ARB Off Road Icons Project Jeep Wrangler TJ Update

Update to the ARB Off Road Icons Jeep Wrangler TJ Build

Thanks to our friends in the 4 wheel drive industry, the ARB Off Road Icons Jeep Wrangler TJ is built. How did we build the Jeep Wrangler TJ? Watch the two part vehicle feature video below.

Part 1

Part 2

Thank you to our friends who donated product:

  • G2 Axles – Front Dana 44 Axle Housing
  • Currie Enterprises – Currectlync steering linkage
  • Bestop – New soft top
  • Tom Wood – Rear driveshaft
  • Advanced Adapters – Slip Yoke Eliminator
  • Mickey Thompson – Wheels and Tires
  • Bedrug – New complete carpet kit
  • Warn – Winch
  • Magnaflow – Full Exhaust System

Never heard of the ARB Off Road Icon’s project? Here is the story – To celebrate ARB’s 40th birthday, the ARB Off Road Icons project was launched. Fans in Australia were given the chance to vote for the 4 most iconic 4x4s in Australia. What were the results? The Toyota 40 Series Land Cruiser, Nissan GQ Patrol, 5th Gen Toyota HiLux and a Land Rover Defender.

After the vehicles were chosen by the voters, the marketing team set out to find the 4 iconic vehicles to purchase, restore and outfit them with the full ARB product line in preparation for touring the Australian 4×4 show circuit and lastly crossing the iconic Simpson Desert!

Of course the USA office didn’t want to be left out of the fun, so we opened up the polls in the USA for everyone to vote for their iconic 4×4. With the results in, the Jeep Wrangler TJ was the clear winner and we set out and purchased a red 2004 Jeep Wrangler TJ. The Wrangler will also be restored, outfitted and will attend 4×4 events around the USA and then shipped to Australia next spring to take part in the trip across the Simpson Desert with the 4 iconic vehicles of Australia.

The Jeep Wrangler is a compact SUV that was designed to uphold the historic legacy of the Jeep brand, while offering a fun, ‘go-anywhere’ vehicle that was well received by enthusiasts and the everyday public.

While Jeep Wranglers and their CJ predecessors never presumed to be luxury vehicles, the TJ generation was a big advancement with additions like coil sprung suspension, safety air bags and a redesigned interior that brought this 4×4 up to modern standards. The 4.0L was the most popular engine choice, having been used by Jeep from 1987 through to 2006, pushing out around 189 hp.

Changes to the TJ’s chassis, suspension and axles greatly improved the Wrangler’s off road capability. The solid front and rear axles, coupled with the highly articulating Quadra-Link suspension setup, allow these vehicles to flex and crawl over almost any obstacle.

To learn more about the ARB Off Road Icons project, please visit http://icons.arb.com.au

New ARB Product Release: ARB Differential Covers for Ford 8.8″, Chrysler 8.25″ & GM 10-Bolt

DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT:

Since being released in late 2006, the red ARB differential covers can be found on trail and competition vehicles in just about every part of the world. ARB is happy to announce that the ARB differential covers are now available for 3 more axle models, the Ford 8.8”, Chrysler 8.25” and GM 10-Bolt. Each of these applications will be available in red or black powder coating.

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FEATURES:

ARB’s Differential Cover will protect your differential against the hazards of impact during competition or extreme off road use and are designed to counteract flexing of the axle assembly

When off road, it is inevitable that obstacles will be encountered that could potentially inflict expensive damage on your differential. To prevent this, ARB’s Differential Cover is available for a range of vehicle models, and has been specifically engineered to protect the differential and ring & pinion set from any off road hazards.

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FEATURES CONTINUED:

  • High tensile nodular iron structure protects the differential and ring & pinion set from off road obstacles.
  • Computer optimized cross brace design increases the structural rigidity of the whole axle
  • Approach/departure angle optimized by angled exterior surface.
  • Prolonged carrier bearing life due to extra support to the bearing alignment.
  • Top quality, high power neodymium magnets are used in both the drain plug and the dipstick to collect any metallic particles in the oil. This makes the dipstick an easy location to be checked for tell-tale signs of internal damage or water contamination without the need to drain the oil.
  • Unique dipstick/filler cap design allows differential oil level to be adjusted for custom high driveline angles.
  • Cover is powder coated, CNC machined, then clear coated for a durable, professional, long lasting finish.
  • Tensile cap screws (supplied) are recessed for protection against obstacles which might damage them.
  • Adds additional housing strength, greatly increasing ring & pinion life and overall maximum load strength.

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Diff-Cover Madness!

***We have closed the poll***

Thank you to all who voted!!! Bigger turnout than we would have ever expected. Officially, they M226 and Chrysler 8.25″ were the winners (by a large margin).

 

Let the voting begin!

We are taking a poll to help us gauge which differential cover ARB should produce next. Cast your vote over on the right border. Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, tell your beloved mechanic.

Why do you need diff protection? Engineering Supervisor Daniel Bongard will explain the benefits and features of our diff covers.