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Off-Road Unloaded - Letters To The Editor - April 2011

Posted in Features on April 1, 2011
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Editor's Note: If you want to say or ask something, email Unloaded at or write:

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. Thanks!

Letters Of The Month
This month all our letter writers are getting groomed with some man-maintenance care products from Lucky Tiger. Since 1935, Lucky Tiger has been a premium men's grooming line for the adventurous guy who wants to stick to organic ingredients. Look good and get lucky at

Cell-Phone Drivers
I just got finished with the January 2011 Rant, and I can't agree more. I am a local sworn law enforcement officer in the Los Angeles area, and I just happen to be assigned to traffic on a motorcycle. I am the victim of a person on a cell phone knocking me off the police motorcycle. The driver claimed he didn't see me and that I came out of nowhere. Well, he did not see me because he was preoccupied with his phone buried in his left ear instead of paying attention to the road. The resulting traffic collision (fortunately for me) left me with only a rib contusion, although it hurt for the next three months. The current California cell-phone law is weak. It is not considered a moving violation at this time and the fine with court fees is only about $110. I can tell you that I write at least eight to 10 cell-phone tickets per day, and get every excuse (and lie) in the book.
Via email

Wow, sorry to hear of your close call! And I'm glad that you were okay and still able get that guy.

I can only imagine the type of ticket that comes with taking an officer off his bike.

And thanks much for handing out those cell-phone tickets and making our streets safer and less congested.

The Green Hot Rod
Peter Verboom's green Chevy hot rod truck on the cover of your February 2011 issue is awesome! My only complaint is that I want to see more pics. You guys are cheap-asses for not showing more pics of it! Couldn't you afford any more pics of that thing?
Wiser Miser
Portland, OR

Uh, thank you? And who says we're not going to show more pics of it? You might always see a two-page spread of it in the future.

So, have you gotten grief over the arse you put into February 2011's issue in the Off Road Expo coverage yet? It was tasteful enough-keep up the good work.
Via email

No complaints yet, Ian! And that was good work, wasn't it?

List of Companies Providing Military Discounts
In the January 2011 issue, Chad Chase wrote in inquiring about what companies give military discounts. We let him know that we would publish something in this issue.

The off-road aftermarket has responded, and we've been able to compile a list. By the way, there are more companies that give military discounts. If you're on active duty or a veteran and you're unsure which provides discounts, simply ask the companies-especially if it's going to mean the difference between you buying from one company and not another.

4 Wheel Parts

Centerline Wheels

First Fuel Injection

Gen Right

GetSome Performance

Iron Rock Off Road

JT's Parts & Accessories

Olympic 4x4

Patriot's Custom Wheels

PerformaBuilt Transmissions

Phoenix Transmission Products
(817) 599-7680

Pit Bull Tires

PSC Motorsports

Source Automotive

Spec Clutch


Other Mentions:
• BMF Wheels ( started giving away a free set of wheels, each month, to one Iraq or Afghanistan war veteran, and will continue to do so through November 2011.
• For every wheel it sells, TrailReady is sending $1 to the Wounded Warrior Project.
• GetSome Performance is owned and operated by military veterans.
• Off Road Engineering does military discounts as well, but the shop is temporarily closed because the owner, Dennis Davenport, went back for one more tour of duty after already putting in 30 years of service.

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