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Jeep Wrangler Regear

Remember what it was like to hop in your new Jeep and roll down the highway at 65-70 mph without downshifting at EVERY hill? Do you miss that feeling?  Would you like to recover that lost power?

Upgrade the Gears to a Better Ratio

Every time your Jeep goes up in tire size, it causes a drop in overall engine efficiency, fuel economy and power. Axleboy Off-Road is proud to get your Jeep performance back in peak driving condition by upgrading the differential gears to an optimal ratio. Other Jeepers report that gear upgrades have resulted in the following:

  • Recovery of Lost Power
  • Improved Fuel Mileage
  • Better Towing Capacity
  • Increase Engine Efficiency

What’s the Deal?

Starting at $2400*, Axleboy will regear both front and rear axles of your 1997-2018 Jeep Wrangler with premium quality gears, 4.10, 4.56, 4.88 or 5.13.  This special includes:

  • Front and Rear ring and pinions with master install kits
  • LubeLocker gaskets for both front and rear differentials
  • 80/90 Break-in Oil
  • Gear-lube service in 500 miles with synthetic fluids
  • Axleboy’s 12 month/12,000 mile warranty

What Are You Waiting For? Get Your Power Back!

Call Axleboy today at 636-939-5337

New Upgrades Available for the JL Wrangler

As manufacturers of the world’s premier selectable lockers, ARB recently issued the following press release, regarding new parts available for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler (JL) Sport:

ARB maintains a strong presence in the off roading industry with its proactive approach in R&D. Supporting accessories alongside new vehicle releases is key to staying ahead of the game. Our drivetrain engineers have assessed Jeep’s new Wrangler JL Sport and are proud to announce the release of Air Locker applications for both the front and rear axles.

Replacing the JK, Jeep has built on the Wrangler’s legendary history with their most capable vehicle to date, while maintaining its heritage with touches such as a seven-slot grille, iconic round headlights and open air models. To complement these unique touches, Jeep has upgraded the off road ability and central to this is next-generation Dana axles. To further enhance the JL Sport’s capability off road, ARB is happy to release front and rear locker applications.

  • For the rear axle M200 application, RD244 was newly developed.
  • For the front axle application, existing RD100 will suit.
  • Please note some Wrangler JL Sport models come with M220 axle housing. Please verify before ordering RD244 Air Locker
Features & Benefits
  • Provides 100% traction on demand without affecting on-road drivability or driveline wear
  • Vastly improved traction means less reliance on momentum, thus reducing the likelihood of vehicle damage and environmental impact
  • Easy, convenient operation allows the user to concentrate on the terrain without leaving the comfort and safety of the driver’s seat
  • Ultra durable and extremely strong – only the highest quality materials used in construction
  • Incredibly simple yet effective design that employs minimal moving parts, thereby ensuring maximum reliability
  • Thoroughly tested and proven design – trusted and used in over 100 countries around the world
  • Easy installation and maintenance – no special tools, skills or additives required
  • Patented ‘timed’ locking mechanism offers high strength and ultra fast un-locking
  • Comprehensive photo illustrated installation and service guides
  • Steel reinforced, elastomer bonded annular seal designed to handle the most extreme climatic temperatures on Earth
  • Patented two -piece design that offers a range of interchangeable side gears (sold separately) to integrate with non-standard axle shaft splines
Technical Specs:

RD244 – M200 Rear Axle

  • 29 spline axle
  • 31.5 mm [1.24”] axle shaft diameter (outside of splines)
  • 10 bolts on 145.5mm [5.72”]
  • 121.3mm [5.28”] dia. ring gear ID
  • 200mm [7.87”] dia. ring gear OD
  • Ratio 3.45:1
  • Suits Dana M200

RD100 – M186 Front Axle

  • 27 spline axle
  • 30.8mm [1.21”] axle shaft diameter (outside of splines)
  • 10 bolts on 142mm [5.59”]
  • 115.0mm [4.53”] dia. ring gear ID
  • 185mm [7.28”] dia. ring gear OD
  • Ratio 3.45:1
  • Suits Dana M186
Axleboy Off-Road is proud to offer this essential Jeep (JL) upgrade in the form of over-the-counter parts or full installation beginning September 2018.  For more information or to get your Jeep on the schedule, talk to the pros at Axleboy Off-Road during business hours. 636-939-5337

ARB Fridge/Freezer

Spend any amount of time wheeling with Scott Carline, owner of Axleboy Off-Road, and you’ll soon discover that, like most other people, this man likes his beverages kept cold.  Most wheeling trips, this is no problem.  There are plenty of gas stations and grocery stores that can keep up with Scott’s demand for ice, but, with plans to take his Jeep out on the Rubicon Trail for a few days, the inability to acquire ice would present a significant problem.

