Tag Archives: Jeep

How to Choose the Right Tires

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

Jeeping: A Healthy Lifestyle Choice

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

Tuffy Security Products Available at Axleboy

All it took was one weekend trip into downtown St. Louis and Scott Carline, owner of Axleboy, started thinking about all the things on his Jeep that he would be remiss to have stolen: his ARB dual air compressor, a RIPP supercharger, countless tools, an expensive stereo and so much more.

Fortunately for him, nothing went missing during his brief stay, but the possibility still lingered in his mind and continued to trouble him.  by Monday morning, Scott felt so strongly about the lacking security on his Jeep and countless others that Axleboy placed an order for several lockable storage items from Tuffy Security Products™, including: glove boxes, under-seat concealed carry boxes, hood locks and several locking rear-deck enclosures.

All of these products are now on display and available for purchase in store.

 

 

Fun Info About Automotive Burglaries

According to the US Department of Justice, over 1.4 million vehicles were burglarized in 2010.    Among the items that burglars look for and steal are these are some of the most common:

  1. Money (Somebody’s gotta pay for my McD’s)
  2. Navigation Systems
  3. Mobil Devices (phones and tablets)
  4. Clothing
  5. Sunglasses
  6. Tools
  7. Vehicle Registration (If you’ve got a nice car, you probably have a nice home too)
  8. Backpacks and Briefcases
  9. CD’s (believe it or not people still use these)
  10. Car components (HID headlights, air bags, etc)

 

What can you do to protect your valuables?

With the typical burglary lasting no more than a few minutes, here are a few tips to help deter would-be thieves.

  1. Many of us Jeep owners have already learned (some the hard way) if you don’t want to lose something, it shouldn’t be left in the Jeep. The safest place for anything of value is behind a locked door…at home. Don’t bring it if you don’t need it.
  2. Don’t invite the burglar to take a closer look. Think of backpacks, suitcases, gift bags, charging cords and loose change as invitations. Would-be thieves see these things and immediately think, “I wonder what else is in there?”  Whenever possible keep these things locked up and out of sight.
  3. Park in areas with high traffic and visibility. Car burglars want to get in and out as quick as possible without drawing a lot of attention to themselves. Whenever possible, park in well-lit areas, close to building entry points.
  4. Lock your doors…unless you drive a Jeep with a soft-top. We hate seeing a perfectly good soft top get cut up, especially when the windows could just as easily be unzipped. For the Jeep crowd, we’d recommend getting a lockable glove-box, under-seat conceal carry box or a Tuffy™ locking deck enclosure. These minor upgrades can help make your sweet ride a secure one too.

 

If you’re in the market for lockable storage solutions for your Jeep, stop by Axleboy Off-Road in O’Fallon, Missouri or give us a call at 636-939-5337.

Tech Talk with Scott: Comparing Shocks

In the video below, Scott Carline, owner of Axleboy, examines the internal components of three common types of shocks and discusses various pros and cons to consider before making your next replacement or upgrade.

If you’ve ever wondered how your shocks work, why the ride quality is so much different from one shock to the next or why some shocks are so darn expensive, this video is for you.  Scott will go into detail looking at the following shocks:

  1. Twin-Tube
  2. Monotube
  3. Reservoir

 

Free Air Compressor

In a spectacular move by ARB, now through May 31, 2017 when you purchase any new ARB Air Locker you are eligible for a FREE air compressor.

There are no special rebates or forms to fill out and mail off.  When you place your order through Axleboy, simply indicate that you would like a free air compressor as well, and we’ll take if from there.

The Details:

Buy 1 Air Locker, Get an Air Locker Activation Compressor (CKSA12) – $190 Value

Buy 2 Air Lockers, Get a High Performance Compressor (CKMA12) – $290 Value

If a new locker has been on your list of must-have items, you won’t want to miss this fantastic opportunity.  Call Axleboy today at 636-939-5337.

Gear Up With Spring Savings From Warn

Spring is in the air, but with all the savings available right now, your budget doesn’t have to be!  Take a look at this year’s Spring rebates from Warn and give us a call when you’re ready to upgrade to a quality recovery system. Don’t wait too long, these offers expire on May 31, 2017.

WARN Winch Rebate

Right now, when you gear up your ride with a quality Warn winch, you can get up to $200 back! That’s money back in your pocket, that can be used toward the next fantastic upgrade, to fund your next weekend outing or whatever you like.

•    96800: VR8/ $50
•    96805: VR8-S/ $50
•    96810: VR10/ $50
•    96815: VR10-S/ $50
•    96820: VR12/ $50
•    97035: VR12-S/ $50
•    88980: ZEON 8/ $100
•    89305: ZEON 8-S/ $100
•    88990: ZEON 10/ $100
•    89611: ZEON 10-S/ $100
•    89120: ZEON 12/ $100
•    95950: ZEON 12-S/ $100
•    90260: ZEON 8 Multi-Mount/ $100
•    90330: ZEON 8-S Multi-Mount/ $100
•    90340: ZEON 10 Multi-Mount/ $100
•    90360: ZEON 10-S Multi-Mount/ $100
•    92810 ZEON 10 Platinum/ $200
•    92815: ZEON 10-S Platinum/ $200
•    92820: ZEON 12 Platinum/ $200
•    95960: ZEON 12-S Platinum/ $200

Upgrade to a WARN Bumper

That’s right, Warn is sweetening this Spring deal even more, by offering up to $100 back on select truck and Jeep bumpers too.  If you’re looking for something that will give your Jeep or truck the quality customized look and a little extra character, this is the deal for you!

Front Bumpers

•    87750: Elite/ Front w/tube JK/ $50
•    87775: Elite/ Front w/out tube JK/ $50
•    87600: Stubby w/tube JK/ $50
•    61853: Front Bumper TJ/ $50
•    61859: Front Bumper CJ/ $50
•    89430: Front Bumper JK/ RC/ $50
•    87700: Front Bumper TJ/ Stubby/ $50
•    87650: Front Bumper/ JK RC Stubby w/out Tube/ $50
•    61856: Front Bumper YJ/ $50
•    89440: Grille Guard/ JK RC/ $50
•    95870: Chevy Silverado Front/ 2015-16/ 2500HD/ 3500/ $100
•    95800: Chevy Silverado Front/ 2014-15/ 1500 / $100
•    96730: Chevy Silverado Front/ 2016-17/ 1500/ $100
•    95600: Ram Front / 2013-16/ 1500 / $100
•    95895: Ram Front / 2010-16/ 3500/ $100
•    95460: Ford Front / 2015-16/ F150/ $100
•    95568: Ford Front / 2011-16/ F250/ F350/ $100
•    97935: Ford Front / 2017/ F250/ F350/ $100

Rear Bumpers

•    74300: Rear Bumper/ JK Tire Carrier/ $50
•    89525: Elite/ Rear JK/ $50
•    96550: Chevy Silverado Rear/ 2014-17/ 1500/ 2500/ 3500/ $100
•    96550: GMC Sierra Rear/ 2014-16/ 1500/ 2500/ 3500/ $100
•    96440: Ram Rear/ 2010-16/ 1500/ $100
•    96440: Ram Rear/ 2010-13/ 2500/ 3500/ $100
•    96445: Ram Rear/ 2014-16/ 2500/ 3500/ $100
•    96255: Ford Rear/ 2015-16/ F150/ $100
•    96290: Ford Rear/ 2011-16/ F250/ F350/ $100
•    98050: Ford Rear/ 2017/ F250/ F350/ $100

Call Axleboy today, to order your next upgrade: 636-939-5337

Download your official Warn rebate form here.

2017 Yukon Spring Drivetrain Rebate

You’ve waited all year for the annual Spring Drivetrain Rebate from Yukon Gear & Axle, and now it’s here! March 6 through May 19, 2017 claim up to $150 back when you purchase select Yukon parts, including the Yukon Spin Free Kit, a Yukon Gear Kit Package and so much more.

Quality You Can Depend On

For quality you can depend on, wherever you’re driving this year, Axleboy and Yukon are dedicated to getting you there and putting a little money back in your pocket.  Check out the awesome deals below and give the professionals at Axleboy a call when you’re ready to get your order started. 636-939-5337

Don’t forget to download the official Yukon Gear & Axle rebate form and put money back in your pocket by CLICKING HERE.

 

Axleboy Move-In Special (TJ & JK)

Remember what it was like to hop in your new Jeep and roll down the highway at 65-70 mph? Do you miss that feeling?  Would you like to recover that lost power?

Teaming Up With Yukon Gear & Axle

Axleboy is teaming up with Yukon Gear and Axle, today through the end of March 2017, to bring you a move-in special that will do exactly that for your JK, your TJ or both:

  • Recover Lost Power
  • Improve Fuel Mileage
  • Deliver Better Towing Capacity
  • Lower Your Crawl Ratio
  • Increase Engine Efficiency

What’s the Deal?

Starting at $1850*, Axleboy will regear both front and rear axles of your 1997-2017 Jeep Wrangler with premium Yukon gears, 4.10 (TJ only), 4.56 or 4.88.  This special includes:

  • Front and Rear Yukon Gear and Axle ring and pinions with master install kits
  • LubeLocker gaskets for both front and read differentials
  • 80/90 Break-in Oil
  • Gear-lube service in 500 miles with synthetic fluids
  • Axleboy’s 12 month/12,000 mile warranty

Thinking about stepping up your ratio to a 5.13? We’ve worked out  a special price for that too, starting at just $1950*.

What Are You Waiting For? Get Your Power Back!

Don’t wait too long, because this special is only going to run through 3/31/2017.  Call Axleboy today at 636-939-5337 to get answers to your questions and schedule service.

*Jeeps that currently have a 3.21 gear ratio will require an additional $101 to upgrade the carrier.  While the differential is apart, we highly recommend replacing axle bearings and seals.  We also recommend re-calibrating your speedometer and setting shift points soon after installing new gears.

Newer Bigger Location

Axleboy is pleased to announce that after 12 years of business, in the St. Peters area, they have relocated to a significantly larger and more accommodating facility only a few miles West.

On January 1, 2017, Scott Carline, owner and president of Axle Boy Enterprises, LLC dba Axleboy, received possession of the building and land located at 1935 E. Terra Ln. in O’Fallon, Missouri.  In the weeks that followed, extensive renovations began to reshape both the production and showroom areas, to bring them in line with OSHA and Axleboy standards.

