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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.

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.

 

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

How much was your free estimate?

FREE Estimate vs Diagnostic Service

Estimate vs Diagnostic




When does a FREE automotive estimate become a billable diagnostic service?  Each auto shop could probably answer this question differently.

At Axleboy, free estimates typically take place at the service counter.  Whether your vehicle needs repair services or you’re trying to discover the next step in off-road modifications, you can call or walk in and one of our service writers will be more than glad to take the time to understand your vehicle needs.

A classic example of a free repair estimate would look something like this: A customer breaks an axle while wheeling over the weekend and would like to know what it will cost to replace both front and rear axles with Tera 60 axles.  Our service writer would then provide an estimate that includes the cost of all parts and book-labor time. At that point the customer could then make an educated decision to proceed or pursue an alternative option.

By contrast, when a customer comes into the shop with either a check engine light or a mystery noise, we can speculate only so much before the vehicle needs to come into the shop for further clarification or discovery.  It is at this point, that a free estimate typically becomes a billable diagnostic service.

Most shops bill diagnostic services based on an hourly rate, so we recommend that before you hand over the keys, first review with the mechanic or service writer their diagnostic plans, including estimated cost.

For a quick reference to the differences between a free estimate and diagnostic services, just check out the infographic to the right.

Axleboy's Newest Technician

New Technician: Tom

We are pleased to welcome our newest employee, Tom Stepetin, to the Axleboy team.  Tom is a Ranken graduate with 8 years of hands-on automotive experience- the last 3 years being employed at Toyota dealerships in the St. Louis area.

 

Tom’s diagnostic skills, positive attitude and dedication to quality workmanship make him an excellent fit for our shop.  We expect to see great things from him, and you should too!  Next time you are in the shop, be sure to say, “Hello” and get to know him a little more.

 

Tom Stepetin

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

ARB Spring Deal on Lockers

ARB Air Lockers

ARB Special


Buy 1 Air Locker, Get an Air Locker Activation Compressor 

 (CKSA12) – $190 Value

OR

Buy 2 Air Lockers, Get a High Performance Compressor 

 (CKMA12) – $290 Value

Take advantage of this opportunity to get your hands on a great product at an even better price!  Achieve true four wheel drive with ARB Air Lockers- commanding power for the last 25 years.  Some of the biggest names in off-road racing and expedition from around the globe have come to rely on ARB, and we are confident that these air lockers will help you overcome some of the toughest obstacles on the trail.  With over 100 different application models, ARB has the perfect air locker to ensure that your Jeep can get the traction it needs to take you out into the wild…and back again.

Call Axleboy today and schedule your ARB Air Locker upgrade: (636)939-5337

Jeep Regear Special

Jeep Re-gear Special

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Warn Rebates

Get up to $150 on Zeon Platinum and other Winches

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

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

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

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

Intro to Offroading

Intro To Off-Roading

Intro to Off-Roading

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

2015 Axleboy Chili Cookoff

Axleboy Chili Cook-off

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

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

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

We’ll have:

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

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

 

Axleboy:  For directions, see our address below or give us a call at (636)939-JEEP (5337).
 
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

WARN Winch

Winch Rope is Right for You?

Steel vs. Synthetic Winch Rope

Axleboy sells and installs a number of WARN winches every year.  Did you know that WARN offers a number of wire rope and synthetic rope options on their winches?  Perhaps a better question would be, “Which rope is right for your rig?”

Here’s a quick look at some of the material qualities that you should be aware of when considering which rope will meet your winching needs:

Steel rope is:

  • Extremely durable
  • Abrasion resistant
  • Good for utility applications where the line may contact objects like stumps, rocks, and other things that rub against the rope.
  • Used for decades by enthusiasts and workers alike.
  • Heavier than synthetic line
  • Less flexible than synthetic line.
  • Less expensive than synthetic.

 

Synthetic rope is:

  • Strong
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to handle
  • Floats on water
  • More prone to damage by abrasion, and requires the use of the included abrasion sleeve when the rope comes into contact with an object
  • Should be inspected before each use for abrasion wear or fraying.
  • More expensive than steel rope

WARN Winches Rock

 

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?

