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February 2011 4xForum - Letters to the Editor

Posted in Features on February 1, 2011
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Send questions, comments, and suggestions to: 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility MAGAZINE, Attn: Christian Lee, 1733 Alton Parkway, Ste. 100, Irvine, CA 92606, or

Love For 4WD&SU
Comment: Love the mag, guys. After buying [it] on the newsstand for a year I am going to subscribe. I like the Jeep content and overland trails the most. My main interest is driving longer overland-type trails. I like it that all your trails have a story behind them. I am going to do Barlow Trail in Oregon for my next adventure. Keep up the good work!
Devin Wulle
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Reply: Devin, we're happy that you are enjoying the magazine. We like long overland trails, too, and will continue to document such adventures for your enjoyment. Thanks for your subscription. We'll keep the good stuff coming.

Jeep Liberty Rear Bumper
Q: I am looking for information on a particular rear bumper shown on a Jeep Liberty on your website. Any info you have would be helpful. Thank you.
John Coon
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A: John, to the best of our knowledge the Jeep Liberty bumper shown is a unit manufactured by Rock Lizard Fabrications [(719) 360-7414,]. The bumper is formed from 3/16-inch plate steel and includes an integrated hitch receiver that gains 4 inches of ground clearance over the factory hitch. In addition to rear and front Liberty bumpers Rock Lizard Fabrications offers a variety of Jeep Liberty components, including lift kits, rock sliders, and a solid front axle conversion kit.

Sahara Wrangler To Rubicon Conversion
Q: I am living in Bahrain, an island in the Persian Sea. I own a Wrangler Unlimited, yet the sad thing is that the Rubicon model is not available nor imported to this region. I would appreciate if you can inform me on what are the mechanical/ technical modifications needed to convert my Sahara into Rubicon. Also, is it possible that I can subscribe and have the magazine mailed to me in Bahrain? Thanks a million.
Habib Semaan
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A: Habib, thanks for writing. First off, you can certainly subscribe to 4WD&SU and have it mailed to an overseas address. To do so, visit and click on the "Subscribe Today" icon next to the magazine logo. Once the subscription form opens click on "International Subscriptions" and fill in your shipping and billing information.

Concerning converting your Sahara model Wrangler to a Rubicon, this is also possible and most of the parts can be sourced through Jeep/Mopar. The main differences between the Rubicon model Wrangler and other models are the transfer case, axles, shock and coil-spring rates, electronic sway bar disconnect, and skid plates. The Rubicon transfer case is the NVG241OR Rock-Trac unit with 4:1 gears; Rubicon axles are Dana 44 units with electric lockers and 4.10 ring and pinion gears. Rubicon models also have increased skid plate protection and an upgraded shock and coil-spring package. Front and rear Rubicon axle assemblies are available through the Mopar parts catalog at (you'll also need the locker wiring harnesses and activation switches). JB Conversions [(337) 625-2379,] offers NVG241OR Rock-Trac transfer cases and the necessary yokes for installation. The skid plates and suspension parts are readily available from many aftermarket suppliers or you can purchase factory-style skid plates and factory or lifted suspension kits through Jeep/Mopar. Thanks again for writing, Habib. 'Wheel on.

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