How to Keep it Cold

The dilemma was real, and the way we saw it, there were 3 options:  First, we could try to change Scott’s taste, to be more like Mike, who actually likes his drinks served at room temperature.  That option didn’t seem likely at all.  Our second suggestion was to pack a cooler right before hitting the trail, as usual, and hope that it would last the full three day trip.  Knowing that the cooler’s lid would be opening every 30-45 minutes (you think we’re kidding), there was no way a bag of ice could last throughout the entire trip.  Our third and final option was to look into portable refrigeration.  That’s where the ARB Fridge/Freezer comes into play.

The ARB Fridge Freezer

Scott and his Jeep spend a LOT of time on trails, so it made perfect sense to invest in this heavy duty, portable fridge.  A few of the features that really stood out to us are:

  • Three year warranty.
  • Forward facing thermostat control.
  • Deep storage capacity.
  • Able to operate at extreme angles without affecting operation or reliability.
  • Fully removable lid and basket for easy cleaning.
  • Internal LED cabinet light.
  • Interior drain plug.
  • Integrated battery protection system
  • Offered in a variety of sizes: 37 Qt, 50 Qt, 63 Qt & 80 Qt
  • and more.

The Right Option For You

We know that not everybody is into multi-day off-road trips, and like Mike, no everybody wants their beverages nice and cold.  For those of you that ARE and DO however, the ARB Fridge/Freezer is a pretty nice way to go!  If you’ve got questions about this setup or you want to see how it looks in the back of a Jeep, call or stop by Axleboy.  Our front counter crew is more than glad to get you the information you need, put together a price quote, and let you check out the product for yourself. We’re here for you! 636-939-5337

JL Audio Now at Axleboy

Announcing a New Product Line

Axleboy Off-Road is turning up the bass with JL Audio! Earlier today, Axleboy’s request to become an authorized JL Audio dealer and installer was officially accepted, and the entire staff is excited to add sound to the list of upgrades that are offered at this custom Jeep shop.

 

 

Featured Products

Axleboy will be stocking:

  • JKU Stealthboxes (Subwoofers)
  • Waterproof amps &
  • Complete Jeep Wrangler (JK) speaker systems

Are you ready to upgrade your driving experience? Let the professionals at Axleboy Off-Road help you experience better sound and bigger bass with USA made systems from JL Audio .

Call 636-939-5337 for more information or to schedule your audio installation.

LoD Off-Road Products at Axleboy

Axleboy Off-Road is excited to announce that we are now an authorized direct dealer and installer of LoD Off-Road products!  The quality and craftsmanship that has been built into these products is impressive, and we’re happy to offer them as an upgrade option for local Jeep enthusiasts.

LoD Off-Road is an Indiana based Jeep parts manufacturer that entered the market in 2002. They currently offer an entire range of aftermarket rock-sliders, bumpers, tire carriers and roof-rack systems that fit Wranglers from the early CJ series to the current JL model.

If you’re not familiar with the LoD Off-Road product line, we invite you to take a look at their website or stop by or call Axleboy and talk to Brandon or Brian at our service counter.  636-939-5337, M-F 8:00am-6:00pm.  Whatever you need to take your Jeep to the next level, we can get it for you!

LoD Off-Road products are proudly made in the U.S.A.

Jeep Safari with Two Rivers Jeep Club

Twice each year, Two Rivers Jeep Club, based out of Pittsfield, Illinois, invites Jeepers from all over to come and wheel on privately owned and maintained trails.  This year Axleboy Off-Road was invited to attend and represent Yukon Gear & Axle products as a local supplier.

When we arrived for registration on Thursday afternoon, the American Legion parking lot was already packed with Jeeps from every generation.  We saw LOTS of TJs, plenty YJs and XJs, a few CJs and even a good turnout of JKs, ranging from bone-stock to barely recognizable crawlers.  Without a doubt, this was an extremely diversified group of Jeepers and we were stoked to set up right in the center of it all!

The following morning (Friday), we got up bright and early to see what trails were available.  We arrived shortly after 7:00 am and were pleasantly surprised to find volunteers at the American Legion serving up a healthy breakfast and THREE parking lots packed with Jeeps! To anyone passionate about the Jeep lifestyle, it truly was a beautiful sight.

Knowing that at the end of the day we would have to drive the Jeep back home, we signed up for a 2+ rated trail: Dutch Creek, along with nine other rigs.  By 9:00 am, the entire congregation had reviewed safety standards and was making its way out to various trails.

With light rain showers throughout the day, trails were nice and muddy and obstacles were slightly more challenging, but everyone was had a fun time wheeling. We can’t wait to go again and see more of these awesome trails.  If you’re interested in participating, the next major event with Two Rivers Jeep Club will be their 4×4 Blast on August 9-11, 2018.

