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.
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:
- Money (Somebody’s gotta pay for my McD’s)
- Navigation Systems
- Mobil Devices (phones and tablets)
- Vehicle Registration (If you’ve got a nice car, you probably have a nice home too)
- Backpacks and Briefcases
- CD’s (believe it or not people still use these)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!
• 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
• 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
Teraflex Falcon Series 3.1 Piggyback Shocks Original Press Date: November 2016 The Falcon Series 3.1 piggyback shock is designed and engineered to deliver race inspired performance and handling while exclusively built to the specific requirements of the Jeep Wrangler. Vehicle stability is the paramount goal with all Falcon shocks. For years shocks have been simply adapted with minimal tuning and not specifically designed for an application. Falcon Shocks changes that mentality. The Falcon Series 3 Piggyback shocks are corner specific, built from the ground up, and deliver the best damping characteristics possible with fitment and function outlining the highest priorities. A lengthy and painstaking development process has finally delivered these new advancements to a waiting Jeep market. The front shock features a unique piggyback design with the reservoir positioned horizontally to increase clearance with large tires during articulation and turning. An offset upper stud positions the shock body away from the frame for maximum clearance. The rear shock positions the body and reservoir at the bottom to eliminate shaft damage from rocks kicked up by the tires. The outboard mounting increases clearance for lifted vehicles with raised track bar brackets. Falcon shocks feature Lucas Oil full synthetic shock oil for superior performance across all temperatures to reduce shock fade. The proprietary synthetic formula also contains special anti-wear and lubricity agents that produce excellent thermal stability. Falcon Series 3 shocks are available in different performance levels including adjustable and non adjustable versions. Features & Benefits - JK specific shock - Increases vehicle stability - Improved dynamic roll control - Improved low speed damping - Optimized fitment for clearance during full suspension travel & articulation - Front offset stud design creates additional frame clearance - 2.25 shock body provides optimal performance - Largest shock body that will fit without modifications - 6061 aluminum hard anodized shock tube resists wear - Smooth honed internal shock body surface for long term performance - ¾ shaft to prevent shaft buckling - Maximum shaft diameter for optimal adjustable range - Hard chrome, induction hardened shaft resists rock damage and corrosion - OGS the oil/gas separator prevents cavitation - Digressive linear piston & base valve technology - One-piece Teflon bronze piston wear band with o-ring - Fast Adjust Knob upgrade for quick compression adjustments (optional) - Compression cartridge system can be added to Series 3.1 piggyback shocks by owner after purchase - Piggyback design increases fluid flow by 6x over restricting reservoir hose designs - Piggyback fluid passage eliminates common leakage issues found in banjo & swivel fittings - Hard anodized billet piston - Aluminum construction for superior heat dissipation - Lucas Oil full synthetic shock oil - 1,000 hour salt spray corrosion resistance on all hardware - Serviceable & rebuildable (factory serviced) - Built in-house in the TeraFlex Falcon shock division - Fits all JK Wrangler models including Rubicon and Unlimited - 3 year warranty - Patent pending design SKU MSRP Description 01-01-31-400-002 $998.99 Series 3.1 Piggyback 0-2 lift (all 4) 01-01-31-400-253 $998.99 Series 3.1 Piggyback 2.5-3 lift (all 4) 01-01-31-400-406 $998.99 Series 3.1 Piggyback 4-6 lift (all 4) 01-01-31-400-002-1 $998.99 Series 3.1 Sport Piggyback 0-2 lift (all 4) 01-01-31-400-253-1 $998.99 Series 3.1 Sport Piggyback 2.5-3 lift (all 4) 01-01-31-400-406-1 $998.99 Series 3.1 Sport Piggyback 4-6 lift (all 4) About TeraFlex TeraFlex has been involved with Jeep performance since the 1950s. Over the years we have developed innovative products that exceed expectations, deliver maximum performance, and provide premium quality and value. Continuing our stronghold, we offer the most comprehensive list of performance components for the JK Wrangler than any other manufacturer to date. Our mission and focus remains the same - innovation, performance, and dependability. TeraFlex products encourage an active Jeep based outdoor lifestyle and enhance the experience both on and off road. For more information about TeraFlex, or any of our products please stop by or call: Axleboy 636-939-5337 firstname.lastname@example.org www.axleboy.com www.teraflex.com
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:
An 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 MWJT and Axleboy will discuss Tread Lightly guidelines, trail safety and a slew of information about “the modified Jeep.”
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!
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.
A Dirty Jeep.
