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The White Whale Goes GenRight

If you’ve ever been wheeling with Scott Carline, owner of Axleboy, it probably didn’t take long to notice that he doesn’t take any trail half-way.  If there’s an obstacle that other Jeepers are dodging out on, you can almost guarantee he’s the one that will put on a show and give it a shot.

With this mentality and driving style, protecting his Jeep is an investment Scott takes seriously, which is why “The White Whale” (his 2013 JKU) recently underwent another phase of transformations.  New to the Whale are GenRight aluminum fenders, rock sliders and an ultra low-profile front bumper.

Prior to this change, Scott’s Jeep was outfitted with aluminum fenders made by Nemesis Industries, an aluminum stubby bumper from Teraflex Suspensions and stock Rubicon rock rails.

Why the Sudden Change?

When asked about the reason behind his change in parts, Scott noted, “The Nemesis fenders have the best fit and finish I have EVER seen, but I’ve developed a habit of catching the lip on rocks and feeling bad about beating them up.” He further stated, “I’ve had my eye on the structural qualities of the tubular design for some time and feel like they might roll off things better.  As the only authorized GenRight installer/dealer in the area, it just made sense to give them a shot.”

As for the new side armor and rock guards, Scott was impressed by the replaceable steel “rash guard”, something that offers additional protection and reinforcement of the body armor.  “I haven’t seen any other manufacturers offer this,” says Scott, “And you can bet these rails will take some pretty hard hits.”

Changing the front bumper all comes down to two words, “approach angle.” “There was absolutely nothing wrong with the Teraflex bumper that I had before, but this new ultra slim bumper gives me nearly six inches of additional clearance in front.  That’s huge when you’re trying to pick your line to get up and over an obstacle,” says Scott.

Keep it Raw or Make it White?

The original vision behind The White Whale was to create a well-built Jeep with the classy look of a Sahara.  With the first round of modifications almost everything that went on it, first took a trip to the powder-coater to match the white body.

We asked Scott if he intended to do the same thing with the latest round of upgrades and he replied, “I was really tempted to do the same thing and white it out.  With the trend being to black out everything, I found that doing the complete opposite helped my Jeep stand out from the crowd and brought a lot of positive attention.  I priced out getting the new stuff powder coated too,” he says, “but impatience got the best of me and the bare aluminum look is really starting to grow on me, so I’ll probably leave it just the way it is.”

Check it out in Person

Those who follow Axleboy on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Google Plus…and even Pinterest) expect to see new pictures all throughout the day, highlighting work in progress, completed projects and a variety of off-road adventures…  But there’s nothing like seeing a product in person! “Any time you are in the area,” says Scott, “stop by and check out the Jeep in person.  Everybody here loves talking Jeep.”

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

 

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Axleboy Teams Up With Fox and JKS

Shock 2.0Quality & Performance on Every Terrain

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

 

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

 

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

 

JKS

Fox Direct

Closed Friday, June 3, 2016

Notice:

 

Axleboy will be closed this Friday, June 3, 2016 so that our technicians can attend the Unlimited Off-Road Expo in Louiville, KY.

We apologize for any short term inconveniences that this may cause, and hope you will bear with us as we network with industry manufacturers, suppliers and innovators for a few short days.  We look at events, such as this, as opportunities to really connect with the latest trends and discuss areas of improvement.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We’ll be back to work, first thing Monday morning!

 

Sincerely,

Axleboy

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.

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!

New Product Release

Product Release: Offroad Tires

Ready for another quality product from Cooper Tires?

 

The Axleboy team is pleased to introduce and offer the newly engineered Discoverer STT Pro M/T tire from Cooper Tires©.  This tire was designed specifically for enhanced trail performance and comes in sizes ranging all the way from 30×9.50R15 to 37×13.50R22.

