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January 2011 InBox Letters to the Editor

Toyota Fj60 On Rocks
Rick Péwé
| Four Wheeler Network Content Director
Posted January 1, 2012

Ultimate Reader Letters

Ultimate Reader
After reading the 4xForward in the Oct. ’11 issue I want to thank you for the opportunity to participate in the 2011 Ultimate Adventure, and I want to add my commentary on what I experienced.

Not only did we wheel for the week instead of the day, but we wheeled to get the group through the trails, over obstacles, and down the roads from morning to night each day. In doing so we as individual drivers had to find ways to get our rigs through the day’s challenges and help our fellow participants any way we could. The endurance element is a big part of what the Ultimate Adventure is all about.

One day on the Ultimate Adventure I was talking to Feature Editor Ali Mansour and he asked me why I wanted to participate in the UA. He asked me if it was to experience the trip or to test my rig on its ability to hold up on a trip like the UA. I told him it was both. I wanted to see how my built-not-bought rig would do in this event and see what I would experience being thrown in with a group of wheeling nuts that I have never met before.

I was pleased with the way my FJ60 held up on this trip. While I have spent time and money fixing and upgrading parts over the years, I have less money into this rig than most of the vehicles you see driving to work every day. As for the personal experience on UA, I had a great time and can’t wait for the DVD.
Chuck Wigham
Divide, CO

Thanks, Chuck. We know how difficult it is to understand the whole concept of the UA until a person has participated. You, like the others, now get it. Thanks for participating, and we’re glad you had such a great time.

Subscription Problems?
I have had a subscription with you guys for a long time. Last year my wife, for an early Christmas present, renewed my subscription for three more years, even though she did it a year early. When she did that, we never received anything for renewing early or for renewing for three years. The problem I have is now I am getting renewal letters in the mail saying if I renew now for two years I get a free T-shirt. Why couldn’t we have gotten anything the last time when we renewed for three years, besides more of your magazines?

This is a great magazine and I will continue to subscribe to you for a long time. I just think it sucks that I renewed for three years but didn’t get anything, but if I renewed for only another two years I would get a free T-shirt.

My subscription isn’t up until May 2014 and I will continue to subscribe well after that. I just wanted to let you know that it sucks that nothing was given to a loyal subscriber for renewing early. Thanks for a great magazine. Keep up the good work.
Jerry Bryan
Via email

Jerry, thanks for the email, even though you sent it to Four Wheeler’s website. The long and short reply here is thanks for being a loyal reader, and I know about the subscription issues you have. However, it is a completely separate company from us and we have no way to effect changes. We don’t even get swag ourselves unless we subscribe. There is no rhyme or reason to the offers they send out, so thanks for putting up with the subscription hassles to get the mag. And thanks for reading!

Love IFS
I’ve been reading through my October issue and was waiting to write in to be sure that I understood right that you were keeping the IFS on the Ultimate F-150. I’m glad you did! This is my ’99 GMC Sierra Z-71 with the 4.3L V-6 (great motor). It’s mildly lifted (all I can afford), and I love it.

I’m a fan of IFS just because it’s different and it works if you build it right. I know most veterans of off-roading tend to write IFS off because of how complicated it is and the belief that it is typically weaker than a solid axle. As an engineer, I would love to design my own IFS for my truck someday if I had the resources. I just wanted to say I’m glad that you guys are trying something new and taking the risk of some broken parts and/or ridicule as well as learning a few things about IFS. Keep up the good work! I’m 21 and have been reading/subscribing since I was 15 when I bought my truck.
Rob Kennedy
Via email

Thanks for the kudos. Check out the Ultimate F-150 finale, page 74, to see how it did on the trip.

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