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October 2008 Letters to the Editor

Top Truck Challenge Four Wheeler
Posted October 1, 2008

I am writing to find out how I would go about entering the Top Truck Challenge? Can you please let me know what I need to do to go about entering or submitting my request with pictures of my rig. I will let you know I have a '94 Jeep Grand Cherokee with a 5.7L Hemi in it and an exocage with 21/2-ton four-wheel-steer Rockwell axles sitting on 44-inch Boggers.

Anthony Hilbers
Grand Blanc, MI

I own the past TTC Challenge DVDs, but I don't have the 2007 one. I really want to see all the action and how much more grueling the Tank Trap was that year. If there is anyway I can get my hands on the footage, let me know.

Kyle Nielsen
Johnston, IA

Want to be considered for Top Truck? Pick up next month's issue. Inside you'll find an official entry form. Fill it out, then mail it back to us, along with some photos of your Jeep. What could be simpler?

For TTC '07 videos, check out the online store at They should be able to take care of you.

I was wondering if you could tell me if there is a company that makes a heavy-duty adapter for the SM465-to-NP205 transfer case. I broke the one that I had.

Wheeling, EV

This is kind of a tricky question since we don't know which version of the 205 transfer case you have (hint: when asking tech questions, tell us everything), but try Advance Adapters (; chances are they have what you're looking for.

I recently read that torsion-bar keys were a great idea for a minor amount of lift, usually leveling. I was wondering about the long-term effect it has on the vehicle. I currently have and wheel an '03 Ford Ranger FX4 level II. It's been deemed impossible to find an easy low-budget lift. The lowest cost that I've found so far in about three years of hard-core searching was still more than $2,000. Torsion-bar keys are my alternative. It's only 3 inches of lift versus 5 to 6 inches through the others.

Corpus Christi, TX

So-called torsion-bar lifts can provide a small amount of increased height and/or leveling, usually no more than 3 inches, which essentially translates into a no-dollar lift. Essentially, all you are doing is changing the truck's ride height relative to suspension to travel. The downside to this approach is that overtorquing the torsion-bar adjuster bolt inhibits the bar's ability to twist laterally, which can result in (a) excess shock-absorber wear, (b) bottoming out the suspension prematurely, and (c) a rougher ride overall. We don't recommend torsion-bar lifts in general, but if you're dead-set on one, we wouldn't suggest you go much higher than maybe an inch and a half of lift.

I have a '91 Mazda B2600 4x4 and have been looking for aftermarket parts and can't seem to find anyone that offers suspension lifts, winch/bumper combos, or differential lockers for the vehicle. I'm wondering if you can supply me with Web sites or any info on products for this vehicle.

Jeff Wasson
Bonney Lake, WA

We spent a few minutes poking around the Internet and found a 4-inch suspension lift from Trail Master, a 2- to 3-inch body lift from Performance Accessories, and TJM sells a Lock-Right differential and winch bumpers. Do a little Googling in your spare time, and you'll likely find even more parts for your truck than we did.

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