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January 2007 Readers Rigs Special - Limited Articulation

Posted in Features on January 1, 2007
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This month, we take a back seat (as much as we can since we run the magazine) and let you, the readers, take center stage with your homebuilt trail machines. We receive dozens, sometimes hundreds of your Reader Rigs each month, and as regular readers know, there are never enough pages in the magazine to showcase them all. So we're happy to be able to devote a special section this month to your rigs-new and old, crawling, jumping, stuck, and otherwise doing what they and their loving owners enjoy the most.

On the subject, our parent company, Primedia, will soon be launching a brand-new magazine devoted entirely to your vehicles: 4-Wheel & Off-Road's Readers' Rigs. Don't let the name fool you-this magazine will be devoted equally to the homebuilt 4x4s of folks who read Four Wheeler, as well as to folks who read 4-Wheel, and to those who don't read either magazine, for that matter. In short, it'll be a tribute to the whole four-wheeling community across the U.S., and around the world as well. (We just returned recently from a trail ride in Japan, and some of the wheelers over there build some wild 4x4s!)

There won't be a lot of step-by-step verbiage describing in intimate detail how each trail rig was built. Since a picture tells a thousand anyway, we're making this primarily a pictorial mag, with plenty of detail shots with comprehensive specs for each rig. Think of it as a "wish list," or a recipe book, for building any type of trail rig you could possibly imagine wanting. Either way, it'll give us-and the staffs of our sister 4x4 magazines-more opportunities to get more of your trucks in the pages of a magazine. The inaugural issue, for instance, is already slated to showcase more than 100 trail trucks.

Look for Readers' Rigs on your local newsstand in late January. For now, though, enjoy the examples of your homebuilt masterpieces that we've culled from our archives this month. When you're done, surf on over to fourwheeler.com and find out how you can submit pics of your rig, painlessly and electronically, via our Web site. And if you want to increase the odds that your Reader Rig photo will find its way onto our A-list, check out Senior Editor/photo whiz Ken Brubaker's expert tips on how to shoot your truck (with a camera, of course) for this magazine.

Finally, those of you who are regulars to Four Wheeler may notice a January staple missing from these pages: Namely, our annual Pickup Truck of the Year test. We've always run this story in our January issue, but this time around, something unusual happened. Due to some last-minute changes in the manufacturers' release dates, we found ourselves in danger of holding a test without any trucks if we didn't postpone the test! So we pushed back the evaluation for a couple of months, to give the manufacturers more time get us the vehicles. We'll have all the details, and name our winner for 2007, in our March issue.

Next month: Chevy vs. Jeep vs. Toyota-and more-in our 2007 Four Wheeler of the Year test.

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