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New Upgrades Available for the JL Wrangler

As manufacturers of the world’s premier selectable lockers, ARB recently issued the following press release, regarding new parts available for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler (JL) Sport:

ARB maintains a strong presence in the off roading industry with its proactive approach in R&D. Supporting accessories alongside new vehicle releases is key to staying ahead of the game. Our drivetrain engineers have assessed Jeep’s new Wrangler JL Sport and are proud to announce the release of Air Locker applications for both the front and rear axles.

Replacing the JK, Jeep has built on the Wrangler’s legendary history with their most capable vehicle to date, while maintaining its heritage with touches such as a seven-slot grille, iconic round headlights and open air models. To complement these unique touches, Jeep has upgraded the off road ability and central to this is next-generation Dana axles. To further enhance the JL Sport’s capability off road, ARB is happy to release front and rear locker applications.

  • For the rear axle M200 application, RD244 was newly developed.
  • For the front axle application, existing RD100 will suit.
  • Please note some Wrangler JL Sport models come with M220 axle housing. Please verify before ordering RD244 Air Locker
Features & Benefits
  • Provides 100% traction on demand without affecting on-road drivability or driveline wear
  • Vastly improved traction means less reliance on momentum, thus reducing the likelihood of vehicle damage and environmental impact
  • Easy, convenient operation allows the user to concentrate on the terrain without leaving the comfort and safety of the driver’s seat
  • Ultra durable and extremely strong – only the highest quality materials used in construction
  • Incredibly simple yet effective design that employs minimal moving parts, thereby ensuring maximum reliability
  • Thoroughly tested and proven design – trusted and used in over 100 countries around the world
  • Easy installation and maintenance – no special tools, skills or additives required
  • Patented ‘timed’ locking mechanism offers high strength and ultra fast un-locking
  • Comprehensive photo illustrated installation and service guides
  • Steel reinforced, elastomer bonded annular seal designed to handle the most extreme climatic temperatures on Earth
  • Patented two -piece design that offers a range of interchangeable side gears (sold separately) to integrate with non-standard axle shaft splines
Technical Specs:

RD244 – M200 Rear Axle

  • 29 spline axle
  • 31.5 mm [1.24”] axle shaft diameter (outside of splines)
  • 10 bolts on 145.5mm [5.72”]
  • 121.3mm [5.28”] dia. ring gear ID
  • 200mm [7.87”] dia. ring gear OD
  • Ratio 3.45:1
  • Suits Dana M200

RD100 – M186 Front Axle

  • 27 spline axle
  • 30.8mm [1.21”] axle shaft diameter (outside of splines)
  • 10 bolts on 142mm [5.59”]
  • 115.0mm [4.53”] dia. ring gear ID
  • 185mm [7.28”] dia. ring gear OD
  • Ratio 3.45:1
  • Suits Dana M186
Axleboy Off-Road is proud to offer this essential Jeep (JL) upgrade in the form of over-the-counter parts or full installation beginning September 2018.  For more information or to get your Jeep on the schedule, talk to the pros at Axleboy Off-Road during business hours. 636-939-5337

JL Audio Now at Axleboy

Announcing a New Product Line

Axleboy Off-Road is turning up the bass with JL Audio! Earlier today, Axleboy’s request to become an authorized JL Audio dealer and installer was officially accepted, and the entire staff is excited to add sound to the list of upgrades that are offered at this custom Jeep shop.

 

 

Featured Products

Axleboy will be stocking:

  • JKU Stealthboxes (Subwoofers)
  • Waterproof amps &
  • Complete Jeep Wrangler (JK) speaker systems

Are you ready to upgrade your driving experience? Let the professionals at Axleboy Off-Road help you experience better sound and bigger bass with USA made systems from JL Audio .

Call 636-939-5337 for more information or to schedule your audio installation.

LoD Off-Road Products at Axleboy

Axleboy Off-Road is excited to announce that we are now an authorized direct dealer and installer of LoD Off-Road products!  The quality and craftsmanship that has been built into these products is impressive, and we’re happy to offer them as an upgrade option for local Jeep enthusiasts.

LoD Off-Road is an Indiana based Jeep parts manufacturer that entered the market in 2002. They currently offer an entire range of aftermarket rock-sliders, bumpers, tire carriers and roof-rack systems that fit Wranglers from the early CJ series to the current JL model.

If you’re not familiar with the LoD Off-Road product line, we invite you to take a look at their website or stop by or call Axleboy and talk to Brandon or Brian at our service counter.  636-939-5337, M-F 8:00am-6:00pm.  Whatever you need to take your Jeep to the next level, we can get it for you!

LoD Off-Road products are proudly made in the U.S.A.

Hiring New Technician(s)

Axleboy Off-Road and Automotive is currently looking to hire at least (1) full-time ASE Certified technician.  We are a Jeep and off-road specialty shop and in our experience, those who thrive here have embraced that culture and lifestyle.

We offer competitive wages with bonus opportunities, Medical and Dental benefits, paid holidays and vacation time, optional wheeling trips and a generally awesome place to work.

Full disclosure, even though we are a Jeep and off-road specialty shop, we still do oil changes, general tire service and the occasional water pump on non-off-road vehicles.

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum of (2) ASE Certification courses completed and passed
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Bring your own tools
  • 2 years of verifiable automotive work experience
  • Independent thinking team player
  • Positive attitude

Preferences

  • Multiple ASE Certifications
  • 5+ years verifiable automotive expeience
  • Expert at electrical installation and diagnosis
  • Jeep/Off-Road enthusiast
  • Tech savvy (we use iPads)

If you meet all the basic qualifications, along with some of the preferences, and think you’ve got what it takes to keep up with the best in the business, then send us your resume in one of four ways:

  1. Hand delivery- Always a good option if you want to make a positive first impression.
  2. Use our “Careers” page- Let’s us know you’ve mastered the internet.
  3. Send a direct email to axleboy@axleboy.com with your resume attached- Even if the internet isn’t your thing  this tells us you’re willing to learn.
  4. Call the number below and tell us why you’re awesome- Probably not a good idea.

 

The White Whale Goes GenRight

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

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

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

Why the Sudden Change?

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

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

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

Keep it Raw or Make it White?

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

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

Check it out in Person

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

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

 

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

2017 Yukon Spring Drivetrain Rebate

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

Quality You Can Depend On

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

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

 

Axleboy Move-In Special (TJ & JK)

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

Teaming Up With Yukon Gear & Axle

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

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

What’s the Deal?

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

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

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

What Are You Waiting For? Get Your Power Back!

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

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

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.

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

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

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

DIY_4.1

 

 

1. Upside Down and Backwards:

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

 

 

 

 

 

Split Crush Sleeve

 

 

2. Cracked Crush Sleeve

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

 

 

 

Damaged Ring Gear

 

 

3. Chipped Ring Gear

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

 

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

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

GSE Baggage Tractor TA-267 Drum Brake to Disc Brake Conversion.

We get a lot of complaints from our clients about the poor stopping power, high cost of maintenance, and mess with the drum brakes that were used on TA-267 Baggage TUG axles.  We can modify your axle and update it to use late model Delco style calipers. Dual wheels were popular on many of these, we can even retain dual wheels or convert to single wheel. The dual wheels requires the track width to be 2″ wider on each side to clear the calipers on the wheels.

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