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!
$1500 Wrangler Re-Ratio
Has your baby been divorced from 6th gear ever since you upgraded to those rad bigger tires? Treat that Jeep Wrangler right with a fresh gear ratio from Axleboy and get your BFF running with the flow of traffic again. Back by popular demand, re-ratio your Jeep Wrangler TJ or JK (1997-2018) for as little as $1500.
What Is Included
For only $1500 the Jeep experts at Axleboy will professionally upgrade your TJ or JK Wrangler’s gear ratio by installing:
- New quality ring and pinion gears in both front and rear differentials (4.10, 4.56 or 4.88 ratio available).
- New crush sleeves.
- New pinion nuts.
- Pinion bearing kits.
- Fresh shims.
If you are unsure which gear ratio is right for your Jeep, one of our specialists would be glad to spend a few minutes reviewing your Jeeping needs to help determine which ratio will be the most beneficial.
It is important to note that Jeeps with a factory 3.21 ratio will require a new carrier (additional cost of $101). If your Jeep has the factory 3.73 ratio, the carrier should accommodate any of the gear ratios included in this special. In addition, following any re-gear, it is important to re-calibrate speedometer and shift points using a Pro-Cal device or something similar. Not doing so may cause your Jeep to go into limp mode. Axleboy provides recalibration and a VIN specific module for an additional $184.94, in situations where a Jeep is not already equipped. New axle bearings and seals are recommended for an additional $175. For ideal quality and optimal performance we highly recommend installation of a Master Rebuild/Overhaul Kit which includes all new carrier bearings and races along with new pinion seals, axle seals, ring gear bolts, pinion nut, thread locker, a complete shim kit and a fresh differential gasket. Re-ratio with installation of master overhaul kits start at $1875 per Jeep.
This offer is not affiliated or sponsored by any organization outside of Axleboy. Special cannot be combined with any other coupons or club discounts.
Axleboy Off-Road and Automotive is currently looking to hire at least (1) full-time ASE Certified technician. We are a Jeep and off-road specialty shop and in our experience, those who thrive here have embraced that culture and lifestyle.
We offer competitive wages with bonus opportunities, Medical and Dental benefits, paid holidays and vacation time, optional wheeling trips and a generally awesome place to work.
Full disclosure, even though we are a Jeep and off-road specialty shop, we still do oil changes, general tire service and the occasional water pump on non-off-road vehicles.
- Minimum of (2) ASE Certification courses completed and passed
- Valid driver’s license
- Bring your own tools
- 2 years of verifiable automotive work experience
- Independent thinking team player
- Positive attitude
- Multiple ASE Certifications
- 5+ years verifiable automotive expeience
- Expert at electrical installation and diagnosis
- Jeep/Off-Road enthusiast
- Tech savvy (we use iPads)
If you meet all the basic qualifications, along with some of the preferences, and think you’ve got what it takes to keep up with the best in the business, then send us your resume in one of four ways:
- Hand delivery- Always a good option if you want to make a positive first impression.
- Use our “Careers” page- Let’s us know you’ve mastered the internet.
- Send a direct email to email@example.com with your resume attached- Even if the internet isn’t your thing this tells us you’re willing to learn.
- Call the number below and tell us why you’re awesome- Probably not a good idea.
Have you seen the latest thing to come out of the Falcon Shocks factory? We’re not talking about the Falcon 3.4 series shocks, although we have to admit they are pretty awesome. Think even better!
Back in 2007, Jeep rocked the way we experience trail life when they introduced the luxuriously comfortable Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Almost overnight, the aftermarket world stopped developing new ideas and products to fit the rugged TJ model and began focusing all their efforts on building up a new off-road champion.
Now, after more than a decade of innovation silence, Falcon Shocks is making enormous waves among TJ owners by introducing their latest, and quite possibly best, creation. Check out the video below as Scott Carline, owner of Axleboy Off-Road, gets a shocking surprise!
Ready to get more performance out of your TJ while you embrace the trail life? Give us a call for pricing on a set of new Falcon Reservoir shocks! 636-939-5337
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!
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.
Axleboy is creating a new introductory position for a full time porter/general shop helper. The person in this position will primarily be responsible for keeping the service bays and other working areas in and around the shop clean and organized. At times this person may be called upon to assist mechanics with minor tasks pertaining to work in progress (transporting large parts, bleeding brakes, etc.) or for transporting parts and occasionally clients throughout the greater St. Louis area.
As Axleboy continues to grow, this position may lead to future opportunities working as an apprentice mechanic.
The ideal candidate will:
- Be self motivated, requiring little or no direct supervision to complete tasks
- Have a valid drivers license and a clean driving record
- Have reliable transportation to and from work
- Be familiar with basic hand and power tools
- Express a willingness to learn through experience
- Express interest in the automotive industry and basic mechanics
- Be available to work during normal business hours (M-F 8am-6pm)
- Be an independent thinker, willing to suggest and implement process improvements
- Value and demonstrate punctuality
Full time employees enjoy many benefits, including:
- Employer sponsored medical and dental benefits
- Paid holidays and vacation time
- Set schedules with weekends off
- Bi-weekly pay schedules
- Opportunities to attend organized Jeep and off-road events
Interested Candidates Should:
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.
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.
Are you looking for improved leveling ability, adjustability and ride quality when you tow your trailer, your RV or carry a heavy payload with your truck? Air Lift and Axleboy are excited to introduce the latest in quality suspension-assist solutions:
The LoadLifter 5000™ Ultimate Plus
LoadLifter 5000™ Ultimate Plus offers up to 5,000 lbs. of load-leveling capacity* and isdesigned with the highest-quality, longest-lasting components.
With high-end stainless steel roll plates, braided air lines and mounting hardware, LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate Plus provides an unrivaled combination of leveling ability, adjustability, and ride quality to maximize your towing capabilities.
LoadLifter 5000™ Ultimate Plus Features
- Up to 5,000 lbs. load-leveling capacity*
- EXCLUSIVE: Stainless steel braided air lines for added protection against sharp edges and road debris
- EXCLUSIVE: Military-grade AN fittings simply thread together for a metal-to-metal seal, ensuring an easy-to-install, leak-free system with no air line cutting required
- EXCLUSIVE: Stainless steel roll plates which protect the air springs and help increase load capacity of the springs by up to 10%
- EXCLUSIVE: Stainless steel air spring mounting hardware
- EXCLUSIVE: Jounce bumper inside the air spring absorbs shock and can be safely run with zero air pressure
- Most kits require no drilling into the vehicle’s frame
- Air adjustable from 5 to 100 PSI
- Most kits are compatible with most 5th wheel and gooseneck hitches
- Easy to install with fully illustrated installation manual
For more information or to schedule your installation, call Axleboy today at (636)939-5337
*Never exceed the manufacturer’s recommended Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
In the video below, Scott Carline, owner of Axleboy, examines the internal components of three common types of shocks and discusses various pros and cons to consider before making your next replacement or upgrade.
If you’ve ever wondered how your shocks work, why the ride quality is so much different from one shock to the next or why some shocks are so darn expensive, this video is for you. Scott will go into detail looking at the following shocks:
In a spectacular move by ARB, now through May 31, 2017 when you purchase any new ARB Air Locker you are eligible for a FREE air compressor.
There are no special rebates or forms to fill out and mail off. When you place your order through Axleboy, simply indicate that you would like a free air compressor as well, and we’ll take if from there.
Buy 1 Air Locker, Get an Air Locker Activation Compressor (CKSA12) – $190 Value
Buy 2 Air Lockers, Get a High Performance Compressor (CKMA12) – $290 Value
If a new locker has been on your list of must-have items, you won’t want to miss this fantastic opportunity. Call Axleboy today at 636-939-5337.
Spring is in the air, but with all the savings available right now, your budget doesn’t have to be! Take a look at this year’s Spring rebates from Warn and give us a call when you’re ready to upgrade to a quality recovery system. Don’t wait too long, these offers expire on May 31, 2017.
WARN Winch Rebate
Right now, when you gear up your ride with a quality Warn winch, you can get up to $200 back! That’s money back in your pocket, that can be used toward the next fantastic upgrade, to fund your next weekend outing or whatever you like.
• 96800: VR8/ $50
• 96805: VR8-S/ $50
• 96810: VR10/ $50
• 96815: VR10-S/ $50
• 96820: VR12/ $50
• 97035: VR12-S/ $50
• 88980: ZEON 8/ $100
• 89305: ZEON 8-S/ $100
• 88990: ZEON 10/ $100
• 89611: ZEON 10-S/ $100
• 89120: ZEON 12/ $100
• 95950: ZEON 12-S/ $100
• 90260: ZEON 8 Multi-Mount/ $100
• 90330: ZEON 8-S Multi-Mount/ $100
• 90340: ZEON 10 Multi-Mount/ $100
• 90360: ZEON 10-S Multi-Mount/ $100
• 92810 ZEON 10 Platinum/ $200
• 92815: ZEON 10-S Platinum/ $200
• 92820: ZEON 12 Platinum/ $200
• 95960: ZEON 12-S Platinum/ $200
Upgrade to a WARN Bumper
That’s right, Warn is sweetening this Spring deal even more, by offering up to $100 back on select truck and Jeep bumpers too. If you’re looking for something that will give your Jeep or truck the quality customized look and a little extra character, this is the deal for you!
• 87750: Elite/ Front w/tube JK/ $50
• 87775: Elite/ Front w/out tube JK/ $50
• 87600: Stubby w/tube JK/ $50
• 61853: Front Bumper TJ/ $50
• 61859: Front Bumper CJ/ $50
• 89430: Front Bumper JK/ RC/ $50
• 87700: Front Bumper TJ/ Stubby/ $50
• 87650: Front Bumper/ JK RC Stubby w/out Tube/ $50
• 61856: Front Bumper YJ/ $50
• 89440: Grille Guard/ JK RC/ $50
• 95870: Chevy Silverado Front/ 2015-16/ 2500HD/ 3500/ $100
• 95800: Chevy Silverado Front/ 2014-15/ 1500 / $100
• 96730: Chevy Silverado Front/ 2016-17/ 1500/ $100
• 95600: Ram Front / 2013-16/ 1500 / $100
• 95895: Ram Front / 2010-16/ 3500/ $100
• 95460: Ford Front / 2015-16/ F150/ $100
• 95568: Ford Front / 2011-16/ F250/ F350/ $100
• 97935: Ford Front / 2017/ F250/ F350/ $100
• 74300: Rear Bumper/ JK Tire Carrier/ $50
• 89525: Elite/ Rear JK/ $50
• 96550: Chevy Silverado Rear/ 2014-17/ 1500/ 2500/ 3500/ $100
• 96550: GMC Sierra Rear/ 2014-16/ 1500/ 2500/ 3500/ $100
• 96440: Ram Rear/ 2010-16/ 1500/ $100
• 96440: Ram Rear/ 2010-13/ 2500/ 3500/ $100
• 96445: Ram Rear/ 2014-16/ 2500/ 3500/ $100
• 96255: Ford Rear/ 2015-16/ F150/ $100
• 96290: Ford Rear/ 2011-16/ F250/ F350/ $100
• 98050: Ford Rear/ 2017/ F250/ F350/ $100
Call Axleboy today, to order your next upgrade: 636-939-5337
You’ve waited all year for the annual Spring Drivetrain Rebate from Yukon Gear & Axle, and now it’s here! March 6 through May 19, 2017 claim up to $150 back when you purchase select Yukon parts, including the Yukon Spin Free Kit, a Yukon Gear Kit Package and so much more.
Quality You Can Depend On
For quality you can depend on, wherever you’re driving this year, Axleboy and Yukon are dedicated to getting you there and putting a little money back in your pocket. Check out the awesome deals below and give the professionals at Axleboy a call when you’re ready to get your order started. 636-939-5337
Don’t forget to download the official Yukon Gear & Axle rebate form and put money back in your pocket by CLICKING HERE.
Remember what it was like to hop in your new Jeep and roll down the highway at 65-70 mph? Do you miss that feeling? Would you like to recover that lost power?
Teaming Up With Yukon Gear & Axle
Axleboy is teaming up with Yukon Gear and Axle, today through the end of March 2017, to bring you a move-in special that will do exactly that for your JK, your TJ or both:
- Recover Lost Power
- Improve Fuel Mileage
- Deliver Better Towing Capacity
- Lower Your Crawl Ratio
- Increase Engine Efficiency
What’s the Deal?
Starting at $1850*, Axleboy will regear both front and rear axles of your 1997-2017 Jeep Wrangler with premium Yukon gears, 4.10 (TJ only), 4.56 or 4.88. This special includes:
- Front and Rear Yukon Gear and Axle ring and pinions with master install kits
- LubeLocker gaskets for both front and read differentials
- 80/90 Break-in Oil
- Gear-lube service in 500 miles with synthetic fluids
- Axleboy’s 12 month/12,000 mile warranty
Thinking about stepping up your ratio to a 5.13? We’ve worked out a special price for that too, starting at just $1950*.
What Are You Waiting For? Get Your Power Back!
Don’t wait too long, because this special is only going to run through 3/31/2017. Call Axleboy today at 636-939-5337 to get answers to your questions and schedule service.
*Jeeps that currently have a 3.21 gear ratio will require an additional $101 to upgrade the carrier. While the differential is apart, we highly recommend replacing axle bearings and seals. We also recommend re-calibrating your speedometer and setting shift points soon after installing new gears.
Axleboy is pleased to announce that after 12 years of business, in the St. Peters area, they have relocated to a significantly larger and more accommodating facility only a few miles West.
On January 1, 2017, Scott Carline, owner and president of Axle Boy Enterprises, LLC dba Axleboy, received possession of the building and land located at 1935 E. Terra Ln. in O’Fallon, Missouri. In the weeks that followed, extensive renovations began to reshape both the production and showroom areas, to bring them in line with OSHA and Axleboy standards.
Axleboy officially stopped all production on January 9, 2017 at the Ehlmann Rd. address so that larger equipment and computer systems could be moved to the new location. Within the relatively short timeframe of one week, Axleboy was appropriately staffed and able to resume full service and production efforts on January 16, 2017.
As of January 20, 2017 Missouri’s self-proclaimed Jeep and off-road authority is open and operational with only minor cosmetic updates still in progress.
For all your Jeep, truck and off-road needs, call Axleboy at 636-939-5337 M-F 8:00am-6:00pm.
