies
Hey guys! My boyfriend, Eric, loves OFF-ROAD Magazine-it's the only magazine he reads! I recently snapped these pictures of Eric reading the July issue when Einstein, our 6-week-old kitten, jumped up to join him. Apparently your magazine is the only magazine Einstein will read, too! Keep up the great work.
Caria Attard (Eric's cool girlfriend)
Escondido, California

Better Fuel Economy?!
Hi, I'm a big fan of your magazine. My town is the most boring place ever for three 14-year-olds. Therefore my friends and I wanted to have a little fun with a '77 GMC with a 12-inch lift kit and some 40-inch tires. We wait all week for it to rain but when it does we can barely drive our truck because we don't have any gas money. My question is: How can I get better fuel economy?
Gayville, South Dakota

P.S. I hate the name of my town.

Matt, I'm trying not to laugh, but your email was pretty funny. And how are you driving solo at age 14, by the way?!

About better fuel economy: C'mon, dude-you're rolling 40-inch tires! I promise that you'd spend less time finding a part-time job and working for extra gas money than you would just trying to figure out how to get better fuel economy in that old carbureted beast. How about this: What if you sold rides to your buddies for some extra gas money? I bet that your other friends would pitch in and make it happen if the three of you were willing to take some people for rides.

Off-Road Art
I just like to draw Dodge Ram trucks. Here is the picture I did of Jinxy, and one of my ride (The Burgandy Bandit!).

'Hope you guys like 'em. Thanks.
L Green (the Dodge Ram Bandit)
Bonita, California

Very cool, LG. Thanks much for the drawings! I have them hanging up in the office. OR

Editor's Note: If you want to say or ask something, email Unloaded at or write:
Unloaded, OFF-ROAD Magazine
1733 Alton Parkway, Ste. 100, Irvine, CA 92606.

Remember, we're giving away swag every month to the author of our favorite letter. Be sure to include your address, so we know where to send your goods. And because we have no copyeditor, please know that we are not going to be copyediting your letter if you are going to be hating on us, so you better check it over well before sending it our way! Thanks!

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