What is it: Boyce Equipment Rear Steering Lockouts
Why it is cool: If you would like to run four-wheel steering at some point, but only have the budget to set up the front axle with steering, check out this kit. This setup allows you to lock out the steering function of a front axle for use as a rear axle. Once installed, two simple lockout pins ensure that each knuckle remains straight for maximum safety.
What is it: Boyce Equipment's Ram Assist Steering Kit
Why it is cool: When it comes to 2.5-ton steering, ram strength and bracket placement is critical. Boyce Equipment developed a kit engineered to match the needs of the Rockwell axle in terms of steering sweep, bracket placement, and working pressure. The setup includes a single-ended ram, a control valve, and mounting parts to simplify the installation process.
What is it: Boyce Equipment Custom Rockwell Steel Wheels
Why it is cool: These custom steel wheels were designed specifically to work with the Rockwell 2.5-ton axle. Available in 15- to 25-inch diameter sizes, these wheels will handle plus-size tires without issues. Boyce Equipment also stocks all sizes of military tires, both new and used.
What is it: Boyce Equipment Rockwell Pinion Brake
Why it is cool: With this arrangement installed, you can eliminate the heavy old drum-style brakes and backing plates to lighten the axle for competition use. This kit includes all mounting hardware and the whole setup can be installed in minutes using parts left over from the stock drum brake system.
Rockwell Specific - Mounting Brackets
Blue Torch Fabrication (BTF) offers mounting kits to solve the problem of linking up a Rockwell axle. These brackets are designed exclusively for hardcore trail use. We have seen these brackets at TTC in the past and can speak to the quality and attractive design touches each includes.
Info: Blue Torch Fabrication, 866/725-2795, www.bluetorchfab.com
What is it: Blue Torch Fab Rockwell 4-Link Towers
Why it is cool: All Rockwell axles came with leaf spring-style suspension arrangements. This poses a challenge for those who want to run coilovers, air shocks, and link arms. That is why BTF offers these laser-cut brackets designed to simplify setting up custom suspension systems. The tower bodies and lower link tabs of these assemblies are laser-cut from 3/8-inch-thick high-strength steel plate.
The towers and lower tabs have 9/16-inch boltholes for both upper and lower link attachment points. These brackets were designed to work with 1- or 1 1/4-inch rod ends with high-misalignment spacers or flex-joints. They provide 11 inches of vertical separation between the upper and lower links. The "towers" consist of six slotted pieces that fit together prior to welding, which makes assembly much easier. Sold in pairs, these brackets are the simplest way to link up a Rockwell axle.
What is it: Blue Torch Fab Rockwell Skid
Why it is cool: Due to the unique orientation of the Rockwell third member, the non-removable diff cover on the bottom of the housing is called a skidplate. The factory skid is stamped from thin sheetmetal and offers little protection from rocks and other trail obstacles. The BTF Rockwell Skid is precision laser-cut from steel plate. The 3/8-inch-thick base ring completely covers ring gear providing strong reinforcement rib for the 1/4-inch-thick side plates. The side plates protect the bearing caps, and the whole unit comes welded on each side. These skids are shipped unpainted and ready to weld in place of the stock unit. Simply cut the stock unit off and reinstall one of these heavy-duty skids to get awesome rock-resistant differential protection with added ground clearance.