Teraflex Falcon Series 3.1 Piggyback Shocks Original Press Date: November 2016 The Falcon Series 3.1 piggyback shock is designed and engineered to deliver race inspired performance and handling while exclusively built to the specific requirements of the Jeep Wrangler. Vehicle stability is the paramount goal with all Falcon shocks. For years shocks have been simply adapted with minimal tuning and not specifically designed for an application. Falcon Shocks changes that mentality. The Falcon Series 3 Piggyback shocks are corner specific, built from the ground up, and deliver the best damping characteristics possible with fitment and function outlining the highest priorities. A lengthy and painstaking development process has finally delivered these new advancements to a waiting Jeep market. The front shock features a unique piggyback design with the reservoir positioned horizontally to increase clearance with large tires during articulation and turning. An offset upper stud positions the shock body away from the frame for maximum clearance. The rear shock positions the body and reservoir at the bottom to eliminate shaft damage from rocks kicked up by the tires. The outboard mounting increases clearance for lifted vehicles with raised track bar brackets. Falcon shocks feature Lucas Oil full synthetic shock oil for superior performance across all temperatures to reduce shock fade. The proprietary synthetic formula also contains special anti-wear and lubricity agents that produce excellent thermal stability. Falcon Series 3 shocks are available in different performance levels including adjustable and non adjustable versions. Features & Benefits - JK specific shock - Increases vehicle stability - Improved dynamic roll control - Improved low speed damping - Optimized fitment for clearance during full suspension travel & articulation - Front offset stud design creates additional frame clearance - 2.25 shock body provides optimal performance - Largest shock body that will fit without modifications - 6061 aluminum hard anodized shock tube resists wear - Smooth honed internal shock body surface for long term performance - ¾ shaft to prevent shaft buckling - Maximum shaft diameter for optimal adjustable range - Hard chrome, induction hardened shaft resists rock damage and corrosion - OGS the oil/gas separator prevents cavitation - Digressive linear piston & base valve technology - One-piece Teflon bronze piston wear band with o-ring - Fast Adjust Knob upgrade for quick compression adjustments (optional) - Compression cartridge system can be added to Series 3.1 piggyback shocks by owner after purchase - Piggyback design increases fluid flow by 6x over restricting reservoir hose designs - Piggyback fluid passage eliminates common leakage issues found in banjo & swivel fittings - Hard anodized billet piston - Aluminum construction for superior heat dissipation - Lucas Oil full synthetic shock oil - 1,000 hour salt spray corrosion resistance on all hardware - Serviceable & rebuildable (factory serviced) - Built in-house in the TeraFlex Falcon shock division - Fits all JK Wrangler models including Rubicon and Unlimited - 3 year warranty - Patent pending design SKU MSRP Description 01-01-31-400-002 $998.99 Series 3.1 Piggyback 0-2 lift (all 4) 01-01-31-400-253 $998.99 Series 3.1 Piggyback 2.5-3 lift (all 4) 01-01-31-400-406 $998.99 Series 3.1 Piggyback 4-6 lift (all 4) 01-01-31-400-002-1 $998.99 Series 3.1 Sport Piggyback 0-2 lift (all 4) 01-01-31-400-253-1 $998.99 Series 3.1 Sport Piggyback 2.5-3 lift (all 4) 01-01-31-400-406-1 $998.99 Series 3.1 Sport Piggyback 4-6 lift (all 4) About TeraFlex TeraFlex has been involved with Jeep performance since the 1950s. Over the years we have developed innovative products that exceed expectations, deliver maximum performance, and provide premium quality and value. Continuing our stronghold, we offer the most comprehensive list of performance components for the JK Wrangler than any other manufacturer to date. Our mission and focus remains the same - innovation, performance, and dependability. TeraFlex products encourage an active Jeep based outdoor lifestyle and enhance the experience both on and off road. For more information about TeraFlex, or any of our products please stop by or call: Axleboy 636-939-5337 firstname.lastname@example.org www.axleboy.com www.teraflex.com
Big changes mean big opportunity! Without prematurely revealing too much information, Axleboy is excited for some pretty big changes (including doubling our workforce) that will be coming in the near future. As such, new applications are being accepted for the following positions:
- Auto Technicians
- Porter/Shop Support
- Front Counter Sales and Support
If you, or someone you know, is interested in becoming part of Missouri’s Jeep & Off-Road Authority, applying for a job is extremely easy. Just follow these simple steps:
- Be an awesome person (we only hire awesome people)
- Fill out and submit the online application at http://axleboy.com/careers/
- Axleboy will review applications & resumes and place selective calls to interview
Easy, right? So what are you waiting for? Submit your application today.
Twice a year, Mid West Jeep Thing (MWJT) and Axleboy team up to introduce new Jeep owners to the wonderful world of off-roading. In our opinion, participating in a course like this is one of the best ways to become familiar with Jeep lifestyle, off-road etiquette and the capabilities of your stock to moderately lifted Jeep Wrangler.
Here’s what you can expect:
An Early Morning!
The Intro to Off-Road starts promptly at 9:00 am in Potosi, MO. Depending on where you live, how long it takes to get going in the morning and how fast you drive, your day may start much earlier than usual. If you’re coming from the St. Louis area, like we are, it’s safe to plan on about two hours of travel time. The Axleboy crew typically leaves St. Peters around 6:30 am…but we’re also towing a trailer.
Class-room Type Instruction.
The first part of this course involves an interactive classroom style session where MWJT and Axleboy will discuss Tread Lightly guidelines, trail safety and a slew of information about “the modified Jeep.”
Immediately after the classroom portion, we’ll take a 30-45 minute lunch break. This typically includes a burger, some chips and a soft drink or water. Chow down and get ready to roll!
Towards the end of lunch, Scott Carline, owner of Axleboy demonstrates how and when to use an ARB tire deflator. For those who have quick disconnects, Scott will also talk about when to disconnect and show how it is done.
Afternoon Trail Riding.
Organized trail riding is just that…organized. Typically 3-4 experienced trail guides will be pre-selected to lead a group of 5-10 Jeeps on beginner trails with light to moderate obstacles. During this time, you can expect to go up and down hills, around trees and over rocks of various sizes. You may also hear a cacophony of creaks, clunks and other noises that are typical while traversing unpaved paths.
A Dirty Jeep.
Come rain or shine, this event doesn’t get cancelled. Come prepared to get dirty.
Organized Jeeping is slow and steady with plenty of opportunities to get out and take pictures of your Jeep and others going over obstacles. Bring a camera or use your smart phone and get to know some of the people in your group. You might be surprised how many awesome people are willing to exchange pictures after the event.
Need more information? Click Here to see the MWJT Event Page.
As Economy Improves, New Demographic of Enthusiasts Enter ‘Jeep Lifestyle,’ as Segment Continues Rebound
BY: DUSTIN HOLLAND, Parts & People
“I really started to get into the Jeep Lifestyle after working as a mechanic,” he said. “When other people in that subgroup found out I was a mechanic and word got around, I saw a great opportunity to start my own business.”
In 2004, Carline opened the doors at Axleboy Automotive. “I wanted my shop to be a step above what people were used to receiving when they had work done on their Jeep,” he said.
What began as a small 3,000-square-foot shop has grown to 9,500 square feet. It is equipped with six lifts and an abundance of open floor space.
Jeep owners and dealerships have been relying on Axleboy’s expertise to service their every need, Carline said. “We do a lot of customization jobs. If it was up to us and money was no object, all we would do is build custom Jeeps for clients. We know repair work is necessary also though.”
He also added that as a business it is important to have multiple revenue streams going to stay afloat. The shop also does axle and differential remanufacturing for industrial and light truck applications and sells Jeep accessories. It also performs a small percentage of all makes/all models service and repair.
The shop bounced back from the recent economic downturn, as customers have more disposable income. Low gas prices and credit availability has also helped.
Carline said the shift in the economy and recent Jeep redesigns were bringing in a new clientele than had previously been its core. “Some of my best clients are now doctors, lawyers and bankers, as opposed to the ‘average Joe.’”
Since the economic upturn, Axleboy has also cultivated relationships with dealerships that seek customizations, he said. “Some dealerships just want us to put bigger tires on a stock Jeep so they can put it back on the floor and sell it. Others are more interested in helping people live the Jeep lifestyle. “We will go to the dealership and put together a package custom to the needs of that customer. We sit down with them and really break down what it is that they will need to live the type of Jeep life that they are looking for.”
Carline and his staff are actively involved in several Jeep clubs or communities, including The Midwest Jeep Thing and Jeeping Mid-Rivers. Carline and his full-time marketing director, Mike Carter, take opportunities to set up at their various events throughout the year to showcase products and services. “It is important that I am actively involved in the Jeep community. If a current or potential customer can see my passion first hand and know that it is genuine, it really helps to build relationships which ultimately lead to sales,” Carline said.
He added, “Like most small repair businesses, marketing usually falls on the owner. The problem is, most of us are mechanics by trade and marketing doesn’t come naturally, which leads to a neglect in marketing,” Carline said.
Marketing strategies include increased social media presence, Web design and customer relations, Carter said. “The use of social media in the auto repair industry as a whole has come a long way but there are still shops going about it the wrong way. We stay away from putting generic posts and ads on our sites and focus on interacting with the customer on a more personal level.”
Axleboy is a distributor and installer of TeraFlex aftermarket parts, lift kits and accessories. Recently, the shop has become certified installers of GenRight, which has high-quality suspension and body armor options, Carline said. Other parts and accessories are provided by Keystone Automotive. In addition to lift kit and tires, LED lights are presently popular sales items.
“We get our tires from US Autoforce. They have fast delivery and, in a pickle, they are real close, so we can run up and grab what we need,” he said, adding that the most popular option for Jeep owners right now is the Cooper STT Pro for mud and the Cooper ST Maxx for dual purpose applications.
Carline offered advice for other Jeep and 4×4 shops — take the time to get to know your clients. “Don’t just be their go-to for repairs. Some of the best times I can remember as an owner are the weekends I spent on the trails with my customers living the Jeep life with them.”
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Axleboy is glad to announce that they are now authorized dealers of the ReadyBrake system, developed by N.S.A. RV Products Inc. The Ready Brake system offers a safe and reliable means of towing your Jeep, car, truck or other vehicle behind an RV by interlinking the towed vehicle’s brakes to those of the RV.
How does the ReadyBrake work?
“When you apply brakes in your RV the towed vehicle surges forward actually pushing your RV. ReadyBrake uses this energy to move a lever forward. A cable is connected to this lever and the other end is clamped to your towed vehicle brake pedal. When the lever moves forward the brake pedal is pulled down and when you drive the RV forward again it allows the lever to move backward and the brake pedal goes back up releasing the towed vehicle brakes.”
How is ReadyBrake different from other systems?
“ReadyBrake is a mechanical system that does not drain your towed vehicle battery because it needs no power to work. To connect and disconnect ReadyBrake means to connect or disconnect a cable that drapes over the tow bar, while those electronic brakes have to be placed in front of your driver seat and then have to be adjusted each time and then you have to remove all of this when you are ready to drive. The biggest difference is the price. Considering ReadyBrake sells for less than half of what the electronic tow brakes do and it’s more reliable, easier to use and has a lifetime warranty the difference in value is clear to see.”
Axleboy invites you to learn more about the ReadyBrake system by calling 636-939-5337 and talking to a trusted service advisor or visiting www.readybrake.com , to determine if this is the right solution for your vehicle towing needs.
NOTICE: Event Cancelled
TRUCK & OFF-ROAD FESTIVAL
AUGUST 12-13, 2016.
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
Where Trucks Come To Play! GATEWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK – MADISON, IL
The 2016 Truck & Off-Road Festival will take place at the Gateway Motorsports Park (700 Raceway Blvd) in Madison, Ill., near St. Louis. For the full schedule of events, visit trucktrend.com. Times listed are in Central Time.
• Friday, August 12 – Gates open at 12 p.m., events conclude at 1 a.m.
• Saturday, August 13 – Gates open at 7 a.m., events conclude at 10 p.m.
Truckin Throwdown – This year, ANY truck can try and make the final field by throwing down one of the 12 fastest combined drag race and autocross times during qualifying sessions.
• Drag Racing
• Start/Stop box
• Show & Shine
All Registered Participants
• Drag Racing – Multiple Classes
• Autocross Course
• Professionally judged Show & Shine with awards in multiple classes
• UTV & Side-by-Side Racing
• Mud Bog
• Editor’s Choice Awards
• Performance Truck Midway / Vendor Row
• Dyno Contest
• DJ Friday night / Live band Saturday night
REGISTER YOUR TRUCK NOW and LOCK IN SPECIAL PRICING!
When you register for the Truck and Off-Road Festival you get entry for your truck and one credential as well as a swag bag with some cool gifts. Not only will you be able to show off your rig, but you’ll be able be part of the action on the drag strip, autocross, 4×4 obstacle course, or even the mud bog!
All driving activities included in the price below:
• Pre-registration for a two day pass is only: $45*
• On-site registration for a two day pass is only: $50
• Pre-registration for Friday only: $20*
• On-site registration for Friday only: $25
• Pre-registration for Saturday only: $35*
• On-site registration for Saturday only $40
• UTV pre-registration for Saturday only $35*
• UTV on-site registration for Saturday only $40
SPECTATOR TICKETS FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC ARE ON SALE NOW!
o Friday $10 in advance*, $15 at the gate
o Saturday $15 in advance*, $20 at the gate
o 2-day pass $25 in advance*, $30 at the gate
• Children 6-12 years of age – $5 per day. $10 for 2-day pass.
• Children 5 and under – Free.
*Available until Wednesday August 11 2016, at 11:59 p.m.
To register or purchase spectator tickets, visit truckandoffroadfestival.com
ADDITIONAL EVENT INFORMATION
For vendor booth Information, contact Glenn Herniter by phone at 310.363.4047 or email at email@example.com
Please Note: This Event Is Officially Cancelled
Are you an experienced problem solver? Have you worked hard to develop a reputation as a quality mechanic? Do you want to help build and repair awesome Jeeps? You’ve learned the trade and refined your skills, now it’s time to do something great! At Axleboy, we take pride in being Missouri’s Jeep and off-road authority, specializing in late model Jeep Wrangler customization. We are looking for a qualified mechanic to join our elite team of industry professionals.
- Build and repair awesome Jeeps.
- Adhere to all company policy, procedure and safety rules.
- Maintain an organized and neat bay.
- Assist fellow mechanics in performing technical activities.
- Communicate needs and recommendations clearly to non-technical personnel
- At least a High School Diploma or GED
- Current Driver’s License
- Be available to work Monday-Friday, 8:00am-6:00pm
- A solid work history (min. 2-3 years of industry experience preferred)
- You have your own collection of tools
- Strong experience with electrical wiring and diagnostics
- Strong automotive/mechanical diagnostic skills
- Able to pass a pre-employment drug test/physical/background check
- Jeep owner is a plus (not required)
- Read and write English fluently
If you meet the qualifications above and have a positive attitude, we encourage you to apply today at http://axleboy.com/careers/ or email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and answer the following question: What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?
Axleboy offers more than just a place to work. We have rules like everywhere else, but we also know how to throw down some fun: Weekend wheeling trips, BBQ in the back and did we mention that we specialize in Jeep and off-road vehicles? As if that wasn’t enough, we also offer:
- Excellent Medical , Dental and Life insurance
- Set work hours: Monday through Friday
- Fast paced and energetic work environment
- Competitive wages
- Paid holidays and vacation time
Quality & Performance on Every Terrain
Axleboy is extremely pleased to team up with JKS and Fox, makers of quality, performance suspension solutions for the Jeep and off-road communities.
While at the Louisville, KY: Unlimited Off-Road Expo in early June, Scott Carline, owner of St. Peters based Axleboy piqued the interest of representatives from the Fox and JKS brands. A lively discussion ensued, business cards were exchanged and within minutes a professional connection had been forged.
In the past, Axleboy has depended on third party distributors to obtain Fox shocks and JKS aftermarket upgrades for their performance conscious customers. Now, less than one month after having met in person, Axleboy is honored to be a direct dealer of both Fox and JKS performance brands.
Axleboy is honored to announce that we are now an authorized seller and installer of GenRight Off-Road products.
A few days ago we received a call from Taylor at GenRight Off Road, a California based company that specializes in creating innovative, high-quality products for the true off-road enthusiast.
After a casual conversation about Axleboy and GenRight, comparing policies, quality standards, business goals, and our mutual passion for the off-road lifestyle, Taylor dropped the big question: “Are you interested in being our exclusive authorized dealer and installer for the state of Missouri?”
Our jaws dropped at the surprise and for a moment there was utter silence.
Having seen firsthand GenRight’s attention to detail and quality performance, of course we gladly accepted.
Whether you’re the type of Jeeper who spends more time driving through creek beds and over mountainsides or you simply want superior quality off-road parts on your Jeep, check out the full GenRight product line and give us a call to get your next project going.
Axleboy: (636)939-JEEP (5337)
Axleboy will be closed this Friday, June 3, 2016 so that our technicians can attend the Unlimited Off-Road Expo in Louiville, KY.
We apologize for any short term inconveniences that this may cause, and hope you will bear with us as we network with industry manufacturers, suppliers and innovators for a few short days. We look at events, such as this, as opportunities to really connect with the latest trends and discuss areas of improvement.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. We’ll be back to work, first thing Monday morning!
Every so often we’ll have a customer come in with a Jeep full of parts that they just ordered online and ask us how much it will cost to have it all installed. We are excited that people continue to take an interest in modifying their Jeeps and that our reputation for quality workmanship has spread throughout the Jeep community. We don’t like to turn away opportunities to work on Jeeps, but in 2015 we adopted a fairly standard industry policy regarding parts installation.
Our installation policy, in its most basic form, is this:
“We do not install customer supplied parts.”
Regardless if you purchased your parts direct from Jeep or through Quadratec, e-bay, Amazon or Craigslist, we simply don’t install customer supplied parts. For those interested in knowing the “why” behind this policy, we offer a general explanation below.
Installing Customer Supplied Parts is Bad for Business.
We’re not saying that the stuff customers find online is cheap or low quality or that it won’t work. Plenty of people buy stuff online, install it in their garage and are perfectly happy. We are happy for these folks and enjoy spending time on the trails with them.
