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Void My Warranty

Will Upgrades Void My Warranty?

The Dealer Told Me Aftermarket Upgrades Would Void My Warranty

We hear it all the time during Jeep-build consultations.  Picture this: Clients considering the purchase of a new Jeep come in to Axleboy Off-Road with questions about suspension upgrades, new bumpers, fenders, new tires, etc.  We enjoy taking about Jeep upgrades, local Jeep clubs and trails so a discussion may take anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes.  Somewhere during the conversations we’ll get a comment that goes something along the lines of, “I was talking to the salesman at the dealership and he told me that anything other than MOPAR components would void the warranty on my Jeep.  Is this true?”

True or False?

That is a fantastic and very relevant question!  The answer is a resounding “sort of”.  Perhaps an example is the best way to illustrate this issue.  If you were to purchase a brand new Jeep Wrangler today, with a 5 year warranty that covers the engine, transmission, cooling systems, electronic components, suspension and a bunch of other stuff, and then tomorrow you had Axleboy install a 4-inch Teraflex long-arm lift kit, the suspension portion of your factory warranty would be void.  So, “Yes” there is, in fact, some truth behind that statement.  The greatest deceptions always contain an element of truth.

Be aware that there are some sales people that will claim any aftermarket upgrades completely strip and void the factory warranty.  Most of the sales people in this category are simply repeating what they’ve heard other sales people say or they lack sufficient experience to know better, so they make up whatever sounds most profitable for them.

Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act

The fact is, over 40 years ago, back in 1975, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) passed legislation as part of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act to ensure you have the freedom to choose aftermarket upgrades and parts without having your warranty stripped or terminated.

What does this mean?

Simply put, when you upgrade to aftermarket suspension, the dealership cannot void the warranty on your engine, electronics, cooling system and other covered components.  All of those other systems and components remain covered for the duration of the warranty term.  If a dealership believes upgrading one component caused failure in a different area they may deny a warranty claim, but first they are required to prove correlation between the aftermarket upgrade and the other covered item (ie. Engine, Transmission, Differential, etc.)

It is illegal to deny coverage or void a factory warranty based on the use of aftermarket parts. If a dealer has denied your claim under a new-vehicle warranty and you believe it is in violation of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, a complaint can and should be filed online with the Federal Trade Commission.

Image of Jeep Wrangler being set up to flat tow behind an RV.

How to Flat Tow Your Jeep Wrangler

Step By Step Directions For Flat-Towing Your Jeep Wrangler

Getting Set Up to Tow

  1. Insert Jeep key in the ignition switch and
  2. Turn the key to the accessory position.
  3. Depress the brake pedal and hold.
  4. Set the parking brake.
  5. Shift the automatic transmission into Neutral (N), or, if you have a manual transmission, depress the clutch pedal.
  6. Shift the transfer case into Neutral (N).
    1. From the Jeep manual: The transfer case NEUTRAL (N) position disengages  both the front and rear driveshafts from the powertrain and will allow the vehicle to move despite the transmission position. The parking brake should always be applied when the driver is not in the vehicle.
  7. Start the engine and release the parking brake.
  8. Shift the automatic transmission into Drive (D) or, if you have a manual transmission, put it in gear.
  9. Slowly release the brake pedal and confirm that the vehicle does not move.
  10. **IMPORTANT**: Shut the engine off and place the ignition key into the unlocked OFF position. (See note below)
  11. Shift the automatic transmission into Park (P).
  12. Apply the parking brake.
  13. Attach the Jeep to your tow vehicle with a tow bar.
  14. Release the parking brake.

Note: Do not shift the transmission into Park (P) with the transfer case in Neutral (N) and the engine running. Doing this may cause damage to your transmission.

Unhooking Your Jeep After Towing

Once you reach your destination, and want to unhook your Jeep from the tow vehicle, here’s what you should do:

  1. Apply the parking brake.
  2. Disconnect the tow bar.
  3. Release the parking brake.
  4. Shift the automatic transmission into Neutral (N) or, if you have a manual transmission, depress the clutch pedal.
  5. Shift the transfer case lever into your desired position (2H, 4H, or 4L).  Note: Some people report that this is easier to do after starting the engine.
  6. Shift the automatic transmission in to Drive (D), or release the clutch.

