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Off-Road Unloaded - Letters to the Editor - December 2011

Posted in Features on December 1, 2011
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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.

This month, we have one heck of a good giveaway—a set of brand new, pre-production F.O.A. Omnipass shocks. And before they’ve even been released to the public! The Omnipass shocks ( are a type of bypass shock that has an external body on the side of the shock that holds the bypasses. This multi-valve bypass shock gives more adjustment to fine tune your ride. There is just one catch (and it’s a good one): Whoever wins these shocks has to meet up with us to do some real-world testing on them, since we’d like to know firsthand how well they work.

Ranger Vs. Tacoma—Why Not Cover a Challenge?

I saw your June issue in which you asked readers to write in and tell you which ride (a Tacoma or a Ranger) is the best one in the desert. First off, why just in the desert? Which one is best all around? That’s the story I’d be more interested in. I’m a Ranger guy—a prerunner Ranger, too—but I think that the Tacoma is also an awesome vehicle and I’d like to see more than just how well these trucks operate in the desert. What about other off-road terrains, and what about how they perform on pavement (since that’s where a lot of street-legal trucks spend their time)?

I’ve got a 2WD Ranger, and I’d be more than willing to take on the challenge against a 2WD Tacoma. If you guys can find someone else, let me know and I’d be happy to help you out.

Dennis Oday

You know what, Dennis? That is a great idea. And we appreciate that you volunteered to help out. That’s why we’re making you our Letter of the Month and you’re getting hooked up with a set of F-O-A Omnipass shocks for your Ranger! And now that you’re going to have bypass shocks on your ride, I guess we’ve stepped up the game!

Calling all Tacoma owners: If you have a Tacoma that you think will take Dennis’ Ranger (adorned with the F-O-A bypass shocks he was just hooked up with) then please email us at and we’ll see if we can put together a neat little competition to answer the question: Tacoma or Ranger?

Big, Bad (Not Dad) Mudder

I opened my latest issue of OFF-ROAD mag, and went straight to the Readers Rides section as usual and to my amazement found my ’84 Dodge Ram on the top left of the page! I was so happy to see that its finally in there, however, I believe I sent the truck name to be printed as Bad Mudder, since that is also what is on the front license plate.

But the headline says Dad Mudder! What the hell is a Dad Mudder? Not only is that wrong, but I’m single with no kids, so it makes no sense whatsoever, and I’m being grilled by my Chevy and Ford friends now! As if being a Mopar fan wasn’t hard enough before! Strange though how none of their Fords or Chevys can touch this Dodge!!

If you could make some kind of correction in your next issue in the near future, I’d really appreciate it! I can also send you all kinds of pictures of the 500hp monster under the hood and pictures from mud bog/drag competition that it’s been whoopin in.

Whatever the case, thanks for getting it in, but I really wish it was in correctly.

If you ever wanna come to Michigan’s U.P. and do some wheelin’ let me know! We have a great new off-road park that just opened in April this year. There are 200 acres for trail riding and mud bog area. We’re also working on small rock crawl areas for the future but it’s still a blast! is their website.

Thanks again

Zach Demler

Zach, we’re still giggling a little at that one, but sorry for the mess-up! As a fellow Dodge guy, I’d hate to see you get the more-than-normal ribbing for your choice in off-road rides. And thanks for the invite! We may just have to pop up and see what your wheeling is like up there!

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