Features of the new STT Pro include:

  • Three-Ply Radial Construction using Armor-Tek3 Technology
  • Deep Tread Designed with Ample Siping
  • Aggressive Modern Design
  • Mud Release Dimples Molded into the Outer Lugs
  • Alternating Scalloped Tread
  • Built from a Combination of Materials to Provide Enhanced Traction
  • Location Specific Flex Groove for Low-Pressure Crawling
  • Smooth and Quiet (for a Mud-Terrain) on the Highway

The off-road community has waited a long time for a performance tire designed specifically for them.  Cooper Tire has heard their demands and responded by creating this all-encompassing champion that promises M/T performance with A/T ride quality.

 

As of June 1, 2015, this all-new STT Pro has stepped up to replace the recently discontinued Discoverer STT.  Want to see what this new tire looks like? Check out an in-depth review of the STT Pro’s performance and handling capabilities in an article (with pictures) by off-road enthusiast, Scott Brady: Click Here.

Rain drops

Rainy Day…Smear?

When was the last time you had your wiper blades changed?  If you are like most people, checking and replacing wiper blades doesn’t rank very high on the priority list.  That makes a lot of sense, since we don’t typically use them on a daily basis…but it can be pretty frustrating to turn them on and see streaks across the windshield.

According to a study conducted by the Car Care Council, 1 in 5 vehicles on the road have deficient wiper blades or washing systems.  That doesn’t sound so bad, right?  According to information gathered at statista.com, there were approximately 254 million registered vehicles on the road (in the U.S.) in 2012, and if only 1 out of 5 is deficient, then around 50.8 million drivers may be visually impaired when driving at night or in precipitous weather conditions.

What can you do to avoid being part of the 20% problem?  For starters, you can keep your windshield and side windows clean.  Use the courtesy squeegees provided at most gas stations each time you refuel your vehicle.  In addition to using the squeegee, check and replace wiper blades that are cracked, split or leaving streaks.

According to the experts at RainX, “Wiper blades should be replaced [at a minimum] every year” as part of a routine, preventative maintenance schedule.  At Axleboy, we realize that drivers make critical decisions nearly every moment they are on the road, and those decisions are based primarily on visibility.  Our top concern is keeping you on the road, and a good set of wipers can go a long way to helping you make the safest driving decisions.

Rain Drops on Windshield

RainX Wipers

Axleboy now carries a full line of the premium RainX Latitude windshield wiper blades.

Sources:

www.carcare.orgwww.rainx.comwww.statistica.com

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

Axleboy Shocks and Struts

Want a Better Ride?

When you want increased traction, better cornering and more control on the road, what is the first thing you look at?  Probably tires, right?  The right set of tires can certainly do a lot to enhance vehicle control, but there are two other components that are equally important when it comes to maximizing vehicle control and minimizing stopping distance.  We’re talking about the shocks and struts.  At Axleboy, any time we take the tires off, we also check the shocks, struts and brakes.

Teraflex 9550 Shock Absorber

What do the shocks and struts do?

Shocks and struts play an important role in absorbing jolts and vibrations and making sure your tires have constant contact with the road.  As they begin to age and wear out, you will notice your vehicle start to dip, sway, bounce and over-react…making it more difficult to maintain control.

 

How often do they need to be replaced?

Under normal driving conditions, we recommend that factory shocks and struts be replaced after approximately 50,000 miles, as a routine maintenance item.  Vehicles exposed to harsh weather conditions, unpaved roads or winding roads may require more frequent replacements.

 

Shock Lifespan

Warning Signs:

Does your vehicle bounce or rock from side to side when you go over even small bumps in the road?  When coming to a stop, does your car rock back and forth?  Does your vehicle bottom out on speed bumps?  These are all possible symptoms of shocks or struts that are under performing.

A completely failed unit will may: Rattle or make knocking noises, Leak hydraulic fluid, Cause uneven tire wear and Create unsafe driving conditions.

If you are noticing any of these warning or complete failure signs, give Axleboy a call at (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

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.

Band-Aid Header

First-Aid Kit in Your Car?