 

To see more pictures from the Jeeping Safari, check out the Axleboy Off-Road Facebook page!

New Crew Member at Axleboy

Please join us in officially welcoming Brandon Rae aka #JeepLifeSTL to the Axleboy Off-Road crew! Brandon comes to Axleboy with over 14 years of automotive sales experience and a passion for the Jeep lifestyle.  His outgoing personality and charisma for quality upgrades are contagious and the entire Axleboy crew is excited to have him working as a trusted sales advisor.

Stop by the shop or call 636-939-5337 and get to know our newest crew member, Brandon Rae.

Factor 55 Closed System Winching

If you drive a Jeep, it’s likely that you’ve seen plenty of recovery videos on YouTube where something goes wrong.  While there will always be some element of risk involved with winch recovery, many of those risks can be minimized through exercise of safe winching practices and proper equipment.

In an effort to promote safer trail recovery, Axleboy Off-Road is excited to announce that they are partnering with Factor 55 Precision Engineering to deliver high quality closed-system winching solutions.

What is Closed System Winching?

Closed system winching is a winching technique that uses rigging comprised entirely of closed link hardware. With this system you can use your existing winch and cable/rope while replacing the hook with a Factor 55 winch-line shackle mount made from high-quality billet 6000 series aluminums and 6AL-4V Titanium.

Isn’t the Hook Good Enough?

People have been using hooks for a long time.  The common “clevis hook slip” that comes with most winches was originally designed and manufactured for use in commercial settings, to hoist heavy payloads secured by chain link.  In this setting, the hook has proven to be dependable largely due to the nature of the task.

For decades, off-road enthusiasts have taken this commercial tool and put it to alternative recreational use. Under such recovery type conditions, the hook is prone to failure because of the non-closeable opened end.  Even hooks with a safety latch cannot be considered a closed system because of the inherent weakness of the clasping mechanism.

Can the hook work? Yes! Will it work reliably? For that, there is no guarantee. The professionals at Axleboy Off-Road strongly suggest using a system that has proven to be safer, stronger and more secure.

Factor 55 Products are all Made in the USA & Trail Tested

Factor 55 PROLINK
  • Replaces conventional winch hooks with a safer more secure shackle/D-ring
  • Lightweight- Precision CNC machined 6000 series aluminum
  • No splicing required- titanium double sheer pin design
  • Designed for both steel cable and synthetic ropes
  • Integrated rubber boot for fairlead protection
  • Exceptional strength and quality
  • 3 sizes and 5 color options
Factor 55 FLATLINK
  • Foldable-1.75” thick (works will all fairlead license plate mounting brackets)
  • Prevents rattles- clinches neatly against both Hawse and roller fairleads
  • Increased approach angle
  • Replaces conventional winch hooks with a safer more secure shackle/D-ring
  • Lightweight- Precision CNC machined 6000 series aluminum
  • No splicing required- titanium double sheer pin design
  • Designed for both steel cable and synthetic ropes

 

For safer, stronger, more secure closed-system winching, stop by Axleboy Off-Road and pick up your Factor 55 PROLINK or FLATLINK today! For more technical information on closed system winching check out factor55.com or call Axleboy at 636-939-5337.

Rugged Ridge Year Long Rebate

That’s right! Omix-ADA has rolled our a rebate that lasts ALL YEAR LONG! When you purchase Rugged Ridge products through Axleboy Off-Road, you can now get 5%, up to $200, back from Omix-ADA.

There’s got to be a catch right? Well, yeah, if by “catch” you mean filling out a form and sending it in.  What are you waiting for? Give the guys at Axleboy a call and put money back in your pocket while upgrading that awesome Jeep!

Click here for a printable .pdf rebate form.

Yukon Spring Rebate

What would you do with an extra $175?  Here’s your opportunity to find out.

Now through April 16, 2018, when you upgrade your Jeep or truck with specialized Yukon Gear & Axle parts at Axleboy, you may be eligible to receive a rebate worth up to $175.

For a limited time, Yukon Gear & Axle is offering rebates on Spin Free kits, Gear kits, Lockers, Driveshafts and more.

Click here or call Axleboy today at 636-939-5337 for rebate details and put some money back in your pocket!

Big Plans for 2018

We are so excited for the limitless possibilities of the new year, and hope that you are too!