The reasons we don’t install customer supplied parts are both legal and business in nature. In terms of legality, the state of Missouri holds shops (like Axleboy) responsible for all aspects of a job, including parts and labor, regardless of where the parts originate. So, even if we, as a shop, were to install a customer’s parts as specified by the manufacturer, if the part itself failed, legally, we would be held liable. It sounds ridiculous…until it happens.
From the business perspective, Axleboy and other professional shops exist because there is some element of profitability that allows us to purchase specific tools, pay certified technicians and maintain a brick and mortar location. Remove marginal profitability and reputable off-road shops will quickly disappear. That doesn’t sound like a very good business plan to us.
Our Reputation is Based on Quality. Quality People. Quality Parts. Quality Service.
At Axleboy, we work hard to build and maintain quality working-relationships with several aftermarket manufacturers, so that when parts don’t fit right or packages arrive with damaged or incomplete sets, we can still get the job done right and in a timely manner. Our sights are focused on total quality and customer satisfaction. When customers go to online vendors to save a couple bucks, they unknowingly interfere with our ability to guarantee quality. This is a reputational risk that we are simply unwilling to accept.
We want you to know, that we don’t think anything less of people or Jeepers for purchasing parts online. Please understand when we politely decline to install them.
OME is pleased to release a new range of adjustable control arms with Max C Dual Durometer bushes for the JK Wrangler.
Adjustable control arms are perfect for those Jeep owners who want to customize caster and pinion angles to fine tune ride and handling for both on and off-road applications. All arms have been shot peened, zinc electroplated and powder coated to prevent corrosion.
Max C Bushes:
MAX-C is a Dual Durometer composite bushing engineered for optimal ride quality and off-road durability in heavy duty applications.
The MAX-C is constructed of multiple urethane compounds and materials to deliver significant dampening and elastic characteristics that enable the joint to perform in a more linear torsional spring rate. The Free Pivot design eliminates pre-mature bushing failures from twisting loads particularly on long travel suspension arms or track bars and is ideal for heavy duty off-road performance. Synthetic Elastomer formulation consistently recovers to co-centric position effectively Self Centring the joint. Reinforcement Tube redistributes load evenly throughout the cushion and prevents contaminants entry into the joint by effectively minimizing gaping of the hole during misalignment configuration.
Front Lower Control Arm JK Wrangler:
- • 2” x 0.188” wall (50.8mm x 4.7mm) 1020 DOM STEEL TUBE
- • Adjustable w/ Jam Nut
- • Precision robotic welding
- • Max C – Dual Duro Bushing
- • Forged Eyelet and Forged Rod End
Rear Lower Control Arm JK Wrangler:
- • 2” x 0.188” wall (50.8mm x 4.7mm) 1020 DOM STEEL TUBE
- • Adjustable w/ Jam Nut
- • Precision robotic welding
- • Max C – Dual Duro Bushing
- • Forged Eyelet and Forged Rod End
Front Upper Control Arm JK Wrangler:
- • 1.25” x 0.188” wall (31.7mm x 4.7mm)1020 DOM STEEL TUBE
- • Stamped Steel Clevis
- • Adjustable w/ Jam Nut
- • Precision robotic welding
- • Max C – Dual Duro Bushing
- • Forged Rod End
Rear Upper Control Arm JK Wrangler:
- • 1.25” x 0.188” wall (31.7mm x 4.7mm)1020 DOM STEEL TUBE
- • Adjustable w/ Jam Nut
- • Max C – Dual Duro Bushing
- • Precision robotic welding
- • Forged Eyelet and Forged Rod End
Axleboy is proud to be an authorized ARB dealer and installer.
ARB Corporation Limited is Australia’s largest and industry leading manufacturer and distributor of quality, 4WD vehicle accessories, with distribution in more than 100 countries worldwide. The company manufactures and stocks the worlds most respected and sought after 4×4 accessories.
You may have heard that Axleboy had a great year in 2015 and that we’re looking to grow in 2016. The rumors are true!
We are at that point where we “either need to start turning work away or bring more people into the team,” said Scott Carline, owner of Axleboy. “And with Spring and Summer just around the corner, there are no plans to slow down production in the shop.”
With that in mind, Axleboy is looking for fresh talent in the automotive and off-road customization industry. Anybody can be trained to turn a wrench, but we are extremely selective about who we invite to work on our team.
At Axleboy, quality is more than a goal or an obscure hope for the future. Our team members eat, sleep and breathe quality. It is at the center of everything that we do and the defining element of who we are.
If you consider yourself a problem solving, quick moving, optimistic and skilled automotive technician…or you know someone who fits that description, we might have your next great opportunity.
Check out our Careers page by clicking here.
Do you own a Jeep? Are you thinking about purchasing a Jeep? Do you like to look at Jeeps? Do you like chili?
If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then you’re invited to attend our 5th annual Chili Cook-off with Mid West Jeep Thing. We’ll have plenty of chili, free drinks, raffle prizes and a bunch of well-built Jeeps to admire, so grab a friend and come hang out with us for a while.
Saturday, February 27, 2016 From 11:30am-2:00pm
Planning to enter our chili contest? Every year, we see a HUGE variety in chili recipes, from melt-your-tastebuds to mild white-chicken and everything in between. Give us a heads up (ph: 636-939-5337) and we’ll make sure there’s an outlet available for your crock pot. You may be the next Axleboy Chili Champion!!
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we asked several people to define “LOVE” in four words or less. After careful consideration we arrived at a dramatic yet obvious conclusion.
All of us at Axleboy sincerely wish you and yours a very happy Valentine’s Day!
We are proud to offer the latest products from Smittybilt, including their new Atlas Series rock sliders (compatible with 2 and 4-door Wrangler JKs). Starting at only $449.99*, these quality rock sliders feature:
- 3/16″ cold rolled steel
- Anti-slip step pads for easier access
- Complete bolt on installation (no drilling)
- Compatability with XRC exterior armor
Call or stop by for details and to set your appointment.
Be sure to check out some of the other great deals going on right now on our Specials page.
*For 2007-2016 JK 2-door Atlas Rock Sliders with step. Does not include sales tax or installation.
Congratulations! You’ve got a new Jeep and now you’re ready to make it a one-of-a-kind custom ride. Aftermarket suspension, tires, wheels, bumpers, LED lights and more. With so many available upgrades and custom accessories, almost anything is possible.
We see hundreds of Jeeps every year, and enjoy guiding people as they take their ride through the transition from stock to stud. Most folks that we see, buy a new Jeep with the intention of using it as a full-time daily driver and part-time off-road warrior; for camping, hunting, fishing, organized off-roading etc. Sound familiar?
One of the first modifications on their “to do” list is: Raise the ride. We think of this as a hinge decision that will effect almost every other major upgrade/modification, including tires size, axle upgrades and more. One of the most common introductory Jeep lifts installed at Axleboy is the 2.5” Teraflex suspension lift.
The 2.5″ Teraflex Lift is a Good Place to Start
Like we mentioned, the 2.5” Teraflex suspension lift is an introductory lift. That being said, it offers a modest amount of additional clearance and is capable of tackling many off-road trails without losing the functionality you would expect from a daily driver. Here are just a few points to consider before deciding on a 2.5″ liftt:
- It provides enough lift to comfortably fit up to a 35” tire
- It gives plenty of clearance to tackle most light-medium rated trails
- Maintains low center of gravity
- Fewer parts to install help keep costs down
- Same/one-day installation
- Excellent ride quality
- No significant changes to drive line angles
Just A Little Taller With a 3” Lift
Every inch of clearance counts when you are taking the road less traveled…but what about every ½ inch? Before going for that additional ½ inch of clearance with a 3” lift consider this:
- Changes in drive line angles may require a new front drive shaft
- Additional parts involved in the lift amount to higher parts and labor costs
- Comfortably fits up to a 35” tire
- Allows for plenty of flex under the wheel well
- Install may take up to 2 days
Can You Take Me Higher?…Say 4 Inches or More?
Do you want to roll with the big dogs and go places that no stock Jeep would ever dream? Going bigger on both lift and tires may be the answer. With a minimum 4” lift:
- There is now enough space to fit 37” tires
- Serious consideration should be given to upgrading both front and rear axles
- We strongly recommend new front and rear drive shafts
- Bigger tires will necessitate re-gearing the differential ratios. Proper gearing will give back some of the power that is lost when increasing tire circumference.
- Significantly more parts (flex arms, brackets, exhaust spacer, etc) increases the overall cost of installation
- Proper installation may take 3-4 days (actual install time may vary)
- Be aware that your Jeep will have a higher center of gravity and you may not fit in the parking garage any more
- Your Jeep will be nearly unstoppable off-road and you’ll be the envy of everyone you work with
We are a fully stocked and qualified Jeep modification shop. In addition to providing access to a huge selection of lift kits, we also do tires, wheels, axles, differentials, bumpers, fenders, recovery gear, LED lights and more. Be sure to give us a call or stop by the shop before your next mod.
Every year, millions of people around the world set New Year’s resolutions…and more than 50% either give up on or forget about their goals withing the first three months. We asked ourselves, “Why? Why aren’t more people sticking to their guns and following through with their resolutions?”
The answer: We think people give up on their New Year’s resolutions because they simply aren’t fun.
OUR RESOLUTION for 2016 is to have a blast and spend more time on the trails and at off-road events than we have in the past decade!! It’s going to be great. Here’s a list of 7 things to consider if you want to share our resolution this year:
Step 1: Determine which events you want to participate in.
- Intro to Off-Road with Mid West Jeep Thing (MWJT)
- Jeepstock at SMORR
- Jeep Blitz in Bushnell, IL
- Jeep Jamboree(s)
- Other: _____________________
Step 2: Factor in any destinations you would like to see.
- Colorado Rockies
- Rubicon Trail
- Logging roads of the Pacific Northwest
- Fill in the blank: ____________________
Step 3: Give employer appropriate notification for time-off request.
- Standard two weeks
- Eh…I didn’t really like that job anyway
- Weekend warriors don’t need to give notification
- I’m retired and leave whenever I want…sucka!
Step 4: Make necessary modifications to your Jeep.
- Suspension (a little extra lift does wonders for flexibility)
- Bigger tires & new wheels
- Body armor & skid plates
- Upgrade Axles, gears, lockers
- Install CB radio
- Add recovery gear (Winch, tow straps, D-rings, etc)
- Additional field-repair tools (Hi-lift, gloves, wrenches, spare parts, etc)
- Roof top tent systems
Step 5: Map out locations and distance between gas stations.
- It’s no secret that your Jeep can go just about anywhere…except past a gas station. We don’t want you to get stuck in the middle of Oklahoma with an empty tank and 50 miles to the nearest gas station, and neither do your passengers.
Step 6: Gather up your friends or family and hit the road.
- It’s always more fun when other people are along for the ride. Somebody’s gotta get out to take the pictures, right?
Step 7: Enjoy the ride…and make it back to work by ___________.
Christmas is just around the corner and 18.7%* of Americans admit to being last minute shoppers. If you’re still searching for that perfect gift for the Jeeper in your life, consider the following must-have items.
- Recovery Gear– Given a day off from work, most off-road enthusiasts will find their way into the woods. This year, give the Jeeper in your life a gift that they will use and appreciate all year long. Tow straps and a quality set of D-rings are some of the most useful accessories to keep with you any time you go off-road.
- LED lights– Want to light up the path into 2016? We carry a full line of LED spot lights and light bars that will put out as much at 40,300 lumens, shedding light on every rock and trail hazard on or near your path.
- Axleboy Gift Certificate– You really can’t go wrong with a gift certificate from Axleboy. Our certificates are good for up to 1 year after the date of purchase and can be used for virtually any part or service that we offer in-shop.
- Teraflex Quick Disconnects– Perfect for the Jeeper in your life! This is the gift that keeps giving all year long. We keep disconnects in stock for both JK and TJ models.
- Apparel– Perfect stocking stuffers for him or her. Axleboy carries tank tops and t-shirts and koozies (apparel for your can or bottle) in a variety of colors and sizes that the Jeeper in your life is guaranteed to enjoy.
There’s still time to give the perfect gift…but don’t wait until Christmas Eve, because Axleboy will be closed. All of us at Axleboy wish you and your family a happy holiday season and happy wheeling in 2016!!
When Jeepers go off-road as a club or group, the rule of thumb is to keep less-experienced wheelers in the middle of the pack. This gives “newbies” an opportunity to observe veteran Jeepers as they maneuver through trail obstacles; noting wheel placement and approach angles that do or do not work before attempting the obstacle themselves.
In similar fashion, when considering the next level in Jeep modification, it is not uncommon for Jeep owners to seek the advice of peers who have already traveled the same or similar path. We naturally want to know what has worked well for others and what products to avoid. For that “expertise”, one of the most common places Jeepers initially turn to is the Jeep forums.
The Jeep Forums
The idea itself is pretty good: Post a question about specific tires, wheels, accessories or upgrade plans and, theoretically, people with experience in those specific areas can comment and act as virtual spotters.
The only problem with this method of gathering information is that many individuals only have “experienctise” and lack credible expertise. What this means is that when a person has a single experience (good or bad) they become either strong advocates or critics for a particular brand. Additionally, some folks that comment on the forums may not have any first-hand experience with a product or brand but still voice a strong opinion based on something they heard from a friend or read online.
We’re not saying that the Jeep forums are bad. In fact, they can be a really fun place to get new ideas or even refine some old ones. We simply caution how much time should be spent trolling through the forums and how much credibility should be given to internet opinions.
Do A Little Research
We suggest following up on things that are posted on the forums with a little of your own research. Once you have a concrete idea for your next modification, we recommend learning a little about the manufacturer. How long have they been in business? Do they specialize in one type of product or cater to a variety of interests? This is also a good time to verify product specifications, vehicle compatibility and warranty information.
Ask an Industry Pro
If questions arise as a result of your personal findings, we recommend consulting with a credible source of information. At Axleboy, we have modified HUNDREDS of Jeeps, working with a variety of manufacturers on a daily basis. We know which products are engineered using quality material and craftsmanship… and which ones repeatedly have problems. When questions of product quality or reliability arise, our professional staff are more than glad to offer insights based on over 11 years of vendor dealings, customer feedback and Jeep repairs.
Give us a call at 636-939-5337 to schedule a consultation with Scott, or stop by and chat with Greg next time you are thinking about Jeep mods.
With the holiday season in full bloom, and people taking time off to be with family and friends, we figured it would only be fair to give our crew at Axleboy the same opportunity.
We’ve got just a handful of dates coming up that deviate from our typical hours of operation. So, if you’re thinking about lifting, re-gearing or even something small like getting an oil change, we simply request that you keep these dates in mind and plan accordingly:
- Thursday, Nov 26th– Closed for Thanksgiving Day
- Friday, Nov 27th– Closed to recover…or go wheeling
- Thursday, Dec 24th– Closed for Christmas Eve
- Friday, Dec 25th– Closed for Christmas Day
- Friday, Jan 1st– Closed for New Year’s Day
All of us at Axleboy wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!
It has been a great wheeling season so far this year, and with Fall in full swing we’re glad to say, “The best is yet to come!” Cooler temperatures and foliage on the trail present an interesting new twist to the off-road experience. We want you and your passengers to have a safe and enjoyable time wheeling this Fall.
Before you head out to explore new trails or roll through your favorite wilderness playground we recommend checking your rig for the following must-have items:
- Tow Straps (looped ends…not hooks)- Any time you’re going out on the trail with any other Jeepers, it’s a good idea to pack along at least one loop-ended tow strap. Nobody plans to get stuck on the trail, but sometimes the forces of nature catch us off guard.
- Tow Hooks (D-ring)- Why take the chance of having a tow strap slip off an open end hook? We’re all about safe wheeling and strongly encourage the use of D-ring style tow points.
- Full Size Spare Tire- The last thing you want to see when you puncture or tear out the sidewall on your oversize tires is an undersized sized spare.
- Jack- The best type of jack to use with your Jeep is the one that came with it. Of course, once you lift your Jeep and put on big tires, your jack will need some modification or assistance to reach an effective height. Another option is the Hi-Lift jack. These jacks are significantly less stable, and should be used with extreme caution.
- Winch– You might not be the sort to push the limits, but when you find yourself in a jam, having a reliable winch can be just the thing you need to make it up, over or around an obstacle.
- Tree Saver– We’re not as extreme as some folks, and we don’t expect you to be either. Tree savers allow you to use a tree trunk as a winch anchor point and cause minimal damage to the tree (so others can use it in the future) and to your winch cable.
