Pro 1 Series Driveline System from J.E. Reel

Jp Magazine gets the inside scoop on the hefty new J.E. Reel driveline system soon to be available for Jeep enthusiasts

Will MorganPhotographer, Writer

Off-road outings have always been a way to escape from a hard week at work and a weekend adventure with family and friends. Over time, the “sport” (as some call it) metamorphosed into various types of off-road competitions too. Events such as Camel Trophy, The Dakar Rally, and the very popular Baja 500 and Baja 1000 races became household words in the off-road community. A couple decades ago, rockcrawling competitions started popping up and eventually they became a significant part of the off-road activity spectrum as well.

During this evolution, improvements in off-road mechanical and technological science progressed rapidly. The equipment of old would not have made it through the gatekeeper of many trails today, let alone finish a race. J.E. Reel one of the many companies that has been a part of this mechanical and technological evolution. As this evolution continues, the company is continuously working on new product ideas that keep up with the demands of the off-road-enthusiast community.

The Pro 1 Series driveline system is one of those new ideas and is designed for use in desert racing trophy trucks, short course off-road-race trucks, and rock-racing buggies. By the time this article appears, the hardcore trail-Jeep enthusiast may be able to benefit from the Pro 1 Series driveline system. The Pro 1 Series uses a mechanical, positive-locking system for the pinion and transfer-case nuts. This 2.75-degree locking system will help prevent crimp- and noncrimp-style lock nuts from coming loose under inertia, hard impact, or other extreme conditions. The driveline system boasts an increased operating angle of 55 degrees (versus standard angles of 22) with inside and outside snap rings on the U-joints. This helps protect drivers from losing a U-joint from rock damage during the toughest use in extreme off-road environments.

Development of this system because racers were running increasingly larger tires and putting underdrive units in so that beefier ring-and-pinion sets with higher gear ratios could be used. This increased the torque load on the driveline, which was creating failures. J.E. Reel’s solution was to build a driveline system from high-grade, heat-treated steel with stronger and more durable parts. The mechanical locking system fixes the high impact inertia problem of pinion, transmission and transfer case nuts coming loose, and helps to reduce or eliminate catastrophic failure.

At the time this article was written, J.E. Reel was in the final stages of preparation for the full launch of this new product. We will be watching to see how it’s received by the off-road racing and rock-racing community. We expect the Pro 1 Series system to make its way into the Jeep market soon afterwards.