Axleboy officially stopped all production on January 9, 2017 at the Ehlmann Rd. address so that larger equipment and computer systems could be moved to the new location.  Within the relatively short timeframe of one week, Axleboy was appropriately staffed and able to resume full service and production efforts on January 16, 2017.

As of January 20, 2017 Missouri’s self-proclaimed Jeep and off-road authority is open and operational with only minor cosmetic updates still in progress.

For all your Jeep, truck and off-road needs, call Axleboy at 636-939-5337 M-F 8:00am-6:00pm.

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TeraFlex – Falcon Series Shocks

Teraflex Falcon Series 3.1 Piggyback Shocks
Original Press Date: November 2016

The Falcon Series 3.1 piggyback shock is designed and engineered to deliver race inspired performance and handling while exclusively built to the specific requirements of the Jeep Wrangler. Vehicle stability is the paramount goal with all Falcon shocks.
For years shocks have been simply ‘adapted’ with minimal tuning and not specifically designed for an application. Falcon Shocks changes that mentality. The Falcon Series 3 Piggyback shocks are corner specific, built from the ground up, and deliver the best damping characteristics possible with fitment and function outlining the highest priorities. A lengthy and painstaking development process has finally delivered these new advancements to a waiting Jeep market.
The front shock features a unique piggyback design with the reservoir positioned horizontally to increase clearance with large tires during articulation and turning. An offset upper stud positions the shock body away from the frame for maximum clearance.
The rear shock positions the body and reservoir at the bottom to eliminate shaft damage from rocks kicked up by the tires. The outboard mounting increases clearance for lifted vehicles with raised track bar brackets. 
Falcon shocks feature Lucas Oil full synthetic shock oil for superior performance across all temperatures to reduce shock fade. The proprietary synthetic formula also contains special anti-wear and lubricity agents that produce excellent thermal stability.

Falcon Series 3 shocks are available in different performance levels including adjustable and non adjustable versions.

Features & Benefits
- JK specific shock
- Increases vehicle stability
- Improved dynamic roll control
- Improved low speed damping 
- Optimized fitment for clearance during full suspension travel & articulation 
- Front offset stud design creates additional frame clearance
- 2.25” shock body provides optimal performance
- Largest shock body that will fit without modifications
- 6061 aluminum hard anodized shock tube resists wear
- Smooth honed internal shock body surface for long term performance
- ¾” shaft to prevent shaft buckling
- Maximum shaft diameter for optimal adjustable range
- Hard chrome, induction hardened shaft resists rock damage and corrosion
- OGS – the oil/gas separator prevents cavitation 
- Digressive linear piston & base valve technology 
- One-piece Teflon bronze piston wear band with o-ring
- Fast Adjust Knob upgrade for quick compression adjustments (optional)
- Compression cartridge system can be added to Series 3.1 piggyback shocks by owner after purchase
- Piggyback design increases fluid flow by 6x over restricting reservoir hose designs
- Piggyback fluid passage eliminates common leakage issues found in banjo & swivel fittings 
- Hard anodized billet piston
- Aluminum construction for superior heat dissipation
- Lucas Oil full synthetic shock oil
- 1,000 hour salt spray corrosion resistance on all hardware
- Serviceable & rebuildable (factory serviced)
- Built in-house in the TeraFlex Falcon shock division
- Fits all JK Wrangler models including Rubicon and Unlimited
- 3 year warranty
- Patent pending design

SKU	MSRP	Description
01-01-31-400-002	$998.99	Series 3.1 Piggyback 0”-2” lift  (all 4)
01-01-31-400-253	$998.99	Series 3.1 Piggyback 2.5”-3” lift (all 4)
01-01-31-400-406	$998.99	Series 3.1 Piggyback 4”-6” lift (all 4)
01-01-31-400-002-1	$998.99	Series 3.1 Sport Piggyback 0”-2” lift  (all 4)
01-01-31-400-253-1	$998.99	Series 3.1 Sport Piggyback 2.5”-3” lift (all 4)
01-01-31-400-406-1	$998.99	Series 3.1 Sport Piggyback 4”-6” lift (all 4)

About TeraFlex
TeraFlex has been involved with Jeep performance since the 1950s. Over the years we have developed innovative products that exceed expectations, deliver maximum performance, and provide premium quality and value. Continuing our stronghold, we offer the most comprehensive list of performance components for the JK Wrangler than any other manufacturer to date. Our mission and focus remains the same - innovation, performance, and dependability. TeraFlex products encourage an active Jeep based outdoor lifestyle and enhance the experience both on and off road.

For more information about TeraFlex, or any of our products please stop by or call:
Axleboy 
636-939-5337
servicedepartment@axleboy.com
www.axleboy.com
www.teraflex.com

 

Big Changes & Big Opportunity

Big changes mean big opportunity! Without prematurely revealing too much information, Axleboy is excited for some pretty big changes (including doubling our workforce) that will be coming in the near future.  As such, new applications are being accepted for the following positions:

    • Auto Technicians
    • Porter/Shop Support
    • Front Counter Sales and Support

 

If you, or someone you know, is interested in becoming part of Missouri’s Jeep & Off-Road Authority, applying  for a job is extremely easy.  Just follow these simple steps:

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

 

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

 

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

Twice a year, Mid West Jeep Thing (MWJT) and Axleboy team up to introduce new Jeep owners to the wonderful world of off-roading.  In our opinion, participating in a course like this is one of the best ways to become familiar with Jeep lifestyle, off-road etiquette and the capabilities of your stock to moderately lifted Jeep Wrangler.

Here’s what you can expect:
intro-to-offroad-1An Early Morning!

The Intro to Off-Road starts promptly at 9:00 am in Potosi, MO.  Depending on where you live, how long it takes to get going in the morning and how fast you drive, your day may start much earlier than usual.  If you’re coming from the St. Louis area, like we are, it’s safe to plan on about two hours of travel time.  The Axleboy crew typically leaves St. Peters around 6:30 am…but we’re also towing a trailer.

Class-room Type Instruction.

The first part of this course involves an interactive classroom style session where 24MWJT and Axleboy will discuss Tread Lightly guidelines, trail safety and a slew of information about “the modified Jeep.”

Lunch.

Immediately after the classroom portion, we’ll take a 30-45 minute lunch break.  This typically includes a burger, some chips and a soft drink or water.  Chow down and get ready to roll!

intro-to-offroad-31Demonstrations.

Towards the end of lunch, Scott Carline, owner of Axleboy demonstrates how and when to use an ARB tire deflator.  For those who have quick disconnects, Scott will also talk about when to disconnect and show how it is done.

Afternoon Trail Riding.

Organized trail riding is just that…organized.  Typically 3-4 experienced trail guides will be pre-selected to lead a group of 5-10 Jeeps on beginner trails with light to moderate obstacles.  During this time, you can expect to go up and down hills, around trees and over rocks of various sizes.  You may also hear a cacophony of creaks, clunks and other noises that are typical while traversing unpaved paths.

49A Dirty Jeep.

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

Photo Opportunities.

Organized Jeeping is slow and steady with plenty of opportunities to get out and take pictures of your Jeep and others going over obstacles.  Bring a camera or use your smart phone and get to know some of the people in your group.  You might be surprised how many awesome people are willing to exchange pictures after the event.

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

Parts & People Features Axleboy

As Economy Improves, New Demographic of Enthusiasts Enter ‘Jeep Lifestyle,’ as Segment Continues Rebound

BY: DUSTIN HOLLAND, Parts & People
St. Peters, Mo.—Scott Carline, owner of Axleboy Automotive, has been in or around Jeeps for a long time. He began his career working as a Chrysler and Jeep technician but felt the need to take advantage of a business opportunity within the Jeep Community.

“I really started to get into the Jeep Lifestyle after working as a mechanic,” he said. “When other people in that subgroup found out I was a mechanic and word got around, I saw a great opportunity to start my own business.”

In 2004, Carline opened the doors at Axleboy Automotive. “I wanted my shop to be a step above what people were used to receiving when they had work done on their Jeep,” he said.

What began as a small 3,000-square-foot shop has grown to 9,500 square feet. It is equipped with six lifts and an abundance of open floor space.

Jeep owners and dealerships have been relying on Axleboy’s expertise to service their every need, Carline said. “We do a lot of customization jobs. If it was up to us and money was no object, all we would do is build custom Jeeps for clients. We know repair work is necessary also though.”

He also added that as a business it is important to have multiple revenue streams going to stay afloat. The shop also does axle and differential remanufacturing for industrial and light truck applications and sells Jeep accessories. It also performs a small percentage of all makes/all models service and repair.

The shop bounced back from the recent economic downturn, as customers have more disposable income. Low gas prices and credit availability has also helped.

Carline said the shift in the economy and recent Jeep redesigns were bringing in a new clientele than had previously been its core. “Some of my best clients are now doctors, lawyers and bankers, as opposed to the ‘average Joe.’”

Since the economic upturn, Axleboy has also cultivated relationships with dealerships that seek customizations, he said. “Some dealerships just want us to put bigger tires on a stock Jeep so they can put it back on the floor and sell it. Others are more interested in helping people live the Jeep lifestyle. “We will go to the dealership and put together a package custom to the needs of that customer. We sit down with them and really break down what it is that they will need to live the type of Jeep life that they are looking for.”

Carline and his staff are actively involved in several Jeep clubs or communities, including The Midwest Jeep Thing and Jeeping Mid-Rivers. Carline and his full-time marketing director, Mike Carter, take opportunities to set up at their various events throughout the year to showcase products and services. “It is important that I am actively involved in the Jeep community. If a current or potential customer can see my passion first hand and know that it is genuine, it really helps to build relationships which ultimately lead to sales,” Carline said.

He added, “Like most small repair businesses, marketing usually falls on the owner. The problem is, most of us are mechanics by trade and marketing doesn’t come naturally, which leads to a neglect in marketing,” Carline said.

Marketing strategies include increased social media presence, Web design and customer relations, Carter said. “The use of social media in the auto repair industry as a whole has come a long way but there are still shops going about it the wrong way. We stay away from putting generic posts and ads on our sites and focus on interacting with the customer on a more personal level.”

Axleboy is a distributor and installer of TeraFlex aftermarket parts, lift kits and accessories. Recently, the shop has become certified installers of GenRight, which has high-quality suspension and body armor options, Carline said. Other parts and accessories are provided by Keystone Automotive. In addition to lift kit and tires, LED lights are presently popular sales items.

