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April 2012 Mailbag Letters to the Editor

Posted in Features on April 1, 2012
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Hello, McFly?
Why does a K&N air cleaner for my ’93 Wrangler cost $285, but I got this intake off eBay for $37? I got the one with all the fittings and silicone elbows with free shipping for less than $40.
Marty Keylon
Pollock Pines, CA

Why is a K&N more expensive than that, Marty? Engineering, son. I’m not saying your $37 filter won’t get the job done. It’ll put more air into your engine like a K&N does in the same way a hockey puck body lift will let you run the same size tires as an engineered suspension system.

Your filter is dangling down low and close to the exhaust manifold where mud and water can splash on it and where it’s picking up hot engine compartment air. Plus, the metal tube heats up to engine compartment temperature, increasing your intake charge temperature. Systems like those from K&N, S&B, and other real filter companies place the element where it picks up colder outside air, enclose it in a shielded box of some sort to protect it against contaminants and hot engine compartment air, and use material for the air tube that’s resistant to thermal absorption. And what’s the ISO efficiency rating of the gauze filter media in your kit? How many fine particles is it letting your engine ingest? Companies like K&N, S&B, Airaid, and others know, because they paid the labs to find out. What about the CARB EO number for emissions legality in California, Massachusetts, and other communistic states? It’s not cheap for these companies to provide that little sticker that comes inside their $285 filter box. But without it, if you get the wrong smog tech, he’ll fail your vehicle. Yeah, you did it cheaper, but I wouldn’t exactly say you did it better. Still, as long as you’re happy, we’re happy for you.

More on Jeep Chix Some men don’t like Jeeps. Some men don’t like women. Me, well I like them both. So thank you! 
Dan Alexander
Jackson, MI

Jeep Chix More on
My husband picked up one of your magazines at the store a while back (June ’11) and I was thumbing through it today. I noticed your article Sideways in the back of the magazine. Actually it jumped out at me because there is a girl, with a smile on her face, pulling up a bikini top that looks like it could fall off at any second. The message this photo conveys is that the girl is “teasing” the viewer with her body. It almost looks like pornography to me. The picture of the girls on the hood of the Jeep is less offensive, though I still hate it. Other photos of women feature real clothing (hooray!), which is great because women wear clothing too, not just men.

I thought this magazine was a little different than some, but I can see that I will have to get rid of it so my three boys don’t see. It’s disrespectful and I won’t have these messages about women in my home influencing my family. My sons (12, 9, and 2) respect girls and think of them as people with brains and abilities, rather than viewing them as body parts … and they always will. If you don’t believe that, you weren’t raised properly. Start putting clothes on women and depicting them as owning and driving the Jeeps, and we will start buying the magazine again. My husband feels the same way. A million other conservative religious and progressive people do, too. You’ll get more business!

Too bad ... I got almost all the way through the magazine before I found something that hurt my feelings.
Name withheld
Via email

Well, go ahead and throw out your Jp magazines. But you’d better make sure your computer and television follow them out to the curb on trash day. While you’re at it, make sure your phones, iPods, and music players hit the trash as well. You wouldn’t want to chance exposure to any illicit album cover images or suggestive lyrics. Oh, better go through your local library and do the same as well. And make sure the Sunday paper stops coming. You know how Sears is always degrading women with those underwear ads. How about a nice big book-burning bonfire on the front lawn? Oh yeah, you’d better forget about ever going to the lake, beach, water park, or even out on the street during summer. Better yet, why not move to China or North Korea or Afghanistan, since countries like those have done all the leg work for you.

XJ Hater Hating
This is in response to Mark Nelson’s letter titled “XJ Hater” (Mailbag, Jan ’12). I love it when you guys put a nice, moderately built, daily driven, average-Joe wheelin’ machine on the cover and do a feature on it. These are the machines that most of your readers are driving, I bet. It’s awesome to read the spread on an indestructible, hardcore rockcrawling rig that most of us will never be able to afford so we can dream, “If I ever win the lottery!”. But a lot of us have Jeeps that are roughly at the same stage as that red XJ on the Sept. ’11 cover, (winch, mild lift, oversize mud tire, some protection). And, we’ll probably never get much farther. So to see features on “our buddy’s” Jeep is something that I think you should do more of. Those are the stories that I read over and over again because they’re within my grasp, and I like to compare them to my own setup. It’s nice to read about an off-road machine that you can have for less than $30,000 and that you don’t need a tow rig and trailer to use. More leaf springs, factory four- and six-cylinders, flipped Dana 300s in YJs and TJs, and so on. Keep up the good work!
Beau Holgate
Ontario, Canada

