Drive Train Specialists
The Goods: DTS offers new low- and high- pinion Dana 44, 60, GM 12-bolt, and Ford 9-inch axle assemblies. Each can be outfitted with a variety of bracket options, gears, Timken bearings, yokes, and wheel bolt patterns.
Cool Stuff: Easy to order and outfit with a variety of diff cover options, lockers, brakes, and even powdercoat options.
Information: Drive Train Specialists, 800.521.0628, www.drivetrainspecialists.com
The Goods: Front and rear Dana 44 axle assemblies. The bolt-in units are designed for the Jeep TJ, XJ, and ZJ. Each axle can be optioned with new gears, diff covers, lockers, and your choice of axleshafts.
Cool Stuff: From diff covers to third members, Just Differentials carries a massive list of differential parts for almost every axle.
Information: Just Differentials, 866.349.6801, www.justdifferentials.com
The Goods: Lightweight dropout-style fabricated housings that are popular among Toyota and rock buggy enthusiasts. Complete Toyota 8-inch, 44, and 60 housing are available in a multitude of wheel bolt patterns and configurations.
Cool Stuff: Hybrid 9-inch and 60 combo axles with optional ball joint, King Pin, or Toyota outers.
Information: Diamond Axles, 970.881.2418, www.diamondaxle.com
The Goods: Fresh Corporate 14-bolts, Dana 44s, 60s, and 70 axles along with built-to-order 21⁄2- and 5-ton Rockwells. Looking to cut out your own axle set? Boyce also offers complete vehicles with heavy-duty running gear, including the mega Deuce-and-a-half trucks.
Cool Stuff: 21⁄2-ton axles with the heavy drum brakes removed and off-road-only driveline brakes bolted in place.
Information: Boyce Equipment, 800. 748.4269, www.boyceequipment.com
The Goods: Bolt-in Jeep Wrangler 44 and 60 series (military and civilian) along with massive AAM series Power Wagon axles. Axles can be outfitted with a series of Mopar add-ons such as diff covers and electronic selectable differentials. Portal box axles are said to be on the horizon as well.
Cool Stuff: All parts can be ordered through your local Jeep, Dodge, Ram, or Chrysler dealership or Mopar retailers.
Information: Mopar, www.mopar.com
The Goods: Heavy-duty rear axle assembly designed for the extreme go-fast desert enthusiast. Accepts 9-inch third members and can be outfitted with different hub and axleshaft options.
Cool Stuff: Massive 46-spline drive plates and axleshafts.
Information: Cone Industries, 805.239.2663, www.coneindustries.com
Geartech Heavy Duty
The Goods: Geartech is a custom axle manufacturer that builds automotive, agricultural, and mining axle assemblies. From backwoods monsters to ultralow coal mining machines, Geartech specializes in heavy-duty off-road machinery.
Cool Stuff: 5-on-51⁄2 aluminum hub conversion for the GM 14-bolt rear axles that works with the company’s disc-brake conversion.
Information: Geartech Heavy Duty, 601.899.9831, www.geartechhd.com
The Goods: Super 14 axle assemblies that combine the brawn of the legendary 14-bolt axle with the strength and light weight of a fabricated housing. Optional Dana 60 or 14-bolt outers are available along with trussing options, big brake kits, and 40-spline shafts.
Cool Stuff: Bolt-in Super 14 for the ’07-current Jeep Wrangler JK.
Information: Torq LLC, 801.972.2218, www.torqaxle.com
East Coast Gear Supply
The Goods: From junkyard 8.8-inch rear axles to bolt-in Jeep Wrangler and Cherokee Dana 44 and 60 axles, ECGS has it. Specializing in 8.8-inch rear axle conversions for the Jeep Wrangler TJ, the company can build bolt-in and fabricator-friendly axles for a variety of applications.
Cool Stuff: Bolt-in front and rear Dana 60 axles for the ’99-’04 Jeep Wrangler WJ.
Information: East Coast Gear Supply, 919.672.2705, www.eastcoastgearsupply.com
G2 Axle & Gear
The Goods: Complete and partial front and rear 44 axles for Jeep Wrangler and Cherokee models. For more heavy-duty wheelers, G2 offers Rock Jock series high-pinion front and rear 60s. Many of the axles can be optioned with disc brakes, chromoly axles, and ring-and-pinions already installed.
Cool Stuff: Available at your neighborhood 4Wheel Parts store.
Information: G2 Axle & Gear, 310.900.2687, www.g2axle.com
The Goods: Fabricated housing, brakes, steering knuckles, and wheel spacers are all part of the Spidertrax lineup. For the skilled fabricator the company’s Pro Roller 60 and 9-inch kits can make building a custom axle at home easy.
Cool Stuff: Pro Roller kits available with five, six, or eight-lug wheel bolt patterns and housing options up to a 1⁄4 inch thick.
Information: Spidertrax Inc., 800.286.0898, www.spidertrax.com