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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

 

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.

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

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.

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.

Choosing the Perfect Lift

Congratulations! You’ve got a new Jeep and now you’re ready to make it a one-of-a-kind custom ride.  Aftermarket suspension, tires, wheels, bumpers, LED lights and more.  With so many available upgrades and custom accessories, almost anything is possible.

We see hundreds of Jeeps every year, and enjoy guiding people as they take their ride through the transition from stock to stud.  Most folks that we see, buy a new Jeep with the intention of using it as a full-time daily driver and part-time off-road warrior; for camping, hunting, fishing, organized off-roading etc.  Sound familiar?

One of the first modifications on their “to do” list is: Raise the ride.  We think of this as a hinge decision that will effect almost every other major upgrade/modification, including tires size, axle upgrades and more.  One of the most common introductory Jeep lifts installed at Axleboy is the 2.5” Teraflex suspension lift.

Teraflex Lift 2.5in

2.5″ Suspension Lift

The 2.5″ Teraflex Lift is a Good Place to Start

Like we mentioned, the 2.5” Teraflex suspension lift is an introductory lift.  That being said, it offers a modest amount of additional clearance and is capable of tackling many off-road trails without losing the functionality you would expect from a daily driver.  Here are just a few points to consider before deciding on a 2.5″ liftt:

  • It provides enough lift to comfortably fit up to a 35” tire
  • It gives plenty of clearance to tackle most light-medium rated trails
  • Maintains low center of gravity
  • Fewer parts to install help keep costs down
  • Same/one-day installation
  • Excellent ride quality
  • No significant changes to drive line angles
3" Lift with Flex Arms

3″ Lift with Flex Arms

Just A Little Taller With a 3” Lift

Every inch of clearance counts when you are taking the road less traveled…but what about every ½ inch?  Before going for that additional ½ inch of clearance with a 3” lift consider this:

  • Changes in drive line angles may require a new front drive shaft
  • Additional parts involved in the lift amount to higher parts and labor costs
  • Comfortably fits up to a 35” tire
  • Allows for plenty of flex under the wheel well
  • Install may take up to 2 days

Can You Take Me Higher?…Say 4 Inches or More?

4" Long Arm Lift Kit

4″ Long Arm Lift Kit

Do you want to roll with the big dogs and go places that no stock Jeep would ever dream? Going bigger on both lift and tires may be the answer.  With a minimum 4” lift:

  • There is now enough space to fit 37” tires
  • Serious consideration should be given to upgrading both front and rear axles
  • We strongly recommend new front and rear drive shafts
  • Bigger tires will necessitate re-gearing the differential ratios. Proper gearing will give back some of the power that is lost when increasing tire circumference.
  • Significantly more parts (flex arms, brackets, exhaust spacer, etc) increases the overall cost of installation
  • Proper installation may take 3-4 days (actual install time may vary)
  • Be aware that your Jeep will have a higher center of gravity and you may not fit in the parking garage any more
  • Your Jeep will be nearly unstoppable off-road and you’ll be the envy of everyone you work with

We are a fully stocked and qualified Jeep modification shop. In addition to providing access to a huge selection of lift kits, we also do tires, wheels, axles, differentials, bumpers, fenders, recovery gear, LED lights and more.  Be sure to give us a call or stop by the shop before your next mod.

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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.

Quickie Vacation

Back to School Vacation?

Even though it might not feel like it, summer is quickly coming to a close.  Schools all across the nation have opened their doors and youth of all ages will soon be swimming in homework assignments.  Listen closely and you can almost hear them groaning in despair at this very moment.

With summer break officially over it’s easy to adopt the mindset that there’s no more time for adventure.  This simply isn’t true.  There’s still time to squeeze in one more road-trip, a weekend camping adventure or even a quick beach run. Whether you stick around town or head out on a grand excursion, adventure can be found wherever it is sought out.

What can you do to make sure your last-minute summer plans don’t fall to pieces?

Step 1: Create a Plan

We’re not saying you need to create a detailed itinerary.  Think more along the lines of preparation, destination and when you’ll be returning.  A little bit of planning can go a long way.

Step 2: Arrange Transportation

How will you get to and from your destination?  Walk, bike, drive, fly or hike?  Whatever your mode of transportation, knowing that it is reliable is a pretty big deal.  There’s nothing more frustrating than getting everyone excited to go somewhere and then having to either cancel at the last moment or find yourself stranded on the side of the road.  If there is any hint of doubt before you set out, have a specialist inspect the critical components.

Step 3: Be Flexible

Some of the greatest adventures happen when we deviate from the original plan, the proverbial highway in favor of a less traveled path.  The length of your vacation isn’t nearly as important as the quality.  Allowing your plans to be flexible is one of the best ways to keep your vacation fun and relaxing. Isn’t that the whole point?

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.

 

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).
 
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

 

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

Axleboy Now Recycling

One Can At A Time

We do a lot of awesome stuff at Axleboylift kits, regears, engine swaps, part sales, routine maintenance and a whole lot more.  In a recent staff meeting, we were discussing what things we could do better, and one idea that came up was “reducing the amount of waste” (referring to material items).

We drink a lot of tea, soda and (sometimes) Monster throughout the day and those aluminum cans have always been tossed out with all the other “trash.”  Not any more though!  Everyone at Axleboy is doing their part to ensure that our aluminum cans stay out of the landfill.

If you come in to Axleboy, you’ll now see that we have little blue recycle cans in the waiting area and behind the counter, and we have a 55 gallon bin in the shop, so that aluminum cans can be collected and recycled.  It might not be much in the grand scheme of things, but every little bit helps keep this world awesome.

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

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!

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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

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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.

 

 

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.