In Reply to: Re: Thank you, Peter (more) posted by Joe Ording on November 21, 2000 at 12:58:33:
Trucks are good at being trucks. Lowering them, putting 20" wheels on them, etc. compromises their truckness. They still can't hold a candle to most cars as far as performance, comfort, and safety, and they suck as trucks now, too. So, I ask you, is the way a lowered truck looks really worth the compromise? There is a huge number of alternatives, that most people would probably be much happier with, except the current truck fad is blinding them. People have a 'herd mentality' that causes them to want to imitate everyone else.
Anyway, I'm not trying to offend, only enlighten. Apparently, it's lost on you.
Now that you put it that way, art isn't supposed to be rational, and, in my own way, I am being an artist by personalizing my trucks. This is true. On the same note, those of us who personalize our Bimmers by lowering them and slapping on some rims and different lights and the like are also being irrational.
I am now unoffended by Joe's "irrational" comments but still offended by the fact that he's putting me and all other truck owners down. Oh well. He'll get over it, as will I.
At least I know that you and the majority of the people on this board aren't offended by the fact that I own a BMW and a couple of *gasp!* American-made trucks.
Jason, the Irrationally Artistic 1badgmc
'91 GMC pickup
'84 GMC Jimmy
The way my lowered truck looks, rides, handles, hauls loads, and does everything else is totally worth it and just fine by me. It's not going to pull .95g on the skidpad, by any means, but it handles 10 times better than the stock suspension. Why do we lower Bimmers? I know my reason for wanting to lower my Bimmer is the more aggressive look and better handling. Same for the truck. With the springs and setup I used on the rear, I can haul just as much now as I could before. How does that make it suck as a truck? Is it because I can't go off-road with it? Well, I never intended to and never did before I did the modifications. Yes, there are alternatives that "most people" would be happier with, but you see, I am not "most people." Obviously a person who owns a lowered pickup and a BMW is not quite your average consumer. I owned this truck before the craze started and started customizing it before a lot of the fads started taking off. There were no 20" wheels on trucks. 18's were almost unheard of. A lowered fullsize wasn't an everyday thing. I was one of the first around here, but I guess I'm still part of the "herd mentality" just because I did it. Like I've said before, I originally bought the truck because it was cheap, maintenance is cheap, and it's easy to work on. For what I could afford to spend at the time, a truck is the vehicle of my choice.
I'm not trying to offend or enlighten. I'm just telling it how it is. I had some friends that were overly-opinionated when they were your age. I understand how it is. I'm just trying to get the point across that everyone is entitled to drive whatever they want. They shouldn't be condemned just because they own a truck.