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Off-Road Unloaded - Letters to the Editor - April 2012

2003 Chevy Truck
Posted April 1, 2012

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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.

Letters of the Month

This month, everyone who had their letters published is getting a DVD copy of Tower Heist with Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy. It’ll be out on Blu-ray and DVD on Feburary 21, but these guys below are getting theirs for free!

What’s a ‘99-to-’06 2WD Chevy Owner to Do?

I’m 16 years old and I’ve got a Chevy 1500 2WD with a 5.3L V-8. I’ve been spending all my time making it look like a sick prerunner, and now I feel all that is left is the suspension. I’ve been looking around for some kind of coilover shock or anything really that would perform okay off-road. I’m not looking to jump the truck (yet), but I still want to go a little crazy off-road. Everything in the suspension is stock besides lift knuckles and a leveling kit, and so I’m hoping to mount whatever I get to my stock mounts. I work at a car wash so the money is a little tight, but I want a good product that will take a beating. Thanks

Nick Babaian
via email

Nick, unfortunately your truck is one era too old to get the easy bolt-in coilover like those from Camburg and Sway-A-Way reviewed in this issue for newer 2WD and 4WD trucks. For your Chevy you’re going to have to get a little more creative, but there are parts out there for you. Blitzkrieg Motorsports has a long-travel kit and a more mild uniball kit, and many other long-travel suspension companies have pieces for ’99-to-’06 Chevys.

But these higher end parts obviously cost money. If it were my truck, I’d spend my money upgrading to some high quality remote-reservoir shocks and some Light Racing Jounce bumpstops that will fit your Chevy without lots of fabrication. That will give you the most improvement off-road and still keep your truck driving perfectly on the street.

More Props for the Baja Cactus Hotel

Today I picked up my copy of the January 2012 issue. Upon reading the first the story in Unloaded, “International Help from Strangers,” I instantly felt for the driver. There’s no worse feeling than knowing you have no form of ID in another country.

Back to the point though, I have stayed at the Baja Cactus a few times before and besides the accommodations being incredible, Antonio (who helped get the wallet sent back) is an amazing guy. He is very friendly and always welcoming to tourists.

If you ever get the chance to venture south of the border, be sure to stop in for a hot shower and cozy bed. And don’t forget to get a great meal from Mama Espinoza’s, which is right next door.

John Plemons
San Diego

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