When you get in your car and take off for work or a day at the beach, checking your mobile first-aid kid is probably one of the farthest things from your mind.  Of course, a cut finger, diarrhea, bloody nose or pounding headache was also pretty far from your mind…and yet, life happens to us all.  A well-stocked first-aid kit should be able to help with all of the above situations and possibly a little more.

Most major retail stores can sell you an off-the-shelf kit, or you can easily build your own using the DMV’s recommended list of contents.  The DMV list can seem somewhat daunting upon first glance, so at Axleboy we’ve scaled it down to include only the following 15 items:

 

  • First AidAdhesive Tape (medical tape or duct tape)
  • Antibiotic Ointment (Neosporin)
  • Antiseptic Solution (hydrogen peroxide)
  • Stick-on Bandages (many sizes)
  • Ace Wrap-bandage
  • Cotton Balls/Gauze
  • Disposable gloves
  • Disposable CPR mask
  • 1-2 Feminine Pads or diapers (They’re super absorbent)
  • A pair of Scissors
                  • Safety Pins
                  • Chewable Pepto Tablets (anti-diarrheal)
                  • Pain Relievers (aspirin & non-aspirin)
                  • Calamine lotion
                  • Hydrocortisone cream

Whether you are 2 miles or 2,000 miles from home- when life gives you cuts & scrapes and leaves you feeling a little banged-up, having an easy-access first-aid kit in your car, truck or Jeep can help make the rest of your journey more enjoyable.

 

 

Sources:

http://www.dmv.org/how-to-guides/first-aid.php

Off-Road Destinations

10 Popular Places to Wheel

Winter this year has been long and hard for everyone, but more especially so for the fair-weather outdoor enthusiast.  With the bulk of icy temperatures behind us, now is the perfect time to pack up your Jeep or 4X4 and take a trip.  All you need now is the perfect destination.

Check out these 10 popular places to wheel, in and out of town:

 

 

 

Out of State:

 

Moab, UT

Moab has been one of the nation’s most popular destinations for off-roaders, hikers, bikers and other outdoor enthusiasts for decades.  According to the most current tourism information available, over 1 million tourists make Moab their destination each year.

Some of the most popular attractions around Moab include:  Canyonlands National Park, Sand Flats Recreation Area, biking and hiking Arches National Park, rafting or kayaking on the Colorado River, canoeing down the Green River and so much more.

 

Willys Jeep Rally

For the Jeep enthusiast, check out the 6th annual Willys Jeep Rally going on Friday and Saturday, May 30th and 31st at the Hueston Woods State Park and Lodge in College Corner, OH.  The park itself offers: lodging, camping, 20 miles of road to explore, a marina, boat rentals, golfing, dining and more.  In short, this family friendly destination has a little bit of everything and is the perfect stop for the lone traveler or family vacationer.

 

Shoshone Trail, UT/Wyoming

                If you are looking for that perfect place to wheel and get away from civilization for a while, the Shoshone Trail may be the trail for you.  With literally hundreds of miles to ride and wheel in the forests that stretch between UT and Wyoming you are sure to find solitude.

 

Badlands Off-Road Park, IN

                This former quarry mine site sits on roughly 700 acres of sand dunes, wooded trails, gravel hills, mud pits and a lot more.  We just love the fact that this park is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM all year long.  Check out the Badlands Off-Road Park for information on park fees, requirements and lodging options.

 

Boise National Forest, ID

                If the thought of wilderness wheeling, camping, hiking or biking gets you excited, make your way out to the Boise National Forest in Idaho this year.  This forest service maintains over 1,300 miles of summer trails that are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts of all sorts.

 

 

 

In Missouri:

FlatNasty

Just south of Rolla, there is something for everyone at FlatNasty.  This park offers trails for beginners, pro-crawlers and everyone in between.  Whether you roll with a club or just a small circle of friends, when you make FlatNasty your daytrip destination you are sure to have a good time.