As many of you know, this time last year, Axleboy moved from a small industrial park location with cramped bays and poor lighting to a beautiful big shop with 15 service bays and enormous glass doors.  To make the year even better, we spent more time on the trail than in any other previous year, going to places like:

  • Moab- for Easter Jeep Safari with Teraflex Suspensions
  • Asymetric Solutions (Washita)- to wheel with MWJT and Camp Hope
  • Monkey Mountain  & Moonlight- for the Jeeping 101 course with MWJT
  • SMORR- for Chicks in the Sticks, Jeepstock ’17 and again with 618Jeeps
  • And several Jeep show ‘n shine events in both Missouri and Illinois

Less than a full week into the new year, and we’re already looking forward to LOADS of upcoming events and opportunities to hang out with other Jeepers and off-road enthusiasts.  A few typical places you can expect to find us include:

  • Our shop- We’re here from 8:am-6:pm M-F and we love to talk Jeep!
  • The Annual Chili Cookoff- Feb. 24th 11am-2pm, Right here at Axleboy
  • Intro to Off-road (Jeeping 101) with Midwest Jeepthing
  • Jeepstock- Every September at SMORR
  • and more

This year we’re looking forward to seeing even more trails as we get to know the Two Rivers Jeep Club at their 4×4 Safari and later make a special trip out to experience the legendary Rubicon.  Keep a lookout for Scott’s white JKU, and feel free to stop and say, “Hi” when you see us out and about.

Follow us on Facebook and/or Instagram to get a steady stream of fresh Jeep pictures and see the latest happenings in the shop.

The White Whale Goes GenRight

If you’ve ever been wheeling with Scott Carline, owner of Axleboy, it probably didn’t take long to notice that he doesn’t take any trail half-way.  If there’s an obstacle that other Jeepers are dodging out on, you can almost guarantee he’s the one that will put on a show and give it a shot.

With this mentality and driving style, protecting his Jeep is an investment Scott takes seriously, which is why “The White Whale” (his 2013 JKU) recently underwent another phase of transformations.  New to the Whale are GenRight aluminum fenders, rock sliders and an ultra low-profile front bumper.

Prior to this change, Scott’s Jeep was outfitted with aluminum fenders made by Nemesis Industries, an aluminum stubby bumper from Teraflex Suspensions and stock Rubicon rock rails.

Why the Sudden Change?

When asked about the reason behind his change in parts, Scott noted, “The Nemesis fenders have the best fit and finish I have EVER seen, but I’ve developed a habit of catching the lip on rocks and feeling bad about beating them up.” He further stated, “I’ve had my eye on the structural qualities of the tubular design for some time and feel like they might roll off things better.  As the only authorized GenRight installer/dealer in the area, it just made sense to give them a shot.”

As for the new side armor and rock guards, Scott was impressed by the replaceable steel “rash guard”, something that offers additional protection and reinforcement of the body armor.  “I haven’t seen any other manufacturers offer this,” says Scott, “And you can bet these rails will take some pretty hard hits.”

Changing the front bumper all comes down to two words, “approach angle.” “There was absolutely nothing wrong with the Teraflex bumper that I had before, but this new ultra slim bumper gives me nearly six inches of additional clearance in front.  That’s huge when you’re trying to pick your line to get up and over an obstacle,” says Scott.

Keep it Raw or Make it White?

The original vision behind The White Whale was to create a well-built Jeep with the classy look of a Sahara.  With the first round of modifications almost everything that went on it, first took a trip to the powder-coater to match the white body.

We asked Scott if he intended to do the same thing with the latest round of upgrades and he replied, “I was really tempted to do the same thing and white it out.  With the trend being to black out everything, I found that doing the complete opposite helped my Jeep stand out from the crowd and brought a lot of positive attention.  I priced out getting the new stuff powder coated too,” he says, “but impatience got the best of me and the bare aluminum look is really starting to grow on me, so I’ll probably leave it just the way it is.”

Check it out in Person

Those who follow Axleboy on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Google Plus…and even Pinterest) expect to see new pictures all throughout the day, highlighting work in progress, completed projects and a variety of off-road adventures…  But there’s nothing like seeing a product in person! “Any time you are in the area,” says Scott, “stop by and check out the Jeep in person.  Everybody here loves talking Jeep.”

Axleboy is located in O’Fallon Missouri, on the North side of I-70 (1935 E Terra Ln., O’Fallon, MO 63366).

 

Article and Photos by Mike Carter, Marketing Director at Axleboy.

How to Choose the Right Tires

In no way is this quick reference guide intended to be comprehensive.   There are several M/T, A/T, and hybrid tires available on the market, from a variety of manufacturers.  We recommend that you talk to a local off-road shop or Jeep club to discuss the best tire options and availability in your geographic area.

Jeeping: A Healthy Lifestyle Choice

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Jeeping can actually help cultivate an extremely healthy lifestyle!  Make the most out of owning one of the greatest vehicles ever, and if you have questions along your journey, get answers from your industry professionals at Axleboy Off-Road by calling 636-939-5337, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., M-F.