 

Voluntary Recall Notice

Nitto Tire Recall

Nitto® recently announced a voluntary recall on a handful of Dura Grappler® tires and we thought it would be beneficial to pass this information on to you, our customers.  Please note that this recall does not include the Tera Grappler® brand that we frequently sell and install on Jeeps.

 

If you purchased Dura Grappler® tires from us and are affected by this recall, we simply ask that you let us know as soon as possible, so that we can make appropriate arrangements to have them replaced.

 

Nitto® has made it super convenient to identify if your tires are directly affected by using the following link to their website, NittoTire.com, or by calling their help hotline at (888) 529-8200 (10:00am to 7pm Central Time).

 

Axleboy

4150-A Ehlmann Rd

St. Peters, MO 63376

(636) 939-5337

Atturo Tires at Axleboy

Atturo Tires

At Axleboy, we believe that quality matters.  That’s why we prefer to stick with those brands that have been pressed to the limits and proven themselves over time- brands like Cooper, Teraflex, ARB and Warn.

Every now and then, a supplier or customer will suggest selling a product that we aren’t familiar with.  For example, one of our suppliers recently suggested that we look into the Atturo Tire brand as a competitive option for light trucks and SUVs.

We really don’t know much about the Atturo brand, aside from the assertions made on their website…so we decided to have Scott try them out on his F-350 before we make any recommendations.

New Atturo Truck Tires

Axleboy Now Recycling

One Can At A Time

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

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

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

Steinjäger Accessories

The Latest Jeep Accessories

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

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

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

Steinjäger

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.

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

Ideal Season for Off-Roading?

Is there any one “ideal” season for off-roading? The answer to that question really depends on who is in the driver’s seat and how comfortable he/she is with the physical terrain.  Check out the seasonal pros and cons of Jeeping and tell us on Facebook what season you prefer: Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall.

Winter

Crawling through the snow dusted hills of Missouri and Illinois can be both breathtaking and exhilarating.  At the same time, off-roading in the winter presents some significant challenges.  Most trails are not well maintained, if maintained at all, in the winter months and if there is any significant snow accumulation, accurately judging the surrounding surface conditions can be next to impossible.

If you plan to go off-roading in the winter, the experts at Axleboy suggest: sticking to familiar trails, going with a group (or at least with another experienced Jeeper) and go prepared to deal with extreme temperatures.  Adding cold and moisture to a familiar trail can change the entire off-road experience and potentially leave your vehicle stranded, so plan ahead and use good judgment.

Spring

Go Off-Road with Axleboy

Spring can a great time to ride.  Once the winter frost has passed and the ground begins to thaw, it can be awfully tempting to head out and find the nearest trail.  With tree leaves just beginning to bud, and new grass painting the world green, a short ride can be both refreshing and fun.

The only downside to taking a Spring ride may be dealing with frequent rain showers and the resulting mud.  We suggest a good set of tires to help maintain traction, a trusty winch and a planned trip to the carwash.  Stop by Axleboy or shop our online store for your upgrades today.

Summer

With warmer, dryer, summer weather the most popular trails are sure to be packed almost every weekend.  If you don’t mind dealing with the heat, humidity and crowds of other Jeepers, or if you have your own secluded sweet spot, Summer may be your ticket to a sweet ride.

The biggest issue we’ve noticed, when riding in the summer, is a lack of adequate preparation.  Severe sun-burn , dehydration and heat stroke are more common that most people may suspect.  We suggest bringing sunscreen, protein rich food and plenty of water to keep you hydrated.

Fall

Cooler weather, fewer bugs and the scenic view of leaves changing color make Fall one of the most popular times to ride the trails.  It’s a great time to get outside and enjoy as much of nature as possible before the onslaught of winter.

Much like Summer, trails in the Fall are likely to see a lot of traffic.   Some of us are veteran Jeepers and others are just novices, but we’re all out there to have a good time.   We suggest a healthy dose of patience.  In addition to crowded trails, new fallen foliage may begin to accumulate on the trail.  The experts at Axleboy suggest adding a few lbs. of extra weight to your vehicle for increased traction.

 

Is one season better than all the others?  Come by the shop and chat, or leave us a comment on Facebook.

 

 

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.