 

Finger Lake State Park  

Boasting over 70 miles of off-road trail and tracks, this former coal strip-mining site has been transformed into an off-road recreational paradise that attracts people from all over the country.  When you are done wheeling for the day, sit back and relax on the lakefront beach.  Just North of Columbia, the Finger Lake State Park is perfectly situated for a relaxing weekend getaway.

 

Sayers Brook Bison Ranch

Just West of Potosi, the Sayers Brook Bison Ranch has over 50 miles of off-road trails that cater to all skill levels.    This Ranch offers wheelers an opportunity to enjoy the challenges and entertainment of 21 different trails and see free-range bison throughout the park.

 

Potawatomi Off-Road Park

Not too far from Fulton is a mid-sized park that offers off-roaders a chance to get away for the afternoon or weekend and enjoy the outdoors.  Most trails have obstacles and challenges that require expert abilities and a modified vehicle, but even stock Jeeps should be able to navigate the trails thanks to the obstacle bypasses that have been built in.  Whether you are strait stock or completely custom, the trails at Potawatomi Off-Road Park were built with you in mind.

 

Southern MO Off-Road Ranch

Tucked away in the Southwest part of Missouri you’ll find Southern MO Off-Road Ranch (SMORR) situated just outside of Seymour.  With over 940 acres of wilderness and challenging trails throughout, this ranch has something to accommodate every skill level.  When you head out to SMORR, be prepared to spend an entire day exploring their countless and ever expanding trails.

 

 

You can also check out: top100ORVsites.com/trails.php for a listing (by state) of some of the most popular trails to ride throughout the country.

 

Anyone can turn a wrench, but when you want things done right, take your Jeep or 4×4 to the experts at Axleboy.  We’ll see you on the trails!

Axleboy Jeeps

Got a Tax Refund?

How far will your tax return go?  Sure, you could take that short vacation, start a new project or finish an old project…or you could have Axleboy upgrade and accessorize your off-road vehicle.  With an extensive inventory of Yukon Axle & Gear, TeraFlex Suspensions, and Rugged Ridge accessories in our fully stocked St. Peters showroom, you are sure to find what you need.    Visit our store online for an even greater selection, including WARN, Air Lift, Powertank and more.

 

Whether your plan is to get a cool new look for 2014 or make a “bad-a**” rock crawler, our technicians are the best in St. Louis at upgrading and customizing off-road vehicles.  This year, don’t lose your tax return to some short lived vacation.  Come in to Axleboy or shop online at shop.axleboy.com to get the upgrades you’ve been wanting all year long.

 

When you have access to the best off-road and Jeep service in St. Louis, why run the risk of going anywhere else?

Yellow Rubicon

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.

Wheeling at Washita

2010 Jeeping at WashitaDo you have a favorite place to go wheeling in Missouri or Illinois?

 

At Axleboy, we were just reminiscing about trails gone by and found this picture from a 2010 ride at Washita Offroad Park near Farmington, MO.  With so many trails, at all skill levels, you can really test the limits of your Jeep or just take it easy on the greens.  Either way you are sure to have a good time.

 

Stop by Axleboy today and see what our off-road experts can do for you and your Jeep or truck.

Axleboy

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.

Jeep Caravan

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.

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.

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Where the Rubber Meets the Road

When it comes to keeping your vehicle on the move, choosing the right tires is a major decision.  There are so many brands with different tread styles, speed ratings and seasonal ratings that it may seem like a daunting task.  When you think about the fact that those four little tires are the only thing keeping you on the road, there is a lot riding on your choice of tire.  Consider the following 4 points before you purchase your next set of tires:

How do you drive?

When choosing tires, the first step is to determine what kind of driving you intend to do.  Will you be going off-road, spending a lot of time on the highway, just tooling around town or perhaps a little of everything?

Define your expectations.