- Trail Cleaning Equipment- Things like a shovel, kitty litter, super absorbent pads and moisture-proof waste bags are a must have. Jeeping is all about enjoying nature and going where other vehicles simply cannot. The last thing we want to do is harm the environment with spilled oil, antifreeze or other fluids.
- Tool bag/box- It’s better to have a bag of tools and not need them, than to need a tool and know exactly where it is in the garage at home.
- CB Radio– More than just a way to be chatty (and sometimes obnoxious ) with friends, the CB radio is a safety tool that can be used to warn other Jeepers of hazardous trail conditions or send out a distress call.
- Blanket and/or Coat– During the day, the weather might be just right…but if you’re out on the trail when the sun starts to go down, temperatures can quickly drop. Having a jacket and or blanket in the back can help keep you and your passengers more comfortable if you find yourself running behind or (worst case scenario) stranded over night.
**An Intro to Off-Road event is taking place October 17, 2015 at Sayersbrook (Potosi, MO). Registration is through the Mid West Jeep Thing.
As Missouri’s off-road authority the guys at Axleboy are regularly asked about the Mopar lift kit. Several dealership salesmen are indicating during the sales process that “Mopar lift kits are the only lift covered or approved under the manufacturer’s warranty.”
Sales people say a lot of things…some of which is absolutely true and much of which is less so. In considering what has been said about the Mopar lift, we feel obligated to point out that this particular lift is considered a “Mopar performance part,” identified as a part number that begins with the letter “P.”
Why is this significant? Well, if you have a few minutes, call up the dealership parts department and ask them what the warranty is on Mopar performance parts. You may be surprised with their response.
Still curious, but not interested in calling the dealership? We’ve included an excerpt from page 38 of the of the Mopar Performance Catalog, which states:
NO PARTS WARRANTY – “AS IS”
“Mopar Performance parts are sold “as is” unless otherwise noted. This means that parts sold by Mopar Performance carry no warranty whatsoever. Implied warranties, such as warranties of merchantability are excluded. (An implied warranty of merchantability means that the part is reasonably fit for the general purpose for which it was sold.) The entire risk as to quality and performance of such parts is with the buyer. Should such parts prove defective following their purchase, the buyer and not the manufacturer, distributor or retailer, assumes the entire cost of all necessary servicing or repair. Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep® and Ram vehicle and parts warranties are voided if the vehicle or parts are used for competition. The addition of performance parts does not by itself void a vehicle’s warranty. However, added performance parts (parts not originally supplied on the vehicle from the factory) are not covered by the vehicle’s warranty, and any failure that they may cause is not covered by the vehicle’s warranty.”
Ask us about OUR 12 month/12,000 mile parts and labor warranty.
Even though it might not feel like it, summer is quickly coming to a close. Schools all across the nation have opened their doors and youth of all ages will soon be swimming in homework assignments. Listen closely and you can almost hear them groaning in despair at this very moment.
With summer break officially over it’s easy to adopt the mindset that there’s no more time for adventure. This simply isn’t true. There’s still time to squeeze in one more road-trip, a weekend camping adventure or even a quick beach run. Whether you stick around town or head out on a grand excursion, adventure can be found wherever it is sought out.
What can you do to make sure your last-minute summer plans don’t fall to pieces?
Step 1: Create a Plan
We’re not saying you need to create a detailed itinerary. Think more along the lines of preparation, destination and when you’ll be returning. A little bit of planning can go a long way.
Step 2: Arrange Transportation
How will you get to and from your destination? Walk, bike, drive, fly or hike? Whatever your mode of transportation, knowing that it is reliable is a pretty big deal. There’s nothing more frustrating than getting everyone excited to go somewhere and then having to either cancel at the last moment or find yourself stranded on the side of the road. If there is any hint of doubt before you set out, have a specialist inspect the critical components.
Step 3: Be Flexible
Some of the greatest adventures happen when we deviate from the original plan, the proverbial highway in favor of a less traveled path. The length of your vacation isn’t nearly as important as the quality. Allowing your plans to be flexible is one of the best ways to keep your vacation fun and relaxing. Isn’t that the whole point?
The majority of vehicles we work on get dropped off during standard business hours (between 8:00am and 6:00pm), but for some folks standard hours just don’t work. That’s where our night key-drop comes into play.
Instructions for using the night drop are fairly basic:
- Locate the black box labeled “Key Drop” next to our main entrance.
- Open the box and fill out one of the envelopes inside with your personal & vehicle information.
- Insert your vehicle key(s) into the envelope.
- If you have wheel locks, put the wheel lock key in the envelope as well.
- Seal the envelope and push it through the mail slot in our front door.
It’s really that simple. 90% of night-drop users will read this short article and think “Well duh”… but roughly 1 in 10 will leave the envelope blank, forget the wheel lock, shut the envelope in the black box or leave the keys and envelope outside the front door.
The whole idea here is that we are trying to provide you with a safe, secure and convenient way to drop off your vehicle outside of standard business hours. Thankfully, our neighborhood is pretty tranquil and we don’t see much crime…but by the same token, following the 5 simple steps outlined above will help us keep it that way.
We’re excited to help take your Jeep to the next level and, if you use the night key-drop, we’ll look forward to seeing your keys first thing in the morning.
Experiencing a vehicle breakdown can be both stressful and expensive. One way that some folks attempt to alleviate the financial burden of paying for repairs is by ordering and supplying their own parts.
It’s nearly impossible for local shops to compete with the majority of prices found on sites like Amazon, Ebay and Northridge4x4. For the DIY or shade-tree mechanic, this offers an easy way to cut costs, but we’re finding more and more legitimate businesses are turning down work to install “customer supplied” parts.
Work is work, right? So who cares where the parts come from? There was a time when we would have agreed and gladly taken any type of work that came through the door.
For the past couple of years, we have struggled to find that perfect balance between quantity and our commitment to quality. At long last, we have reached the determination that quality is truly our primary corporate social responsibility. With that being said, Axleboy no longer installs “customer supplied” parts.
This decision was reached based on the following factors:
- Axleboy has spent years developing and maintaining vendor relationships. This is significant because when our technicians have problems with how a part installs or performs on a vehicle, we can obtain technical support, send it back and/or negotiate product upgrades.
- Incorrect parts cost too much time and money for everyone involved. If we are doing anything on a vehicle related to suspension or drivetrain, once we put that vehicle on the lift, it tends to stay there until the job is complete. When a customer supplies their own parts and things don’t match up perfectly, production comes to a halt until correct parts are ordered, shipped to the customer and eventually make their way to our mechanic. In the meantime, our customer may go days without his/her vehicle and we are able to service fewer vehicles which may drive other aspects of our schedule out of alignment. By contrast, we stock several parts, so if one component of a kit is not perfect, we can generally replace it pretty quick. Even when we don’t stock a particular part, we can almost always source replacements from one of our local suppliers or have it overnight shipped directly to us, which helps to reduce the delay time.
- Liability. When an auto shop installs parts that were supplied by the customer, and those parts do not work properly, who is held responsible? Even when the shop installs everything correctly and the part itself fails, from a legal standpoint, the shop is held accountable for the complete job (service and parts). We’re not saying that everybody is trying to “pull one over” on the automotive shop, but you know there’s always that one bad apple that sets a precedent.
- Ultimately we are committed to providing total customer care. What this means to us is: When customers have questions, we answer them. When we quote a price, we stand beside that quote. If something we installed or worked on doesn’t function properly, we’ll do what it takes to make things work right. Taking care of our customers is our top priority and when we provide parts, we can confidently stand behind their quality before, during and after installation.
When does a FREE automotive estimate become a billable diagnostic service? Each auto shop could probably answer this question differently.
At Axleboy, free estimates typically take place at the service counter. Whether your vehicle needs repair services or you’re trying to discover the next step in off-road modifications, you can call or walk in and one of our service writers will be more than glad to take the time to understand your vehicle needs.
A classic example of a free repair estimate would look something like this: A customer breaks an axle while wheeling over the weekend and would like to know what it will cost to replace both front and rear axles with Tera 60 axles. Our service writer would then provide an estimate that includes the cost of all parts and book-labor time. At that point the customer could then make an educated decision to proceed or pursue an alternative option.
By contrast, when a customer comes into the shop with either a check engine light or a mystery noise, we can speculate only so much before the vehicle needs to come into the shop for further clarification or discovery. It is at this point, that a free estimate typically becomes a billable diagnostic service.
Most shops bill diagnostic services based on an hourly rate, so we recommend that before you hand over the keys, first review with the mechanic or service writer their diagnostic plans, including estimated cost.
For a quick reference to the differences between a free estimate and diagnostic services, just check out the infographic to the right.
Thanks to technological advancements and mobile connectivity the world seems to be moving at a faster pace than ever before. According to a Gallup data collected from 2013 and 2014 nearly the average full-time employee works 47 hours a week. Chalk up another 3.7 hours each day spent on social media, along with all the time spent running errands, eating, sleeping, hanging out with family/friends and countless other things going on day after day…and suddenly we’re surprised when our vehicle develops an odd noise, blows out a tire or the check-engine light comes on.
Does any of this sound familiar? Don’t be too hard on yourself if it does. Life is legitimately busy and full of distractions that constantly compete for our attention, so we often adopt the mantra “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Unfortunately, when it comes to automobiles, neglecting routine maintenance can turn into an expensive game. For example, on average, vehicles need 3-4 oil changes annually to maintain optimal engine performance. At $30 per change, we could expect to spend $90-120 per year on this service alone. If, on the other hand, we just drove the vehicle until the engine burned up (no oil changes), our $100-200 short-term savings would suddenly become either a $4,000-6,000 expense to swap out the engine or a $250 monthly payment toward a new ride. Ouch, right?
Our suggestion: If you own any type of vehicle, set aside a little time to become familiar with more than just the fuel tank. Here are 10 things you can do to help extend the life of your vehicle.
- Check the tire pressure. Most pressure gauges are the size of a pen and fit conveniently in the glove box. This 5 minute task will help your tires wear evenly, extending their useful life and giving you better stopping distances.
- Check for pooling oil and other fluids on the driveway or in the garage where you park. Really, this is a daily type of thing and doesn’t require you to do anything other than be observant.
- Pay attention to the trouble-lights. Vehicles today are set up with some pretty awesome technology that is programmed to notify you when something is not working properly. When your check-engine light or any other trouble light comes on, get it checked out by a professional asap.
- Check/Top off windshield fluid. Driver visibility is a vital component to safe driving and while we can’t speak for every windshield, ours certainly seem to collect dust, pollen and bug guts that all need to be washed off. Checking the windshield fluid should take less than 2 minutes once you know what you are looking for under the hood.
- Clean out the interior. Did you know that clean vehicles can last 25-30% longer than messy ones? Drivers who take time to de-clutter their vehicle are more likely to notice when things do not sound, smell or feel right…like having enhanced “spider senses.”
- Check your oil once a month. Even though that sticker says you don’t have to get an oil change for another 8 weeks, go ahead and check your engine oil anyway. It only takes 4-5 minutes and can let you know if your engine is burning oil or how serious a leak may be. The dipstick handle to check this is typically yellow.
- Check transmission fluid levels. Next time you go for a drive, try counting how many times your vehicle shifts gears. In order to work properly, those gears require a specific type of transmission fluid. The transmission dipstick handle is typically red and not always convenient, so be sure to consult your owner’s manual or ask your mechanic to point you in the right direction.
- Check coolant levels. Just like people, engines don’t run for very long when temperatures get too high. Metal expands when it gets hot, and at about 245 degrees Fahrenheit different parts of an engine can begin to distort. Coolant, also called anti-freeze helps to regulate temperatures inside the engine so you cave dependable performance.
- Visually inspect turn signals and other exterior lighting. External lighting doesn’t have an impact on engine performance, but it can increase your visibility to other drivers and they only take a minute or two to check.
- Give your vehicle a bath at least once a month depending on the season. Dirt, debris and especially salt buildup on your vehicle create an ideal environment for corrosion to take root. And by corrosion, we mean rust, which could easily be prevented with a 10 minute trip to the local car wash.
We’ve noticed that if these simple things don’t get put on the ‘To do’ list, they just won’t happen. So what we’re suggesting is, put down your smart phone or your tablet and take 20-30 minutes, once a week to become a little more familiar with your car, truck, Jeep, SUV, boat, motorcycle, train or whatever you drive. Social media and the internet will still be there when you get back (maybe)…and this will give you something interesting to share with all your Facebook friends. Brb gtg chk my oil, u shd chk urs 2.
We are pleased to welcome our newest employee, Tom Stepetin, to the Axleboy team. Tom is a Ranken graduate with 8 years of hands-on automotive experience- the last 3 years being employed at Toyota dealerships in the St. Louis area.
Tom’s diagnostic skills, positive attitude and dedication to quality workmanship make him an excellent fit for our shop. We expect to see great things from him, and you should too! Next time you are in the shop, be sure to say, “Hello” and get to know him a little more.
Ready for another quality product from Cooper Tires?
The Axleboy team is pleased to introduce and offer the newly engineered Discoverer STT Pro M/T tire from Cooper Tires©. This tire was designed specifically for enhanced trail performance and comes in sizes ranging all the way from 30×9.50R15 to 37×13.50R22.
Features of the new STT Pro include:
- Three-Ply Radial Construction using Armor-Tek3 Technology
- Deep Tread Designed with Ample Siping
- Aggressive Modern Design
- Mud Release Dimples Molded into the Outer Lugs
- Alternating Scalloped Tread
- Built from a Combination of Materials to Provide Enhanced Traction
- Location Specific Flex Groove for Low-Pressure Crawling
- Smooth and Quiet (for a Mud-Terrain) on the Highway
The off-road community has waited a long time for a performance tire designed specifically for them. Cooper Tire has heard their demands and responded by creating this all-encompassing champion that promises M/T performance with A/T ride quality.
As of June 1, 2015, this all-new STT Pro has stepped up to replace the recently discontinued Discoverer STT. Want to see what this new tire looks like? Check out an in-depth review of the STT Pro’s performance and handling capabilities in an article (with pictures) by off-road enthusiast, Scott Brady: Click Here.
If you would like to schedule a no-obligation consultation appointment with an Axleboy Jeep specialists, call us at (636)939-JEEP (5337). We specialize in Jeep suspension & modification and want to deliver to you the Jeep of your dreams. We are open Monday-Friday, from 8:00am-6:00pm so stop by if you are in the area.
We’re noticing a lot more green on the ground and in the trees. To us, that means only one thing… the wheeling season is finally in full bloom. How often will you be hitting the trails this year?
Missouri offers a wide variety of options when it comes to wheeling, and with a little effort you could easily spend EVERY weekend, from now through September, out on a trail.
If you are new to the area or new to off-roading, “local” parks like Washita, Central Missouri Off-road, Flat Nasty, Moonlight and SMORR host group events throughout the year. This is a great opportunity to get out, enjoy nature and get to know other Jeep-lovers. Many of these parks also offer open wheeling on select weekend, for the lone-wolf wheelers out there…but we always recommend wheeling with at least one other Jeep.
If you have a more adventurous spirit, and the flexibility to travel, consider participating in one or more of the many Jeep Jamborees going on throughout the country in places like Big Bear Lake, California, Tillamook, Oregon, Moab, Utah, Monticello, New York and a whole host of places in between. For a comprehensive list of dates and locations follow this link to the Jeep Jamboree website.
Wherever you wheel, we remind you to be safe, have fun and be respectful of other Jeepers and the land. See you on the trail!
Our shop foreman will be taking new responsibilities in the service department and that is going to leave us under-staffed in the shop. If you think you’re qualified to fill this void, check out the job description below and email us a copy of your resume.
Wages: $18-25 per hour
We are a FULL service automotive maintenance and repair shop specializing in suspension and drivetrain components. This means that our employees must be versatile enough to re-gear a differential, install a lift kit (we do a lot of this), diagnose electrical issues, weld and even change oil and balance tires once in a while. In no way is this a comprehensive list of responsibilities, but it should give you an idea of what we do.
- ASE Certified
- Diagnose Electrical
- Must be self-motivated & able to work without close supervision
- Quality driven
- Experience working on: Driveline, Axles and Manual Transmissions
- Must be able to drive vehicles with standard transmission
- Read, comprehend and follow instructions*
- No weekend work
- Competitive base pay with performance incentives
- Ongoing training
- Modern equipment
- Fun place to WORK
- Comprehensive Health/Dental/Life Insurance
- Shop leadership opportunities may be available
- Involvement with the Jeep and off-road lifestyle
Disclaimer: If you are looking for an easy job… just screwing in spark plugs, hanging water pumps and changing brakes… then this is not the place for you.