Come rain or shine, this event doesn’t get cancelled. Come prepared to get dirty.
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.
Need more information? Click Here to see the MWJT Event Page.
As Economy Improves, New Demographic of Enthusiasts Enter ‘Jeep Lifestyle,’ as Segment Continues Rebound
BY: DUSTIN HOLLAND, Parts & People
“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.”
Click here to see this article in its original format at PartsAndPeople.com or copy and past the following link: http://www.partsandpeople.com/river-valley/axleboy%E2%80%99s-jeep-clientele-expands
Axleboy is glad to announce that they are now authorized dealers of the ReadyBrake system, developed by N.S.A. RV Products Inc. The Ready Brake system offers a safe and reliable means of towing your Jeep, car, truck or other vehicle behind an RV by interlinking the towed vehicle’s brakes to those of the RV.
How does the ReadyBrake work?
“When you apply brakes in your RV the towed vehicle surges forward actually pushing your RV. ReadyBrake uses this energy to move a lever forward. A cable is connected to this lever and the other end is clamped to your towed vehicle brake pedal. When the lever moves forward the brake pedal is pulled down and when you drive the RV forward again it allows the lever to move backward and the brake pedal goes back up releasing the towed vehicle brakes.”
How is ReadyBrake different from other systems?
“ReadyBrake is a mechanical system that does not drain your towed vehicle battery because it needs no power to work. To connect and disconnect ReadyBrake means to connect or disconnect a cable that drapes over the tow bar, while those electronic brakes have to be placed in front of your driver seat and then have to be adjusted each time and then you have to remove all of this when you are ready to drive. The biggest difference is the price. Considering ReadyBrake sells for less than half of what the electronic tow brakes do and it’s more reliable, easier to use and has a lifetime warranty the difference in value is clear to see.”
Axleboy invites you to learn more about the ReadyBrake system by calling 636-939-5337 and talking to a trusted service advisor or visiting www.readybrake.com , to determine if this is the right solution for your vehicle towing needs.
Quality & 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.
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.
OME is pleased to release a new range of adjustable control arms with Max C Dual Durometer bushes for the JK Wrangler.
Adjustable control arms are perfect for those Jeep owners who want to customize caster and pinion angles to fine tune ride and handling for both on and off-road applications. All arms have been shot peened, zinc electroplated and powder coated to prevent corrosion.
Max C Bushes:
MAX-C is a Dual Durometer composite bushing engineered for optimal ride quality and off-road durability in heavy duty applications.
The MAX-C is constructed of multiple urethane compounds and materials to deliver significant dampening and elastic characteristics that enable the joint to perform in a more linear torsional spring rate. The Free Pivot design eliminates pre-mature bushing failures from twisting loads particularly on long travel suspension arms or track bars and is ideal for heavy duty off-road performance. Synthetic Elastomer formulation consistently recovers to co-centric position effectively Self Centring the joint. Reinforcement Tube redistributes load evenly throughout the cushion and prevents contaminants entry into the joint by effectively minimizing gaping of the hole during misalignment configuration.
Front Lower Control Arm JK Wrangler:
- • 2” x 0.188” wall (50.8mm x 4.7mm) 1020 DOM STEEL TUBE
- • Adjustable w/ Jam Nut
- • Precision robotic welding
- • Max C – Dual Duro Bushing
- • Forged Eyelet and Forged Rod End
Rear Lower Control Arm JK Wrangler:
- • 2” x 0.188” wall (50.8mm x 4.7mm) 1020 DOM STEEL TUBE
- • Adjustable w/ Jam Nut
- • Precision robotic welding
- • Max C – Dual Duro Bushing
- • Forged Eyelet and Forged Rod End
Front Upper Control Arm JK Wrangler:
- • 1.25” x 0.188” wall (31.7mm x 4.7mm)1020 DOM STEEL TUBE
- • Stamped Steel Clevis
- • Adjustable w/ Jam Nut
- • Precision robotic welding
- • Max C – Dual Duro Bushing
- • Forged Rod End
Rear Upper Control Arm JK Wrangler:
- • 1.25” x 0.188” wall (31.7mm x 4.7mm)1020 DOM STEEL TUBE
- • Adjustable w/ Jam Nut
- • Max C – Dual Duro Bushing
- • Precision robotic welding
- • Forged Eyelet and Forged Rod End
Axleboy is proud to be an authorized ARB dealer and installer.
ARB Corporation Limited is Australia’s largest and industry leading manufacturer and distributor of quality, 4WD vehicle accessories, with distribution in more than 100 countries worldwide. The company manufactures and stocks the worlds most respected and sought after 4×4 accessories.
