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Posted in Features on May 2, 2017 Comment (0)
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’90s Tires

Read your article in the magazine (Trail’s End, Apr. ’17). I, for one, feel the tires I ran in the ’90s were better that the ones of today. I primarily ran mud tires for the purpose of getting around checking my trap lines as a high school/college student. I used to run the Jetzon Dual Bite HD on my 1/2-ton F-150. I believe this was a non-directional 7.00-15 bias ply. After I could no longer find these tires, I went to a Multi-Mile Super Traction King directional tire. These tires ran really well also. From there I went to, I believe, Star or Multi-Mile Premium Traction tires that I run still today on my older truck. Some other tires my friends have run were CO-OP Grip Spur tires and Firestone Super All Traction in 7.50-16 bias ply. All of these old tires were really good mud diggers for our Midwestern soils. I wish there was a modern tire with these tread designs out there. They just looked cool. I always looked in the lane at home in the snow or mud to see the impression these tires left behind. They also cleaned out with minimal rpm. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

Byron Vennink
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In the ’80s and ’90s around here in north Mississippi, PR Buckshot Mudders were king. And even the N Buckshots were tough when mounted on smaller 4x4s.

Gene Johnson
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Thanks to everyone who wrote in with past tire ownership experiences. Some of the tire manufacturers and models brought back a lot of memories for us too. Interestingly, the majority of letters were in regards to bias-ply mud-terrain tires.

Flat Tire Memories

You asked about flat tire experiences (Firing Order, Apr. ’17). I’ve had a few, but my most memorable was when I had first put 33s on my relatively new-to-me ’68 Bronco. I was working on a decommissioned military site that consisted of thousands of acres of mountainous terrain, spider-webbed with dirt trails and dotted with scattered buildings and various testing areas. Most of the buildings and bunkers had been demolished and removed but there was still a lot of rubble and rebar laying around. My colleague and I were inspecting the whole site and had to drive every trail. Eventually I got a rear flat via some piece of debris. I was not yet equipped with a jack that could get the 33s off the ground. Luckily, the site had a lot of building remnants around, and I found an old 12- or 14-foot-long 4x6 board. We piled up some rocks and laid the board across the pile with the short end under the bumper where it bolts to the frame. The long side stuck out into the air behind the Bronco. My colleague hung on the end of the board like a monkey and that was enough leverage to lift the truck. I got the tire changed while he hung there. As soon as the last lug was tightened, he let go, the Bronco dropped to the ground, we hopped in, and off we went. I imagine that someday someone else came upon that scene and thought that someone had tried to make a junk teeter-totter from a pile of rocks and an old board. The lesson is, either have unfailing luck, or have a jack that can lift your rig.

Name withheld
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Glaring Omission?

Just curious as to why the Toyota Tundra and Tacoma were omitted from your “Compact, 1/2-Ton, or Heavy-Duty” article in volume 54 number 4? Some might say that you featured other less-popular and less-proven vehicles and would call it a blatant omission of two excellent offerings within their respective classes. I mean, a Titan, but no Tundra? Seems odd. Also, why is this issue dated Apr. ’17, yet I’m receiving it in February? Maybe I've just never noticed the dating, as I usually tear into it. Love the mag. But why no love for the ’Yotas?

Bobby Covert
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The “Compact, 1/2-ton, or Heavy-Duty” story was a piece about diesel-powered pickups. Toyota has no diesel-equipped pickups available in the U.S. at the time of this writing. Need a Toyota fix? Check out the 2017 Pickup Truck of the Year coverage in the June ’17 issue of Four Wheeler because we test the ’17 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro. Oh, and each print issue of Four Wheeler arrives at newsstands a couple months before the cover date because our delivery trucks are really fast.

Granville Salute

Your reprint in the Mar. ’17 issue of Granville King’s article was just plain awesome! His stories started a few years before I became a reader, so they're not quite deja vu! I especially got a kick out of seeing the old ads from those issues. I really think you should consider letting it be a revival of sorts, a reliving of his tales, and keep them coming every issue as a new column! This 40-sumthin-year-old would love to read the ones I missed, and reread the ones I can't remember or didn't read the first time around. Thanks for giving us a chance to meet King and Superdawg again!

Ben Roueche
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As space allows we’re planning to keep Granville’s stories coming each month until they’re gone!

Hot Rod V-6?

How about some hot rod tech articles on the Chevy 4.3L motors? I recently picked up a ’70 FJ40 and am looking at alternatives to the 350. My plan is to use a 4L60 trans, but I'd like to keep the transfer case in place so as not to have to fab a new case mount and driveshafts. Just read the feature “Family Ties” (Apr. ’17) and figured if Lance can make a 4.3L work for that kind of terrain it could surely work for my application, which is 80 percent street and 20 percent trails, camping, fire roads.

Terrill Paulsen
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Great idea! Some naturally aspirated 4.3s have been built to make 300 hp and more than 300 lb-ft of torque. We’ll look into getting a story going on that topic, so stay tuned.

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