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

Posted in Features on June 1, 2011
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Letters Of The Month
This month everyone who had their letter published is getting a Benchmade Nim Cub II knife to help them be more prepared while off-roading or in the garage. Its fixed blade is made of 154CM stainless steel and the whole thing weighs about 3 ounces, so it won't feel like much when being worn. Check it out at

Correction No. 1: Mistaken ID
I enjoyed my March issue and have read it from cover to cover. But I have a correction for Jordan May’s SEMA 2010 article on Page 47, where he states John Marking’s truck (from Fox Racing Shox) is an Weitzel-built F-150. It is a Chevy Silverado with a 700hp LS7, in actuality.
Chris Cuzyknski
via email

Thanks much, Chris, and our apologies. We made Jordan eat a full tube of paste for this one.

Correction No. 2: F in Math?
You guys left out the cost of the steering stabilizer in the price list for CC Rogers’ fullsize Golden Eagle Cherokee on Page 55 March 2011.
Jon Allen
via email

D’oh! Man, two strikes in March! CC will have his pay docked, don’t you worry. But we did check and CC would have still been under $3,000 with the stabilizer included....

Close Call!
I wanted to share these pics with you to remind people about tow strap safety. I had a little incident and am lucky as Hell to still be sitting here typing this to ya’.

We had a 75-foot cable attached to a stump that we were trying to flip over, and the end of the cable broke and gave way, letting my strap (with a clevis) act like a rubberband just about taking my head off. It missed me by maybe six inches at most.

Take care! Everyone always talks about what could happen or about old wives’ tales. Well, this image speaks for itself. I can only hope readers will see these and think twice the next time they hook to something or some other truck. A little more to the left and I would have been killedit was really that close. And the part that ticks me off is that I am way too smart to do stupid stuff like that. But that’s what happens: You just make mistakes sometimes in situations like that. That’s when accidents happen.
Derek Rose
Casco, MI

We’re glad to hear you’re okay, Derek! And thanks for the advice. Folks, you might remember Derek’s truck from our feature story in the May 2009 issue of OFF-ROAD, and as one of the Top Four Trucks of 2009 in the January 2010 issue.

Faulty Ticketing?
Hey, I heard your guys’ office was located in Irvine, California. Well, I was in that city the other day and got pulled over by a bike cop who claimed my frame was too high. He reported it as being 34.5 inches tall.

Later, back at the bat cave, I measured my frame, and I’m at 23.75 inches. Damned city trying to steal my bacon! I’m going to drop the pressure in my tires so I’m sub 23 inches and tell the cop to pedal his ass back to Winchell’s!

When you’ve pissed off the nicest guy in Orange County, it’s time to do something! Could you write an editorial on how lame Irvine is? Please!
M. Maguire
Newport Beach, CA

It sounds like someone thought you had the word "sucker" written on your back window. Make sure the officer didn’t screw up frame height with bumper height, as that could have been possible. I’d hate to think that the PD was just trying to create some ill-gotten revenue, thinking you wouldn’t know any better.

According to, vehicles under 4,500 pounds are limited to a 27-inch frame height. Vehicles between 4,500 and 7,500 pounds are limited to 30 inches, and vehicles between 7,500 and 10,000 pounds can have no more than a 31-inch frame height. These are all measured from the ground up to the bottom of the frames.

What About ZR2 arms on an S-10?
I was reading online about the Almighty Dime in the magazine, and I remembered the story from last year. I noticed that in one of your pictures, you were running spacers on the front of the truck to increase track width. I’m no Baja pro or anything, but wouldn’t that increase the stress and strain on the wheel studs? That leads me to wonder why you couldn’t use ZR2 upper and lower control arms instead of spacers? I mean, the ZR2s are about 1.5 inches wider than the stock Dime’s. Thanks for the time and the awesome mag.
Mark Yocum
Taylorsville, KY

Mark, you’re definitely correct about the increased strain and stress when using wheel spacers. It’s putting as much strain as a widely-offset wheel would if it had the same spacing that our current wheel-and-spacer combo does. Since we weren’t using a deep-enough wheel for our build, we chose to use spacers. While it’s not great, it is found to be acceptable if you’re willing to deal with the consequences (like increased ball-joint maintenance).

And as for your ZR2 arm idea, it’s a great idea, but it won’t work. Our S-10 guru, Jeffro, AKA Metal Munky, tells us that the arms won’t work in the stock S-10 frame’s pivot points.

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. Thanks!

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