Category Archives: Off-Road

The White Whale Goes GenRight

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

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

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

Why the Sudden Change?

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

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

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

Keep it Raw or Make it White?

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

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

Check it out in Person

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

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

 

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

For Immediate Hire

Hiring ASAP

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.

Requirements

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

Benefits

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:

For consideration e-mail a resume to rob@axleboy.com, hand-deliver a resume to Axleboy: 1935 E. Terra Ln. O’Fallon, MO 63366, or submit information through the online form on Axleboy’s careers page.

How to Choose the Right Tires

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

Jeeping: A Healthy Lifestyle Choice

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

The New LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate Plus

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

Tech Talk with Scott: Comparing Shocks

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:

  1. Twin-Tube
  2. Monotube
  3. Reservoir

 

Free Air Compressor

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.

The Details:

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.

Gear Up With Spring Savings From Warn

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!

Front Bumpers

•    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

Rear Bumpers

•    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

Download your official Warn rebate form here.

2017 Yukon Spring Drivetrain Rebate

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.

 

Axleboy Move-In Special (TJ & JK)

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.

Newer Bigger Location

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.

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TeraFlex – Falcon Series Shocks

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
servicedepartment@axleboy.com
www.axleboy.com
www.teraflex.com

 

Big Changes & Big Opportunity

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:

  1. Be an awesome person (we only hire awesome people)
  2. Fill out and submit the online application at http://axleboy.com/careers/
  3. Axleboy will review applications & resumes and place selective calls to interview

 

Easy, right? So what are you waiting for?  Submit your application today.

 

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What to expect at the Mid West Jeep Thing “Intro to Off-Road” Event

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:
intro-to-offroad-1An 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 24MWJT and Axleboy will discuss Tread Lightly guidelines, trail safety and a slew of information about “the modified Jeep.”

Lunch.

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!

intro-to-offroad-31Demonstrations.

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.

49A Dirty Jeep.

Come rain or shine, this event doesn’t get cancelled.  Come prepared to get dirty.

Photo Opportunities.

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.

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Need more information? Click Here to see the MWJT Event Page.

Truck and Off-Road Festival 2016

NOTICE: Event Cancelled

TRUCK & OFF-ROAD FESTIVAL

AUGUST 12-13, 2016.  REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Where Trucks Come To Play! GATEWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK – MADISON, IL

 

LOS ANGELES, CA – With the popular annual Truckin Throwdown event as its centerpiece, the inaugural 2016 Truck & Off-Road Festival offers a bigger, better way for enthusiasts to experience “everything truck.” Multiple courses consisting of pavement and dirt will allow enthusiasts to participate in their own vehicles, regardless of whether they are built for the street or the trail. Taking place Friday, August 12 – Saturday, August 13 at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis, this new event includes such crowd favorites as Quarter-Mile Drags, Autocross, UTV and Side-by-Side racing, and a 4×4 obstacle course– plus much more! Those interested in joining the excitement can register now at truckandoffroadfestival.com.
“I’m excited to announce the inaugural 2016 Truck & Off-Road Festival,” said Sean P. Holman, content director for TEN: The Enthusiast Network’s Truck and Off-Road Group. “This event is going to be the premiere celebration for truck enthusiasts throughout the Midwest. We’ll have experiences ranging from your classic show and shine to performance events that attendees will actually be encouraged to participate in. The 2016 Truck & Off-Road Festival will set a new bar for truck events and should be a great weekend.”
EVENT DATES

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.

EVENT FEATURES

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.

• Autocross
• Drag Racing
• Slalom
• Start/Stop box
• Dyno
• 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!

• Adults
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 gherniter@enthusisatnetwork.com

 

Please Note: This Event Is Officially Cancelled

Andy Wilson

Bohlsen Group
(317) 602.7137
awilson@bohlsengroup.com

JEEP MECHANIC WANTED

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.

Job ResponsibilitiesLock Robster

  • 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

 Qualifications:

  • 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 robbie@axleboy.com 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 timeJeep Thing 1

Axleboy Teams Up With Fox and JKS

Shock 2.0Quality & 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.

 

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Fox Direct

GenRight Off Road Products

Axleboy is honored to announce that we are now an authorized seller and installer of  GenRight Off-Road products.

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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.

 

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Axleboy: (636)939-JEEP (5337)

 

Closed Friday, June 3, 2016

Notice:

 

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!

 

Sincerely,

Axleboy

Can You Install This For Me?

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.

New Product From ARB

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.

 

 

 

LCAJKFR copyFront 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

 

 

 

LCAJKRR copyRear 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

 

 

UCAJKFR copyFront 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

 

 

 

 

UCAJKRR copyRear 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.
Contact us for pricing and availability.

ABOUT ARB

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.

Careers with Axleboy

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.

Annual Chili Cookoff

5th Annual Chili Cook-Off: Feb 27th

You’re Invited!!

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.

