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Selfie
I took this photo myself the other day (I’m holding the camera remote out the window). It’s a bone-stock ’93 S-10 Blazer, but I thought it was a pretty cool shot.
Justin Benson

That is a very cool shot, Justin. It looks like an old ’80s Chevy ad!

How Good Are Tiny Lights?
I saw your story in the February 2014 issue on the Rigid suction cup light kit. How bright can two small LED lights be? Especially when they plug into the cigarette lighter? While I know LEDs are bright, these can’t be enough to drive with.
Don Franken

Don, you’d actually be very surprised and impressed yourself if you could witness them in person. The little Rigid SR-M lights were bright enough to provide great light for trail riding, and they actually were brighter and threw more distance than the headlights of a ’94 Suburban we stuck them on.

Besides all that, they’re great for doing stuff outside the truck at night, too, since they can be stuck on any window or painted panel and aimed where you need them to shine.

We’ll Take It!
Just wanted to say that y’all sure are doing some amazing things out there on the west side. And I mean that in a nice way, so take the compliment! We have giant trucks, built for mud mostly, here in Florida, but I’ve seen a few prerunners like the ones in your magazine popping up here on the East Coast.

You should see if you can get a tractor tire to fit under that fiberglass of yours!
Jeff Pelter

Long-Term Updates
Sure, it works great for the first week, but what about after?

Intensity Lights
We’ve had a pair of ARB’s Intensity lights for a little over six months, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the performance. We’re running a flood and spot combo right now, and with just two lights, they put out more light than a truck-wide LED bar. What’s more, two round lights take up a lot less mounting space on a bumper or roof than a 50-inch bar.

Compared to two high-quality HID lights of the same size, the Intensity lights throw a much wider beam and reach a little farther down the road, too. If you’re a round light guy, these are the ones you want.

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G-Form Knee Pads
Set all your jokes aside for the moment: Those of you who spend a lot of time on your knees know how a little extra comfort can go a long way. These G-Form knee pads are meant for active sports, which means they can be worn for hours without annoyance and are small enough to be worn under your pants, if desired. They do give a great amount of cushion, so much so, a fall onto your knees in rocks doesn’t hurt (we know for a fact). They’re made with Poron XRD material and designed to flex easily with the knee. We probably would order the all-black ones next time, as the bright yellow gets a little dirty after a while.

Andy’s Autosport Ordering
We recently ordered a number of miscellaneous exterior replacement parts (headlights, taillights, new hood, grille inserts) from Andy’s Auto Sport (andysautosport.com), and it was especially easy. So we decided to point it out in our Updates section. Andy’s did a great job of uploading actual pics of each specific product on its website, so if you’re looking for a ’99 Tacoma headlight, it shows that specific headlight instead of some generic image of a Chevy light or something. Try it yourself.

News Blips
What’s going on in the off-road world

Range Rover Sport Wins Four Wheeler’s 2014 Four Wheeler of the Year

The Range Rover Sport beat out four other new or significantly redesigned vehicles in Four Wheeler’s test.

Silverado 1500 Wins Four Wheeler’s 2014 Pickup Truck of the Year
During Four Wheeler’s Pickup Truck of the Year testing, the Silverado 1500 4x4 proved itself to be the best truck tested for 2014.

New Rancho F-150 Kit FMVSS 126 Compliant
Rancho’s new F-150 kit has proven compliant with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 126.

Ram 1500 Named Motor Trend’s 2014 Truck of the Year
The Ram 1500 beat out nine other either new or significantly redesigned vehicles in Motor Trend’s test.

New Skyjacker GM Kit FMVSS 126 Compliant
Skyjacker’s new 2014 GM 1500 kit has proven compliant with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 126—a test done to prove that a suspension system can work in harmony with a vehicle’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system.

Official Trophy Truck Top Speed Record Set With New Rigid Lights
Jay Reichert set an official top speed record of 136 mph in a 2012 Jimco Trophy Truck, even making runs at night with Rigid Industries new LED light bars.

Snow Racing at Red Bull Frozen Rush
The first head-to-head go-fast off-road race on snow took place on January 10, 2014, at the Sunday River Resort in Maine. BFGoodrich presented the event and gave the eight racers specially developed studded Mud-Terrain tires to tackle the snow and ice encountered in the Red Bull Frozen Rush.

Results: 1.Ricky Johnson; 2.Johnny Greaves; 3.Bryce Menzies; 4.Rob MacCachren; 5.Todd LeDuc; 6.Scott Douglas; 7.Gred Adler; 8.Carl Renezeder

If you’ve got something to say or ask, you can reach the staff of Off-Road magazine at info@off-roadweb.com or at the old email addresses previously published.

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