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May 2012 InBox Letters to the Editor

Zone Off Road Jeep Comanche
Rick Péwé
| Four Wheeler Network Content Director
Posted May 1, 2012

Reader's Questions & Comments

Comanche Power!
Great stuff in your Jan. ’12 issue about Jeep, but something was missing—the Jeep Comanche! Who could forget the Jeep that was a truck that was a Jeep? It has been years since I last saw a Comanche in the flesh, but I definitely remember them.
Andrew Dunn
Via email

We figured that the previous two issues were full of enough Comanche, namely the Zone Comanche on the Ultimate Adventure. Just check it out or visit Zone’s website for more info (

Series or Parallel?
In “Ultimate Revival, Part 7” (Feb ’12) caption 6 says that with a push of the button the batteries will be put in series. In the article it states that the batteries are put in parallel when the switch is depressed, thus providing twice the amperage for running the winch, or to jump the primary battery from the auxiliary. If the IBS-DBR relay switches the start battery ground from ground to the auxiliary battery positive, then you would have have 24 volts, not 12 volts and twice the amps. However, I see no need for 24 volts in a 12-volt system. Just something that caught my attention.
Via email

You’re correct, the right answer is parallel. The extreme outback IBS-DBR has a switch that runs the batteries in parallel for 30 minutes. Never hook the batteries up in series, except for 24V systems, welding, or other approved uses. Hooking two 12V batteries in series does indeed make the system 24V, which would probably fry everything hooked into the system. The lights would be dang bright for a bit though!

Your 4x4 of the Year Winner vs. a Dodge
As an owner of a ’12 Ram Power Wagon, the second I saw the two contenders for the 4x4 of the Year Award (Feb. ’12) I knew that the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon would win. As I read your thoughts and comments on the ’12 Power Wagon, I found myself agreeing with every point you had. I agree that the truck is long and hangs low and rock sliders are a must (I still think it’s a shame that Dodge quit making these for the Power Wagon). Also, I had to smile to myself when I saw that you as well had to do the “locker dance” when playing with the lockers on the Power Wagon. And I laughed out loud when you said, “Finally, why are you twisting our arm to call this truck only ‘Ram’ when right there on the dash it says ‘Dodge’?” And of course the last point, not having true mud-terrains (way to go, Captain Obvious).

We all know that the Power Wagon is a great truck, and when pitting truck against truck there isn’t much that’s going to beat the Power Wagon, but in a 4x4 contest the Wrangler is the obvious winner.

Thanks for putting together a great magazine. I always look forward to seeing your magazine in my mailbox each month.
Josh Spaid
Missoula, MT

Thanks for the input, John. As different as the vehicles are, the match was still close. We would be happy with either one in our own stable. Look forward to a far bigger group in next year’s test, as most major manufacturers have many changes in the works.

He Likes Us!
I was reading the In Box in recent months, and while I know you don’t get many of these letters, here is one. I really enjoyed reading the Jan. ’12 issue. As an owner of a bone-stock ’08 Silverado work truck (vinyl floors, crank windows, manual locks, etc.) the article “Iron Horse Warrior” was awesome. Furthermore, the basic Bow Tie boost (“Chevy Zone”) was great too. Finally, a lift kit that my wife and my wallet and my boat trailer will all accept! That lift is definitely in my future. Thanks again for a great magazine. I think the balance between Chevy, Ford, and Chrysler features is just about right.
James Smith
Chapin, SC

We enjoyed putting that issue together, so thanks for the compliments. I noticed you sidestepped the Ram/Dodge name issue as well by calling them all Chrysler vehicles. Maybe the Chrysler corporate gurus will like that better? We doubt it. Thanks again for the kudos.

Speaking of Dodge
Love the mag! It is the one that has me dreaming in the page and picture because of the real life and really possible trucks you have in there, and it doesn’t have an overabundance of ads.

In reading the Feb. ’12 edition, I quickly opened the mag to Readers’ Rides and leafed through the Jeeps, the unique vehicles (What the Heck!?), the Toy Group, the Chevy Corral, and the Blue Oval Band, and, yup, I was left flipping through ads and other articles looking for my Dodge trucks and did not find them! Now, before you formulate your response to me and ream me and the other Dodge owners out, let me do it.

Hey, Dodge owners! Yeah, you with the nice Ram on your truck. Send in your favorite pics of your favorite truck. Let’s stop the others from hogging the mags. Let’s stop them from dodging us! Let’s get them good. You’ve got the truck, you’ve even got the pics, get out of your truck—for a few minutes—and show the world what we’ve got! Oh, by the way, here are a few pics of my Dodge, a ’01 Dakota with 3.9L V-6 stock, five-speed manual stock (320K kilometers with original clutch), 35x12.50x15 BFG All-Terrains on original rims, 11⁄2-inch wheel spacers, custom front winch bumper with 2-inch tow receiver, custom rear bumper with tow receiver, 2-inch body lift, 21⁄2-inch rear spring blocks, custom torsion keys in the front, and a CB radio to stay in touch with trail buddies from the Central Ontario 4x4 Club (
Rev’n ahead in the Kawarthas,
Mark J. Haug
Ontario, Canada

Well put. We can’t print Dodge or Ram readers’ rides if we don’t have them. Hopefully this will work and some of those slackers will get with the program!

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