When:

Saturday, February 27, 2016 From 11:30am-2:00pm

Where:

Axleboy: 4150-A Ehlmann Rd. St. Peters, MO 63376

 

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!!

Chili Cookoff

 

Love Is Jeep

What is LOVE?

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!

NEW Rock Sliders From Smittybilt

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

Smittybilt Rock Sliders

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.

Start Planning Now

How to Plan a Successful Jeeping Year

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
  • Moab
  • 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 ___________.

Build Your Jeep

5 Last Minute Gifts for the Jeeper in Your Life

 

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!!

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*https://nrf.com/media/press-releases/retailers-very-digital-holiday-season-according-nrf-survey

Ask the Experts

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.

Holiday Hours 2015

Holiday Hours

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:

 

November

  • Thursday, Nov 26th– Closed for Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday, Nov 27th– Closed to recover…or go wheeling

December

  • Thursday, Dec 24th– Closed for Christmas Eve
  • Friday, Dec 25th– Closed for Christmas Day

January

  • 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!

Fall Wheeling

10 Things to Take Wheeling in the Fall

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Warranty Fact or Fiction

Mopar Lift Kits and Performance Parts

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:

MOPAR PERFORMANCE PARTS LIMITED WARRANTY

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.

Night Drop

How To Use the Night Key-Drop

Key Drop InfographicCongratulations!  Your Jeep is ready for the next upgrade. The next step is to talk with the guys at Axleboy, get on their schedule and make the drop off.

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:

  1. Locate the black box labeled “Key Drop” next to our main entrance.
  2. Open the box and fill out one of the envelopes inside with your personal & vehicle information.
  3. Insert your vehicle key(s) into the envelope.
  4.  If you have wheel locks, put the wheel lock key in the envelope as well.
  5. 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.

How much was your free estimate?

FREE Estimate vs Diagnostic Service

Estimate vs Diagnostic




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.

10 Quick Tips

10 Quick Tips For a Healthier Ride

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.

Every Week

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.”

 

Every Month

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Axleboy's Newest Technician

New Technician: Tom

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.

 

Tom Stepetin

New Product Release

Product Release: Offroad Tires

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.

Customize your Jeep at Axleboy

Jeep: Stock to Stud

Jeep Infographic

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.

 

Red Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Jamboree Schedule

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!

We Are Hiring

Axleboy is Hiring

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.

 

Title: Technician

Wages: $18-25 per hour

Daily Responsibilities:

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.

Qualifications:

  • 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*

Benefits:

  • 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: axleboy@axleboy.com

 

2015 Wheeling Destinations

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!

Sayersbrook Wheeling

ARB Spring Deal on Lockers

ARB Air Lockers

ARB Special


Buy 1 Air Locker, Get an Air Locker Activation Compressor 

 (CKSA12) – $190 Value

OR

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

Jeep Regear Special

Jeep Re-gear Special

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.
Warn Rebate

Warn Rebates

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 Offroading

Intro To Off-Roading

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.

**Once you become a member of MWJT, you can register for this event by following this link: Click Here.

2015 Axleboy Chili Cookoff

Axleboy Chili Cook-off

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!

We’ll have:

  • 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).
 
Don't forget to wave.

The Jeep Wave

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.

 

Happy Jeeping!!

Jeep Wave

WARN Winch

Winch Rope is Right for You?

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:

  • Strong
  • Lightweight
  • 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

WARN Winches Rock

 

Icy Windshield

Icy Start to the Morning?

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:

Vinegar Spray

Rubbing Alcohol

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 ItFollow the link for instructions…if you need them.

Heated Ice ScrapersThere 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.

Voluntary Recall Notice

Nitto Tire Recall

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).

 

Axleboy

4150-A Ehlmann Rd

St. Peters, MO 63376

(636) 939-5337

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Safe Travels

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.

Salt Spreaders and Snow Plows

Snow Plows & Salt Spreaders

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.

 

 

Axleboy
636-939-5337
Open Monday-Friday from 8:00am to 6:00pm

 

Salt Spreader on Truck

Holiday Hours at Axleboy

Holiday Hours at Axleboy

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:

 

November

  • Thursday, Nov 27th– Closed for Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday, Nov 28th– Closed for recovery from Thanksgiving

December

  • Wednesday, Dec 24th– Closed for Christmas Eve
  • Thursday, Dec 25th– Closed for Christmas Day
  • Friday, Dec 26th– We are Open

January

  • 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!

Check Engine Warning

The Check Engine Light

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.

Atturo Tires at Axleboy

Atturo Tires

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.

New Atturo Truck Tires

Rain drops

Rainy Day…Smear?

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.

Rain Drops on Windshield

RainX Wipers

Axleboy now carries a full line of the premium RainX Latitude windshield wiper blades.

Sources:

www.carcare.orgwww.rainx.comwww.statistica.com

Wheel Alignment

Caster. Camber. Toe.

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.