*To apply, email your resume to: email@example.com
We’re noticing more lawns growing green and more leaves on the trees and, to us, that means only one thing… the wheeling season is finally in full bloom. How often will you be hitting the trails this year?
Missouri offers a wide variety of options when it comes to wheeling, and with a little effort you could easily spend EVERY weekend, from now through September, out on a trail.
If you are new to the area or new to off-roading, “local” parks like Washita, Central Missouri Off-road, Flat Nasty, Moonlight and SMORR host group events throughout the year. This is a great opportunity to get out, enjoy nature and get to know other Jeep-lovers. Many of these parks also offer open wheeling on select weekend, for the lone-wolf wheelers out there…but we always recommend wheeling with at least one other Jeep.
If you have a more adventurous spirit, and the flexibility to travel, consider participating in one or more of the many Jeep Jamborees going on throughout the country in places like Big Bear Lake, California, Tillamook, Oregon, Moab, Utah, Monticello, New York and a whole host of places in between. For a comprehensive list of dates and locations follow this link to the Jeep Jamboree website.
Wherever you wheel, we remind you to be safe, have fun and be respectful of other Jeepers and the land!
Buy 1 Air Locker, Get an Air Locker Activation Compressor
(CKSA12) – $190 Value
Buy 2 Air Lockers, Get a High Performance Compressor
(CKMA12) – $290 Value
Take advantage of this opportunity to get your hands on a great product at an even better price! Achieve true four wheel drive with ARB Air Lockers- commanding power for the last 25 years. Some of the biggest names in off-road racing and expedition from around the globe have come to rely on ARB, and we are confident that these air lockers will help you overcome some of the toughest obstacles on the trail. With over 100 different application models, ARB has the perfect air locker to ensure that your Jeep can get the traction it needs to take you out into the wild…and back again.
Call Axleboy today and schedule your ARB Air Locker upgrade: (636)939-5337
What’s the worst thing about lifting your Jeep and setting it up with bigger tires? Ask any veteran Jeeper who uses their rig as both a daily driver and weekend warrior and it won’t take long to uncover the frustration of losing 6th (and sometimes 5th) gear.
Some folks will just go with the flow and chalk up the loss of highway speed as part of the exchange for better off-road handling. After all, you can’t have the best of both worlds… right?
We beg to differ! You CAN have an awesome off-road Jeep AND a daily commuter that performs well on the highway. The solution is finding the right gear ratio for your Jeep needs.
Axleboy is here to help give meaning back to 6th gear… without breaking the bank. Right now, save over $300 off the cost of installing your choice of 4.56, 4.88 or 5.13 gear ratio in your JK. Prices start as low as $1795 per Jeep* so what are you waiting for?
Check out this awesome offer and lock in the opportunity to:
- Improve your gas mileage
- Recover lost power
- Get better towing power
- Lower your crawl ratio
- Enhance engine efficiency
- Improve Jeep performance
*This offer applies to Rubicon and non-Rubicon Jeeps (2007-2015 JK) only and includes: Yukon ring and pinion, install kits, and LubeLocker gaskets installed on both axles. Some Jeeps may require additional parts or service prior to or during regear. This offer carries a 90-day warranty. Jeeps with factory 3.21 gear ratio will incur an additional cost of $225. Speedometer recalibration available for an additional $184.98. This limited-time offer cannot be combined with any other coupons, discounts or other specials- including gift certificates, Jeep club and Military discounts. Offer ends 4-30-15.
Get up to $150 on Zeon Platinum and other Winches
With winter coming to a close, right now is the perfect time to get that Warn winch you’ve been looking at since last Spring! Now through April 30th, Warn is offering up to $150 in cash rebates toward your purchase of a new winch.
Think about the trails, the hunts, those secret fishing spots and all the other overland adventures you’ll be taking this year. Whether you’re looking for you first winch or just an upgrade, you’ve got places to go, and we can help get you a dependable Warn winch that will take you anywhere your Jeep will fit.
Axleboy is an authorized Warn retailer. Contact us online or give us a call at (636)939-JEEP(5337).
Follow this link to view/print the Official Warn Rebate Form
Intro to Off-Roading
Spring is just around the corner and with it comes the off-road and wheeling season! Do you remember your first time sitting behind the wheel and taking your Jeep or truck off-road? …Anxiety mixed with excitement, apprehensions about getting a dent or scratch and the thrill of knowing you aren’t tied to the beaten path were just the beginning.
All off-roaders started somewhere, and for many of us, that was the “Intro to Off-Roading” class held at the Sayersbrook Bison Ranch outside of Potosi, MO.
If you have any family members or friends who are new to Jeep or are just getting interested in unlocking their off-road potential, let them know that the next Intro to Off-Roading course will be happening on Sunday, March 15th.
This course will begin at 9:00am sharp with basic classroom type instruction on trail safety guidelines and tips from experienced Jeepers like Scott Carline, owner of Axleboy. The real fun begins after lunch when everyone will have the opportunity to take their Jeep on some beginner trails.
**Cost is $10 per person and lunch will be provided.
Can you believe that we’re already this far into February? In spite of recent snow fall, winter will soon be but a frigid memory and we’ll have all Spring, Summer and Fall to go topless & doorless in the great outdoors!
To help pass the time Axleboy will be hosting our annual Chili Cook-off sponsored by Mid West Jeep Thing on Saturday, February 28th from 11:30-2:00pm.
Whether you are new to the Jeep & offroad community and looking for opportunities to meet other Jeepers, or you just really like chili, this is the perfect time to come hang out at Axleboy. Wrangle up the family or grab a friend and stew up your best pot of chili. We’ll see you on the 28th!
- A Wide Variety of Chili
- Free Soda and Water
- Time to Show off your Jeep
- Information about Jeep Clubs
- Trophies for the Best Chili &
- Raffle Prizes
Don’t forget, Saturday, February 28th from 11:30-2:00pm, Axleboy is the place to be!
Axleboy: For directions, see our address below or give us a call at (636)939-JEEP (5337).
We recently had a new Jeep owner come in to Axleboy with a complaint about the “Jeep-wave”.
“It doesn’t work” he said, “I wave at other Jeeps all the time and never get a wave back. Don’t people do the Jeep wave anymore?”
There is some speculation that the wave may have been around even longer than the Jeep brand itself. Whether that is a fact or not, we really don’t know…but we do know that the Jeep-wave is very much alive and well within the local Jeep communities.
Why do some Jeep owners neglect to return the wave?
Maybe it’s just an off day. Or perhaps they just weren’t paying attention when your drove by. Also, depending on what forums you read, there are certain rules that determine which Jeeper should initiate a wave and whether you can expect a wave in return.
One Jeep page we found, JeepTalk.org, has an actual list of qualities to determine a Jeep’s level of awesomeness and corresponding wave hierarchy- based on vehicle appearance (is it muddy?), age (older is better) and modifications. They indicate that some Jeeps may simply not qualify for a return wave based on low or negative scores.
Regardless of where your Jeep lands on the awesomeness scale, we remind all Jeep owners that when they purchased their Jeep, new or used, they implicitly agreed to carry on the tradition of the wave. As a general rule, we encourage you not to be that Jeeper that leaves other folks hanging with their hand in the air.
Steel vs. Synthetic Winch Rope
Axleboy sells and installs a number of WARN winches every year. Did you know that WARN offers a number of wire rope and synthetic rope options on their winches? Perhaps a better question would be, “Which rope is right for your rig?”
Here’s a quick look at some of the material qualities that you should be aware of when considering which rope will meet your winching needs:
Steel rope is:
- Extremely durable
- Abrasion resistant
- Good for utility applications where the line may contact objects like stumps, rocks, and other things that rub against the rope.
- Used for decades by enthusiasts and workers alike.
- Heavier than synthetic line
- Less flexible than synthetic line.
- Less expensive than synthetic.
Synthetic rope is:
- Easy to handle
- Floats on water
- More prone to damage by abrasion, and requires the use of the included abrasion sleeve when the rope comes into contact with an object
- Should be inspected before each use for abrasion wear or fraying.
- More expensive than steel rope
Dealing with winter weather can be a real pain in the “you-know-what”, especially when you’ve got to get to work or school in the morning. I’m not a big fan of showing up late, and I’m sure you aren’t either, but waking up to a car covered in snow or ice can really put me behind schedule. How do you deal with a frosted or ice-covered windshield?
If you have a garage or some other covered parking, the easiest solution to dealing with sinter weather would be to pull your vehicle in. Presto! No need to worry about frost or ice on the windshield. Just jump in the vehicle and go.
But I Don’t Have a Garage…
The other morning I woke up at my usual time and went through my normal routine, but when I went out to the car, it was completely encased in ice. So what did I do? I cranked up the defrosters, whipped out my trusty ice scraper and started “going to town” on the windshield. Ten minutes later, the neighbor lady came out, sprayed some homemade mystery solution on her windows and had her entire car done in less than five minutes.
Don’t you just hate it when someone else comes up with a great idea! Thankfully my neighbor came over and sprayed some of her mystery solution (vinegar and water) on my windows too and I was quickly on my way to work. That got me thinking about what other tricks people have come up with to deal with winter weather.
The following is a list of solutions I heard from various folks around the neighborhood and in the shop:
Warm Water– Be careful not to crack the glass if you use this one.
The Salty Towel- I couldn’t find any support online for this idea, but apparently you can soak a towel in salt water and lay it on the windshield overnight. This idea sounded a bit over the top, and I really don’t think leaving salt water on your car is good for it, but to each their own.
Tarp It– Follow the link for instructions…if you need them.
Heated Ice Scrapers– There are plenty of varieties.
Commercial De-Icer- You can get this at any Car Quest, Auto Zone or NAPA Auto Parts.
Whatever method you use, the guys at Axleboy encourage drivers everywhere to make sure they have a clear view of the road ahead and on either side before they pull out of the driveway this winter.
Getting stranded on the side of the road is never a pleasant experience, but as fall fades into winter, frosty weather and icy roads are on the way. With just a little preparation, you and your family can be prepared for the possibilities that accompany this change in the seasons.
The guys at Axleboy know that snow, ice and sometimes just plain old bad luck can leave you stranded on the side of the highway or out on a trail. That’s why we’ve put together a short list of things you might consider adding to your vehicle this winter.
In addition to the standard items that should be kept in your vehicle (i.e. Spare tire, jumper cables, first aid kit, etc.) these are the items that made our Winter Preparedness List:
- An ice scraper (or two)
- A bag of sand, salt or cat litter to improve traction
- A warm blanket or sleeping bag
- Additional warm clothing for each passenger
- Snow gloves
- Road flares for increased visibility
- Nutrient rich snacks
- Tire chains or tow straps
Hopefully you never find yourself in a situation where you need to use these items, but as the saying goes, “Plan for the worst, hope for the best.” How prepared are you for winter this year?
Nitto® recently announced a voluntary recall on a handful of Dura Grappler® tires and we thought it would be beneficial to pass this information on to you, our customers. Please note that this recall does not include the Tera Grappler® brand that we frequently sell and install on Jeeps.
If you purchased Dura Grappler® tires from us and are affected by this recall, we simply ask that you let us know as soon as possible, so that we can make appropriate arrangements to have them replaced.
Nitto® has made it super convenient to identify if your tires are directly affected by using the following link to their website, NittoTire.com, or by calling their help hotline at (888) 529-8200 (10:00am to 7pm Central Time).
4150-A Ehlmann Rd
St. Peters, MO 63376
With relatively few exceptions, many people this season will head “over the river and through the woods”… and some will travel much farther to get to Grandmother’s house.
Wherever you plan to go this holiday season, all of us at Axleboy wish you safe travels and a very Merry Christmas.
Over the last couple of weeks we’ve gotten just a small taste of wintery weather, but as the month progresses we’re sure to see more… more cold days, more snow and unfortunately more ice.
If you’ve ever slipped and fallen on an icy driveway or sidewalk, you know how valuable a plow and some salt can be. While we’re not in the business of clearing out driveways and salting parking lots ourselves, we CAN make that job easier for you by ordering and installing just about any type of snow blade and/or salt spreading system for your truck.
This winter, don’t let snow and ice catch you off guard. Give the guys at Axleboy a call and let us help make your winter a little less hazardous.
Open Monday-Friday from 8:00am to 6:00pm
From all of us at Axleboy, to all of you, we would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.
With the holiday season in full bloom, and people taking time off to be with family and friends, we figured it would only be fair to give our staff at Axleboy the same opportunity.
We’ve got just a handful of dates coming up that deviate from our typical hours of operation. So, if you’re thinking about lifting, re-gearing or even just getting an oil change, we simply request that you keep these dates in mind and plan accordingly:
- Thursday, Nov 27th– Closed for Thanksgiving Day
- Friday, Nov 28th– Closed for recovery from Thanksgiving
- Wednesday, Dec 24th– Closed for Christmas Eve
- Thursday, Dec 25th– Closed for Christmas Day
- Friday, Dec 26th– We are Open
- Thursday, Jan 1st– Closed for New Year’s Day
- Friday, Jan 2nd– We are Open
All of us at Axleboy wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!
The Light is On
You’re ready to leave work, so you go out to your car and turn the key…or push the button. Typically all of your dash lights will turn on for a second and then turn off. This time however, you notice an obnoxious yellow light continuing to illuminate your dash…the dreaded “check engine” light. What the heck, right!?
If you’re like me, seeing that check engine light on can initially feel pretty aggravating. Once the realization sets in that the light is still on, one of two very different personalities tend to emerge. Personality ‘A’ will call or text family and friends, and vent their frustration all over social media. Personality ‘B’ on the other hand will feel upset by the light but ultimately ignore it in the hopes that it will turn off on its own.
Just because the check engine light comes on, doesn’t mean that you have to immediately stop whatever you are doing but by the same token, ignoring the light altogether is a good way to make things worse.
At Axleboy, we want to help alleviate some of the anxiety surrounding the check engine light. To do that, we’ll do our best to answer two questions:
What’s the deal with the check engine light?
Ever since the 80’s, onboard diagnostic (OBD) systems, inside the vehicle, have monitored and controlled more and more going on under the hood. The OBD system checks things like engine speed, ignition timing, and fuel mixture. Whenever one of these things isn’t working just right, the OBD is programmed to bring things back into balance and optimize engine performance.
The check engine light doesn’t trip unless the OBD has identified a problem, attempted to correct it and the problem persists. This light can come on for something as little as a loose gas cap (easy fix) or as big as an engine that is misfiring (not so easy to fix).
What should I do now?
Take a couple of deep breaths…you’ll be okay. Now, if the light just came on, and it’s not flashing, there’s no need to panic. You might even try tightening the gas cap just to see if it’s an easy fix (this actually happen quite often). If the light doesn’t go off after a few miles, consider making an appointment at Axleboy. Our OBDII certified technicians can read the trouble codes stored in the vehicle and tell you what will correct the problem.
If, however, the check engine light is flashing, something may be critically wrong inside the engine and it would be in your best interest to get your vehicle checked out ASAP.
When you need auto service, you know who to call. Axleboy, (636)939-5337.
At Axleboy, we believe that quality matters. That’s why we prefer to stick with those brands that have been pressed to the limits and proven themselves over time- brands like Cooper, Teraflex, ARB and Warn.
Every now and then, a supplier or customer will suggest selling a product that we aren’t familiar with. For example, one of our suppliers recently suggested that we look into the Atturo Tire brand as a competitive option for light trucks and SUVs.
We really don’t know much about the Atturo brand, aside from the assertions made on their website…so we decided to have Scott try them out on his F-350 before we make any recommendations.
When was the last time you had your wiper blades changed? If you are like most people, checking and replacing wiper blades doesn’t rank very high on the priority list. That makes a lot of sense, since we don’t typically use them on a daily basis…but it can be pretty frustrating to turn them on and see streaks across the windshield.
According to a study conducted by the Car Care Council, 1 in 5 vehicles on the road have deficient wiper blades or washing systems. That doesn’t sound so bad, right? According to information gathered at statista.com, there were approximately 254 million registered vehicles on the road (in the U.S.) in 2012, and if only 1 out of 5 is deficient, then around 50.8 million drivers may be visually impaired when driving at night or in precipitous weather conditions.
