Though quite capable in its stock form, the Jeep JK can still have problems when it comes to rock-crawling. The standard driveshafts on both front and rear axles can handle light recreation, but have been known to fail when dealing with difficult obstacles that require lots of torque.
That’s why J.E. Reel Driveline stepped up to the plate with its Heavy Duty Drive Line offerings for the SUV. Automatic, manual, two-door, and four-door, front and rear; it has it all, and the parts are a definite improvement over the stock variety, as we learned from Jim Reel, owner of the company.
“Folks who lift their Jeeps even two-and-a-half inches come across a few problems,” explained Reel. “The [front] driveline comes in contact with the exhaust system, causing unnecessary wear and tear on both parts. And since the stock parts use staked u-joints, when they break, replacing them becomes very difficult when you’re out and about.”
To resolve these issues, J.E. Reel uses a driveshaft made from .120-inch DOM tubing, as well as snap-ring U-joints. That means greater durability, more clearance, and easier outdoor repair for you and your rock-crawling rig. “These drivelines are quite versatile. They can handle a Wrangler with up to six inches in lift and 35 inches in tire diameter,” said Reel.
For customers that need more out of their parts, J.E. Reel offers the “Canyon Crawler” upgrade, which beefs up the wall of the tube to .180 inches for even more durability and longevity. So take the plunge–find out more about these parts by visiting J.E. Reel on the web, and keep yourself up-to-date with its latest and greatest on Facebook.