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Factor 55 Closed System Winching

If you drive a Jeep, it’s likely that you’ve seen plenty of recovery videos on YouTube where something goes wrong.  While there will always be some element of risk involved with winch recovery, many of those risks can be minimized through exercise of safe winching practices and proper equipment.

In an effort to promote safer trail recovery, Axleboy Off-Road is excited to announce that they are partnering with Factor 55 Precision Engineering to deliver high quality closed-system winching solutions.

What is Closed System Winching?

Closed system winching is a winching technique that uses rigging comprised entirely of closed link hardware. With this system you can use your existing winch and cable/rope while replacing the hook with a Factor 55 winch-line shackle mount made from high-quality billet 6000 series aluminums and 6AL-4V Titanium.

Isn’t the Hook Good Enough?

People have been using hooks for a long time.  The common “clevis hook slip” that comes with most winches was originally designed and manufactured for use in commercial settings, to hoist heavy payloads secured by chain link.  In this setting, the hook has proven to be dependable largely due to the nature of the task.

For decades, off-road enthusiasts have taken this commercial tool and put it to alternative recreational use. Under such recovery type conditions, the hook is prone to failure because of the non-closeable opened end.  Even hooks with a safety latch cannot be considered a closed system because of the inherent weakness of the clasping mechanism.

Can the hook work? Yes! Will it work reliably? For that, there is no guarantee. The professionals at Axleboy Off-Road strongly suggest using a system that has proven to be safer, stronger and more secure.

Factor 55 Products are all Made in the USA & Trail Tested

Factor 55 PROLINK
  • Replaces conventional winch hooks with a safer more secure shackle/D-ring
  • Lightweight- Precision CNC machined 6000 series aluminum
  • No splicing required- titanium double sheer pin design
  • Designed for both steel cable and synthetic ropes
  • Integrated rubber boot for fairlead protection
  • Exceptional strength and quality
  • 3 sizes and 5 color options
Factor 55 FLATLINK
  • Foldable-1.75” thick (works will all fairlead license plate mounting brackets)
  • Prevents rattles- clinches neatly against both Hawse and roller fairleads
  • Increased approach angle
  • Replaces conventional winch hooks with a safer more secure shackle/D-ring
  • Lightweight- Precision CNC machined 6000 series aluminum
  • No splicing required- titanium double sheer pin design
  • Designed for both steel cable and synthetic ropes

 

For safer, stronger, more secure closed-system winching, stop by Axleboy Off-Road and pick up your Factor 55 PROLINK or FLATLINK today! For more technical information on closed system winching check out factor55.com or call Axleboy at 636-939-5337.

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.

8 Tips For Safe Driving

8 Tips for Better Winter Driving

Have you had it up to your eyes with this winter weather yet? At Axleboy Automotive, we have too.  We are tired of icy roads and snow-topped cars.  Thankfully, Spring is just around the corner and before you know it, we’ll be turning up the AC.

Until then, here are 8 tips for safer driving in winter-weather conditions:

Tip # 1: Put down your cell phone.

It is estimated that at least 23% of annual car accidents in the US involve some form of cell phone use.  23% may not sound like much, but that represents about 1.3 million crashes.  People have a hard enough time driving in a straight line when the skies are blue and the roads are dry.  Using the phone while driving in addition to snow and ice conditions significantly increases the risk of causing a car accident.  If you ABSOLUTELY MUST talk on the phone while driving, then use a Bluetooth device so that both hands can be on the steering wheel.  Otherwise, wait until the car is safely parked to send texts and make calls.

Tip # 2: Increase your distance.

Snow and ice can be unpredictable factors when driving on the highways and local roads.  Give yourself plenty of room to maneuver and some extra cushion space for stopping.  Remember, with reduced traction, your car needs more space to make even simple changes.

Tip # 3: Limit your distractions.

In 2011, 10% of fatal car accidents were reported to involve some form of driver distraction.  Driving with snow and ice on the road requires significantly more attention than normal driving.  In addition to following tip #1, we suggest either turning down or turning off the radio, avoid getting caught up with rubber-necking and make sure that children and/or pets are all properly secured before the vehicle is put in gear.

Tip # 4: Slow down.

We’ve all heard this a thousand times, but it doesn’t make it any less important.  We aren’t suggesting that people do 25 mph on the highway, but the posted speed limits are a recommended maximum speed in ideal conditions.  The old Driver’s-Ed classes teach: “Slow-down 10 mph for every adverse element on the road.” Adverse conditions affect your overall reaction time and maneuverability, so even if you are in a 4×4, slow down.

Tip # 5: Don’t use the brakes while turning.

