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January 2011 InBox: Letters to the Editor

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Rick Péwé
| Four Wheeler Network Content Director
Posted January 1, 2011

Safety First, We Are So Green and More

He's hallucinating!
I've been an avid reader for around five years, and I think I just might have been seeing things when I opened up the November issue of 4-Wheel & Off-Road. On page 42 is the article "UA Crew." I believe the picture underneath must have been majorly altered or tampered with because I believe that I just saw Péwé behind the wheel of something that is not a flattie. I see that it is disguised as a flattie, with flat fenders, but I don't believe that such a simple disguise would fool Péwé, and he looks so happy! Please correct me if I am seeing things. I am an aspiring four-wheeler, but I don't have a rig yet as I am only 15. My dream is a '90 YJ with a quarter lip out back, 12-inch FOA coilovers in front, and locked and loaded Dana 44s. Someday ...
Aleix Koster

You aren't hallucinating, but underneath all that aluminum is the heart of a flattie. Heck, where did the Jeep evolve from, anyway?

Safety First
Regarding "DIY IFS," Nov. '10, the jackstands in use under the F-150 sure look skimpy and appear to have a small footprint. I sure wouldn't get under that truck supported only by those little stands. Also, the axlehousing is very heavy; why risk injury to yourself or a friend by trying to horse it in/out of position? Harbor Freight sells a transmission/axle floor jack for $80 with a 450-pound capacity, a cheap price to pay for a safe way to position the axlehousing. DIY can be fun, but why risk injury when it is easily preventable? Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but I would hope you would present future DIY photo articles showing safer work practices. Thanks!
Dale Komives
Medina, OH

Yes, it does look a bit sketchy, but we are assured that those jackstands are rated well above what they are holding. However, it never hurts to have extra security when a vehicle is looming over you. Regardless of cost, another jack is a good idea. It's a lot cheaper than a trip to the emergency room!

We are so Green
I've been reading this series about the UACJ, and I wanted to express my gratitude for the timely and earth-friendly usage of the new Chevy Erod engine. In tune with your mission, the phrase "push the axle" has been a welcome reminder of the wisdom in the adage, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." I also wanted to mention that you guys seem to have improved the proofreading on the copy.
Alex Callahen
Morehead, KY

Thanks, Alex. We just wish everyone knew how green we are. And that our proofing is indeed getting better!

No 4x4 of the Year Chevys?
I have been subscribed for about half a year now but have been reading for probably two years and I was wondering why there are no Chevys in the 4x4 of the Year test. Also, why do you feature mostly automatic projects? I think you have the best 4x4 mag out there and I will keep subscribing.
Joey E.

P.S. On they did a testdrive of the new Mahindra pickup.

The fact is that GM has not been willing or able to participate in the last few years, but next year we should have a full fleet. As for auto versus stick, an auto is usually what we end up with, as manual trannies are almost special-order nowadays. It's true that installing an auto can be a lot easier, but that doesn't make it right. We'll show some stick stuff really soon.

Why no Exploders?
All right, guys, I am a new subscriber but longtime reader of your magazine, and I love it. However, I own a '97 Explorer and have never seen anything about these vehicles in your mag. Yes, I understand that they are not a Jeep, but they are not total junk either. It can be just as effective as a 4Runner with a lot of the same strengths and weaknesses. I am not asking for a build with a solid-axle swap and 40s, but just a basic build and advice on how to make these rigs more reliable and confident off-road. Thank you, and don't forget about us owners of one of the number-one selling SUVs.
Gabe Montoya
Rio Rancho, NM

Gabe, we have indeed ignored the famous Ford Explorer in the past few years. We will do more tech in the future, especially since the older ones are so affordable and they are still kicking-like a Bronco, eh?

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