What can you do to avoid being part of the 20% problem? For starters, you can keep your windshield and side windows clean. Use the courtesy squeegees provided at most gas stations each time you refuel your vehicle. In addition to using the squeegee, check and replace wiper blades that are cracked, split or leaving streaks.
According to the experts at RainX, “Wiper blades should be replaced [at a minimum] every year” as part of a routine, preventative maintenance schedule. At Axleboy, we realize that drivers make critical decisions nearly every moment they are on the road, and those decisions are based primarily on visibility. Our top concern is keeping you on the road, and a good set of wipers can go a long way to helping you make the safest driving decisions.
We do a lot of awesome stuff at Axleboy– lift kits, regears, engine swaps, part sales, routine maintenance and a whole lot more. In a recent staff meeting, we were discussing what things we could do better, and one idea that came up was “reducing the amount of waste” (referring to material items).
We drink a lot of tea, soda and (sometimes) Monster throughout the day and those aluminum cans have always been tossed out with all the other “trash.” Not any more though! Everyone at Axleboy is doing their part to ensure that our aluminum cans stay out of the landfill.
If you come in to Axleboy, you’ll now see that we have little blue recycle cans in the waiting area and behind the counter, and we have a 55 gallon bin in the shop, so that aluminum cans can be collected and recycled. It might not be much in the grand scheme of things, but every little bit helps keep this world awesome.
Do you ever get the feeling that your mechanic is speaking a different language than you? It might sound like English, but the average person could easily be lost after the first sentence or two?
We’d like to shed some light on a handful of mechanical terms you are likely hear if you’ve recently hit a pot-hole, a curb, been involved in a collision or taken your vehicle for some off-road joy-riding. Terms like: wheel alignment, tire balance, caster angle, camber angle and toe.
Wheel Alignment vs Tire Balancing.
You probably already know that these are two very different things, but people often get the two mixed up. Any time you get new tires mounted (put on), the mechanic will typically add some adhesive weights to the inside edge of your wheel. Believe it or not, those little weights help reduce vibrations or wobbling of the steering wheel.
Wheel alignment also has a significant impact on a vehicle’s driveability. Unlike balancing, which focuses on the individual tire and wheel, an alignment looks at how a set of wheels tires on each axle interact with each other and the axle itself. Your typical alignment looks to see if tires run parallel to each other, if they are set perpendicular to the road and if they are positioned in front of or behind the upper ball joint.
Technically the caster angle is determined by the position of both the upper and lower ball joints. A simplified way to look at the caster angle on a vehicle would be to examine the shocks. Are your shocks straight up and down or do they appear to lean toward the front or rear of the vehicle? Acceptable caster angle can be anywhere from zero to slightly positive.
Camber angle refers to the resulting angle of the tires as they sit on a flat road. When the tires appear to lean away from the body of the vehicle, they have a positive camber. Tires that lean in, toward the body, have a negative camber. A slightly negative camber can help to enhance stability when cornering, however, to maximize straight-line acceleration a 0 degree camber angle will provide the best traction.
In this case, your mechanic is probably not referring to the phalanges on your feet…or your vehicle’s capacity to pull (tow) a trailer. Rather, he is likely talking about the difference in distance between the front of the tires and the rear of the tires (ideally they will be either parallel or have a very small amount of toe in).
According to Greg, Shop Foreman at Axleboy, “As your vehicle moves down the road, the tires create a certain amount of “rolling resistance” which basically means that they naturally pull outward. Bigger tires experience more rolling resistance, so it is important to align them properly to avoid fighting a floating steering wheel.”
Proper wheel alignment plays a critical role in vehicle handling and performance, and is one of the primary factors in determining life expectancy of tires. So next time you take a little off-road detour or just happen to notice your vehicle drifting to one side or the other, give us a call and set up an appointment for a wheel alignment.
For over 10 years now, Axleboy has proudly been the go-to place for Jeep upgrades and customization. During that time, we’ve been there as thousands of stock Jeeps made the transformation into tough, mountain-conquering machines. And when things haven’t gone as well as you planned, we were there to help pick up the pieces and make your Jeep strong again.
At Axleboy, we believe in building things to last and that’s why we partner with some of the best companies in the business. Companies like Teraflex, building world-class, affordable suspension systems, or Yukon, making top-of-the-line gears and backing them up with the best warranties around.
Recently, we decided to invite another company into our close-knit circle of strength. Steinjäger, while still young in the industry, has developed a wide assortment of accessories specifically with today’s Jeeper in mind. If you haven’t already, we invite you to check out a handful of their latest innovations on display in our shop and imagine the possibilities.
When you want increased traction, better cornering and more control on the road, what is the first thing you look at? Probably tires, right? The right set of tires can certainly do a lot to enhance vehicle control, but there are two other components that are equally important when it comes to maximizing vehicle control and minimizing stopping distance. We’re talking about the shocks and struts. At Axleboy, any time we take the tires off, we also check the shocks, struts and brakes.
What do the shocks and struts do?
Shocks and struts play an important role in absorbing jolts and vibrations and making sure your tires have constant contact with the road. As they begin to age and wear out, you will notice your vehicle start to dip, sway, bounce and over-react…making it more difficult to maintain control.
How often do they need to be replaced?
Under normal driving conditions, we recommend that factory shocks and struts be replaced after approximately 50,000 miles, as a routine maintenance item. Vehicles exposed to harsh weather conditions, unpaved roads or winding roads may require more frequent replacements.
Does your vehicle bounce or rock from side to side when you go over even small bumps in the road? When coming to a stop, does your car rock back and forth? Does your vehicle bottom out on speed bumps? These are all possible symptoms of shocks or struts that are under performing.
A completely failed unit will may: Rattle or make knocking noises, Leak hydraulic fluid, Cause uneven tire wear and Create unsafe driving conditions.
If you are noticing any of these warning or complete failure signs, give Axleboy a call at (636)939-5337.
NEWS: Chrysler Recalls certain 2005-2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2006-2007 Jeep Commander vehicles; Faulty IGNITION SWITCH
Report Receipt Date: JUL 21, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V438000
Component(s): IGNITION SWITCH
Potential Number of Units Affected: 600,000+
SEPT 2014 – Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) has begun recalling certain model year 2005-2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured February 11, 2004, to July 5, 2007, and 2006-2007 Jeep Commander vehicles manufactured January 31, 2005, to July 5, 2007
A defect in the ignition switch, for certain 05-07 Grand Cherokee and 06-07 Commander vehicles, may affect the safe operation of the airbag system. Chrysler began notifying affected vehicle owners in September of 2014. Until this recall is performed, drivers are advised to adjust their seat, allowing sufficient clearance between the driver’s knee and the ignition key, and remove all items from their key ring, leaving only the vehicle key.
In the vehicles affected by this recall, drivers may inadvertently bump the ignition key with their knee causing the key to slip out of the run position. When this happens, the engine and various safety systems will lose power, which may increase the risk of crash.
Chrysler’s number for this recall is P41. Vehicle owners may contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov
Don’t Overheat this Summer
With the summer heat sending temperatures in St. Louis through the roof, knowing how to assess the overall health of your vehicle is a vital part of making sure everyone remembers this year’s summer trip for all the right reasons.
At Axleboy, we’ve noticed that summer is one of the busiest times of year at our auto shop. “Why is that,” you might ask? We believe that most major engine problems start with minor issues in the cooling system, and that many of those minor problems go undiagnosed during the fall, winter and spring months.
Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council advises:
“Neglecting your cooling system can result in serious damage and even complete engine failure, which would put a sudden end to your summer road trip. If the cooling system doesn’t receive regular maintenance, it’s not a question of whether it will fail, but rather when it will fail. Performing regular checkups of belts, hoses, the water pump and fluids will ensure your car remains properly cooled and healthy for many miles down the road.”
Under normal driving conditions, most engine temperatures fluctuate between 190 and 215°F. If the engine cooling system isn’t working just right, those temperatures can soar, causing a multitude of malfunctions.
Symptoms of a Sick Cooling System
To help prevent coolant-related breakdowns this summer, pay close attention to these common symptoms before you hit the road: frequent overheating, constantly low coolant levels and the sweet smell of syrup. All of these are symptoms of a sick cooling system that should receive immediate mechanical attention.
According to the Car Care Council, “A major factor that affects the replacement of cooling system parts is the frequency of regular maintenance, such as coolant changes.” We advise motorists to follow the service schedule in their owner’s manual for specific recommendations about how often to change antifreeze and flush the coolant system (typically every couple of years). These schedules are formulated by the manufacturer to optimize engine performance and reliability.
In addition, motorists should regularly (like once a month) check the coolant levels at the reservoir and top off as needed. The reservoir can be topped off with a 1:1 mixture of antifreeze and distilled water. Using tap water is discouraged because, over time, the mineral deposits left behind when tap water evaporates can clog lines, leading to additional problems.
At Axleboy, we realize that NOBODY likes to pay for car repairs and that costs seem to add up quickly. The fact is, small repairs will almost always be less expensive than a complete engine overhaul. So, if you notice chronically low fluid or any of the other trouble symptoms, get to your trusted mechanic right away.
To make an appointment with Axleboy call: (636) 939-5337
Our parking lots are so packed, we just had to bring on another technician. A self proclaimed “Redneck Engineer”, Dominic Polette has been working on cars and trucks for over 14 years.
At Axleboy, we have full confidence in Dominic’s mechanical abilities to work on any vehicle that comes in, but his true sweet-spot is working under the hood of a Ford Mustang.
Next time you stop by, say hello to Dominic and ask him about the project car he’s working on in his spare time.
Welcome Glen Youker!
Axleboy is happy to welcome Mr. Glen Youker to our team of automotive experts. Glen brings with him over 25 years of automotive experience. He is an Army veteran, having served as a mechanic in Desert Storm and later went on to become a Chrysler Certified Gold Master Technician.
We are certain that Glen will put his many years of training and intuitive instinct for vehicle maintenance to good use here at Axleboy!
ARB New Product Release
We are pleased to announce a new product available now from ARB. The new RD226 air locker was designed specifically for use on the rear of the Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ, WJ, WK/WH SRT8 models and Commander XK/XH 2WD (2006-2010).
Dana 44A, 30 spl, C-Clip
RD226 Air Locker Features Include:
* 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.
* Front and rear Air Lockers available for most makes and models.
* 4WD and 2WD applications.
* Easy installation and maintenance – no special tools, skills or additives required.
* Patented ‘timed’ locking mechanism offers high strength and ultrafast unlocking.
* Comprehensive photo illustrated installation and service guides.
* Steel reinforced, elastomer bonded annular seal designed to handle the most extreme climatic temperatures on Earth.
* Patented 2 piece design that offers a range of interchangeable side gears (sold separately) to integrate with non- standard axle shaft splines.
Find Out More
Call us now, toll-free at (877) 295-3269 , or locally at (636) 939-5337 or contact us through our website for more information!
Are you putting together an off-road event? Or perhaps you just heard about something awesome going on and you want to help spread the word. Send us a quick note on Facebook or drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the details and we’ll include it on our public events-calendar.
When you get in your car and take off for work or a day at the beach, checking your mobile first-aid kid is probably one of the farthest things from your mind. Of course, a cut finger, diarrhea, bloody nose or pounding headache was also pretty far from your mind…and yet, life happens to us all. A well-stocked first-aid kit should be able to help with all of the above situations and possibly a little more.
Most major retail stores can sell you an off-the-shelf kit, or you can easily build your own using the DMV’s recommended list of contents. The DMV list can seem somewhat daunting upon first glance, so at Axleboy we’ve scaled it down to include only the following 15 items:
- Adhesive Tape (medical tape or duct tape)
- Antibiotic Ointment (Neosporin)
- Antiseptic Solution (hydrogen peroxide)
- Stick-on Bandages (many sizes)
- Ace Wrap-bandage
- Cotton Balls/Gauze
- Disposable gloves
- Disposable CPR mask
- 1-2 Feminine Pads or diapers (They’re super absorbent)
- A pair of Scissors
- Safety Pins
- Chewable Pepto Tablets (anti-diarrheal)
- Pain Relievers (aspirin & non-aspirin)
- Calamine lotion
- Hydrocortisone cream
Whether you are 2 miles or 2,000 miles from home- when life gives you cuts & scrapes and leaves you feeling a little banged-up, having an easy-access first-aid kit in your car, truck or Jeep can help make the rest of your journey more enjoyable.
The sun has set and you’re driving home on a 4-lane highway. Although your headlights are on, the road ahead appears dimly lit- so you’re playing it safe and rolling a little slower than normal. Frustrated by your lack of visibility, you can’t help but notice the piercing blue glow of another vehicle’s oncoming headlights. Then comes the idea… “Maybe I should make the switch from Halogen to HID Xenon.”
Better visibility seems like a practical idea, so you search online for a halogen to HID conversion kit and find all sorts of options ranging anywhere from $45 to $165 on eBay. You place your order and within a couple of weeks you’ve got night time visibility that has improved 200-300% over the old halogen bulbs. Pretty awesome deal right?
Pros and Cons of Converting to HID Xenon
The most obvious advantage for converting to the HID bulb is increased driver visibility. With greater road visibility, drivers should be able to identify hazards (like potholes or bigfoot crossing the road) earlier and avoid collision.
In addition, the HID Xenon bulbs can last anywhere from 2-3 times longer than traditional halogen based bulbs. How is that possible? Quite frankly, there are fewer breakable parts in the HID design.
Traditional halogen bulbs rely on a sensitive filament suspended at the center of the bulb. Hit a bump just right and that tiny little wire is likely to break, leaving you in the dark. With HID bulbs, electricity heats a chamber filled with xenon gas and metal halides which react by producing light.
Selling/using a “halogen to HID xenon conversion kit” is illegal. We’re not saying that the xenon bulbs themselves are illegal or that you won’t be seeing them on vehicles any more…but the conversion kits are, for a couple of reasons:
- According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) traditional filament headlamp housing units are “optimally designed for the volume of light and filament placement …that OEM filament bulbs have. The HID conversions result in two to three times the volume of light and potentially imprecise arc placement. Such conversions often result in beam patterns that behave nothing like the original filament beam pattern, cannot be precisely aimed and have many times the permitted glare intensity.
- The NHTSA has declared that HID conversion kits “are a potential hazard to those who share the road.” The logic behind this statement is largely based on the first reason given. While it is true that drivers using the HID xenon conversion kits will have increased road visibility, the resulting unpredictable beam patterns cause a more intense, longer lasting road-glare blindness to other people on the road.
To Buy or Not to Buy?
Like we said earlier, the HID Xenon bulbs themselves are not illegal. Neither is their use on motor vehicles. In fact, many new vehicles are coming straight from the factory with these newer, brighter, longer-lasting bulbs…so odds are that, at some point, the automotive industry as a whole will make a complete switch from halogen to xenon.
Whether you buy the halogen to xenon conversion kit or not is completely up to you, but we caution that these kits are illegal, they may have a negative impact on the driving ability of others on the road and their use in a non-OEM headlamp may result in civil penalties (traffic ticket) depending on local law enforcement.
If you have questions about alternative lighting options for your vehicle, give Axleboy a call at (636) 939-5337 or stop by.
Do you ever have days where you feel like the cards are just stacked against you- where nothing seems to go the way you planned? And then, to top things off, a flock of birds turns your clean car into a public latrine.
Hey, we’ve all been down that road once or twice…and while parking under the shade tree may seem like a good idea at first, bird droppings all over the hood will make anyone think twice about parking in the shade.
My grandfather took a lot of pride in his ride and made a religious habit of hand-washing and waxing his cars every Saturday afternoon. Whenever we were out driving, if bird scat exploded on either the windshield or hood, he would pull over to the nearest service station and clean off the mess…all the while cursing under his breath about how bird poo was packed with acid that could eat right down to the metal.
Is bird poo really so corrosive? Maybe not, according to a study by UK based Autoglym. They claim that the real culprit is paint, which softens in the sun allowing the poo, or any other goop, to be absorbed into the finish. Whatever the case may be- acid poo or liquefied paint- if you love your car and that brand new look, even the smallest droppings can put a damper on your mood.
To help minimize damage from bird droppings Axleboy suggests:
– Clean off the affected area as early as possible. Some folks (like my grandpa) may rush to the nearest gas station with the free squeegee and window cleaner. Others might find it more convenient to keep a spray bottle in the trunk. Whatever your preference is, removing the poop sooner rather than later will always do less damage.