“We get our tires from US Autoforce. They have fast delivery and, in a pickle, they are real close, so we can run up and grab what we need,” he said, adding that the most popular option for Jeep owners right now is the Cooper STT Pro for mud and the Cooper ST Maxx for dual purpose applications.

Carline offered advice for other Jeep and 4×4 shops — take the time to get to know your clients. “Don’t just be their go-to for repairs. Some of the best times I can remember as an owner are the weekends I spent on the trails with my customers living the Jeep life with them.”

 

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Truck and Off-Road Festival 2016

NOTICE: Event Cancelled

TRUCK & OFF-ROAD FESTIVAL

AUGUST 12-13, 2016.  REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

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

 

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

The 2016 Truck & Off-Road Festival will take place at the Gateway Motorsports Park (700 Raceway Blvd) in Madison, Ill., near St. Louis. For the full schedule of events, visit trucktrend.com. Times listed are in Central Time.

• Friday, August 12 – Gates open at 12 p.m., events conclude at 1 a.m.
• Saturday, August 13 – Gates open at 7 a.m., events conclude at 10 p.m.

EVENT FEATURES

Truckin Throwdown – This year, ANY truck can try and make the final field by throwing down one of the 12 fastest combined drag race and autocross times during qualifying sessions.

• Autocross
• Drag Racing
• Slalom
• Start/Stop box
• Dyno
• Show & Shine
All Registered Participants
• Drag Racing – Multiple Classes
• Autocross Course
• Professionally judged Show & Shine with awards in multiple classes
• UTV & Side-by-Side Racing
• Mud Bog
• Editor’s Choice Awards
• Performance Truck Midway / Vendor Row
• Dyno Contest
• DJ Friday night / Live band Saturday night

REGISTER YOUR TRUCK NOW and LOCK IN SPECIAL PRICING!

When you register for the Truck and Off-Road Festival you get entry for your truck and one credential as well as a swag bag with some cool gifts. Not only will you be able to show off your rig, but you’ll be able be part of the action on the drag strip, autocross, 4×4 obstacle course, or even the mud bog!

All driving activities included in the price below:

• Pre-registration for a two day pass is only: $45*
• On-site registration for a two day pass is only: $50
• Pre-registration for Friday only: $20*
• On-site registration for Friday only: $25
• Pre-registration for Saturday only: $35*
• On-site registration for Saturday only $40
• UTV pre-registration for Saturday only $35*
• UTV on-site registration for Saturday only $40

SPECTATOR TICKETS FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC ARE ON SALE NOW!

• Adults
o Friday $10 in advance*, $15 at the gate
o Saturday $15 in advance*, $20 at the gate
o 2-day pass $25 in advance*, $30 at the gate
• Children 6-12 years of age – $5 per day. $10 for 2-day pass.
• Children 5 and under – Free.
*Available until Wednesday August 11 2016, at 11:59 p.m.
To register or purchase spectator tickets, visit truckandoffroadfestival.com

ADDITIONAL EVENT INFORMATION

For vendor booth Information, contact Glenn Herniter by phone at 310.363.4047 or email at gherniter@enthusisatnetwork.com

 

Please Note: This Event Is Officially Cancelled

Andy Wilson

Bohlsen Group
(317) 602.7137
awilson@bohlsengroup.com

JEEP MECHANIC WANTED

Are you an experienced problem solver?  Have you worked hard to develop a reputation as a quality mechanic?  Do you want to help build and repair awesome Jeeps?  You’ve learned the trade and refined your skills, now it’s time to do something great!  At Axleboy, we take pride in being Missouri’s Jeep and off-road authority, specializing in late model Jeep Wrangler customization.  We are looking for a qualified mechanic to join our elite team of industry professionals.

Job ResponsibilitiesLock Robster

  • Build and repair awesome Jeeps.
  • Adhere to all company policy, procedure and safety rules.
  • Maintain an organized and neat bay.
  • Assist fellow mechanics in performing technical activities.
  • Communicate needs and recommendations clearly to non-technical personnel

 Qualifications:

  • At least a High School Diploma or GED
  • Current Driver’s License
  • Be available to work Monday-Friday, 8:00am-6:00pm
  • A solid work history (min. 2-3 years of industry experience preferred)
  • You have your own collection of tools
  • Strong experience with electrical wiring and diagnostics
  • Strong automotive/mechanical diagnostic skills
  • Able to pass a pre-employment drug test/physical/background check
  • Jeep owner is a plus (not required)
  • Read and write English fluently

If you meet the qualifications above and have a positive attitude, we encourage you to apply today at http://axleboy.com/careers/ or email your resume to robbie@axleboy.com and answer the following question: What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?

Axleboy offers more than just a place to work.  We have rules like everywhere else, but we also know how to throw down some fun: Weekend wheeling trips, BBQ in the back and did we mention that we specialize in Jeep and off-road vehicles?  As if that wasn’t enough, we also offer:

  • Excellent Medical , Dental and Life insurance
  • Set work hours: Monday through Friday
  • Fast paced and energetic work environment
  • Competitive wages
  • Paid holidays and vacation timeJeep Thing 1

Axleboy Teams Up With Fox and JKS

Shock 2.0Quality & Performance on Every Terrain

Axleboy is extremely pleased to team up with JKS and Fox, makers of quality, performance suspension solutions for the Jeep and off-road communities.

 

While at the Louisville, KY: Unlimited Off-Road Expo in early June, Scott Carline, owner of St. Peters based Axleboy piqued the interest of representatives from the Fox and JKS brands.  A lively discussion ensued, business cards were exchanged and within minutes a professional connection had been forged.

 

In the past, Axleboy has depended on third party distributors to obtain Fox shocks and JKS aftermarket upgrades for their performance conscious customers.  Now, less than one month after having met in person, Axleboy is honored to be a direct dealer of both Fox and JKS performance brands.

 

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Fox Direct

GenRight Off Road Products

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

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A few days ago we received a call from Taylor at GenRight Off Road, a California based company that specializes in creating innovative, high-quality products for the true off-road enthusiast.

 

After a casual conversation about Axleboy and GenRight, comparing policies, quality standards, business goals, and our mutual passion for the off-road lifestyle, Taylor dropped the big question: “Are you interested in being our exclusive authorized dealer and installer for the state of Missouri?

 

Our jaws dropped at the surprise and for a moment there was utter silence.

 

Having seen firsthand GenRight’s attention to detail and quality performance, of course we gladly accepted.

 

Whether you’re the type of Jeeper who spends more time driving through creek beds and over mountainsides or you simply want superior quality off-road parts on your Jeep, check out the full GenRight product line and give us a call to get your next project going.

 

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Axleboy: (636)939-JEEP (5337)

 

Can You Install This For Me?

Every so often we’ll have a customer come in with a Jeep full of parts that they just ordered online and ask us how much it will cost to have it all installed.  We are excited that people continue to take an interest in modifying their Jeeps and that our reputation for quality workmanship has spread throughout the Jeep community.  We don’t like to turn away opportunities to work on Jeeps, but in 2015 we adopted a fairly standard industry policy regarding parts installation.

Our installation policy, in its most basic form, is this:

“We do not install customer supplied parts.”

Regardless if you purchased your parts direct from Jeep or through Quadratec, e-bay, Amazon or Craigslist, we simply don’t install customer supplied parts.  For those interested in knowing the “why” behind this policy, we offer a general explanation below.

Installing Customer Supplied Parts is Bad for Business.

We’re not saying that the stuff customers find online is cheap or low quality or that it won’t work.  Plenty of people buy stuff online, install it in their garage and are perfectly happy.  We are happy for these folks and enjoy spending time on the trails with them.

The reasons we don’t install customer supplied parts are both legal and business in nature.  In terms of legality, the state of Missouri holds shops (like Axleboy) responsible for all aspects of a job, including parts and labor, regardless of where the parts originate.  So, even if we, as a shop, were to install a customer’s parts as specified by the manufacturer, if the part itself failed, legally, we would be held liable.  It sounds ridiculous…until it happens.

From the business perspective, Axleboy and other professional shops exist because there is some element of profitability that allows us to purchase specific tools, pay certified technicians and maintain a brick and mortar location. Remove marginal profitability and reputable off-road shops will quickly disappear.  That doesn’t sound like a very good business plan to us.

Our Reputation is Based on Quality. Quality People. Quality Parts. Quality Service.

At Axleboy, we work hard to build and maintain quality working-relationships with several aftermarket manufacturers, so that when parts don’t fit right or packages arrive with damaged or incomplete sets, we can still get the job done right and in a timely manner.  Our sights are focused on total quality and customer satisfaction.  When customers go to online vendors to save a couple bucks, they unknowingly interfere with our ability to guarantee quality.  This is a reputational risk that we are simply unwilling to accept.

We want you to know, that we don’t think anything less of people or Jeepers for purchasing parts online.  Please understand when we politely decline to install them.

New Product From ARB

OME is pleased to release a new range of adjustable control arms with Max C Dual Durometer bushes for the JK Wrangler.

Adjustable control arms are perfect for those Jeep owners who want to customize caster and pinion angles to fine tune ride and handling for both on and off-road applications.  All arms have been shot peened, zinc electroplated and powder coated to prevent corrosion.

 

Max C Bushes:

MAX-C is a Dual Durometer composite bushing engineered for optimal ride quality and off-road durability in heavy duty applications.

The MAX-C is constructed of multiple urethane compounds and materials to deliver significant dampening and elastic characteristics that enable the joint to perform in a more linear torsional spring rate. The Free Pivot design eliminates pre-mature bushing failures from twisting loads particularly on long travel suspension arms or track bars and is ideal for heavy duty off-road performance. Synthetic Elastomer formulation consistently recovers to co-centric position effectively Self Centring the joint. Reinforcement Tube redistributes load evenly throughout the cushion and prevents contaminants entry into the joint by effectively minimizing gaping of the hole during misalignment configuration.

