Leaf Guy, Too
I read your editorial regarding leaf springs (Trail Head, June '10) and loved it. Thanks for reminding our four-link and coilover friends that leaf springs, while simple, are a very effective means of managing load, articulation, and durability concerns in an inexpensive package.
I have hesitated to build a four-link system for my Scrambler for many reasons, the most important being complexity. If you're reading between the lines, you understand that I don't get it. And with suppliers like Alcan Spring in Grand Junction, Colorado, I can't find a reason to use anything but leaves.
While all systems have their pluses and minuses, leaf springs fit my simple approach to wheelin'. You need dependable power that you can keep cool under the worst circumstances, enough predictable articulation to keep all four tires on the ground the majority of the time, lockers, BFG Krawlers, and a winch. From there you build to suit your needs.
As you know, I'm a trail rider-long trails, miles from anything, with enough difficulty to make your palms sweat a bit. And this scenario, in my opinion, requires a dependable, easily-repaired rig that can keep you out of the elements most of the time and get you home, and maybe help someone else.
This is not a shot at other suspension designs. I know many that work extremely well. I just appreciate the fact that you appreciate the simplicity of leaf springs enough to use and write about them.
I am curious about the four-link with leaf springs approach. I've wondered about it for years, but I don't get four-link geometry.
Tell Christian I said hi and that I did, in fact, go to spring-under on the rear of the Scrambler to combat wrap and hop. Wrap is non-existent and the hop is all but eliminated.
I loved your editorial (Trail Head) in the June '10 issue. I am relatively new to Jeeps, but I love leaf spring suspensions. I was wondering if you will ever do an article on the setup you talked about in your editorial.
Wesley Chapel, FL
Very likely, but it might be several months before I can get started.
Where Da Porn At?
OK, I've had it with your so called "magazine"! I read Bill Anthony's message regarding the "scantily clad women" that belong in Playboy, and I wasted hours looking, page by page, issue by issue, to find this Jeep pornography section that had his panties in such a bunch, and I couldn't find it. As a result of this terrible waste of my time, I am canceling my subscription unless you can guarantee me that I, too, will receive the same Jeep porn that Bill is so disgusted by. And please, hurry, my wife has banned me from the computer!
Oakwood Hills, IL
Don't Make Me Cancel!
Okay, I am a little disappointed. I am a new subscriber and just received my June '10 issue of Jp magazine. After seeing all the complaints of half-naked women in your magazine, I settled back to enjoy the issue with a beer in one hand. What happened? Not one single photo worth complaining about! Keep it up and I will have to cancel my subscription for failure to deliver on my expectations. Don't give into the vocal minority-keep doing what you have been doing and don't listen to a bunch of hypocrites. Great mag.
Santa Fe, NM
Bikini-Clad Jeep Jeans So I'm reading the June '10 Mailbag and it just never ceases to amaze me how much people complain when a few bikini-clad girls show up in the magazine. And to call everything else in the magazine trash because of a few girls? They aren't living in reality! And the one fellow who claims he is cancelling his subscription "one more time"? What a hoot! Now you watch out, 'cause he may cancel yet a third time! Ha! I wish these creeps would leave quickly, quit hanging around and whining, and not let the screen door hit 'em in the behind! I love Jp mag just the way it is! Don't cave in to the minority!
But what I'd really like to complain about to you is that I've got a bad case of Jeep jeans. Anyone who ever had a TJ has had to have this happen to them once. You jump in the Jeep and one of your belt loops gets caught on the door post by the seat. It rips it off every time. So what's the cure for this Jeep owner ailment, oh great Jeep guru? I've never seen an article in Jp about this problem! I've considered using zip ties to fix several pairs of my jeans 'cause without my belt I'd put most plumbers to shame, and well, if there was a picture of that in the magazine, you'd get a lot more hate mail than you get for the girls.
Missouri Valley, IA
I just got you through the online digital subscription (Zinio) service, as I am out of the country indefinitely, and I'm very happy to have the magazine I most look forward to back. Too bad my '08 Sahara Unlimited is in California. My wife now refers to it as "My Jeep," so I may be a passenger when I get home instead of a driver. Keep up the good work.
