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

Posted in Features on August 1, 2011
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Editor’s Note: If you want to say or ask something, email Unloaded at jerrod.jones@ 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
Right now, WD-40 has got some great Military Collectible Series cans of lubricant that honor all branches of our military. For every collectible can sold, WD-40 is donating 10 cents to three military charities with a minimum of $100,000 given to each of the three. And as if its generosity wasn’t already enough, WD-40 is also supplying every letter writer with a collectible can of WD-40 this month. You can check it out at

Where Do I Send Pics?
Just curious as to how I send in pics for Stuck of the Month. Thanks!

James Eichert
Trout Creek, Montana

James, you (and anyone else) can always send images to me at or to Jordan May at We love to see what you’re up to in the dirt.

Military Discounts? Just Ask!
Hey, it’s been some time since I have last emailed you. I was reading an old article in the magazine from a guy who was wondering about military-service discounts. There are a bunch of companies that do discounts, but the trick to getting is asking. Most companies don’t provide that info on their websites or advertise it. I have learned, after years of military service, that the trick is to simply ask if a company gives a military discount. That is the best way to find out. If they don’t, one could always ask for one as a deal starter or suggest that they could. That also works.

Jim Letzring

Aftermarket Gauges into ’73-’87 Chevy dash
In your December 2010 issue, there is a section on Page 48 called “Aftermarket Gauge Additions.” I have a ‘77 Chevy K-10 and would like some info on the steps to take and any tips you can pass along, so I can upgrade my dash with the stock bezel and aftermarket gauges. Anything you can pass along would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time.

Joe Bailey
Grapevine, Texas

Joe, this has been a big interest to many readers, including yourself, so instead of just giving some tips, we’re going to have an upcoming story on how to install and wire up aftermarket gauges into a Chevy dash four issues from now, in the December 2011 issue.

Safety First
Regarding previous emails about needing roll protection in any and every off-road vehicle…I agree about the need for a ’cage in a Cherokee! My son was driving under 35 mph when he dropped a tire into the ditch just down the road from my house. He managed to hit the only tree around and walked away with only a few stitches. He was very lucky, but when s#!t happens, it can be bad! Thanks and keep up the good work!

Keith Cramer
Durango, Colorado

We’re glad to hear your son was okay, Keith! And you’re correct that this is just another example of why a rollcage, or at least a good, stout rollbar, should be put in every off-road vehicle.

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