 

 

 

LCAJKFR copyFront Lower Control Arm JK Wrangler:

  • • 2” x 0.188” wall (50.8mm x 4.7mm) 1020 DOM STEEL TUBE
  • • Adjustable w/ Jam Nut
  • • Precision robotic welding
  • • Max C – Dual Duro Bushing
  • • Forged Eyelet and Forged Rod End

 

 

 

LCAJKRR copyRear Lower Control Arm JK Wrangler:

  • • 2” x 0.188” wall (50.8mm x 4.7mm) 1020 DOM STEEL TUBE
  • • Adjustable w/ Jam Nut
  • • Precision robotic welding
  • • Max C – Dual Duro Bushing
  • • Forged Eyelet and Forged Rod End

 

 

UCAJKFR copyFront Upper Control Arm JK Wrangler:

  • • 1.25” x 0.188” wall (31.7mm x 4.7mm)1020 DOM STEEL TUBE
  • • Stamped Steel Clevis
  • • Adjustable w/ Jam Nut
  • • Precision robotic welding
  • • Max C – Dual Duro Bushing
  • • Forged Rod End

 

 

 

 

UCAJKRR copyRear Upper Control Arm JK Wrangler:

  • • 1.25” x 0.188” wall (31.7mm x 4.7mm)1020 DOM STEEL TUBE
  • • Adjustable w/ Jam Nut
  • • Max C – Dual Duro Bushing
  • • Precision robotic welding
  • • Forged Eyelet and Forged Rod End

 

Axleboy is proud to be an authorized ARB dealer and installer.
Contact us for pricing and availability.

ABOUT ARB

ARB Corporation Limited is Australia’s largest and industry leading manufacturer and distributor of quality, 4WD vehicle accessories, with distribution in more than 100 countries worldwide. The company manufac­tures and stocks the worlds most respected and sought after 4×4 accessories.

Careers with Axleboy

You may have heard that Axleboy had a great year in 2015 and that we’re looking to grow in 2016.  The rumors are true!

We are at that point where we “either need to start turning work away or bring more people into the team,” said Scott Carline, owner of Axleboy. “And with Spring and Summer just around the corner, there are no plans to slow down production in the shop.”

With that in mind, Axleboy is looking for fresh talent in the automotive and off-road customization industry.  Anybody can be trained to turn a wrench, but we are extremely selective about who we invite to work on our team.

At Axleboy, quality is more than a goal or an obscure hope for the future. Our team members eat, sleep and breathe quality.  It is at the center of everything that we do and the defining element of who we are.

If you consider yourself a problem solving, quick moving, optimistic and skilled automotive technician…or you know someone who fits that description, we might have your next great opportunity.

 

Check out our Careers page by clicking here.

Annual Chili Cookoff

5th Annual Chili Cook-Off: Feb 27th

You’re Invited!!

Do you own a Jeep? Are you thinking about purchasing a Jeep? Do you like to look at Jeeps? Do you like chili?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then you’re invited to attend our 5th annual Chili Cook-off with Mid West Jeep Thing. We’ll have plenty of chili, free drinks, raffle prizes and a bunch of well-built Jeeps to admire, so grab a friend and come hang out with us for a while.

When:

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

Where:

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

 

Planning to enter our chili contest? Every year, we see a HUGE variety in chili recipes, from melt-your-tastebuds to mild white-chicken and everything in between.  Give us a heads up (ph: 636-939-5337) and we’ll make sure there’s an outlet available for your crock pot. You may be the next Axleboy Chili Champion!!

Chili Cookoff

 

Love Is Jeep

What is LOVE?

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we asked several people to define “LOVE” in four words or less.  After careful consideration we arrived at a dramatic yet obvious conclusion.

All of us at Axleboy sincerely wish you and yours a very happy Valentine’s Day!

NEW Rock Sliders From Smittybilt

We are proud to offer the latest products from Smittybilt, including their new Atlas Series rock sliders (compatible with 2 and 4-door Wrangler JKs).  Starting at only $449.99*, these quality rock sliders feature:

  • 3/16″ cold rolled steel
  • Anti-slip step pads for easier access
  • Complete bolt on installation (no drilling)
  • Compatability with XRC exterior armor

Smittybilt Rock Sliders

Call or stop by for details and to set your appointment.

Be sure to check out some of the other great deals going on right now on our Specials page.

*For 2007-2016 JK 2-door Atlas Rock Sliders with step. Does not include sales tax or installation.

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.

Start Planning Now

How to Plan a Successful Jeeping Year

Every year, millions of people around the world set New Year’s resolutions…and more than 50% either give up on or forget about their goals withing the first three months.  We asked ourselves, “Why? Why aren’t more people sticking to their guns and following through with their resolutions?”

The answer: We think people give up on their New Year’s resolutions because they simply aren’t fun.

OUR RESOLUTION for 2016 is to have a blast and spend more time on the trails and at off-road events than we have in the past decade!!  It’s going to be great.  Here’s a list of 7 things to consider if you want to share our resolution this year:

Step 1:  Determine which events you want to participate in.

  •  Intro to Off-Road with Mid West Jeep Thing (MWJT)
  •  Jeepstock at SMORR
  •  Jeep Blitz in Bushnell, IL
  •  Jeep Jamboree(s)
  •  Other: _____________________

Step 2:  Factor in any destinations you would like to see.

  • Colorado Rockies
  • Rubicon Trail
  • Moab
  • Logging roads of the Pacific Northwest
  • Fill in the blank: ____________________

Step 3:  Give employer appropriate notification for time-off request.

  • Standard two weeks
  • Eh…I didn’t really like that job anyway
  • Weekend warriors don’t need to give notification
  • I’m retired and leave whenever I want…sucka!

Step 4:  Make necessary modifications to your Jeep.

  • Suspension (a little extra lift does wonders for flexibility)
  • Bigger tires & new wheels
  • Body armor & skid plates
  • Upgrade Axles, gears, lockers
  • Install CB radio
  • Add recovery gear (Winch, tow straps, D-rings, etc)
  • Additional field-repair tools (Hi-lift, gloves, wrenches, spare parts, etc)
  • Roof top tent systems

Step 5: Map out locations and distance between gas stations.

  • It’s no secret that your Jeep can go just about anywhere…except past a gas station.  We don’t want you to get stuck in the middle of Oklahoma with an empty tank and 50 miles to the nearest gas station, and neither do your passengers.

Step 6:  Gather up your friends or family and hit the road.

  • It’s always more fun when other people are along for the ride.  Somebody’s gotta get out to take the pictures, right?

Step 7:  Enjoy the ride…and make it back to work by ___________.

Build Your Jeep

5 Last Minute Gifts for the Jeeper in Your Life

 

Christmas is just around the corner and 18.7%* of Americans admit to being last minute shoppers. If you’re still searching for that perfect gift for the Jeeper in your life, consider the following must-have items.

  1. Recovery Gear– Given a day off from work, most off-road enthusiasts will find their way into the woods. This year, give the Jeeper in your life a gift that they will use and appreciate all year long. Tow straps and a quality set of D-rings are some of the most useful accessories to keep with you any time you go off-road.
  2. LED lights– Want to light up the path into 2016? We carry a full line of LED spot lights and light bars that will put out as much at 40,300 lumens, shedding light on every rock and trail hazard on or near your path.
  3. Axleboy Gift Certificate– You really can’t go wrong with a gift certificate from Axleboy.  Our certificates are good for up to 1 year after the date of purchase and can be used for virtually any part or service that we offer in-shop.
  4. Teraflex Quick Disconnects– Perfect for the Jeeper in your life! This is the gift that keeps giving all year long.  We keep disconnects in stock for both JK and TJ models.
  5. Apparel– Perfect stocking stuffers for him or her.  Axleboy carries tank tops and t-shirts and koozies (apparel for your can or bottle) in a variety of colors and sizes that the Jeeper in your life is guaranteed to enjoy.

There’s still time to give the perfect gift…but don’t wait until Christmas Eve, because Axleboy will be closed.  All of us at Axleboy wish you and your family a happy holiday season and happy wheeling in 2016!!

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

Ask the Experts

When Jeepers go off-road as a club or group, the rule of thumb is to keep less-experienced wheelers in the middle of the pack.  This gives “newbies” an opportunity to observe veteran Jeepers as they maneuver through trail obstacles; noting wheel placement and approach angles that do or do not work before attempting the obstacle themselves.

In similar fashion, when considering the next level in Jeep modification, it is not uncommon for Jeep owners to seek the advice of peers who have already traveled the same or similar path.  We naturally want to know what has worked well for others and what products to avoid.  For that “expertise”, one of the most common places Jeepers initially turn to is the Jeep forums.

The Jeep Forums

The idea itself is pretty good: Post a question about specific tires, wheels, accessories or upgrade plans and, theoretically, people with experience in those specific areas can comment and act as virtual spotters.

The only problem with this method of gathering information is that many individuals only have “experienctise” and lack credible expertise.  What this means is that when a person has a single experience (good or bad) they become either strong advocates or critics for a particular brand.  Additionally, some folks that comment on the forums may not have any first-hand experience with a product or brand but still voice a strong opinion based on something they heard from a friend or read online.

We’re not saying that the Jeep forums are bad.  In fact, they can be a really fun place to get new ideas or even refine some old ones.  We simply caution how much time should be spent trolling through the forums and how much credibility should be given to internet opinions.

Do A Little Research

We suggest following up on things that are posted on the forums with a little of your own research.  Once you have a concrete idea for your next modification, we recommend learning a little about the manufacturer.  How long have they been in business? Do they specialize in one type of product or cater to a variety of interests? This is also a good time to verify product specifications, vehicle compatibility and warranty information.

Ask an Industry Pro

If questions arise as a result of your personal findings, we recommend consulting with a credible source of information.  At Axleboy, we have modified HUNDREDS of Jeeps, working with a variety of manufacturers on a daily basis.  We know which products are engineered using quality material and craftsmanship… and which ones repeatedly have problems.  When questions of product quality or reliability arise, our professional staff are more than glad to offer insights based on over 11 years of vendor dealings, customer feedback and Jeep repairs.

Give us a call at 636-939-5337 to schedule a consultation with Scott, or stop by and chat with Greg next time you are thinking about Jeep mods.

Holiday Hours 2015

Holiday Hours

With the holiday season in full bloom, and people taking time off to be with family and friends, we figured it would only be fair to give our crew at Axleboy the same opportunity.

We’ve got just a handful of dates coming up that deviate from our typical hours of operation.  So, if you’re thinking about lifting, re-gearing or even something small like getting an oil change, we simply request that you keep these dates in mind and plan accordingly:

 

November

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

December

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

January

  • Friday, Jan 1st– Closed for New Year’s Day

 

All of us at Axleboy wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!

Fall Wheeling

10 Things to Take Wheeling in the Fall

It has been a great wheeling season so far this year, and with Fall in full swing we’re glad to say, “The best is yet to come!”  Cooler temperatures and foliage on the trail present an interesting new twist to the off-road experience.  We want you and your passengers to have a safe and enjoyable time wheeling this Fall.

