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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

 

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.

 

JKS

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)

 

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!

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.

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!

Night Drop

How To Use the Night Key-Drop

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

The majority of vehicles we work on get dropped off during standard business hours (between 8:00am and 6:00pm), but for some folks standard hours just don’t work.  That’s where our night key-drop comes into play.

 

Instructions for using the night drop are fairly basic:

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

It’s really that simple.  90% of night-drop users will read this short article and think “Well duh”… but roughly 1 in 10 will leave the envelope blank, forget the wheel lock, shut the envelope in the black box or leave the keys and envelope outside the front door.

The whole idea here is that we are trying to provide you with a safe, secure and convenient way to drop off your vehicle outside of standard business hours.  Thankfully, our neighborhood is pretty tranquil and we don’t see much crime…but by the same token, following the 5 simple steps outlined above will help us keep it that way.

We’re excited to help take your Jeep to the next level and, if you use the night key-drop, we’ll look forward to seeing your keys first thing in the morning.

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

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