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May 2010 Mail Bag

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Sore Loser
Being a Jeep owner and also loving Porsches made reading your article "Jeep vs. Porsche" (Jan. '10) interesting. I was confused how a Porsche with one more turbo, 50 more horses, 74 more lb-ft of torque, weighing 115-pounds less than factory can run 1.3 seconds slower to 60 than a bone stock Cayenne Turbo S having only a single turbo. Most people take their vehicles to an aftermarket tuner like TechArt to have the performance enhanced, not slowed down. I understand you are a Jeep magazine and your test Jeep couldn't possibly lose to a German import, but you could at least present realistic performance results that are hopefully somewhat unbiased.
Adam Varner
Marietta, Ohio

Sorry, no data was skewed. I suspect the reason for the loss is that the twin turbo system on the Porsche was set up for ultimate top speed (as noted in the story, fourth paragraph), not for off-the-line launching we did where the brutal torque of the big V-8 and supercharger really shined. But thanks for the input.

A Pity?
It's a pity that the only magazine dedicated exclusively to the Jeep enthusiast is consistently plagued with language commonly heard in the locker room of a boy's junior high school. Take for example the following Jp Staffer Quote of the Month ("Dispatch," Jan. '10):

"Oh really, half of Americans would buy a plug-in? Who the f^*# did they interview? Are these people just bleeding money out their a$$ enough to buy a new car but not pay for their house or heath insurance?"-Editor Cappa responding to a press release that stated a new survey showed 48 percent of Americans are interested in buying a plug-in "hybrid."

I buy this magazine occasionally at the newsstand when an article piques my interest, and every time I'm dismayed at the juvenile trash-talk that mars what would otherwise be a very fine publication.
Dr. Alec Isabeau
Santa Rosa, California

He Gets It
I hate to say that I am ashamed at the response to the Sept. '09 "Trail Head." I completely agree with Cappa's statements. However, I am shocked how some subscribers have reacted to the article simply because Jp magazine contains a political argument. It's ridiculous to think that someone would disagree with a point simply because of the genre of discussion. That being said, I would like to raise a point. The "Trail Head" of Sept. '09 was not written simply because Cappa is trying to bring politics to this magazine, but because Obama's policies concerning the trail closures is a conflict of our lifestyle and interests as a whole community.

I am not saying that it is wrong for those emails to be written to Jp magazine disagreeing with Cappa. Those individuals do have the same rights as Cappa to speak freely for or against whatever they please. But, some of the points raised by these readers were invalid, such as the blaming of the republicans for the financial crisis. It is not because of the Republicans that we are in a financial disposition, but because of several factors such as war and quite possibly the Democrat in office before Bush.

So next time something like the Sept. '09 "Trail Head" is published and there is some disagreement, simply think about whose side Cappa is on. Cappa is speaking on behalf of our community of Jeep enthusiasts while certain political figures are attempting to rob us of our ability to enjoy trail riding, rock climbing, mud riding, and so on and so forth.
Zach Bennett
Petal, Mississippi

Mr. Crappa
You can add my name to the ever-growing list of readers that are tired of you and your sophomoric attitude and arrogance. After reading the last "Mailbag" and your comments about the M151 and that you do the majority of the work on the vehicles you write about, it is all pure BS. In the last four years it seems like all the pictures of the different builds are in some shop with a mechanic doing the wrenching. I have been a reader since the day I found the first issue at the newsstand and had to wait for two months for the next issue to come out. I have been working on Jeeps since the 1960's, from a flatfender to my latest, an '05 flat fendered TJ/LJ.

You seem to think that the readers care what your opinion is concerning whether diamond plate corners or tube bumpers are in style. We were making tube bumpers in our garages before you were out of diapers. You seem to have forgotten or you didn't know that the fun in wheeling is to build what you can and drive it. It's not about the latest style, but what works for you. So when the Editorial Director or someone at your company pulls their head out of where ever it is at (are you related in some way to the owner?), I have received my last issue and will not renew it until I see on the newsstand that you are gone.

Since I am building up my Unlimited I have been buying a lot of parts and I always tell the company that I no longer subscribe to Jp and that I subscribe to a different magazine. So take your M715 and truck on over to one of the big truck rags.
Lee Hilgendorf
Via email

Well, actually Lee, if you did your homework correctly you'd find that nearly all of the major project Jeeps we've built for Jp (and most of the tech) have been done in our very own garages. Don't believe it? I encourage you to visit and search them out by clicking the Project Jeeps link at the top. Go ahead and start with our '07 Wrangler, Sloppy Seconds, Jeepster Resurrection, Why-J, Hatari!, Hot Dog, The Panel, both Hazel's and Trasborg's M715s, Hazel's flatfender, multiple J-trucks and Wranglers and more. There are plenty to choose from.