 

Caster Angle.

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.

Caster Angle Image

Camber Angle.

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.Camber Angle Image

 

Toe.

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.”

Vehicle Toe ImageFront of Vehicle

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.

Axleboy Automotive

 

Steinjäger Accessories

The Latest Jeep Accessories

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.

Steinjäger

Ignition Switch Recall Notice

Ignition Switch Recall

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

Dominic Polette

Welcome to Axleboy

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.

 

Dominic WorkingDominic Polette

Glen Youker

New Tech at Axleboy

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!

Axleboy technician in action

ARB and Axleboy

RD226- New From ARB

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).

 Application:

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.

New ARB Airlocker

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!

Off Road Calendar

Off-Road Event Calendar

Axleboy Jeep at EventWe’re making it easier than ever for Jeepers and off-road enthusiasts to do what they love by keeping them informed on many of the upcoming events in the Missouri area.

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 marketing@axleboy.com with the details and we’ll include it on our public events-calendar.

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First-Aid Kit in Your Car?

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:

 

  • First AidAdhesive 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.

 

 

Sources:

http://www.dmv.org/how-to-guides/first-aid.php

2013 Jeep Rubicon

2013 Rubicon Upgrade

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.

 

Customizations included:

  • 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!

 

Lifted 2013 Rubicon

Jeep Rubicon2013 Jeep Rubicon

It’s in Our Name

Axleboy

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.

Axleboy

 

(636)939-5337

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Jeep Caravan

New Items on Clearance

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

 

NEW LISTINGS:

Manufacturer Description  Cost  Available Qty
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

 

ORIGINAL LISTING:

Manufacturer Description  Cost  Available Qty
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
Off-Road Destinations

10 Popular Places to Wheel

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, UT

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.

 

 

 

In Missouri:

FlatNasty

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!

Axleboy Jeeps

Got a Tax Refund?

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?

Yellow Rubicon

Midwest Spring Jamboree

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.

 

Before you roll out, make sure your vehicle is ready to ride the trails.  Stop by or call Axleboy and talk with one of our off-road experts to take care of all your off-road needs.

 

Axleboy: The Best Off-road and Jeep Specialists in St. Louis!  Call us at (636) 939-JEEP.

Ideal Season for Off-Roading?

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.

Winter

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

Go Off-Road with Axleboy

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.

Summer

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.

Fall

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.

 

 

Wheeling at Washita

2010 Jeeping at WashitaDo 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.

 

Stop by Axleboy today and see what our off-road experts can do for you and your Jeep or truck.

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It’s a Jeep Thing

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.

Jeep Caravan

Pre-Ride Jeep Checklist

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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.

 

Got Oil?2.       Change and/or top-off fluids:

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.

 

Donut Tire5.       Check your spare

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.

Lifted Jeep

Is a Bigger Jeep Better?

Stock to StudWhen 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.

Wilderness Warrior

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.

Whether your style is stock, off-road adventurer or somewhere in between, Axleboy has the parts, the professionals and the experience to make your SUV dreams come true.

When you are ready to customize your Jeep, stop by or call Axleboy at: (636) 939-JEEP and get the job done right.

Over the Top!

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.

D.I.Y. or Leave it to the Pros?

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:

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Split Crush Sleeve

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Damaged Ring Gear

 

 

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.

3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off

Annual Chili Cookoff

This Saturday, February 22, 2014, Axleboy is hosting its 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off from 12:00-3:00 pm and we want to see you there!

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Plenty of Chili & Soda
  • An inside look at Axleboy
  • Mingle with off-road enthusiasts
  • A TON of awesome giveaways

We want to make sure everyone has a good time, so please let us know on Facebook if you will be attending, and if you will be entering the cook-off competition. 

Axleboy 4150-A Ehlmann Rd. St. Peters, MO 63376

See you Saturday!

Olympic Off-Roading? Maybe Someday.

This month families and friends across the globe will gather around the television to watch skiing, skating, curling, hockey and sledding.  We’ll cheer on our favorites as they exhibit professional prowess and our national pride will swell with each victory.  Some of us may feel so inspired by these athletes that we take up new hobbies in emulation.

What does it take to become an Olympic sport?  The International Federation (IF), responsible for making that determination published a report outlining the following critical components, including:

  • History and Tradition
  • Universality & Popularity
  • Environmental Impact
  • General Costs

You can read the entire listing of criteria on the official Olympics website.  At Axleboy, we’re not really into all the figure skating and curling.  What we would like to see is an event for winter off-roading.  This event is rich with history and tradition, widely popular across all classes, requires great skill and maneuverability and, if done in the winter, would have little to no impact on the natural environment.

What would you rather watch: Curling (sliding rocks across the ice) or Off-Roading (awesome vehicles, custom designed to maneuver over rock-strewn landscapes, valleys and mud pits)?  If enough people show interest, maybe we’ll see a new Olympic sport at the next games.