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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.

New Upgrades Available for the JL Wrangler

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

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

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

  • For the rear axle M200 application, RD244 was newly developed.
  • For the front axle application, existing RD100 will suit.
  • Please note some Wrangler JL Sport models come with M220 axle housing. Please verify before ordering RD244 Air Locker

Features & Benefits

  • Provides 100% traction on demand without affecting on-road drivability or driveline wear
  • Vastly improved traction means less reliance on momentum, thus reducing the likelihood of vehicle damage and environmental impact
  • Easy, convenient operation allows the user to concentrate on the terrain without leaving the comfort and safety of the driver’s seat
  • Ultra durable and extremely strong – only the highest quality materials used in construction
  • Incredibly simple yet effective design that employs minimal moving parts, thereby ensuring maximum reliability
  • Thoroughly tested and proven design – trusted and used in over 100 countries around the world
  • Easy installation and maintenance – no special tools, skills or additives required
  • Patented ‘timed’ locking mechanism offers high strength and ultra fast un-locking
  • Comprehensive photo illustrated installation and service guides
  • Steel reinforced, elastomer bonded annular seal designed to handle the most extreme climatic temperatures on Earth
  • Patented two -piece design that offers a range of interchangeable side gears (sold separately) to integrate with non-standard axle shaft splines

Technical Specs:

RD244 – M200 Rear Axle

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

RD100 – M186 Front Axle

  • 27 spline axle
  • 30.8mm [1.21”] axle shaft diameter (outside of splines)
  • 10 bolts on 142mm [5.59”]
  • 115.0mm [4.53”] dia. ring gear ID
  • 185mm [7.28”] dia. ring gear OD
  • Ratio 3.45:1
  • Suits Dana M186

Axleboy Off-Road is proud to offer this essential Jeep (JL) upgrade in the form of over-the-counter parts or full installation beginning September 2018.  For more information or to get your Jeep on the schedule, talk to the pros at Axleboy Off-Road during business hours. 636-939-5337

The White Whale Goes GenRight

2013 Jeep WranglerChanging Things Up

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?

GenRight on a 2013 WranglerWhen 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.”

2013 Wrangler with GenRight

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

 

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

Axleboy 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)