Before you head out to explore new trails or roll through your favorite wilderness playground we recommend checking your rig for the following must-have items:

  1. Tow Straps (looped ends…not hooks)- Any time you’re going out on the trail with any other Jeepers, it’s a good idea to pack along at least one loop-ended tow strap.  Nobody plans to get stuck on the trail, but sometimes the forces of nature catch us off guard.
  2. Tow Hooks (D-ring)- Why take the chance of having a tow strap slip off an open end hook? We’re all about safe wheeling and strongly encourage the use of D-ring style tow points.
  3. Full Size Spare Tire- The last thing you want to see when you puncture or tear out the sidewall on your oversize tires is an undersized sized spare.
  4. Jack- The best type of jack to use with your Jeep is the one that came with it.  Of course, once you lift your Jeep and put on big tires, your jack will need some modification or assistance to reach an effective height. Another option is the Hi-Lift jack.  These jacks are significantly less stable, and should be used with extreme caution.
  5. Winch– You might not be the sort to push the limits, but when you find yourself in a jam, having a reliable winch can be just the thing you need to make it up, over or around an obstacle.
  6. Tree Saver– We’re not as extreme as some folks, and we don’t expect you to be either.  Tree savers allow you to use a tree trunk as a winch anchor point and cause minimal damage to the tree (so others can use it in the future) and to your winch cable.
  7. Trail Cleaning Equipment- Things like a shovel, kitty litter, super absorbent pads and moisture-proof waste bags are a must have.  Jeeping is all about enjoying nature and going where other vehicles simply cannot.  The last thing we want to do is harm the environment with spilled oil, antifreeze or other fluids.
  8. Tool bag/box- It’s better to have a bag of tools and not need them, than to need a tool and know exactly where it is in the garage at home.
  9. CB Radio– More than just a way to be chatty (and sometimes obnoxious ) with friends, the CB radio is a safety tool that can be used to warn other Jeepers of hazardous trail conditions or send out a distress call.
  10. Blanket and/or Coat– During the day, the weather might be just right…but if you’re out on the trail when the sun starts to go down, temperatures can quickly drop.  Having a jacket and or blanket in the back can help keep you and your passengers more comfortable if you find yourself running behind or (worst case scenario) stranded over night.

 

**An Intro to Off-Road event is taking place October 17, 2015 at Sayersbrook (Potosi, MO).  Registration is through the Mid West Jeep Thing.

Warranty Fact or Fiction

Mopar Lift Kits and Performance Parts

As Missouri’s off-road authority the guys at Axleboy are regularly asked about the Mopar lift kit.  Several dealership salesmen are indicating during the sales process that “Mopar lift kits are the only lift covered or approved under the manufacturer’s warranty.”

Sales people say a lot of things…some of which is absolutely true and much of which is less so. In considering what has been said about the Mopar lift, we feel obligated to point out that this particular lift is considered a “Mopar performance part,” identified as a part number that begins with the letter “P.”

Why is this significant?  Well, if you have a few minutes, call up the dealership parts department and ask them what the warranty is on Mopar performance parts.  You may be surprised with their response.

Still curious, but not interested in calling the dealership?  We’ve included an excerpt from page 38 of the of the Mopar Performance Catalog, which states:

MOPAR PERFORMANCE PARTS LIMITED WARRANTY

NO PARTS WARRANTY – “AS IS”

“Mopar Performance parts are sold “as is” unless otherwise noted. This means that parts sold by Mopar Performance carry no warranty whatsoever. Implied warranties, such as warranties of merchantability are excluded. (An implied warranty of merchantability means that the part is reasonably fit for the general purpose for which it was sold.) The entire risk as to quality and performance of such parts is with the buyer. Should such parts prove defective following their purchase, the buyer and not the manufacturer, distributor or retailer, assumes the entire cost of all necessary servicing or repair. Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep® and Ram vehicle and parts warranties are voided if the vehicle or parts are used for competition. The addition of performance parts does not by itself void a vehicle’s warranty. However, added performance parts (parts not originally supplied on the vehicle from the factory) are not covered by the vehicle’s warranty, and any failure that they may cause is not covered by the vehicle’s warranty.”

 

Ask us about OUR 12 month/12,000 mile parts and labor warranty.

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?

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.

Job Opening at Axleboy

Now Hiring: Porter/Helper

Axleboy is looking for a part-time porter & general shop helper.  Whether you are a student just looking for “play” money or you’re thinking about a career in the automotive industry, this is an opportunity worth looking into, so give us a call at 636-939-5337.

Qualifications:
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Responsible
  • Willing to work
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs.
  • OK with dirt and grease
Duties may include any combination of the following types of work:
  • Parts delivery and pickup
  • Keeping the shop & storefront clean and orderly
  • Light technician assistance (no experience necessary)
  • Restocking office supplies
  • Minimal office work (scanning documents)
Benefits include:
  • Flexible weekday hours between 8:30am-5:30pm
  • No weekend/holiday hours
  • Insiders look at the automotive industry
  • Bi-weekly pay schedule

 

If you, or someone you know is looking for part-time work. We’d like to talk.

 Click here for an application form.

 

Axleboy Automotive 4150-A Ehlmann Rd, St. Peters, MO 63376: 636-939-5337

 

New Parts Policy

Axleboy: Parts Policy

Experiencing a vehicle breakdown can be both stressful and expensive.  One way that some folks attempt to alleviate the financial burden of paying for repairs is by ordering and supplying their own parts.

It’s nearly impossible for local shops to compete with the majority of prices found on sites like Amazon, Ebay and Northridge4x4. For the DIY or shade-tree mechanic, this offers an easy way to cut costs, but we’re finding more and more legitimate businesses are turning down work to install “customer supplied” parts.

Work is work, right? So who cares where the parts come from?  There was a time when we would have agreed and gladly taken any type of work that came through the door.

For the past couple of years, we have struggled to find that perfect balance between quantity and our commitment to quality.  At long last, we have reached the determination that quality is truly our primary corporate social responsibility.  With that being said, Axleboy no longer installs “customer supplied” parts.

This decision was reached based on the following factors:

  1. Axleboy has spent years developing and maintaining vendor relationships.  This is significant because when our technicians have problems with how a part installs or performs on a vehicle, we can obtain technical support, send it back and/or negotiate product upgrades.
  2. Incorrect parts cost too much time and money for everyone involved.  If we are doing anything on a vehicle related to suspension or drivetrain, once we put that vehicle on the lift, it tends to stay there until the job is complete.  When a customer supplies their own parts and things don’t match up perfectly, production comes to a halt until correct parts are ordered, shipped to the customer and eventually make their way to our mechanic.  In the meantime, our customer may go days without his/her vehicle and we are able to service fewer vehicles which may drive other aspects of our schedule out of alignment.  By contrast, we stock several parts, so if one component of a kit is not perfect, we can generally replace it pretty quick. Even when we don’t stock a particular part, we can almost always source replacements from one of our local suppliers or have it overnight shipped directly to us, which helps to reduce the delay time.
  3. Liability.  When an auto shop installs parts that were supplied by the customer, and those parts do not work properly, who is held responsible?  Even when the shop installs everything correctly and the part itself fails, from a legal standpoint, the shop is held accountable for the complete job (service and parts).  We’re not saying that everybody is trying to “pull one over” on the automotive shop, but you know there’s always that one bad apple that sets a precedent.
  4. Ultimately we are committed to providing total customer care.  What this means to us is: When customers have questions, we answer them.  When we quote a price, we stand beside that quote.  If something we installed or worked on doesn’t function properly, we’ll do what it takes to make things work right.  Taking care of our customers is our top priority and when we provide parts, we can confidently stand behind their quality before, during and after installation.

 

10 Quick Tips

10 Quick Tips For a Healthier Ride

Thanks to technological advancements and mobile connectivity the world seems to be moving at a faster pace than ever before.  According to a Gallup data collected from 2013 and 2014 nearly the average full-time employee works 47 hours a week.  Chalk up another 3.7 hours each day spent on social media, along with all the time spent running errands, eating, sleeping, hanging out with family/friends and countless other things going on day after day…and suddenly we’re surprised when our vehicle develops an odd noise, blows out a tire or the check-engine light comes on.

Does any of this sound familiar?  Don’t be too hard on yourself if it does.  Life is legitimately busy and full of distractions that constantly compete for our attention, so we often adopt the mantra “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Unfortunately, when it comes to automobiles, neglecting routine maintenance can turn into an expensive game.  For example, on average, vehicles need 3-4 oil changes annually to maintain optimal engine performance.  At $30 per change, we could expect to spend $90-120 per year on this service alone.  If, on the other hand, we just drove the vehicle until the engine burned up (no oil changes), our $100-200 short-term savings would suddenly become either a $4,000-6,000 expense to swap out the engine or a $250 monthly payment toward a new ride. Ouch, right?

Our suggestion: If you own any type of vehicle, set aside a little time to become familiar with more than just the fuel tank.  Here are 10 things you can do to help extend the life of your vehicle.

Every Week

  1. Check the tire pressure.  Most pressure gauges are the size of a pen and fit conveniently in the glove box. This 5 minute task will help your tires wear evenly, extending their useful life and giving you better stopping distances.
  2. Check for pooling oil and other fluids on the driveway or in the garage where you park.  Really, this is a daily type of thing and doesn’t require you to do anything other than be observant.
  3. Pay attention to the trouble-lights. Vehicles today are set up with some pretty awesome technology that is programmed to notify you when something is not working properly.  When your check-engine light or any other trouble light comes on, get it checked out by a professional asap.
  4. Check/Top off windshield fluid. Driver visibility is a vital component to safe driving and while we can’t speak for every windshield, ours certainly seem to collect dust, pollen and bug guts that all need to be washed off.  Checking the windshield fluid should take less than 2 minutes once you know what you are looking for under the hood.
  5. Clean out the interior.  Did you know that clean vehicles can last 25-30% longer than messy ones?  Drivers who take time to de-clutter their vehicle are more likely to notice when things do not sound, smell or feel right…like having enhanced “spider senses.”

