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Ultimate Adventure 2015 Ultimate Summer Camp Jeep Spidertrax Axle Build

Part 5: Axles Built for Summer Fun

Fred WilliamsPhotographer, Writer

Building a vehicle for the Ultimate Adventure requires a healthy engine and that every component downstream from that engine is as strong or stronger so the vehicle can play hard and not break. Our Ultimate Summer Camp Jeep has a powerful supercharged V-8 under the hood, and it has to be able to run down the highway, tip-toe over rocks, and throttle up muddy hills. It also has to haul gear and two dirtbags who are having fun driving like maniacs, and still be reliable.

We’ve shown you much of the build going on at Synergy Manufacturing, where we dropped the aluminum Aqualu tub on a modified Jeep JK frame and stuffed all our drivetrain underneath. This month we’ll dive into those tough Spidertrax Spider-9 axles that have to be strong enough for our little Jeep to peel out with glee and get us home again. The axles we chose follow our rule for the perfect wheeling machine: “Over Axle, Under Engine.” Meaning build a set of axles that have no issues holding up to the power of your engine and size of your tires, and you’ll spend more time wheeling and less time fixing parts.