Most cars that end up in the ditch or go off the road will do so on a curve.  In a small number of cases there is nothing that the driver could do to prevent the accident.  In almost all other cases, the accident is a result of driver error.  In winter weather we have a tendency to use our brakes at unnecessary times.  Curves and corners are ironically one of the worst places to use the brakes for two reasons: 1. Using the brakes on a turn reduces what little traction tires may have & 2. Pressing the brakes reduces a driver’s ability to appropriately accelerate out of a turn.

Tip # 6: Clear off your windshield.

De-Ice Before Your Drive

Have you ever woken up late and had to rush out the door just to make it to work on time?  It’s easy to rush through our routines, jump in the car and hit the road, right?  It’s not so easy when you see a sheet of ice on your windshield.  Even though you may be in a hurry, the best thing you can do in a situation like this is clear the windshield.  Using the defroster is a good start, but any ice that remains on the windshield when you start driving creates a visual impairment, especially when driving into the sun.

Tip # 7: Watch out for idiots.

There are plenty of them out there…and they seem to multiply when bad weather hits.  Unfortunately, these drivers are not only a danger to themselves, but to you as well.  Our advice is to recognize these types of drivers and do your best to position your vehicle safely out of their way.

Tip # 8: Stay home.

If you don’t absolutely have to go out when there is snow or ice on the roads, then stay home.  Before venturing out, determine if your destination is worth the risk of personal injury or damage to your car.

 

Statistics from: http://www.edgarsnyder.com/car-accident/cell-phone/cell-phone-statistics.html#2011-cell-phone-statistics

5 Winter Car Care Tips You Need to Know!

When temperatures drop below freezing, you wouldn’t even think about heading outside without a coat, or at least a few extra layers.  So, why would you expect your car to function just like it did all Summer without proper preparation?

At Axleboy Automotive, we specialize in complete car care and we want to make sure that you don’t find yourself stranded this winter season.  Here are 5 key areas that our automotive experts have identified to help keep you on the road.

1.Check and Change Your Tires

There’s nothing worse than feeling your car slide through a red light or into another lane and know that you have lost all control.  Under some circumstances, even the best tires cannot improve your traction, however many accidents can be avoided by checking two things: tire pressure and tread.  Making sure that your tires are properly inflated and that they have the right tread to handle rain, sleet and snow is critical to providing proper traction.

Many tire manufacturers recommend changing all four tires in the winter to “snow tires.”  These tires are specifically designed to be heavier which offers better performance in the winter season.

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2.Change Your Wiper Blades

 

Cold weather can cause old wipers to become brittle and hard, resulting in reduced contact with the windshield.  This is especially dangerous when the winter weather systems roll in, bringing snow and sleet with them.  When wiper blades don’t make full contact with the windshield it can result in streaking, smudging and ultimately reduced driver visibility.

3.Fill up on Coolant/ Antifreeze

Engine coolant does more than regulate engine temperatures in the summer.  What happens when you don’t use proper coolant ratios in the winter time?  Coolant, or antifreeze, contains ethylene glycol which is an integral component in protecting your engine from corrosion.  Without that protection, corrosion can build up inside the engine and eventually lead to failure or a cracked engine block.

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4.Test or Replace Your Battery

 

Most people have experienced, at some point, cold-induced battery problems.  Winter is especially hard on batteries and every year countless employees call in to work as a result of battery failure.  Why does this happen?  Cold weather does two things that can increase your frustration with the car battery.  First, it slows down the chemical reactions that create the battery’s power.  At zero degrees, a fully charged battery puts out less than 50% of its potential power capacity.  Second, the cold weather causes motor oil to thicken which ultimately means that it takes more power to get the engine moving.

If your battery isn’t holding a full charge or if it’s over 3 years old, you may want to consider changing out that battery for a new one before the cold weather really sets in.  At Axleboy Automotive, we check batteries at no cost.

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5.Get Your Brakes Checked

 

Whether you have noticed it or not, you drive different in the winter…often times because of the other drivers on the road.  It seems like anytime it rains or snows everyone else on the road forgets how to drive.  The time it takes to get to work suddenly doubles because of traffic accidents, drivers on the highway either turn into speed-demons or turtles and people seem to forget to use their mirrors or turn signals.  All of these conditions result in increased dependency on your braking system.  The last thing anyone expects is to be in a highway wreck, but when the brakes are worn and cold, it can increase the distance required to stop by up to 60%.

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Schedule an appointment or stop our convenient location in St. Peters before the bad weather hits.

Axleboy Automotive

4150-A Ehlmann Rd

St. Peters, MO 63376

(636) 939-5337