– If the droppings are fresh, use plenty of water and a moist towelette or washcloth to carefully remove the entire deposit
– For those crusty, baked-on turds, placing them under a moist cloth for 10 minutes should help soften things up enough that it can be cleaned with ease.
– Use plenty of moisture. When it comes to cleaning bird droppings off your car, more moisture is always better. Why? Did you know that many birds use small bits of gravel to help with digestion? Well, according to the bird scientists they do, and those tiny stones ultimately end up in the doo doo. Rather that scratching your clear-coat with poop grit, get as much as you can off with water or some other car-safe cleaner.
We may never be able to stop birds from plastering our cars, but there’s no reason to let them leave a permanent mark. As Smokey the Bird says, “Only you can prevent paint damage!” Let’s just hope that pigs never do learn to fly.
We just wanted to give a shout out to Mr. Orthwein, of the Anheuser-Busch family, who recently asked us to upgrade a 2013 4-door Jeep Rubicon. We absolutely love the way this Jeep turned out and hope it brings you many miles of on and off-road adventure.
- ARB bumpers in front and back
- N-Fab side steps
- WARN winch
- Old Man Emu 2-2.25” Lift
- Speaker fog lamps
- K&N Cold air intake
- Hi-Lift Jack and mount
- And several other enhancements
Thank you for giving the team at Axleboy this opportunity to earn your trust!
When it comes to car care, we believe that dependable cars are the ones that are well maintained. There are a lot of reasons why vehicles may not receive the maintenance or repairs that they need in a timely manner. We’ve found that people typically put off vehicle maintenance and repairs for one of three main reasons: Price, Forgetfulness & Denial.
Dollar Stretching Makes Cents…Right?
Last time we checked, the average person doesn’t drive around town looking for ways to put more money in their car. In fact, quite the opposite is true. There are a number of ways that people attempt to cut short term costs, including: intentionally stretching service intervals, putting off minor repairs that do not effect immediate drivability (headlights, tail lights, rough idle) or waiting until they receive a discount coupon in the mail.
Regular oil changes, semi-annual tire rotations and other routine services can seem to add up relatively quick and it can be tempting to push them past the suggested limits. In the short term, this offers car owners relatively little financial relief, and over time, creates a destructive habit that literally shaves years off the life of a vehicle.
It Just Slipped My Mind
Life is busy. Between work, school, family responsibilities and social priorities our attention often focuses on the most critical items first…making it oh so easy to forget the basic maintenance needs of our vehicles. If it’s not screaming for attention, it must be ok, right?
Every car owner wants to have that long-lasting dependable vehicle, the one that they can count on for that weekend getaway or that cross-country trek. That is where Axleboy comes in. We not only service and repair vehicles, but we also send out occasional service reminders, letting you know that it’s a good time to start thinking about scheduling routine maintenance.
No, It’s Supposed To Sound Like That
When you first notice a slight ticking sound in your car or a strange odor what do you do? Without fail, there are always a few people who will just turn up the radio and pretend that there is nothing wrong. To our knowledge, a self-repairing car has yet to be invented and from a historical standpoint, ignoring even minor issues can eventually grow into a situation that leaves the driver both stranded and frustrated.
At the end of the day, there will always be reasons why people don’t maintain or repair their vehicle…but if you want a vehicle you can count on, then regular service and maintenance are a must. Let’s face it, all machines require a certain amount of work to keep them running. The only question is who to trust under your hood.
Axleboy has the knowledge and reputation of dependability and integrity that you can rely on and we firmly believe that if you take care of your car, it will take care of you. Schedule your routine service appointment today by calling (636)939-5337.
Out on the asphalt and up in the air,
Found on them rails rollin’ everywhere,
Down every road and out on the range,
Playin’ in the dirt, on things quite strange.
They help move things from here to there,
They keep it all rolling without much care.
TA, Planetary, Axletech,
Rockwell, Dana, custom spec.
When you need help with somethin’ great or small
Just pick up your phone and give us a call.
Tractors, trucks, cars, trains & airplanes too.
Because fixing up axles is what we do.
As we continue cleaning up our stock room, more Jeep accessories are being marked anywhere between 20-75% below retail prices. For the first time in 10 years, Axleboy is making room for new inventory and pricing their current stock to GO.
Check out the listing below or shop online at: shop.Axleboy.com
|Rugged Ridge||Rocker Covers TJ, plastic||$50.00||1|
|Rugged Ridge||Neoprene grab handles||$20.00||2|
|Body Armor||JK Winch mount||$65.00||1|
|WARN||Soft Winch Cover||$46.30||1|
|KC Hilites||8″ Stone Guard||$15.00||1|
|KC Hilites||6″ Stone Guard||$11.00||2|
|KC Hilites||100w Driving Black Slim Lites||$ 155.00||1|
|Smittybilt||Tire deflator kit||$ 32.00||2|
|Rampage||2″ Receiver w/D-Ring||$ 27.00||1|
|Rug Ridge||JK hood dress up kit, Black||$ 75.00||2|
|Rug Ridge||JK Door Hinge covers, 2d, blk||$ 75.00||2|
|Rug Ridge||JK Fuel cover, Locking, Blk||$ 45.00||2|
|Rug Ridge||JK Park & turn signal Euro guards, Black||$ 40.00||1|
|Rug Ridge||TJ Hood lock||$ 12.00||2|
|Rug Ridge||JK Hood lock||$ 13.00||2|
|Rug Ridge||JK Chrome Grill Inserts||$ 41.79||1|
|Rug Ridge||JK Black grille inserts||$ 41.79||1|
|Rug Ridge||JK door recess covers, Black||$ 20.50||2|
|Rug Ridge||JK 4dr 2nd row floor liner||$ 57.00||1|
|Rug Ridge||JK rear grab handles||$ 10.75||1|
|Rug Ridge||Pitch & Roll Meter w/ Compass||$ 15.00||1|
|Rug Ridge||JK 5 pc Chrome door handle covers||$ 56.00||2|
|Rug Ridge||JK door recess covers||$ 27.00||2|
|Rug Ridge||Winch pull strap||$ 5.57||1|
|Rug Ridge||Dana 35 Skid Plate||$ 44.00||2|
|Rug Ridge||Dana 44 diff skid plates||$ 44.00||1|
|Rug Ridge||JK cargo liner||$ 55.00||1|
|Rug Ridge||Tire Repair Kit||$ 22.25||1|
|McGard||1/2×20 5 Pc Wheel lock set||$ 16.50||1|
|Rampage||JK Polished door handles||$ 52.77||4|
|Superchips||2003-2010 Jeep VIVID LINQ Performance Programmer||$ 275.00||1|
|TeraFlex||TJ/LJ 4” spring box- open box-as is||$ 135.00||SOLD|
|TeraFlex||94+ Dodge Ram leveling kit||$ 30.00||1|
|TeraFlex||JK Drop brkt w/ frame brace & flip drag link||$ 105.00||1|
|TeraFlex||TJ steering box skid plate, no hardware||$ 15.00||SOLD|
|TeraFlex||TJ gas tank skid plate||$ 75.00||SOLD|
|CloverPatch||Convert a Top||$ 21.00||1|
|CloverPatch||Soft top window roll||$ 59.00||1|
|EK Motorsports||3.75” Camo grab handles||$ 10.00||1|
|EK Motorsports||3.75” Yellow grab handles||$ 10.00||SOLD|
|Bestop||03-06 TJ Safari Bikini top||$ 70.00||SOLD|
|K&N||03-08 Dodge Ram 1500 C.A.I.||$ 185.00||SOLD|
|Old Man Emu||Performance Jeep Shocks||$ 75.00||SOLD|
|Crown||CJ Pitman arm w/ Power steering||$ 14.50||1|
|Crown||CJ Pitman arm w/o Power steering||$ 26.00||1|
|Rubicon Express||JK Chromoly flip drag link||$ 133.00||1|
|Rubicon Express||Frt upper Super Flex control arms||$ 145.00||SOLD|
|Rock Hard||JK Vapor can. Skid plate||$ 70.00||1|
|Rock Hard||JK 07-11 Vapor can. relocation kit||$ 84.00||1|
|Rock Hard||JK 2012 Vapor can. relocation kit||$ 84.00||1|
|TeraFlex||Dana 44 Tri-link bracket||$ 41.00||1|
|Yukon||1-Piece axle kit for wide track Model 20||$ 195.00||1|
|Mopar||Tube side steps for LJ- with hardware- as is||$ 50.00||SOLD|
Winter this year has been long and hard for everyone, but more especially so for the fair-weather outdoor enthusiast. With the bulk of icy temperatures behind us, now is the perfect time to pack up your Jeep or 4X4 and take a trip. All you need now is the perfect destination.
Check out these 10 popular places to wheel, in and out of town:
Out of State:
Moab has been one of the nation’s most popular destinations for off-roaders, hikers, bikers and other outdoor enthusiasts for decades. According to the most current tourism information available, over 1 million tourists make Moab their destination each year.
Some of the most popular attractions around Moab include: Canyonlands National Park, Sand Flats Recreation Area, biking and hiking Arches National Park, rafting or kayaking on the Colorado River, canoeing down the Green River and so much more.
Willys Jeep Rally
For the Jeep enthusiast, check out the 6th annual Willys Jeep Rally going on Friday and Saturday, May 30th and 31st at the Hueston Woods State Park and Lodge in College Corner, OH. The park itself offers: lodging, camping, 20 miles of road to explore, a marina, boat rentals, golfing, dining and more. In short, this family friendly destination has a little bit of everything and is the perfect stop for the lone traveler or family vacationer.
Shoshone Trail, UT/Wyoming
If you are looking for that perfect place to wheel and get away from civilization for a while, the Shoshone Trail may be the trail for you. With literally hundreds of miles to ride and wheel in the forests that stretch between UT and Wyoming you are sure to find solitude.
Badlands Off-Road Park, IN
This former quarry mine site sits on roughly 700 acres of sand dunes, wooded trails, gravel hills, mud pits and a lot more. We just love the fact that this park is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM all year long. Check out the Badlands Off-Road Park for information on park fees, requirements and lodging options.
Boise National Forest, ID
If the thought of wilderness wheeling, camping, hiking or biking gets you excited, make your way out to the Boise National Forest in Idaho this year. This forest service maintains over 1,300 miles of summer trails that are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts of all sorts.
Just south of Rolla, there is something for everyone at FlatNasty. This park offers trails for beginners, pro-crawlers and everyone in between. Whether you roll with a club or just a small circle of friends, when you make FlatNasty your daytrip destination you are sure to have a good time.
Finger Lake State Park
Boasting over 70 miles of off-road trail and tracks, this former coal strip-mining site has been transformed into an off-road recreational paradise that attracts people from all over the country. When you are done wheeling for the day, sit back and relax on the lakefront beach. Just North of Columbia, the Finger Lake State Park is perfectly situated for a relaxing weekend getaway.
Sayers Brook Bison Ranch
Just West of Potosi, the Sayers Brook Bison Ranch has over 50 miles of off-road trails that cater to all skill levels. This Ranch offers wheelers an opportunity to enjoy the challenges and entertainment of 21 different trails and see free-range bison throughout the park.
Potawatomi Off-Road Park
Not too far from Fulton is a mid-sized park that offers off-roaders a chance to get away for the afternoon or weekend and enjoy the outdoors. Most trails have obstacles and challenges that require expert abilities and a modified vehicle, but even stock Jeeps should be able to navigate the trails thanks to the obstacle bypasses that have been built in. Whether you are strait stock or completely custom, the trails at Potawatomi Off-Road Park were built with you in mind.
Southern MO Off-Road Ranch
Tucked away in the Southwest part of Missouri you’ll find Southern MO Off-Road Ranch (SMORR) situated just outside of Seymour. With over 940 acres of wilderness and challenging trails throughout, this ranch has something to accommodate every skill level. When you head out to SMORR, be prepared to spend an entire day exploring their countless and ever expanding trails.
You can also check out: top100ORVsites.com/trails.php for a listing (by state) of some of the most popular trails to ride throughout the country.
Anyone can turn a wrench, but when you want things done right, take your Jeep or 4×4 to the experts at Axleboy. We’ll see you on the trails!
So you’ve made plans to head out of town and get away from the daily routine this summer? Maybe you’re just taking a quick weekend getaway with that special someone. Or perhaps you’re cashing in precious vacation time to venture out on a cross-country excursion. Whatever the case may be, when you are looking for a chance to relax, you shouldn’t have to wonder about what’s going on under the hood.
Axleboy service manager, Randy Goodrich, can help you make this year’s vacation the best, most stress-free vacation yet with three simple steps.
1. Check & Change the oil. You can do it yourself or bring it in to Axleboy and we’ll do it for you. Remember, oil is the life-blood of your engine, so if you are planning to do a fair amount of traveling this summer, give your vehicle a fresh start and avoid the damage that can result from running on old oil.
2. Get a 30-Point Courtesy Inspection. At Axleboy, when you have any service done, we offer a free 30-point courtesy inspection. Much like a sports physical, we check all the most obvious elements of your vehicle to ensure proper function and ability to perform. Our inspection looks specifically at belts, hoses, bolts, fluid levels and wipers to make sure your vehicle is in tip-top condition. Did we mention that this inspection is free?
3. Rotate your tires. To help make your tires last longer, we recommend getting into the habit of rotating your tires at every other oil change. Not only does this help balance the wear on your tread, but it also provides an opportunity to inspect brakes, axles and suspension items that may otherwise go unnoticed.
The last thing you want to do on vacation is spend all day stranded at an unfamiliar auto shop. Let Axleboy help put your mind at ease with these quick and inexpensive services, so you can enjoy every bit of your hard earned vacation time.
Schedule your appointment today by calling (636)939-5337 or sending us a message online.
Axleboy Automotive of St. Peters is pleased to announce that Michael Marshall has joined their team of automotive technicians, effective April 7, 2014.
Michael brings with him over 8 years of mechanical expertise, having worked with both foreign and domestic vehicles. He is a Master-Certified Mercedes-Benz technician with a high level of proficiency in diagnostics, electrical repair, engine rebuilds and transmission work. Axleboy has full confidence in Michael’s abilities to handle any service or repair job that comes through their doors.
If you haven’t already taken the opportunity to meet Michael Marshall, stop by Axleboy today and say, “Hello.”
The guys at Axleboy are more than just mechanics. We’re also husbands, fathers, and daily drivers. While automobiles are our specialty, safety is our top priority and we make it as easy as A–B–C.
A. Adhere to a preventative maintenance plan. A properly maintained car or truck can easily last 200,000 miles or more…while a vehicle that is not maintained will likely see the junkyard before it reaches even 100,000. When your car or truck is serviced at Axleboy, we’ll even send you convenient reminders when your vehicle is due for service.
B. Be aware of your vehicle. Every car is different and the driver who is aware will often notice as soon as anything seems amiss. The steady hum of the engine, the scent & sound of ventilation, the feel of the steering and much more are all unique to your vehicle. Familiarize yourself with the way your vehicle sounds, smells and feels so you can catch a problem before it becomes a catastrophe.
C. Consult with an automotive professional at the first sign of abnormality. It doesn’t cost anything to talk with the guys at Axleboy, and our professionals are always willing to discuss options. Unfortunately procrastination of even minor service treatments may lead to increased automotive damage and higher repair bills down the road.
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As Americans we want to get the most use out of every investment and it is not uncommon for us to push things (like tires) to their limits. Is it any surprise that in 2012 the Car Care Council found that 10 percent of vehicles had excessive wear and were in need of replacement? According to Randy Goodrich, service manager at Axleboy Automotive, “Tires are one of the easiest things for the average person to check and yet they are the most neglected.”
It only takes a few minutes to check tires. The experts at Axleboy suggest three critical components to be aware of:
Tire Pressure: Maintaining appropriate tire pressure is not only helps ensure even wear, giving your tires a longer life, it is also proven to improve fuel efficiency by up to 3%. Checking tire pressure is a quick and easy process that could save drivers hundreds of dollars each year.
Tread Depth: Tread is what keeps tires from slipping while turning corners or driving in wet conditions. If tread depth measures below the minimum legal limits or if the rubber has started to crack, it may be unsafe to operate the vehicle. If you’ve never heard of the “penny test” stop by Axleboy and one of our experts will show you to do this test yourself.
