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Letters to the Editor - March 2008 Mailbag

Posted in Project Vehicles on March 1, 2008
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I believe the bone strapped to the front bumper on andrew's Oct. '07 cover Jeep is a pelvic bone, which may belong to a deer.

Freddy Benson
Via e-mail

Pelvic bone it is! right about now, someone is stealing the Jp magazine license plate off of Freddy's Jeep. Ultimate Jp road Trip I was thinking you should do a contest that would let each state compete against each other over a year of wheeling. With 52 weekends in a year and 50 states, it just about works out.Each state would get a weekend that they could host Jp magazine from Friday to monday morning and include events such as wheeling and sightseeing.

Jp staffers would then drive from state to state on monday night until Friday morning, allowing time for repair and writing the result of the state; four states could be published every month. Jp vehicles would be street-legal and only allowed to tow a pop-up trailer or something to haul sleeping quarters.You could allow anyone in the state to join each contest.

Kevin Sondrol
Reynolds, North Dakota

I think we'd end up dead from exhaustion by week three. Besides, some of the staff is banned from 36 of the 50 states, and who's gonna write the rest of Jp magazine? can't we just go to hawaii for a year instead?

I want more info on the Orange JK on page 12 in the aug. '07 magazine.


The bright-orange, two-door, '07 Wrangler in question on this month's cover is known as the rubicon King built by the Jeep Skunkworks crew. It features a Superlift 4-inch suspension lift that makes room for 37x12.50r17 BFGoodrich Krawler tires mounted on 17x8.5 hutchinson/mopar double bead-lock wheels with a 45.8-inch backspacing. The fender flares and grille were trimmed for extra tire clearance, however, the tires would still rub at full stuff. The Jeep also featured an aEV heat-reduction hood, rear corner guards, militarystyle winch mount front bumper, and a Warn 9.0rc winch. at the time, the Jeep was sporting the factory 3.8L V-6 and manual six-speed transmission. rumor was that it would eventually get a hemi V-8. No word on if that's still the plan or if the swap has already been completed.

I was excited to see the Oct. '07 "headlight Shootout" until near the end of the article because the hID conversions weren't even mentioned. hIDs have many advantages to incandescent bulbs and would have probably been your top pick. If you don't take my word for it, ask Lexus, mercedes-Benz, or successful desert race teams. My buddy has them in his TJ and said the kit cost around $150. hIDs draw less energy (less strain on electrical systems equals fuel savings, too), make less heat (fewer cracked lenses in the snow), produce whiter and more light output (closer to sunlight than incandescent bulbs), and they aren't poser, wanna-be, blue-colored, crappy bulbs. Just in case you didn't know, hID stands for high-intensity discharge. Google it. maybe next month you guys can compare coal with wood in your steam engine's fuel test.

Daryl Staley
Eugene, Oregon

I am curious, I have noticed that all 4x4-type magazines frequently tilt the photos of Jeeps and terrain so that the steepness or off-camber angles are exaggerated. It's easy to spot because the vegetation is slanted off to one side or the other. most of the photos would have been just as good if they were done correctly. at worst, it could lead some drivers to think they can drive at steeper angles or more off-camber than is actually possible.

Jim McCain
Shreveport, Louisiana

Yep, I'll admit it, sometimes we tilt the camera when shooting or the image before printing it. In fact, nearly all of the vertical shots I personally shoot have at least a little bit of camera tilt to help accentuate the action. The image a camera takes is only two dimensional. This will cause the climb or off-camber section to look less intimidating than it is in real life. Using a wide-angle lens also tends to flatten out an obstacle. We try to compensate for these issues with a slight tilt.

Without camera tilt, an image of a difficult climb-such as Potato Salad hill in moab-can look like something you could simply drive up in your grandma's chrysler. But if you saw Potato Salad in person, you would know that is not the case; it's even difficult to walk up or down. The images with people and trees poking out the side of a mountain usually won't run in print. Ultimately, it's our job to make the ordinary look extraordinary and the extraordinary look unbelievable-without looking fake, of course.

First things first, your magazine is the best thing since sliced bread. I look forward to reading it every month as much as anything. But over and over again, you show Jeeps on trails that I would drive in my pickup! Well, I would like to see some real rigs in there. My Jeep was built from the ground up by me and is a very capable rig. and I know those guys are not going to follow me where I go. my rig has seen a lot off tough stuff-Tellico, red river Gorge, Livingston, and others like rattle rock with no winch pulled, thank you. But my Jeep isn't pretty. So show some like mine and leave the others in the driveway for a while. It's a '97 TJ with 5.38-geared high-pinion Dana 60s, 42-inch Swamper TSLs, and it's stretched, four-linked, air-shocked and so on.

Robert D. Brock II

Got a question or comment about Jp magazine or the village idiots at the helm? Drop us a line. Don't forget to include your full name and where you're from, or we'll make fun of you. actually, we may make fun of you anyway. Keep it short and to the point, or we'll hack and chop your letter as we please. We get a lot of mail, but we read every letter. Unfortunately, we can't print or personally answer every request. We're too busy surfing the Internet on the company dime.

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