XJ Hater Hating II
I honestly do not understand why someone would hate the XJ you ran on the Sept. ’11 cover. Maybe I’m biased, but I guess the reasons could be the crappy 4.0L engine, terrible AW4 automatic, sucky NP231 T-case, the no-good high-pinion Dana 30 front axle (with 297X U-joints), or the ugly longer-than-Wrangler wheelbase. Or maybe it’s the fact that you can share your passion for off-roading with four other people and when you stop at the store for supplies on the way you can lock your hundreds (or thousands) of dollars worth of tools up so no one can take them from you. I’m sure there are more reasons, but I think that’s good for now. Come on people, we all have Jeeps and they are all capable on- and off-road. Maybe instead of thinking of reasons to hate on your fellow Jeepers you could use that time and brain power to build up whatever Jeep you have and convince Jp to put it on the cover so they can live up to your standards. Attached is my work in progress. What a load, huh?
Name withheld
Via email

XJ Hater Hating III
My wife and I own a lightly built ’99 TJ with the stock 4.0L engine. It’s shod with 33-inch Pro Comp Xtreme MTs, Rugged Ridge rocker armor, rear bumper, and oversized spare tire carrier, and led by a 10,000lb Smittybilt winch. We have ripped out the carpet and replaced it with roll-on bedliner. The carpet was the causality of playing follow-the-leader with friends who did not own a depth finder. We learned that when the muddy water comes over the hood, it may be time to consider a snorkel setup.

I have never owned an XJ, but I do know if you count them on the road, you will run out of fingers and toes pretty quickly. I have several friends who swear by them. There are Jeeps I feel do not belong in the pages of your magazine, but the XJ is definitely not one of them. I read Jp magazine because of the real Jeeps in it, not to see high-priced advertiser-sponsored modifications that very few people will ever be able to put together. I would rather see home-grown, budget rockclimbers than overgrown “mall crawlers” obsessed over getting that first scratch or dent.

Thanks to the powers that be at Jp for giving us a magazine that shows us how to be the best we can be, with the limited funds “Joe Jeeper” has available for a project.
Jim Martin
Collinsville VA

Congratulations, Jim. Your letter just won you a Superchips Flashpaq. The Flashpaq plugs into your OBDII port and allows you to load different performance tunes for 91- or 87-octane fuel, towing, economy, high-torque off-road, and more. You can also adjust your speedo for larger tires or different gear ratios, adjust your spark advance, adjust your shift points (on an automatic), and lots more that you can read up on at the Superchips website. Info: Superchips, 888/227-2447, www.superchips.com

Not Buyin’ It
Dear Jp, this is a letter I sent to a friend of mine I thought you may enjoy. (P.S. Allen had a guitar for sale)

Well Allen, when you told me you were selling your Martin electric bass, I got real excited and went to my money hole to take out the $7,000 and commenced to head over to Nashville to buy it with cash in hand. Well, as I neared Crossville, I had to pull over for gas and to stretch my legs. And there she was, so pretty and glistening in the sunshine: a brand-new (well, slightly used) ’10 Ford Raptor with all the fixin’s. This baby had every available option made for her. The owner even upgraded the tires and added extra body armor. This beautiful Raptor was for sale, and it just had to be mine.

On the windshield was the price in bright red: $6800. That’s right, six thousand, eight hundred dollars—firm. And I bought it right there on the spot, so you kinda lost out on the sale of your guitar. But hey, I knew that you had a Ford Raptor and wouldn’t mind me joining you in “Raptor ownership.”

Anyway, to finish my story, I got up into the driver’s seat to admire my new purchase, and then asked the previous owner why he sold it. Well, he told me this: “Me and the boys went out last weekend trail riding up north of here. There were different kinds of trucks there, and one new Jeep four-door Rubicon. This Jeep guy drives his Rubicon over some big boulders, and almost straight up the bank. I said to myself that I’m gonna show that guy just who’s boss here. And five minutes later, I found myself hooked up to this Jeep getting pulled out. So, I bought me a Rubicon!”
Harry Gerard
Via email

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