You may have heard that Axleboy had a great year in 2015 and that we’re looking to grow in 2016. The rumors are true!
We are at that point where we “either need to start turning work away or bring more people into the team,” said Scott Carline, owner of Axleboy. “And with Spring and Summer just around the corner, there are no plans to slow down production in the shop.”
With that in mind, Axleboy is looking for fresh talent in the automotive and off-road customization industry. Anybody can be trained to turn a wrench, but we are extremely selective about who we invite to work on our team.
At Axleboy, quality is more than a goal or an obscure hope for the future. Our team members eat, sleep and breathe quality. It is at the center of everything that we do and the defining element of who we are.
If you consider yourself a problem solving, quick moving, optimistic and skilled automotive technician…or you know someone who fits that description, we might have your next great opportunity.
Check out our Careers page by clicking here.
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.
Saturday, February 27, 2016 From 11:30am-2:00pm
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!!
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!
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:
- Thursday, Nov 26th– Closed for Thanksgiving Day
- Friday, Nov 27th– Closed to recover…or go wheeling
- Thursday, Dec 24th– Closed for Christmas Eve
- Friday, Dec 25th– Closed for Christmas Day
- 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!
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:
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.
Thanks to technological advancements and mobile connectivity the world seems to be moving at a faster pace than ever before. According to a Gallup data collected from 2013 and 2014 nearly the average full-time employee works 47 hours a week. Chalk up another 3.7 hours each day spent on social media, along with all the time spent running errands, eating, sleeping, hanging out with family/friends and countless other things going on day after day…and suddenly we’re surprised when our vehicle develops an odd noise, blows out a tire or the check-engine light comes on.
Does any of this sound familiar? Don’t be too hard on yourself if it does. Life is legitimately busy and full of distractions that constantly compete for our attention, so we often adopt the mantra “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Unfortunately, when it comes to automobiles, neglecting routine maintenance can turn into an expensive game. For example, on average, vehicles need 3-4 oil changes annually to maintain optimal engine performance. At $30 per change, we could expect to spend $90-120 per year on this service alone. If, on the other hand, we just drove the vehicle until the engine burned up (no oil changes), our $100-200 short-term savings would suddenly become either a $4,000-6,000 expense to swap out the engine or a $250 monthly payment toward a new ride. Ouch, right?
Our suggestion: If you own any type of vehicle, set aside a little time to become familiar with more than just the fuel tank. Here are 10 things you can do to help extend the life of your vehicle.
- Check the tire pressure. Most pressure gauges are the size of a pen and fit conveniently in the glove box. This 5 minute task will help your tires wear evenly, extending their useful life and giving you better stopping distances.
- Check for pooling oil and other fluids on the driveway or in the garage where you park. Really, this is a daily type of thing and doesn’t require you to do anything other than be observant.
- Pay attention to the trouble-lights. Vehicles today are set up with some pretty awesome technology that is programmed to notify you when something is not working properly. When your check-engine light or any other trouble light comes on, get it checked out by a professional asap.
- Check/Top off windshield fluid. Driver visibility is a vital component to safe driving and while we can’t speak for every windshield, ours certainly seem to collect dust, pollen and bug guts that all need to be washed off. Checking the windshield fluid should take less than 2 minutes once you know what you are looking for under the hood.
- Clean out the interior. Did you know that clean vehicles can last 25-30% longer than messy ones? Drivers who take time to de-clutter their vehicle are more likely to notice when things do not sound, smell or feel right…like having enhanced “spider senses.”
- Check your oil once a month. Even though that sticker says you don’t have to get an oil change for another 8 weeks, go ahead and check your engine oil anyway. It only takes 4-5 minutes and can let you know if your engine is burning oil or how serious a leak may be. The dipstick handle to check this is typically yellow.
- Check transmission fluid levels. Next time you go for a drive, try counting how many times your vehicle shifts gears. In order to work properly, those gears require a specific type of transmission fluid. The transmission dipstick handle is typically red and not always convenient, so be sure to consult your owner’s manual or ask your mechanic to point you in the right direction.
- Check coolant levels. Just like people, engines don’t run for very long when temperatures get too high. Metal expands when it gets hot, and at about 245 degrees Fahrenheit different parts of an engine can begin to distort. Coolant, also called anti-freeze helps to regulate temperatures inside the engine so you cave dependable performance.