XJ Shopping
Dude, way to rock the used Jeep Buyer's Guide (Jan. '10)! I was just scanning Craigslist the other night. I'm on the hunt for a Cherokee Chief S as a project rig or any other Cherokee on the cheap (a '95 XJ was my daily driver all through college.) Still miss that guy. Tell Trasborg I dug the "Paycheck XJs" feature. Right on! My hunt continues.
Ron Piskula
Mequon, Wisconsin

I enjoy the magazine, but I would like some improvement on the photography. Every photo that shows the entire Jeep has a front tire as the focal point. Most of these photos are taken in a way that it looks like there is a Jeep hidden behind a tire. I realize you will tell me about your artistic values that you obtained from some prestigious university, but I would really like to see photos that show Jeeps in their clearest and most detailed view. I may not be as sophisticated and refined as you, however, I would like to point out that when the police take my picture at the station for booking, they have me face the camera directly and then turn 90 degrees to the side.

They don't have me pose like those lame family photos where everyone is wearing the same color shirt. I think the police like these profile type photos because they show details better and give a more accurate image. A level side shot shows wheelbase, ride height, body alterations, and many more details that all other angles don't. I like details and information and ask for less or no art.
Ferris Emery
St. George, Utah

Abu Dhabi, Actually
In response to the Spy Photos: Ginormous Jeep Spotted in Dubai ("Dispatch," May '09), please note that the vehicle in the photo is in Abu Dhabi, not Dubai (the capital of U.A.E.). It is a four time size replica of a Jeep Willys, designed and constructed by Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, AKA the "Rainbow" Sheikh. The vehicle is fully functional and measures 13 meters (about 43 feet) in length, 6 meters (about 20 feet) in height, and is part of the Sheikh's large collection of unique cars that he put in his private car museum (Emirates National Automobile Museum). For more details on the Jeep and other vehicles in the museum, go to
Dounia Alameddine
Abu Dhabi-UAE

Hmmm... Fantastic job and I especially loved the uproar over the Sept. '09 "Trail Head." I've got one question though, what's this idiot Forrest R. Prince doing writing in to "Mailbag" (Jan. '09) about how great the Democrats are and how lousy of a job the Republicans did the last 8 years? He just loves the Dems because they are allowing him to be on socialized disability and still cut and sell firewood! How can you be on disability and still cut firewood? Sounds like a real winner to me and the perfect Democrat, I noticed he's from the land of Pelosi as well.

Keep up the good work and thanks for helping stop the idiots in Washington from taking more of our lands away from us!
Chuck Blair
Spring, Texas

More Insight
In the Jan. '10 "Mailbag," Mr. Forrest R. Prince wrote, "I cut and sell firewood to supplement my disability income." I am very curious to find out what kind of disability I can claim that will allow me to cut firewood, as that should also allow me to enjoy all of my other favorite recreational activities which might make it seem to the Social Security folks that I'm not disabled. It seems to me that if he is able-bodied enough to cut firewood, he could surely find a job and relieve the burden on the rest of us taxpayers.
J. Clift
Barnesville, Ohio

4.0L Oiling
Great job on the mag! I am writing to inform my fellow readers and jeepers about a potential engine-stopping issue: new oil formulations. A good friend of mine, James Vanderlinden, is an engine builder at D&W Performance, which is Calgary's (and possibly Canada's) finest and fastest performance engine building shop. He told me that over the past year or so he has seen several Jeep 4.0L inline-six engines come in with extensive damage and wear to the cam as a result of the newer oil formulations which contain little or no zinc.

According to Vanderlinden, this can spell disaster for flat tappet engines such as the Jeep inline-six. Newer engines and engines with roller cams are apparently immune to this. Vanderlinden's advice? Use diesel oil. The higher compression in diesel engines requires a more robust oil formulation and the zinc is still there, even in the newer formulations. Of course most diesel oil is 15w-40, which is a little thick for our needs, but in colder areas 10w-30 diesel oil as well as 5w-40 diesel oil can be found. Vanderlinden recommends Shell Rotella-T for older and flat tappet gasoline engines.

There are also oil additives available to overcome this shortcoming of modern oils, but they are pricey and tough to find. I hope this information helps keep more of these great old engines running strong! Long live the Jeep inline-six!
Boone Shiffman
Calgary, Alaska

This isn't the case anymore. The blanket statement "Rotella-T" or even diesel oil as a performance-engine alternative doesn't apply anymore because even they are going low ZDDP to keep from killing the particulate filters in new diesels. Rotella-T and others are now CJ-4 spec. The old diesel oils with the good additives are CJ-I spec, which is being phased out.

Mr. Fixit
I'm a subscriber to your magazine and found a typo. In the article "Randy's Electrical Corner" (Jan. '10), the web address to Waytek is incorrect.

When you type in, it goes to some IT solutions provider in West Berlin, New Jersey! Not exactly what your readers are looking for.

I checked through Google and the correct web address is That address goes right to the Waytek site for all kinds of cool electrical stuff.

Thought you should know. Now you can go smack Randy! Keep up the good work and put more chicks (hot, of course) in your mag.
Charlie Morelli
Via email

Sloppy Seconds Hot Wheels?
Man, you guys are good. Your project Jeep is not even finished and there's a Hot Wheels version just in time for Christmas. Keep up the good work!
Terry Trosper
Indianapolis, Indiana

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