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November 2012 Inbox Letters to the Editor

Posted in Features on October 1, 2012
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Hates Pranks
The article on pranking your friends while on the trail (“Prank You Very Much,” Aug. ’12) is the most moronic thing I’ve ever read. Causing low or flat tires? Removing wheel weights? Strapping vehicles to trees? What fun. Perhaps you could do all or most of those at the same time and totally ruin somebody’s day. Is this the same guy who thinks the new Toyota Tacoma Baja muffler is too loud and embarrassing? I go wheeling to have fun, not wonder what’s wrong with my or a buddy’s truck. It’s always a better time when things don’t go wrong. This article sets a new low for Four Wheeler.
Robin Orr
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I loved “Mechanical Engineering,” (Aug. ’12). I am currently going to school for CAD and mechanical engineering. I want to design parts for 4x4s and after reading that article on Brian Hays GMC Jimmy it was like seeing a rolling example of what you can do on the CAD programs. I am a subscriber of 4-Wheel & Off-Road and Four Wheeler, and I think they are the best two 4x4 magazines out there. Thanks for having such a great magazine!
Elias Corey
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Ford 6.0L Fan
I was just reading the latest Four Wheeler to arrive in my mailbox (Aug. ’12) and wanted to compliment you on “Power Stroke Problems.”

First, I love your comment, “A reputation we quite frankly don’t think it deserves.” Well said! As a Ford fan and an ’06 F-250 owner, I love my truck. You can see that as later years passed, the problems became fewer, but the damage was done.

I did notice you did not say anything about the bed plate leak. I had this issue only three weeks after purchasing my truck early this year with just over 30,000 miles on it. My truck was a barn queen turned in for trade and I got a great deal. The warranty I bought paid for itself with this fix. My mechanic said it is also a common problem.
Anyway, thanks for the great article, keep it up!
Brian Letendre
Prescott Valley, AZ

Don’t Do This!
I have an issue with “Prank You Very Much,” (Aug. ’12). Most of those suggestions seem harmless for the most part, except the disconnection of your friend’s CB radio and coating the antenna with Teflon tape. By doing this to your friend who is using the radio, it will cause extreme match issues with no antenna reflection (aka SWR match)—in turn it will heat up the final transistor and driver transistor. Within a few keys of the mic, the CB radio will be dead as far as transmitting. Then you have destroyed your friend’s radio, which could be a costly replacement or repair. So in other words, don’t tell people to tamper with CB radio antennas. It’s not a good prank.
Name Withheld
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Where’s the Diesel?
I loved Trail’s End in the August ’12 issue. You should send a copy of this to all the truck manufactures to wake them up, they (Chevy, Dodge, Ford, Toyota, Nissan) all made small, fuel-friendly diesel trucks at one point in time. What happened?

I had a diesel Toyota 4x4 truck and loved it. It regularly got 28 mpg. I just wish I could buy a new version of the same truck!

I own a ’01 Dodge Ram Cummins 2500 4x4, and I also have a 450hp Mercedes diesel in my Freightliner Columbia Truck Renegade motorhome.

Just think what these small trucks could be like with 25-plus-year newer technology. They would be extremely popular.
Rich Trifiro
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Monster Trucks at TTC?
I have been a subscriber to Four Wheeler since Top Truck Challenge began many years ago. At that time my ride was an alternative-energy, zero-emissions, environmentally friendly Bigfoot 4x4 with molded plastic tires. It had two speeds plus reverse and no front driveline. It was a well-known fact in those times that REAL monster trucks were the toughest things on earth. Year after year I would eagerly go through the Top Truck submissions, hoping someday that a pro team would enter so I could vote for them. Alas, that has yet to happen.

Therefore, I ask that you publish this letter, along with a means for a vote. Let your readers decide if they would like to see a competition-spec monster truck compete in next year’s Top Truck Challenge. It could be in addition to the standard 10-truck field and they could attend for exhibition purposes only, not necessarily in competition with the standard field. They could also be allowed a set of skinny agricultural tires for tight events like the Tank Trap.

I have a feeling that I may not be the only person who would like to see one of the world’s toughest trucks go up against the real world’s toughest 4x4s.
Los Fresnos, TX

That sounds like a great idea! But, as you mention, the monster trucks wouldn’t really fit on the Tank Trap course. The fact is they likely wouldn’t fit on any of the courses with the typical 66-inch tires.

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