- Visually inspect turn signals and other exterior lighting. External lighting doesn’t have an impact on engine performance, but it can increase your visibility to other drivers and they only take a minute or two to check.
- Give your vehicle a bath at least once a month depending on the season. Dirt, debris and especially salt buildup on your vehicle create an ideal environment for corrosion to take root. And by corrosion, we mean rust, which could easily be prevented with a 10 minute trip to the local car wash.
We’ve noticed that if these simple things don’t get put on the ‘To do’ list, they just won’t happen. So what we’re suggesting is, put down your smart phone or your tablet and take 20-30 minutes, once a week to become a little more familiar with your car, truck, Jeep, SUV, boat, motorcycle, train or whatever you drive. Social media and the internet will still be there when you get back (maybe)…and this will give you something interesting to share with all your Facebook friends. Brb gtg chk my oil, u shd chk urs 2.
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.
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.
Wages: $18-25 per hour
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.
- 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*
- 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: email@example.com
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!
- 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).
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).
4150-A Ehlmann Rd
St. Peters, MO 63376
With relatively few exceptions, many people this season will head “over the river and through the woods”… and some will travel much farther to get to Grandmother’s house.
Wherever you plan to go this holiday season, all of us at Axleboy wish you safe travels and a very Merry Christmas.
The Light is On
You’re ready to leave work, so you go out to your car and turn the key…or push the button. Typically all of your dash lights will turn on for a second and then turn off. This time however, you notice an obnoxious yellow light continuing to illuminate your dash…the dreaded “check engine” light. What the heck, right!?
If you’re like me, seeing that check engine light on can initially feel pretty aggravating. Once the realization sets in that the light is still on, one of two very different personalities tend to emerge. Personality ‘A’ will call or text family and friends, and vent their frustration all over social media. Personality ‘B’ on the other hand will feel upset by the light but ultimately ignore it in the hopes that it will turn off on its own.
Just because the check engine light comes on, doesn’t mean that you have to immediately stop whatever you are doing but by the same token, ignoring the light altogether is a good way to make things worse.
At Axleboy, we want to help alleviate some of the anxiety surrounding the check engine light. To do that, we’ll do our best to answer two questions:
What’s the deal with the check engine light?
Ever since the 80’s, onboard diagnostic (OBD) systems, inside the vehicle, have monitored and controlled more and more going on under the hood. The OBD system checks things like engine speed, ignition timing, and fuel mixture. Whenever one of these things isn’t working just right, the OBD is programmed to bring things back into balance and optimize engine performance.
The check engine light doesn’t trip unless the OBD has identified a problem, attempted to correct it and the problem persists. This light can come on for something as little as a loose gas cap (easy fix) or as big as an engine that is misfiring (not so easy to fix).
What should I do now?
Take a couple of deep breaths…you’ll be okay. Now, if the light just came on, and it’s not flashing, there’s no need to panic. You might even try tightening the gas cap just to see if it’s an easy fix (this actually happen quite often). If the light doesn’t go off after a few miles, consider making an appointment at Axleboy. Our OBDII certified technicians can read the trouble codes stored in the vehicle and tell you what will correct the problem.
If, however, the check engine light is flashing, something may be critically wrong inside the engine and it would be in your best interest to get your vehicle checked out ASAP.
When you need auto service, you know who to call. Axleboy, (636)939-5337.
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.
Do you ever get the feeling that your mechanic is speaking a different language than you? It might sound like English, but the average person could easily be lost after the first sentence or two?
We’d like to shed some light on a handful of mechanical terms you are likely hear if you’ve recently hit a pot-hole, a curb, been involved in a collision or taken your vehicle for some off-road joy-riding. Terms like: wheel alignment, tire balance, caster angle, camber angle and toe.
Wheel Alignment vs Tire Balancing.
You probably already know that these are two very different things, but people often get the two mixed up. Any time you get new tires mounted (put on), the mechanic will typically add some adhesive weights to the inside edge of your wheel. Believe it or not, those little weights help reduce vibrations or wobbling of the steering wheel.
Wheel alignment also has a significant impact on a vehicle’s driveability. Unlike balancing, which focuses on the individual tire and wheel, an alignment looks at how a set of wheels tires on each axle interact with each other and the axle itself. Your typical alignment looks to see if tires run parallel to each other, if they are set perpendicular to the road and if they are positioned in front of or behind the upper ball joint.
Technically the caster angle is determined by the position of both the upper and lower ball joints. A simplified way to look at the caster angle on a vehicle would be to examine the shocks. Are your shocks straight up and down or do they appear to lean toward the front or rear of the vehicle? Acceptable caster angle can be anywhere from zero to slightly positive.