Da Nang, Vietnam
Tire Test Tribulations
Every time I see tire tests in Jp magazine, or anyone else's mag for that matter, it's always mud tests. What I'd like to see and probably anyone else who spends six months of the year buried in snow is a mud tire test in the snow and ice. I know, mud tires are not ideal in those conditions and there is no perfect tire for everything. I'd just like to see which one performs best-maybe a best overall condition test?
Innisfail, Alberta, Canada
Actually we try to test 'em in as many different terrains as possible. And unlike many other off-road magazines, we test all of our tires over long periods of time, not just a weekend wheeling fest. We don't do mud-specific tests for the same reason that you don't see the relevance. We get it. Not everybody has mud to deal with. We've used a lot of different tires over the years and the real bummer is that the best all-around tire (street, dirt, sand, snow, ice, mud...) is really a less-aggressive all-terrain. Why is that a bummer? Because it's such a compromise. They don't work notably well anywhere.
For our full tire testing and ratings for all different terrain, take a look at our tire tests online at jpmagazine.com. Search "The Hot Sheet" and you'll find we've included snow and ice ratings as well as ratings for street, sand, rock, and of course, mud for pretty much every popular tire.
We're Geographically Illiterate!
I was reading the May '10 issue this morning and found a couple of mistakes in the "Things to do with your Jeep" section. It's the same mistake, but in two different places. It has Flat Nasty Off Road Park listed in Jadwin, Mississippi, but it should be Missouri. Also, it has Southern Missouri Off Road Ranch listed in Seymour, Mississippi, but it should be Missouri also. Just thought you should be aware.
I love the magazine and keep up the good work.
Rachel and William Tucker
Best Trail Ride Ever
I just got back home from one of the best trail rides ever. The place was Cove Campgrounds in Gore, Virginia. The trail ride had something for all levels of drivers. The ramrod of this ride was John Hunt and his Big Dog crew. The weekend was called Ice Breaker (April 24-25). The weather was good Saturday with rain Saturday night. I would like to thank John Hunt and all of his crew for a great weekend. If you live on or near the east coast, you should check out bigdogsoffroad.com for the next events. Take it from me, you will like the rides. Cappa, keep up the good work and good luck in your acting, but don't quit your day job. Keep the Jeeps running and if you get out to the east coast, we do four-wheel and you don't have to clean out the sand, just mud and stone. Thanks for the great magazine; April first will come again, what's next?
Coal Center, PA
JK Bumper Tip
I just read "Wrangler Recall" (May '10), where you talk about the stock plastic bumpers. If you don't know already, the rear bumper has drain holes in it. Put screws in all but one of them and blow the bumper up like a balloon using compressed air. The dents pop right out. You can get rid of the white scratch marks with a heat gun or small torch. The front is the same, but you have to make your own hole.
I've since replaced my plastic bumpers with steel ones, but I performed this routine after nearly every outing before I got my new ones.
Where Are They Now?
Whatever happened to the project Jeeps Hot Dog, The Panel, and Hatari?
Hot Dog made several local desert trips to Glamis and Ocotillo Wells, California, after the 2005 Top Truck Challenge, despite having a really bad rod knock in the AMC 304. Eventually it sold to a guy in Las Vegas, Nevada, who then sold it to a guy in Tennessee, who replaced the pathetic and knocking 304 with an AMC 360 and did some other mods. And I think he then moved to Illinois. He then sold it to a guy who shipped it overseas to Lebanon where it still wheels today, as far as I know.
The Panel was beat to death by me for 10,000 miles. It was partially parted out and then sold to a guy in Washington who yanked the remaining drivetrain parts for one of his projects. He sold (or gave away) the bent frame and severely dented body.
The guy who bought Hatari! had it shipped across the country to his home, where he proceeded to remove the cage, body, and everything else from the chassis. Guess the original plan was to do all the bodywork himself, but he determined that was gonna be over his head and ditched the tub. Guess he planned on getting a brand-new replacement tub for it. Last I heard he had gone through some personal stuff and the replacement tub couldn't happen for financial reasons, so now the rolling chassis is sitting in his barn, the cage, seats, and other stuff is scattered nearby, and the body is gone.
Maybe a little equal time for the girls. How about a little beefcake now and then? A hot Italian guy in tight jeans draped over a Rubicon? Or can Jp magazine guys not stand the competition?
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