 

Every Month

  1. Check your oil once a month. Even though that sticker says you don’t have to get an oil change for another 8 weeks, go ahead and check your engine oil anyway. It only takes 4-5 minutes and can let you know if your engine is burning oil or how serious a leak may be. The dipstick handle to check this is typically yellow.
  2. Check transmission fluid levels.  Next time you go for a drive, try counting how many times your vehicle shifts gears. In order to work properly, those gears require a specific type of transmission fluid.  The transmission dipstick handle is typically red and not always convenient, so be sure to consult your owner’s manual or ask your mechanic to point you in the right direction.
  3. Check coolant levels.  Just like people, engines don’t run for very long when temperatures get too high.  Metal expands when it gets hot, and at about 245 degrees Fahrenheit different parts of an engine can begin to distort.  Coolant, also called anti-freeze helps to regulate temperatures inside the engine so you cave dependable performance.
  4. Visually inspect turn signals and other exterior lighting. External lighting doesn’t have an impact on engine performance, but it can increase your visibility to other drivers and they only take a minute or two to check.
  5. Give your vehicle a bath at least once a month depending on the season.  Dirt, debris and especially salt buildup on your vehicle create an ideal environment for corrosion to take root. And by corrosion, we mean rust, which could easily be prevented with a 10 minute trip to the local car wash.

We’ve noticed that if these simple things don’t get put on the ‘To do’ list, they just won’t happen.  So what we’re suggesting is, put down your smart phone or your tablet and take 20-30 minutes, once a week to become a little more familiar with your car, truck, Jeep, SUV, boat, motorcycle, train or whatever you drive.  Social media and the internet will still be there when you get back (maybe)…and this will give you something interesting to share with all your Facebook friends.  Brb gtg chk my oil, u shd chk urs 2.

Customize your Jeep at Axleboy

Jeep: Stock to Stud

Jeep Infographic

If you would like to schedule a no-obligation consultation appointment with an Axleboy Jeep specialists, call us at (636)939-JEEP (5337).  We specialize in Jeep suspension & modification and want to deliver to you the Jeep of your dreams.  We are open Monday-Friday, from 8:00am-6:00pm so stop by if you are in the area.

 

Red Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Jamboree Schedule

We’re noticing a lot more green on the ground and in the trees.  To us, that means only one thing… the wheeling season is finally in full bloom.  How often will you be hitting the trails this year?

Missouri offers a wide variety of options when it comes to wheeling, and with a little effort you could easily spend EVERY weekend, from now through September, out on a trail.

If you are new to the area or new to off-roading, “local” parks like Washita, Central Missouri Off-road, Flat Nasty, Moonlight and SMORR host group events throughout the year.  This is a great opportunity to get out, enjoy nature and get to know other Jeep-lovers.  Many of these parks also offer open wheeling on select weekend, for the lone-wolf wheelers out there…but we always recommend wheeling with at least one other Jeep.

If you have a more adventurous spirit, and the flexibility to travel, consider participating in one or more of the many Jeep Jamborees going on throughout the country in places like Big Bear Lake, California, Tillamook, Oregon, Moab, Utah, Monticello, New York and a whole host of places in between.  For a comprehensive list of dates and locations follow this link to the Jeep Jamboree website.

Wherever you wheel, we remind you to be safe, have fun and be respectful of other Jeepers and the land.  See you on the trail!

We Are Hiring

Axleboy is Hiring

Our shop foreman will be taking new responsibilities in the service department and that is going to leave us under-staffed in the shop.  If you think you’re qualified to fill this void, check out the job description below and email us a copy of your resume.

 

Title: Technician

Wages: $18-25 per hour

Daily Responsibilities:

We are a FULL service automotive maintenance and repair shop specializing in suspension and drivetrain components.  This means that our employees must be versatile enough to re-gear a differential, install a lift kit (we do a lot of this), diagnose electrical issues, weld and even change oil and balance tires once in a while.  In no way is this a comprehensive list of responsibilities, but it should give you an idea of what we do.

Qualifications:

  • ASE Certified
  • Diagnose Electrical
  • Must be self-motivated & able to work without close supervision
  • Quality driven
  • Experience working on:  Driveline, Axles and Manual Transmissions
  • Must be able to drive vehicles with standard transmission
  • Read, comprehend and follow instructions*

Benefits:

  • No weekend work
  • Competitive base pay with performance incentives
  • Ongoing training
  • Modern equipment
  • Fun place to WORK
  • Comprehensive Health/Dental/Life Insurance
  • Shop leadership opportunities may be available
  • Involvement with the Jeep and off-road lifestyle

Disclaimer:  If you are looking for an easy job… just screwing in spark plugs, hanging water pumps and changing brakes… then this is not the place for you.

 

*To apply, email your resume to: axleboy@axleboy.com

 

2015 Wheeling Destinations

We’re noticing more lawns growing green and more leaves on the trees and, to us, that means only one thing… the wheeling season is finally in full bloom.  How often will you be hitting the trails this year?

Missouri offers a wide variety of options when it comes to wheeling, and with a little effort you could easily spend EVERY weekend, from now through September, out on a trail.

If you are new to the area or new to off-roading, “local” parks like Washita, Central Missouri Off-road, Flat Nasty, Moonlight and SMORR host group events throughout the year.  This is a great opportunity to get out, enjoy nature and get to know other Jeep-lovers.  Many of these parks also offer open wheeling on select weekend, for the lone-wolf wheelers out there…but we always recommend wheeling with at least one other Jeep.

If you have a more adventurous spirit, and the flexibility to travel, consider participating in one or more of the many Jeep Jamborees going on throughout the country in places like Big Bear Lake, California, Tillamook, Oregon, Moab, Utah, Monticello, New York and a whole host of places in between.  For a comprehensive list of dates and locations follow this link to the Jeep Jamboree website.

Wherever you wheel, we remind you to be safe, have fun and be respectful of other Jeepers and the land!

Sayersbrook Wheeling

Jeep Regear Special

Jeep Re-gear Special

What’s the worst thing about lifting your Jeep and setting it up with bigger tires?  Ask any veteran Jeeper who uses their rig as both a daily driver and weekend warrior and it won’t take long to uncover the frustration of losing 6th (and sometimes 5th) gear.

Some folks will just go with the flow and chalk up the loss of highway speed as part of the exchange for better off-road handling.  After all, you can’t have the best of both worlds… right?

We beg to differ!  You CAN have an awesome off-road Jeep AND a daily commuter that performs well on the highway.  The solution is finding the right gear ratio for your Jeep needs.

Axleboy is here to help give meaning back to 6th gear… without breaking the bank.  Right now, save over $300 off the cost of installing your choice of 4.56, 4.88 or 5.13 gear ratio in your JK.  Prices start as low as $1795 per Jeep* so what are you waiting for?

Check out this awesome offer and lock in the opportunity to:

  • Improve your gas mileage
  • Recover lost power
  • Get better towing power
  • Lower your crawl ratio
  • Enhance engine efficiency
  • Improve Jeep performance

 

*This offer applies to Rubicon and non-Rubicon Jeeps (2007-2015 JK) only and includes: Yukon ring and pinion, install kits, and LubeLocker gaskets installed on both axles.  Some Jeeps may require additional parts or service prior to or during regear.  This offer carries a 90-day warranty.  Jeeps with factory 3.21 gear ratio will incur an additional cost of $225.  Speedometer recalibration available for an additional $184.98.  This limited-time offer cannot be combined with any other coupons, discounts or other specials- including gift certificates, Jeep club and Military discounts.  Offer ends 4-30-15.
Warn Rebate

Warn Rebates

Get up to $150 on Zeon Platinum and other Winches

With winter coming to a close, right now is the perfect time to get that Warn winch you’ve been looking at since last Spring!  Now through April 30th, Warn is offering up to $150 in cash rebates toward your purchase of a new winch.

Think about the trails, the hunts, those secret fishing spots and all the other overland adventures you’ll be taking this year.  Whether you’re looking for you first winch or just an upgrade, you’ve got places to go, and we can help get you a dependable Warn winch that will take you anywhere your Jeep will fit.

Axleboy is an authorized Warn retailer.  Contact us online or give us a call at (636)939-JEEP(5337).

Follow this link to view/print the Official Warn Rebate Form

Intro to Offroading

Intro To Off-Roading

Intro to Off-Roading

Spring is just around the corner and with it comes the off-road and wheeling season!  Do you remember your first time sitting behind the wheel and taking your Jeep or truck off-road?  …Anxiety mixed with excitement, apprehensions about getting a dent or scratch and the thrill of knowing you aren’t tied to the beaten path were just the beginning.

All off-roaders started somewhere, and for many of us, that was the “Intro to Off-Roading” class held at the Sayersbrook Bison Ranch outside of Potosi, MO.

If you have any family members or friends who are new to Jeep or are just getting interested in unlocking their off-road potential, let them know that the next Intro to Off-Roading course will be happening on Sunday, March 15th.

This course will begin at 9:00am sharp with basic classroom type instruction on trail safety guidelines and tips from experienced Jeepers like Scott Carline, owner of Axleboy.  The real fun begins after lunch when everyone will have the opportunity to take their Jeep on some beginner trails.

 

**Cost is $10 per person and lunch will be provided.

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

2015 Axleboy Chili Cookoff

Axleboy Chili Cook-off

Can you believe that we’re already this far into February?  In spite of recent snow fall, winter will soon be but a frigid memory and we’ll have all Spring, Summer and Fall to go topless & doorless in the great outdoors!

To help pass the time Axleboy will be hosting our annual Chili Cook-off sponsored by Mid West Jeep Thing on Saturday, February 28th from 11:30-2:00pm.

Whether you are new to the Jeep & offroad community and looking for opportunities to meet other Jeepers, or you just really like chili, this is the perfect time to come hang out at Axleboy.  Wrangle up the family or grab a friend and stew up your best pot of chili.  We’ll see you on the 28th!

We’ll have:

  • A Wide Variety of Chili
  • Free Soda and Water
  • Time to Show off your Jeep
  • Information about Jeep Clubs
  • Trophies for the Best Chili &
  • Raffle Prizes

Don’t forget, Saturday, February 28th from 11:30-2:00pm, Axleboy is the place to be!

 

Axleboy:  For directions, see our address below or give us a call at (636)939-JEEP (5337).
 
Don't forget to wave.

The Jeep Wave

We recently had a new Jeep owner come in to Axleboy with a complaint about the “Jeep-wave”.

It doesn’t work” he said, “I wave at other Jeeps all the time and never get a wave back.  Don’t people do the Jeep wave anymore?

There is some speculation that the wave may have been around even longer than the Jeep brand itself.  Whether that is a fact or not, we really don’t know…but we do know that the Jeep-wave is very much alive and well within the local Jeep communities.