Interested in getting set up with a quality flat-tow system? We set up several Jeeps and RV’s for cross-country flat-towing every year. Give us a call for pricing on parts and hardware installation.  Axleboy Off-Road  636-939-5337

 

Easypay financing available at Axleboy Off-Road

Financing Jeep Upgrades

Get what you want or settle for less?

There’s no denying that Jeep and truck upgrades can be expensive.  At Axleboy Off-Road, we know that every dollar counts and we work hard to minimize non-essential and duplicate labor costs.  One of the most effective ways to lower overall cost is to take care of area-specific repairs and upgrades at the same time (i.e. when regearing the differential, upgrading to selectable lockers at the same time).

We know that sometimes all those awesome things you want to do, just don’t fit into the current budget.  We get it.  In the past, this situation has left a lot of Jeep and truck enthusiasts only partially satisfied, settling for something less  or having to wait another 4-6 weeks before they could move forward with the next round of upgrades, and ultimately paying more than they should have.   Not any more!

easypay finance

Axleboy Off-Road is happy to announce that we have teamed up with easypay finance to offer a variety of financing solutions for folks with good credit, bad credit and even  no credit.  Some of the features you may appreciate include:

  • Approvals up to $5,000
  • 90-day, 0% interest rebate*
  • 2-minute pre-qualification process (online)
  • No money down
  • No surprises
  • Available for people with less-than-perfect credit
  • Use for upgrades and repair services

With +80% financing approval rates and a quick, painless application process, you don’t have to wait for the next paycheck to clear or the monthly budget to reset before getting exactly what you want.  Got more questions? Stop by or call  Axleboy Off-Road today and an associate will be happy to go over all the details about financing your next upgrade or repair. 636-939-5337

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Upgraded 2013 Jeep Wrangler

ARB Fridge/Freezer

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

How to Keep it Cold

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

The ARB Fridge Freezer

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

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

The Right Option For You

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

Axleboy ARB Fridge

Jeep Safari with Two Rivers Jeep Club

Two Rivers Jeep Club is a BLAST

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Factor 55 Closed System Winching

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

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

What is Closed System Winching?

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

Isn’t the Hook Good Enough?

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

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

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

Closed System Winching

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

Factor 55 PROLINK

  • Replaces conventional winch hooks with a safer more secure shackle/D-ring
  • Lightweight- Precision CNC machined 6000 series aluminum
  • No splicing required- titanium double sheer pin design
  • Designed for both steel cable and synthetic ropes
  • Integrated rubber boot for fairlead protection
  • Exceptional strength and quality
  • 3 sizes and 5 color options

Factor 55 FLATLINK

  • Foldable-1.75” thick (works will all fairlead license plate mounting brackets)
  • Prevents rattles- clinches neatly against both Hawse and roller fairleads
  • Increased approach angle
  • Replaces conventional winch hooks with a safer more secure shackle/D-ring
  • Lightweight- Precision CNC machined 6000 series aluminum
  • No splicing required- titanium double sheer pin design
  • Designed for both steel cable and synthetic ropes

 

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

Hiring New Technician(s)

Do You Have What It Takes?

Axleboy Off-Road and Automotive is currently looking to hire at least (1) full-time ASE Certified technician.  We are a Jeep and off-road specialty shop and in our experience, those who thrive here have embraced that culture and lifestyle.

We offer competitive wages with bonus opportunities, Medical and Dental benefits, paid holidays and vacation time, optional wheeling trips and a generally awesome place to work.

Full disclosure, even though we are a Jeep and off-road specialty shop, we still do oil changes, general tire service and the occasional water pump on non-off-road vehicles.

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum of (2) ASE Certification courses completed and passed
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Bring your own tools
  • 2 years of verifiable automotive work experience
  • Independent thinking team player
  • Positive attitude

Preferences

  • Multiple ASE Certifications
  • 5+ years verifiable automotive expeience
  • Expert at electrical installation and diagnosis
  • Jeep/Off-Road enthusiast
  • Tech savvy (we use iPads)

If you meet all the basic qualifications, along with some of the preferences, and think you’ve got what it takes to keep up with the best in the business, then send us your resume in one of four ways:

  1. Hand delivery- Always a good option if you want to make a positive first impression.
  2. Use our “Careers” page- Let’s us know you’ve mastered the internet.
  3. Send a direct email to axleboy@axleboy.com with your resume attached- Even if the internet isn’t your thing  this tells us you’re willing to learn.
  4. Call the number below and tell us why you’re awesome- Probably not a good idea.

Axleboy Hiring

 

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