Alignment: If your vehicle consistently pulls to one side or you experience stronger than normal shaking, you may have an issue with the alignment. A vehicle that is not properly aligned is not only uncomfortable to drive, but it can also lead to premature, uneven tread wear. Under normal driving conditions, the Car Care Council recommends “hav[ing] your car’s alignment checked at least once a year.”
In addition to being attentive to tire pressure, tread depth and vehicle alignment, Scott Carline, owner of Axleboy Automotive, suggests rotating the tires every 6,000-8,000 miles. “Many people are not even aware that their front and rear tire tread wears down at a different rate,” says Scott. “Generally, rotating tires at every other oil change can help minimize uneven wear and allow drivers to realize the full life expectancy of their tires.”
Schedule your next automotive service today and we’ll show you what to look for when assessing the tires on your vehicle.
“To change or not to change?” When it comes to motor oil, this isn’t a relevant question. Instead, we should be asking ourselves, “When to change?”
You’ve probably heard the phrase “every 3,000 miles or 3 months.” For decades, auto shops and quick lube stops have endorsed the idea that frequent oil changes help to extend the life of a vehicle…and much to their credit, it was true. “But a lot has changed over the past 30 years,” says Scott Carline, owner of Axleboy, “especially with regards to motor oil.”
With modern advancement in the chemical composition of fully synthetic and even synthetic blends, combined with technological improvements under the hood, the old 3,000 mile rule is near obsolete. Most modern automobiles, under normal conditions, can actually run for around 5,000 miles on a good synthetic blend, and some of the newer models can reportedly go an impressive 10,000-12,000 miles between changes before the oil starts to break down.
So, how often should your oil be changed? Just because some vehicles can run more than 10,000 miles does not in any way mean that you should push your vehicle to those limits. Every vehicles needs are different, and the answer to that question depends a lot on the driver, but we would suggest following the maintenance schedule and oil specifications outlined in your Vehicle Owner’s Manual.
Don’t know where your owner’s manual disappeared to? A lot of these owner’s manuals are now online and can be downloaded for free, or simply ask one of our experts next time you are in the shop.
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Are you “Car Care Aware?” April is national preventative maintenance month and Axleboy Automotive is challenging you to take a hand in being proactive toward maintaining your automobile. The first step toward cultivating a proactive mindset is to dispel the false notion behind the maintenance free car.
“Don’t allow yourself to be fooled by the marketing and sales tactics of dealerships,” says Scott Carline, president and owner, Axleboy Automotive. “Consider this: What motivation does a car salesman have to sell a ‘maintenance-free’ car? The answer is all too clear. Car dealerships know that if drivers don’t take appropriate care of their cars, they will eventually have to purchase a new one.”
At Axleboy, we know that if you really want a car to last 100, 200 or even 300 thousand miles it must have regular preventative maintenance both at the shop and at home. While opening up the hood may seem daunting to some, there are plenty of things that every-day car owners can watch for.
The Car Care Council and most vehicle operations manuals recommend that, on top of routine mechanical service, car owners *regularly perform the following 10-point check of their vehicle:
- Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
- Check the hoses and belts to make sure they are not cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or showing signs of excessive wear.
- Check the battery and replace if necessary. Make sure the connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free.
- Check the brake system annually and have the brake linings, rotors and drums inspected at each oil change.
- Inspect the exhaust system for leaks, damage and broken supports or hangers if there is an unusual noise. Exhaust leaks can be dangerous and must be corrected without delay.
- Schedule a tune-up to help the engine deliver the best balance of power and fuel economy and produce the lowest level of emissions.
- Check the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system as proper heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort and for safety reasons such as defrosting.
- Inspect the steering and suspension system annually including shock absorbers, struts and chassis parts such as ball joints, tie rod ends and other related components.
- Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
- Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation.
*Regularly is a very broad term that, in the case of this article, is used to mean “at least once per month.”
Schedule your appointment at Axleboy today by calling (636) 939-5337 or clicking below.
How far will your tax return go? Sure, you could take that short vacation, start a new project or finish an old project…or you could have Axleboy upgrade and accessorize your off-road vehicle. With an extensive inventory of Yukon Axle & Gear, TeraFlex Suspensions, and Rugged Ridge accessories in our fully stocked St. Peters showroom, you are sure to find what you need. Visit our store online for an even greater selection, including WARN, Air Lift, Powertank and more.
Whether your plan is to get a cool new look for 2014 or make a “bad-a**” rock crawler, our technicians are the best in St. Louis at upgrading and customizing off-road vehicles. This year, don’t lose your tax return to some short lived vacation. Come in to Axleboy or shop online at shop.axleboy.com to get the upgrades you’ve been wanting all year long.
When you have access to the best off-road and Jeep service in St. Louis, why run the risk of going anywhere else?
Gear up for the Midwest Spring Jamboree coming up April 5th and 6th!
This event is being put on by Mo4wd Club at the Moonlight Racing Offroad Park and promises to be a fun time for all skill levels. For a detailed schedule of events, check out the Mo4wd website.
Axleboy: The Best Off-road and Jeep Specialists in St. Louis! Call us at (636) 939-JEEP.
Is there any one “ideal” season for off-roading? The answer to that question really depends on who is in the driver’s seat and how comfortable he/she is with the physical terrain. Check out the seasonal pros and cons of Jeeping and tell us on Facebook what season you prefer: Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall.
Crawling through the snow dusted hills of Missouri and Illinois can be both breathtaking and exhilarating. At the same time, off-roading in the winter presents some significant challenges. Most trails are not well maintained, if maintained at all, in the winter months and if there is any significant snow accumulation, accurately judging the surrounding surface conditions can be next to impossible.
If you plan to go off-roading in the winter, the experts at Axleboy suggest: sticking to familiar trails, going with a group (or at least with another experienced Jeeper) and go prepared to deal with extreme temperatures. Adding cold and moisture to a familiar trail can change the entire off-road experience and potentially leave your vehicle stranded, so plan ahead and use good judgment.
Spring can a great time to ride. Once the winter frost has passed and the ground begins to thaw, it can be awfully tempting to head out and find the nearest trail. With tree leaves just beginning to bud, and new grass painting the world green, a short ride can be both refreshing and fun.
The only downside to taking a Spring ride may be dealing with frequent rain showers and the resulting mud. We suggest a good set of tires to help maintain traction, a trusty winch and a planned trip to the carwash. Stop by Axleboy or shop our online store for your upgrades today.
With warmer, dryer, summer weather the most popular trails are sure to be packed almost every weekend. If you don’t mind dealing with the heat, humidity and crowds of other Jeepers, or if you have your own secluded sweet spot, Summer may be your ticket to a sweet ride.
The biggest issue we’ve noticed, when riding in the summer, is a lack of adequate preparation. Severe sun-burn , dehydration and heat stroke are more common that most people may suspect. We suggest bringing sunscreen, protein rich food and plenty of water to keep you hydrated.
Cooler weather, fewer bugs and the scenic view of leaves changing color make Fall one of the most popular times to ride the trails. It’s a great time to get outside and enjoy as much of nature as possible before the onslaught of winter.
Much like Summer, trails in the Fall are likely to see a lot of traffic. Some of us are veteran Jeepers and others are just novices, but we’re all out there to have a good time. We suggest a healthy dose of patience. In addition to crowded trails, new fallen foliage may begin to accumulate on the trail. The experts at Axleboy suggest adding a few lbs. of extra weight to your vehicle for increased traction.
Is one season better than all the others? Come by the shop and chat, or leave us a comment on Facebook.
Do you have a favorite place to go wheeling in Missouri or Illinois?
At Axleboy, we were just reminiscing about trails gone by and found this picture from a 2010 ride at Washita Offroad Park near Farmington, MO. With so many trails, at all skill levels, you can really test the limits of your Jeep or just take it easy on the greens. Either way you are sure to have a good time.
Why is it that the local Jeep clubs and several Chrysler-Jeep dealerships look to Axleboy as THE trusted source for reliable off-road repair and customization? Could it have something to do with the fact that the guys at Axleboy have over 110 years of combined automotive experience? Possibly.
We like to think “It’s a Jeep thing.” If you’re new to the Jeep community, you might not fully appreciate the weight of that phrase but you soon will. Jeeps, much like their owners, live life to the fullest… constantly pushing the limits and going where no other vehicle has gone before.
Because Jeeps are used in ways that no other standard car or truck would even imagine, they have specialized needs. Without having built a Jeep or regularly driving off-road, many mechanics are simply under-qualified to understand the needs of the Jeep community.
Axleboy is unique from all other automotive shops in that we not only work on Jeeps, but we are also immersed in Jeep culture and participate in several Jeep events every year. The fact that we have firsthand experience building out our own Jeeps and putting them to the test gives us an irreplaceable competitive advantage when it comes to understanding your off-road needs.
“Sure, we do complete automotive repair and maintenance, “says Scott Carline, “but our true passion is lifting, re-gearing and customizing Jeeps. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing our [Axleboy] logo on a bad-a** Jeep out at Flat Nasty or on some long-forgotten back road.”
If you have big ideas for your Jeep or off-road vehicle, stop by Axleboy in St. Peters TODAY, or give us a call at (636) 939-JEEP.
Our experts are always glad to talk “off-road” and can work up a quote on any work you need done.
March is a marvelous month! The days will steadily grow longer, the weekends getting warmer, college basketball playing every week and all your buddies will be getting ready for another great season of Jeeping.
When everyone heads out to the trails will you be ready? Axleboy offers these 7 pre-ride suggestions to help you prepare for the trails:
1. Check for leaks:
Here are two really good reasons not to ride the trails when you are aware that your vehicle has a leak. First, driving with leaking fluid may lead to damage or failure of the steering, brakes or even the motor. Second, at the risk of sounding green, we really do want to keep the environment as clean as possible.
If you are experiencing leakage, stop by Axleboy and let our experts take care of the problem.
Proper lubrication is the life-blood of your vehicle, so keep your engine and transmission oil fresh. Other fluids to check include coolant/antifreeze and windshield wash solution.
Any time you come in for routine maintenance at Axleboy we check all fluids and top them off to keep your vehicle running strong.
3. Check the treads: PSI and Wear
When vehicles sit for any period of time longer than one week, the tires have a tendency to lose some air pressure. According to most owners’ manuals, proper vehicle maintenance includes checking tire pressure at least once a month. There’s nothing worse than having a blow-out on the trail.
At Axleboy, we routinely check tire pressure and tread depth with every service to optimize your MPG and overall driving experience.
4. Check and clean your windows
You might be thinking, “Really? Clean my windows?” We know how the trail goes, and that those windows won’t stay clean for long, but consider how dirty those windows are going to be if they don’t get a clean start.
Have you ever had a blow-out? On paved roads, you might be able to get by on a donut tire, but in the wilderness it’s all about having a full-size spare.
In the event of a tire failure, having a properly inflated, full-size spare tire can be a real “life-saver” and keep you happily rolling on the trail.
6. Know your destination
It’s always fun to load up the Jeep and do some off-roading with your friends! On the other hand, it’s not nearly as much fun when you think you will be meeting your friends at a location and they are nowhere to be found.
If you are thinking about hitting up a new location (or even an old one) its best to travel as a group, so that no one gets left behind. We suggest connecting with one of the many local Jeep clubs (Mid West Jeep Thing or Jeeping Mid Rivers).
7. Know the trail & your capabilities
Let’s be honest, not all Jeeps are built the same and not all drivers have the same skills. That’s why it is important to be aware of both the trail conditions and your own vehicles limitations.
Every year we have vehicles that come in that need a complete overhaul because the limits were pushed a little too far. At Axleboy, we don’t mind the extra work, but as members of the Jeep community, we want to make sure our fellow Jeepers get to enjoy as much of the ride as possible.
Be safe, be responsible and we’ll look forward to seeing you on and off the road this season!
To schedule an appointment for repair or customization give us a call at (636) 939-JEEP.
When you are trying to decide if a bigger Jeep is really better for you, you are likely to get suggestions and advice from friends, family and other Jeepers. These are great sources to get the gears turning and once you’ve got a general idea of what you want, come out to Axleboy and talk Jeep. Our experts are glad to discuss the pros, cons of any project and put together an accurate estimate to turn your dream Jeep into reality.
Quite frankly, bigger tires go over bigger rocks. Bigger engines deliver more power to climb, crawl and roll. And if you’ve ever been stuck in a ditch, you know just how valuable a good sized winch can be.
Like most things in life, there is a certain amount of trade-off when deciding how you want your jeep to look and ride. Incidentally, those bigger tires and a bigger engine also create more drag and suck down more gas than similar stock Jeeps…but you didn’t buy a Jeep based on fuel economy.
Ultimately, when the time comes and you find yourself debating whether or not to go big, there’s just one question that could help you reach a definitive conclusion: “How do you see yourself using this vehicle in the future?”
Keep it Stock
Perhaps you’re just looking for something to make you look good on the pavement. Stock Jeeps generally look good right off the lot and there are several ways to enhance that natural look while customizing it to your personal taste.
The guys at Axleboy can add floodlights, tail-light grills or convert your Jeep to a soft-top. These are all great ways to customize your ride without going overboard on the budget or losing that classic Jeep look.
Add A Little Lift
If there is any possibility of leaving the pavement then we suggest considering at least a 2-4” lift kit and tires with a thicker wall. The TeraFlex 2” Budget Boost lift kit is one of the most popular lifts for light off-road activity and we often pair it with a 31×10.50 tire.
This gives your vehicle just a little more ground clearance and enough durability that you won’t have to worry about puncturing the tires when you roll over small rocks and branches.
If you are a wilderness warrior, spending more time off-road than on the pavement, then bigger is definitely the way to go. The Axleboy experts know that durable tires, high quality suspension, a winch, tire carrier and custom gears are more than accessories. They are necessities that you rely on every time you head into the great outdoors.
When you are ready to customize your Jeep, stop by or call Axleboy at: (636) 939-JEEP and get the job done right.
What’s on your agenda once the weather turns warm and we start seeing more nice weekends? Whether you plan to go fishing, hunting, camping, off-roading or some combination, Axleboy is equipped to customize your Jeep and keep it running strong.
If you are thinking about taking your Jeep on a destination trip this year, there are several things to think about before you leave the comforts of home. Depending on the type of terrain you plan to cover, you may be considering a suspension upgrade, Yukon gears, new tires or a WARN winch. These are all “must have” modifications if you plan to take things off the beaten path. What more could you possibly want on your Jeep?
Our parts manager, Joel suggests, “How about a roof-top tent? It’s a pretty cool idea if you plan to go on an expedition.” Yeah, that’s right…a roof-top tent. Forget about having to stake out that perfect spot to erect a tent on the rocky slopes of Montana or the rain saturated ground of Missouri in springtime.
The roof-top tent offers any outdoor expeditionist a flat, pebble and root-free place to lie down at the end of a long day. It also provides a valuable element of convenient protection from wildlife (Lions and Tigers and Squirrels…oh my!), flash floods and muddy ground.
While most industries claim to think outside the box (a.k.a. Jeep), the experts at Axleboy are happy to build all around it, under the hood and even on the roof. Give us a call at (636) 939-JEEP for an estimate on the installation of your new roof-top tent.
With YouTube videos and e-how at the fingertips of society, people have more confidence than ever when it comes to working on their Jeep. We think it’s great to see people excited about getting greasy, but some projects are still better left to the professionals.
Here are three good examples to illustrate why you should think about letting the professionals at Axleboy handle your next repair or upgrade:
1. Upside Down and Backwards:
This control arm was installed by a D.I.Y.er and his friend. Unfortunately, it was installed upside down and backwards. This easy mistake makes steering and handling only slightly more difficult than it should be.
2. Cracked Crush Sleeve
The trick behind installing a crush sleeve is to actually crush it. A snug fit just isn’t enough in this case. The first time that a Jeep is put in gear, if the crush sleeve was not properly crushed during installation, it will create a gap between the pinion and ring gear. This gap allows for unwanted movement within the carrier, which will eventually cause the crush sleeve to split.
3. Chipped Ring Gear
Improper handling of parts before and during installation can cause what looks like minor damage. Unfortunately even minor damage can render a brand new ring gear absolutely worthless.
Stop by or call Axleboy TODAY at (636) 939-JEEP and let us get the job done right!
We’ll even set you up with one of our man-vans so you can keep rolling while your Jeep is in the shop.