 

Why do some Jeep owners neglect to return the wave?

Maybe it’s just an off day.  Or perhaps they just weren’t paying attention when your drove by.  Also, depending on what forums you read, there are certain rules that determine which Jeeper should initiate a wave and whether you can expect a wave in return.

One Jeep page we found, JeepTalk.org, has an actual list of qualities to determine a Jeep’s level of awesomeness and corresponding wave hierarchy- based on vehicle appearance (is it muddy?), age (older is better) and modifications.  They indicate that some Jeeps may simply not qualify for a return wave based on low or negative scores.

 

Regardless of where your Jeep lands on the awesomeness scale, we remind all Jeep owners that when they purchased their Jeep, new or used, they implicitly agreed to carry on the tradition of the wave.  As a general rule, we encourage you not to be that Jeeper that leaves other folks hanging with their hand in the air.

 

Happy Jeeping!!

Jeep Wave

Winterize Your Car

Winter Preparedness

Getting stranded on the side of the road is never a pleasant experience, but as fall fades into winter, frosty weather and icy roads are on the way.  With just a little preparation, you and your family can be prepared for the possibilities that accompany this change in the seasons.

The guys at Axleboy know that snow, ice and sometimes just plain old bad luck can leave you stranded on the side of the highway or out on a trail.  That’s why we’ve put together a short list of things you might consider adding to your vehicle this winter.

In addition to the standard items that should be kept in your vehicle (i.e. Spare tire, jumper cables, first aid kit, etc.) these are the items that made our Winter Preparedness List:

 

  • An ice scraper (or two)
  • A bag of sand, salt or cat litter to improve traction
  • A warm blanket or sleeping bag
  • Additional warm clothing for each passenger
  • Snow gloves
  • Road flares for increased visibility
  • Nutrient rich snacks
  • Tire chains or tow straps

 

Hopefully you never find yourself in a situation where you need to use these items, but as the saying goes, “Plan for the worst, hope for the best.”  How prepared are you for winter this year?

 

Check Engine Warning

The Check Engine Light

The Light is On

You’re ready to leave work, so you go out to your car and turn the key…or push the button.  Typically all of your dash lights will turn on for a second and then turn off.  This time however, you notice an obnoxious yellow light continuing to illuminate your dash…the dreaded “check engine” light.   What the heck, right!?

If you’re like me, seeing that check engine light on can initially feel pretty aggravating.  Once the realization sets in that the light is still on, one of two very different personalities tend to emerge.  Personality ‘A’ will call or text family and friends, and vent their frustration all over social media.  Personality ‘B’ on the other hand will feel upset by the light but ultimately ignore it in the hopes that it will turn off on its own.

Just because the check engine light comes on, doesn’t mean that you have to immediately stop whatever you are doing but by the same token, ignoring the light altogether is a good way to make things worse.

 

At Axleboy, we want to help alleviate some of the anxiety surrounding the check engine light.  To do that, we’ll do our best to answer two questions:

 

What’s the deal with the check engine light?

Ever since the 80’s, onboard diagnostic (OBD) systems, inside the vehicle, have monitored and controlled more and more going on under the hood.  The OBD system checks things like engine speed, ignition timing, and fuel mixture.  Whenever one of these things isn’t working just right, the OBD is programmed to bring things back into balance and optimize engine performance.

The check engine light doesn’t trip unless the OBD has identified a problem, attempted to correct it and the problem persists.  This light can come on for something as little as a loose gas cap (easy fix) or as big as an engine that is misfiring (not so easy to fix).

 

What should I do now?

Take a couple of deep breaths…you’ll be okay.  Now, if the light just came on, and it’s not flashing, there’s no need to panic.  You might even try tightening the gas cap just to see if it’s an easy fix (this actually happen quite often).  If the light doesn’t go off after a few miles, consider making an appointment at Axleboy.  Our OBDII certified technicians can read the trouble codes stored in the vehicle and tell you what will correct the problem.

If, however, the check engine light is flashing, something may be critically wrong inside the engine and it would be in your best interest to get your vehicle checked out ASAP.

 

When you need auto service, you know who to call.  Axleboy, (636)939-5337.

Steinjäger Accessories

The Latest Jeep Accessories

For over 10 years now, Axleboy has proudly been the go-to place for Jeep upgrades and customization. During that time, we’ve been there as thousands of stock Jeeps made the transformation into tough, mountain-conquering machines.  And when things haven’t gone as well as you planned, we were there to help pick up the pieces and make your Jeep strong again.

At Axleboy, we believe in building things to last and that’s why we partner with some of the best companies in the business.   Companies like Teraflex, building world-class, affordable suspension systems, or Yukon, making top-of-the-line gears and backing them up with the best warranties around.

Recently, we decided to invite another company into our close-knit circle of strength.  Steinjäger, while still young in the industry, has developed a wide assortment of accessories specifically with today’s Jeeper in mind.  If you haven’t already, we invite you to check out a handful of their latest innovations on display in our shop and imagine the possibilities.

Steinjäger

Ignition Switch Recall Notice

Ignition Switch Recall

NEWS: Chrysler Recalls certain 2005-2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2006-2007 Jeep Commander vehicles; Faulty IGNITION SWITCH

 

Report Receipt Date: JUL 21, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V438000
Component(s): IGNITION SWITCH
Potential Number of Units Affected: 600,000+

 

SEPT 2014 – Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) has begun recalling certain model year 2005-2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured February 11, 2004, to July 5, 2007, and 2006-2007 Jeep Commander vehicles manufactured January 31, 2005, to July 5, 2007

A defect in the ignition switch, for certain 05-07 Grand Cherokee and 06-07 Commander vehicles, may affect the safe operation of the airbag system. Chrysler began notifying affected vehicle owners in September of 2014.  Until this recall is performed, drivers are advised to adjust their seat, allowing sufficient clearance between the driver’s knee and the ignition key, and remove all items from their key ring, leaving only the vehicle key.

In the vehicles affected by this recall, drivers may inadvertently bump the ignition key with their knee causing the key to slip out of the run position.  When this happens, the engine and various safety systems will lose power, which may increase the risk of crash.

Chrysler’s number for this recall is P41. Vehicle owners may contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov

Keep it Cool this Summer

Don’t Overheat this Summer

With the summer heat sending temperatures in St. Louis through the roof, knowing how to assess the overall health of your vehicle is a vital part of making sure everyone remembers this year’s summer trip for all the right reasons.

At Axleboy, we’ve noticed that summer is one of the busiest times of year at our auto shop.  “Why is that,” you might ask?  We believe that most major engine problems start with minor issues in the cooling system, and that many of those minor problems go undiagnosed during the fall, winter and spring months.

Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council advises:

“Neglecting your cooling system can result in serious damage and even complete engine failure, which would put a sudden end to your summer road trip.   If the cooling system doesn’t receive regular maintenance, it’s not a question of whether it will fail, but rather when it will fail. Performing regular checkups of belts, hoses, the water pump and fluids will ensure your car remains properly cooled and healthy for many miles down the road.”

Under normal driving conditions, most engine temperatures fluctuate between 190 and 215°F.  If the engine cooling system isn’t working just right, those temperatures can soar, causing a multitude of malfunctions.

 

Symptoms of a Sick Cooling System

To help prevent coolant-related breakdowns this summer, pay close attention to these common symptoms before you hit the road: frequent overheating, constantly low coolant levels and the sweet smell of syrup.  All of these are symptoms of a sick cooling system that should receive immediate mechanical attention.

 

Routine Maintenance

According to the Car Care Council, “A major factor that affects the replacement of cooling system parts is the frequency of regular maintenance, such as coolant changes.”  We advise motorists to follow the service schedule in their owner’s manual for specific recommendations about how often to change antifreeze and flush the coolant system (typically every couple of years).  These schedules are formulated by the manufacturer to optimize engine performance and reliability.

In addition, motorists should regularly (like once a month) check the coolant levels at the reservoir and top off as needed.  The reservoir can be topped off with a 1:1 mixture of antifreeze and distilled water.  Using tap water is discouraged because, over time, the mineral deposits left behind when tap water evaporates can clog lines, leading to additional problems.

At Axleboy, we realize that NOBODY likes to pay for car repairs and that costs seem to add up quickly.  The fact is, small repairs will almost always be less expensive than a complete engine overhaul.  So, if you notice chronically low fluid or any of the other trouble symptoms, get to your trusted mechanic right away.

 

To make an appointment with Axleboy call: (636) 939-5337

Glen Youker

New Tech at Axleboy

Welcome Glen Youker!

Axleboy is happy to welcome Mr. Glen Youker to our team of automotive experts.  Glen brings with him over 25 years of automotive experience.  He is an Army veteran, having served as a mechanic in Desert Storm and later went on to become a Chrysler Certified Gold Master Technician.

We are certain that Glen will put his many years of training and intuitive instinct for vehicle maintenance to good use here at Axleboy!

Axleboy technician in action

ARB and Axleboy

RD226- New From ARB

ARB New Product Release

We are pleased to announce a new product available now from ARB.  The new RD226 air locker was designed specifically for use on the rear of the Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ, WJ, WK/WH SRT8 models and Commander XK/XH 2WD (2006-2010).

 Application:

Dana 44A, 30 spl, C-Clip

RD226 Air Locker Features Include:

* Provides 100% traction on demand without affecting on-road drivability or driveline wear.

* Vastly improved traction means less reliance on momentum, thus reducing the likelihood of vehicle damage and environmental impact.

* Easy, convenient operation allows the user to concentrate on the terrain without leaving the comfort and safety of the driver’s seat.

* Ultra durable and extremely strong – only the highest quality materials used in construction.
* Incredibly simple yet effective design that employs minimal moving parts, thereby ensuring maximum reliability * Thoroughly tested and proven design – trusted and used in over 100 countries around the world.
* Front and rear Air Lockers available for most makes and models.
* 4WD and 2WD applications.
* Easy installation and maintenance – no special tools, skills or additives required.
* Patented ‘timed’ locking mechanism offers high strength and ultrafast unlocking.
* Comprehensive photo illustrated installation and service guides.
* Steel reinforced, elastomer bonded annular seal designed to handle the most extreme climatic temperatures on Earth.

* Patented 2 piece design that offers a range of interchangeable side gears (sold separately) to integrate with non- standard axle shaft splines.