Camber angle refers to the resulting angle of the tires as they sit on a flat road. When the tires appear to lean away from the body of the vehicle, they have a positive camber. Tires that lean in, toward the body, have a negative camber. A slightly negative camber can help to enhance stability when cornering, however, to maximize straight-line acceleration a 0 degree camber angle will provide the best traction.
In this case, your mechanic is probably not referring to the phalanges on your feet…or your vehicle’s capacity to pull (tow) a trailer. Rather, he is likely talking about the difference in distance between the front of the tires and the rear of the tires (ideally they will be either parallel or have a very small amount of toe in).
According to Greg, Shop Foreman at Axleboy, “As your vehicle moves down the road, the tires create a certain amount of “rolling resistance” which basically means that they naturally pull outward. Bigger tires experience more rolling resistance, so it is important to align them properly to avoid fighting a floating steering wheel.”
Proper wheel alignment plays a critical role in vehicle handling and performance, and is one of the primary factors in determining life expectancy of tires. So next time you take a little off-road detour or just happen to notice your vehicle drifting to one side or the other, give us a call and set up an appointment for a wheel alignment.
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.
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
As Americans we want to get the most use out of every investment and it is not uncommon for us to push things (like tires) to their limits. Is it any surprise that in 2012 the Car Care Council found that 10 percent of vehicles had excessive wear and were in need of replacement? According to Randy Goodrich, service manager at Axleboy Automotive, “Tires are one of the easiest things for the average person to check and yet they are the most neglected.”
It only takes a few minutes to check tires. The experts at Axleboy suggest three critical components to be aware of:
Tire Pressure: Maintaining appropriate tire pressure is not only helps ensure even wear, giving your tires a longer life, it is also proven to improve fuel efficiency by up to 3%. Checking tire pressure is a quick and easy process that could save drivers hundreds of dollars each year.
Tread Depth: Tread is what keeps tires from slipping while turning corners or driving in wet conditions. If tread depth measures below the minimum legal limits or if the rubber has started to crack, it may be unsafe to operate the vehicle. If you’ve never heard of the “penny test” stop by Axleboy and one of our experts will show you to do this test yourself.
Alignment: If your vehicle consistently pulls to one side or you experience stronger than normal shaking, you may have an issue with the alignment. A vehicle that is not properly aligned is not only uncomfortable to drive, but it can also lead to premature, uneven tread wear. Under normal driving conditions, the Car Care Council recommends “hav[ing] your car’s alignment checked at least once a year.”
In addition to being attentive to tire pressure, tread depth and vehicle alignment, Scott Carline, owner of Axleboy Automotive, suggests rotating the tires every 6,000-8,000 miles. “Many people are not even aware that their front and rear tire tread wears down at a different rate,” says Scott. “Generally, rotating tires at every other oil change can help minimize uneven wear and allow drivers to realize the full life expectancy of their tires.”
Schedule your next automotive service today and we’ll show you what to look for when assessing the tires on your vehicle.
“To change or not to change?” When it comes to motor oil, this isn’t a relevant question. Instead, we should be asking ourselves, “When to change?”
You’ve probably heard the phrase “every 3,000 miles or 3 months.” For decades, auto shops and quick lube stops have endorsed the idea that frequent oil changes help to extend the life of a vehicle…and much to their credit, it was true. “But a lot has changed over the past 30 years,” says Scott Carline, owner of Axleboy, “especially with regards to motor oil.”
With modern advancement in the chemical composition of fully synthetic and even synthetic blends, combined with technological improvements under the hood, the old 3,000 mile rule is near obsolete. Most modern automobiles, under normal conditions, can actually run for around 5,000 miles on a good synthetic blend, and some of the newer models can reportedly go an impressive 10,000-12,000 miles between changes before the oil starts to break down.
So, how often should your oil be changed? Just because some vehicles can run more than 10,000 miles does not in any way mean that you should push your vehicle to those limits. Every vehicles needs are different, and the answer to that question depends a lot on the driver, but we would suggest following the maintenance schedule and oil specifications outlined in your Vehicle Owner’s Manual.
Don’t know where your owner’s manual disappeared to? A lot of these owner’s manuals are now online and can be downloaded for free, or simply ask one of our experts next time you are in the shop.
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St. Peters, MO 63376
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?
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.
Axleboy: The Best Off-road and Jeep Specialists in St. Louis! Call us at (636) 939-JEEP.