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July 2012 In Box Letters to the Editor

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Rick Péwé
| Four Wheeler Network Content Director
Posted July 1, 2012

More Road Trips, The Jeep Wave, And More!

Toyota Mag?
I just picked up the magazine 4x4 Garage Presents Toyota, dated winter 2011. Your web page was listed in bold in the masthead. At the top of the masthead it says “Toyota Special.” The cover seems to imply it is a Toyota enthusiasts publication, while the inside cover seems to indicate it is a one-off issue. Did I stumble upon a magazine I will subscribe to, or did I get lucky to find an issue that my love of 4Runners and FJ Cruisers will enjoy for a few weeks? If it is only a single issue, I think with five generations of 4Runners, two generations of Tundras and Tacomas, several generations of Land Cruisers, and the FJ, a dedicated Toyota 4x4 magazine would be awesome. I would like your company to consider the idea.
Shawn Elletson
San Antonio, TX

Sorry, that was a one-shot. We publish a lot of specialty and niche issues, and the more we sell the more likely we are to produce another one. Another issue of 4x4 Garage: Toyota is scheduled to go on sale October 16. It will only be on newsstands, so go out and buy another, and thanks!

More Road Trips
I have been a subscriber for about 25 years, and I can honestly say I don’t care what the newest whiz-bang component is for the JK or any other new vehicle. What keeps my interest are the Dirt Every Day tours. Fred’s “CA to PA in a CJ” [Apr. and May ’12] may not have been technically a DED tour, but it was still a very entertaining article about road trips in old Jeeps that, well, probably shouldn’t be on road trips. Hats off to Fred Williams and David Freiburger for taking on these adventures and sharing them with us.

To be fair, I understand a lot of people do care about the latest upgrades for the newest 4x4 and those should be a part of the magazine too. I tend to keep my “junk” longer than most, so I’m more interested in new aftermarket parts for older vehicles, and I think you do a decent job there.

The March issue had a blurb about MSD’s new Atomic EFI [New Products], which may find a home on my ’82 Scrambler project that now has a poorly running carbureted Chevy 350 and JB conversions built NV4500. Any chance we can get an evaluation on this new EFI system?

My “junk”:
• ’97 Ram 2500 4x4 Cummins, 182K miles
• ’03 WJ Limited, 110K
• ’82 CJ-8, 44K

After 25 years of reading yours, thanks for reading mine.
Via email

Thanks. We will indeed keep hitting the road in a variety of junk. And yes, the installation of the Atomic EFI is slated for an upcoming story, and not on a JK!

How to Survive
Thank you, Rick Péwé, for the great story of being ready, able, and willing to take care of yourself in “Getting Stuck for Fun & Profit” [4xForward, Jan. and Feb. ’12]. We all need to understand that the nannies we seem to crave—whether they are black boxes, the government, or insurance companies—can cause problems we must solve for ourselves.

Kudos also to reader Edward Laag for proposing “Zero Liability Recreation Areas,” [In Box, Feb. ’12]. This is a concept that needs to be returned to our way of life—that we do not expect anyone to protect us from ourselves. I compare these to the letters you receive castigating the magazine for pictures of assumed unsafe working conditions. Anyone who thinks welding isn’t done in sandals or that drills are not operated without safety glasses in the real world must pretend to work for the government. What has happened to common sense and personal responsibility? I really enjoy your magazine and please, keep telling and showing it like it is!
Dick Grover
Via email

Just wait till you see my steel-toed safety sandals sent in by a reader. Incredible!

Where Are They Made?
I always look forward to the tire tech articles and often wonder while I read them, Is this the best tire for me? I think you guys do a good job testing and give honest feedback, but I wonder why you don’t always tell what country the tires are manufactured in. This information is important to me and maybe to other readers as well. Keep up the great work.
Mike Proctor
Muskegon, MI

We don’t always know where a tire is manufactured, and for the most part it doesn’t really matter. Most big tire companies have factories all over the world and source their tires depending on availability and run schedules. We’d love to buy only American-made products, but only a few factories make tires in the U.S. now. They couldn’t keep up with the demand of the tire market, so tires come from all over the world. Just like underwear; it’s probably not made here in the states, and nobody even notices.

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