New ARB Airlocker

Find Out More

Call us now, toll-free at (877) 295-3269 , or locally at (636) 939-5337 or contact us through our website for more information!

Off Road Calendar

Off-Road Event Calendar

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

Are you putting together an off-road event?  Or perhaps you just heard about something awesome going on and you want to help spread the word.  Send us a quick note on Facebook or drop an email to marketing@axleboy.com with the details and we’ll include it on our public events-calendar.

2013 Jeep Rubicon

2013 Rubicon Upgrade

We just wanted to give a shout out to Mr. Orthwein, of the Anheuser-Busch family, who recently asked us to upgrade a 2013 4-door Jeep Rubicon.   We absolutely love the way this Jeep turned out and hope it brings you many miles of on and off-road adventure.

 

Customizations included:

  • ARB bumpers in front and back
  • N-Fab side steps
  • WARN winch
  • Old Man Emu 2-2.25” Lift
  • Speaker fog lamps
  • K&N Cold air intake
  • Hi-Lift Jack and mount
  • And several other enhancements

 

Thank you for giving the team at Axleboy this opportunity to earn your trust!

 

Lifted 2013 Rubicon

Jeep Rubicon2013 Jeep Rubicon

It’s in Our Name

Axleboy

Out on the asphalt and up in the air,

Found on them rails rollin’ everywhere,

Down every road and out on the range,

 Playin’ in the dirt, on things quite strange.

They help move things from here to there,

They keep it all rolling without much care.

TA, Planetary, Axletech,

Rockwell, Dana, custom spec.

When you need help with somethin’ great or small

Just pick up your phone and give us a call.

Tractors, trucks, cars, trains & airplanes too.

Because fixing up axles is what we do.

Axleboy

 

(636)939-5337

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Axle Remanufacturing

Re-Think Axleboy

Axleboy has a reputation for delivering consistent, quality axle workmanship that is built upon 10 years of experience and backed by countless off road vehicles & national reconditioning contracts.

Whether it’s a Jeep, truck, tractor, tug or train, if it has an axle, the work we do can add strength and longevity to life of your equipment.

When it comes to axle failure, the symptoms are fairly obvious, and easy to observe…loud grinding noises, massive break, or lack of engagement between the gears and axle.  Discovering the source of problems and then accurately correcting the issue requires a lot more time and effort.

 

Built to LastTug GT_50

Under normal circumstances replacing broken parts is not an overly complicated task…unless you are dealing with 40, 50 and 60+ year old industrial equipment.  The great thing about most TA-267, Shuttlewagon, Trackmobile, GT-50 and other Planetary axles is that they were built to last.  Unfortunately many of these axles have lasted so long, that now it is almost impossible to find replacement parts, let alone a service manual.

Our technicians know axles inside & out and are trained to do more than simple replacements.  We also provide them with access to an entire machine shop where they have the ability to custom manufacture out-of-production components and develop innovative solutions to keep things rolling.  We do everything from troubleshooting to total overhauls and have even developed a custom disc-brake conversion kit for the TA-267 tug axle.

 

Call the Experts

Don’t let our simple shop-front deceive you.  Axleboy is much more than just another auto shop.  We are the axle experts.  Whether it’s a Jeep, truck, tractor, tug or train our experts are fully qualified to maintain, repair and modify almost any axle to meet your needs.

 

Before you scrap that axle, know all your options.  Call us toll free at 877-295-3269 to consult with Scott Carline, owner and axle expert at Axleboy.

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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.

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It’s a Jeep Thing

Why is it that the local Jeep clubs and several Chrysler-Jeep dealerships look to Axleboy as THE trusted source for reliable off-road repair and customization? Could it have something to do with the fact that the guys at Axleboy have over 110 years of combined automotive experience?  Possibly.

 

We like to think “It’s a Jeep thing.”  If you’re new to the Jeep community, you might not fully appreciate the weight of that phrase but you soon will.  Jeeps, much like their owners, live life to the fullest… constantly pushing the limits and going where no other vehicle has gone before.

Because Jeeps are used in ways that no other standard car or truck would even imagine, they have specialized needs.  Without having built a Jeep or regularly driving off-road, many mechanics are simply under-qualified to understand the needs of the Jeep community.

 

Axleboy is unique from all other automotive shops in that we not only work on Jeeps, but we are also immersed in Jeep culture and participate in several Jeep events every year.  The fact that we have firsthand experience building out our own Jeeps and putting them to the test gives us an irreplaceable competitive advantage when it comes to understanding your off-road needs.

“Sure, we do complete automotive repair and maintenance, “says Scott Carline, “but our true passion is lifting, re-gearing and customizing Jeeps.  There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing our [Axleboy] logo on a bad-a** Jeep out at Flat Nasty or on some long-forgotten back road.”

 

If you have big ideas for your Jeep or off-road vehicle, stop by Axleboy in St. Peters TODAY, or give us a call at (636) 939-JEEP. 

Our experts are always glad to talk “off-road” and can work up a quote on any work you need done.

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Pre-Ride Jeep Checklist

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March is a marvelous month!  The days will steadily grow longer, the weekends getting warmer, college basketball playing every week and all your buddies will be getting ready for another great season of Jeeping.

When everyone heads out to the trails will you be ready?   Axleboy offers these 7 pre-ride suggestions to help you prepare for the trails:

 

1.        Check for leaks:

Here are two really good reasons not to ride the trails when you are aware that your vehicle has a leak.  First, driving with leaking fluid may lead to damage or failure of the steering, brakes or even the motor.  Second, at the risk of sounding green, we really do want to keep the environment as clean as possible.

If you are experiencing leakage, stop by Axleboy and let our experts take care of the problem.

 

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

Proper lubrication is the life-blood of your vehicle, so keep your engine and transmission oil fresh.  Other fluids to check include coolant/antifreeze and windshield wash solution.

Any time you come in for routine maintenance at Axleboy we check all fluids and top them off to keep your vehicle running strong.

 

3.       Check the treads: PSI and Wear

When vehicles sit for any period of time longer than one week, the tires have a tendency to lose some air pressure.  According to most owners’ manuals, proper vehicle maintenance includes checking tire pressure at least once a month.  There’s nothing worse than having a blow-out on the trail.

At Axleboy, we routinely check tire pressure and tread depth with every service to optimize your MPG and overall driving experience.

 

4.       Check and clean your windows

You might be thinking, “Really? Clean my windows?”  We know how the trail goes, and that those windows won’t stay clean for long, but consider how dirty those windows are going to be if they don’t get a clean start.

 

Donut Tire5.       Check your spare

Have you ever had a blow-out?  On paved roads, you might be able to get by on a donut tire, but in the wilderness it’s all about having a full-size spare.

In the event of a tire failure, having a properly inflated, full-size spare tire can be a real “life-saver” and keep you happily rolling on the trail.

 

6.       Know your destination

It’s always fun to load up the Jeep and do some off-roading with your friends!  On the other hand, it’s not nearly as much fun when you think you will be meeting your friends at a location and they are nowhere to be found.

If you are thinking about hitting up a new location (or even an old one) its best to travel as a group, so that no one gets left behind.  We suggest connecting with one of the many local Jeep clubs (Mid West Jeep Thing or Jeeping Mid Rivers).

 

7.       Know the trail & your capabilities

Let’s be honest, not all Jeeps are built the same and not all drivers have the same skills.  That’s why it is important to be aware of both the trail conditions and your own vehicles limitations.

Every year we have vehicles that come in that need a complete overhaul because the limits were pushed a little too far.  At Axleboy, we don’t mind the extra work, but as members of the Jeep community, we want to make sure our fellow Jeepers get to enjoy as much of the ride as possible.

 

Be safe, be responsible and we’ll look forward to seeing you on and off the road this season!

To schedule an appointment for repair or customization give us a call at (636) 939-JEEP.

Over the Top!

What’s on your agenda once the weather turns warm and we start seeing more nice weekends?  Whether you plan to go fishing, hunting, camping, off-roading or some combination, Axleboy is equipped to customize your Jeep and keep it running strong.

If you are thinking about taking your Jeep on a destination trip this year, there are several things to think about before you leave the comforts of home.  Depending on the type of terrain you plan to cover, you may be considering a suspension upgrade, Yukon gears, new tires or a WARN winch.  These are all “must have” modifications if you plan to take things off the beaten path.  What more could you possibly want on your Jeep?

Our parts manager, Joel suggests, “How about a roof-top tent?  It’s a pretty cool idea if you plan to go on an expedition.”  Yeah, that’s right…a roof-top tent.  Forget about having to stake out that perfect spot to erect a tent on the rocky slopes of Montana or the rain saturated ground of Missouri in springtime.

The roof-top tent offers any outdoor expeditionist a flat, pebble and root-free place to lie down at the end of a long day.  It also provides a valuable element of convenient protection from wildlife (Lions and Tigers and Squirrels…oh my!), flash floods and muddy ground.

While most industries claim to think outside the box (a.k.a. Jeep), the experts at Axleboy are happy to build all around it, under the hood and even on the roof.  Give us a call at (636) 939-JEEP for an estimate on the installation of your new roof-top tent.

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

With YouTube videos and e-how at the fingertips of society, people have more confidence than ever when it comes to working on their Jeep.  We think it’s great to see people excited about getting greasy, but some projects are still better left to the professionals.

Here are three good examples to illustrate why you should think about letting the professionals at Axleboy handle your next repair or upgrade:

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1. Upside Down and Backwards:

This control arm was installed by a D.I.Y.er and his friend.  Unfortunately, it was installed upside down and backwards.  This easy mistake makes steering and handling only slightly more difficult than it should be.

 

 

 

 

 

Split Crush Sleeve

 

 

2. Cracked Crush Sleeve

 The trick behind installing a crush sleeve is to actually crush it.  A snug fit just isn’t enough in this case.  The first time that a Jeep is put in gear, if the crush sleeve was not properly crushed during installation, it will create a gap between the pinion and ring gear.  This gap allows for unwanted movement within the carrier, which will eventually cause the crush sleeve to split.

 

 

 

Damaged Ring Gear

 

 

3. Chipped Ring Gear

Improper handling of parts before and during installation can cause what looks like minor damage.  Unfortunately even minor damage can render a brand new ring gear absolutely worthless.

 

Stop by or call Axleboy TODAY at (636) 939-JEEP and let us get the job done right!

 We’ll even set you up with one of our man-vans so you can keep rolling while your Jeep is in the shop.

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.