From there, determine how long you expect the tread life to last (i.e. 40,000-60,000 miles). When you start looking for that perfect set of tires, one thing you can look at for assistance is the UTQG (Uniform Tire Quality Grading). The U.S. DOT requires every tire manufacturer to grade its tires based on UTQG to establish ratings for tread wear, traction and temperature resistance.

What’s in the budget?

The cost of a high quality tire can be intimidating.  One way to cut costs and reduce your “sticker shock” is to purchase tires with a lower speed rating.  Rather than getting tires that are “V” rated, for speeds up to 149mph, consider going with an “H” or “U” rating.  Let’s be honest, how often do you plan to drive at speeds over 125 mph?

Better handling or a smoother ride?

Finally, consider what kind of ride you expect.  While low-profile tires have become a popular trend and the stiffer sidewalls improve handling, they don’t offer the same amount of cushion as traditional tires when going over bumps, and they make the rims more vulnerable to damage.

When you walk into Axleboy, our top priorities are your safety and satisfaction.  Come in today and let one of our experts help you find the perfect set for you and your vehicle.

Find Your Tires at Axleboy

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.

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Axleboy Off-road reaches a distribution agreement with Powertank CO2 systems!

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Regear your JK Rubicon with 4.56, 4.88 or 5.13 gears, master install kits, LubeLocker gaskets, and Heavy Duty nodular Teraflex differential covers and you will be ready for the trails. This kit includes:2- quality ring and pinion sets with gear ratio of your choice2-master install kits2-LubeLocker gaskets2-heavy duty differential covers.  $795 with free shipping to 48 states! Click Here!

Things you must know about the air supply to your ARB Air Locking Differential!

Recently I was asked exactly how much pressure should or can be run to an ARB Air Locking Differential. I was directed to this article from my friends at ARB-USA and I found it to be very enlightening. Scott axleboy@axleboy.com  From ARB:Recently, our engineering staff has been doing significant testing emphasizing extreme hardcore use and abuse of Air Lockers with the goal of improving durability of wearing components such as the locking clutch gear. We’ve learned that there are a few relatively simple steps that can lengthen times between servicing and rebuilding the diffs.Let’s start at the basics:An Air Locker requires a certain amount of air pressure and volume to engage. The clutch gear begins to engage when the pressure of the return springs are overcome by the air’s pressure. This begins occurring around 40 psi.Our air compressors utilize a pressure switch that fills the tank to 100 psi and turns the compressor back on when it senses a drop below 70 psi. This ensures that there is always enough pressure to maintain a lock, until the Air Locker is disengaged. When the user turns the switch off, the solenoid on the compressor releases the air out the exhaust port. The return springs then move the clutch gear away from the side gear, allowing the locker to then function as an open carrier.We are often asked, “What pressure can the Air Locker handle?” There is not a single, uniform answer for this question. Each component has a different rating. The blue airline we use is rated to 300 psi. The Air Locker itself can take much more pressure than this (over 600 psi). The solenoid will begin to leak at around 160 psi.And now the technical stuff:Testing has shown that using an undersize air source can lead to a pressure drop on engagement which drops below the locking threshold of the units. When this happens, the compressor turns on and slowly runs up to pressure while trying to engage the clutch gears in the diffs and often results in a binding situation and partial engagement. Bound up, the loads inside the diff can exceed the material holding power of the partially engaged clutch gear and cause extremely rapid wear and eventual loss of locking ability.  For this reason, higher pressure and capacity are key if you are running a custom air supply. This scenario is very unlikely in a typical trail truck given the methodical nature of operating lockers in that environment, but can easily happen in the timed competition environment.For the average user, the bulkhead fitting could be the greatest potential for a pressure bottleneck. It is easy to over-tighten the compression fitting and crush the copper seal housing line, thus starving the locker of the quick burst of air.IF you want to have the fastest engagement possible, you could do what many competition teams have done and move to using air toggle switches. This allows them to eliminate the solenoid and run very high pressures. Air toggles are typically rated at 250 psi and can easily be coupled with a high pressure tank system.