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February 2012 InBox Letters To The Editor

Custom Rock Crawler Front Three Quarter
Rick Péwé
| Four Wheeler Network Content Director
Posted February 1, 2012

Alaskan Fishing, Bad Drilling, Rock Crawling, and More!

Rockcrawling Lives
A huge thank-you for including Professional Rock Crawling information in your Oct. ’11 issue. My name is Brent Bradshaw, driver of the Unlimited Crawler on page 20. I am also the proprietor of Trail Tough Products, which provides parts for Suzuki enthusiasts worldwide. So once again a huge thank you for the special section “Suzuki Feature Roundup.” I have received a substantial amount of customer feedback in regard to your coverage, especially the “W.E.Rock Rocks Oroville” commentary. This is a very nice boost for this facet of our recreation.

If I can provide any further editorial contribution or information, please let me know. I am also the reigning W.E.Rock Unlimited Series Champion two years running as well as the current W.E.Rock Unlimited Grand National Champion. You might find my daily driver interesting so I am including photos. Once again, thank you so much for shedding light on our efforts.
Brent Bradshaw
Trail Tough Products

You are welcome, Brent. Many think that competitive rockcrawling died and went away, but we know better and intend to keep our hand in the coverage. Keep up the good work yourself!

We Are Total Idiots
Dear Rick, you may remember my sister starting the stink about you wearing sandals while welding. I am here to say that Justin Scheller on page 63, picture 9, is a total idiot for drilling without safety glasses, and your dumbass rag is irresponsible as hell for printing it. You both would be fired on the first day in the real world. My script won’t be renewed.

Keep up the good work … not!
Name withheld out of respect for your sister Via email

Sorry for your misunderstanding. Since it was a staged photo instead of an actual drillfest, Justin wasn’t wearing safety glasses. Notice that photo 6 next to it has actual sparks and safety glasses. I hope you teach your children better than how we teach photographers, at least about being observant.

Alaskan Fish Story?
I wear a hat and live in a trailer, so of course I am often abducted by aliens, but crossing the Missouri line into Eureka Springs, Alaska, is a rather large fish story. I live in Cominto, Arkansas, and I noticed in your Ultimate Adventure article you listed “Eureka Springs, AK” instead of “Eureka Springs, AR.” It’s not the first time Arkansas has been abbreviated AK, and I laugh every time I see it. One of my own friends from Wisconsin moved here and put “Monticello, AK” on all her job applications (I guess that’s why she never got hired).
Caleb Bodiford
Cominto, AR

Uh, yeah, we still can’t believe that mistake got through. Of all the readers who caught it, you were the most eloquent, and we thank you. From Arlaskansas.

Girly Mags
I was recently paging through my copy of 4-Wheel & Off-Road and found an ad for what I would call the Jackass of off-road magazines, featuring pranks, explosions, parties, music, and girls. In my experience, any vehicle magazine that feels the need to rely on scantily dressed women is not only a poor excuse for a car mag, but also a really bad girly mag. If I want to look at pictures of women in various states of undress, there are much better sources. If you could continue with the high-quality publication that is Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road and please limit examples of gratuitous exposed flesh to rare pics of Miss Bikini Mud Fest winners and the tops of Rick’s feet, it would be awesome. Keep up the good work.
Matt Koenigs
Via email

I’ve never had my feet so closely coupled to bikini babes, so I’m not sure how to respond, but I think I like it. Thanks for enjoying our mag. Just buy more and we’ll keep it on the same track!

Ultimate Hook
I have an Ultimate Adventure question: What is the difference between tow hooks and shackles?
Name withheld
(Probably Tom Boyd)

Good question! A hook is open so a strap can be instantly attached, while a shackle is a closed loop, or D-ring, with a bolt or pin through the end. A D-ring can be welded to a mount, which is bolted or welded on, and a rope cannot be instantly attached. A shackle is a portable D-ring, or clevis, with a screw type or pinned cross bolt so it can be opened to attach a strap. Hooks are great for quick attachment, such as when your rig is sliding off a trail over a cliff. I recommend both on any vehicle. Tech Editor Fred Williams had Randy Ellis Design make his own super duper snazzy design, seen here, for the best of both worlds.

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