ARB Finishes Strong at the 2016 King of the Hammers Race – 100% of King of the Hammers Finishers Chose ARB Air Lockers Over Every Other Selectable Differential Locker

Jason Scherer finishes the 2016 King of the Hammers race in 2nd place.

Jason Scherer finishes the 2016 King of the Hammers race in 2nd place.

100% of King of the Hammers Finishers chose ARB Air Lockers over every other selectable differential locker

This past week was the 10th annual King of the Hammers race, considered one the toughest single day off-road races in the world. Drivers race against the clock in highly modified off-road vehicles specifically designed, engineered and setup to tackle the high speed desert driving and rock crawling challenges of the course.

Brad Lovell celebrates after finishing 1st over and in class during the 2016 Every Man Challenge Race.

Brad Lovell celebrates after finishing 1st overall and in class during the 2016 Every Man Challenge Race.

On Thursday 108 vehicles entered the Every Man Challenge to have only 37 competitors survive. Taking 1st place overall and in the Legends class was ARB sponsored team Brad and Roger Lovell in their ARB Air Locker equipped Legends car. Close behind, Jessi Combs and co-driver Martin Castro finished 3rd overall taking first place in the Modified class, also running an ARB Air Locker.

Jason Scherer navigates Jackhammer during the 2016 King of the Hammers.

Jason Scherer navigates Jackhammer during the 2016 King of the Hammers.

The 176 mile 2016 King of the Hammers race kicked off on Friday and would claim 79 of the 110 competitors with 16 of the 31 finalists utilizing ARB Air Lockers to get them home.

Eric Miller navigates Jackhammer and would later go on to win the 2016 King of the Hammers.

Erik Miller navigates Jackhammer and would later go on to win the 2016 King of the Hammers.

ARB Intensity LED sponsored driver, Erik Miller took first place, winning his 2nd King of the Hammers title. Close behind, longtime ARB Air Locker sponsored driver Jason Scherer drove to a strong 2nd place after qualifying 1st and battling overheating issues throughout the race.

Shannon Campbell navigates Jackhammer during the 2016 King of the Hammers.

Shannon Campbell navigates Jackhammer during the 2016 King of the Hammers.

Fan favorite, Shannon Campbell, finished the race 4th in his ARB Air Locker sponsored car after spending over an hour fixing a broken axle shaft during the start of the 3rd lap.

Bailey Campbell navigates Jackhammer during the 2016 King of the Hammers.

Bailey Campbell navigates Jackhammer during the 2016 King of the Hammers.

Only 19 minutes later, daughter of Shannon, Bailey Campbell would cross the finish line in 5th place to become the first women and one of the youngest drivers to ever finish the King of the Hammers race.

Congratulations to all the ARB sponsored and equipped drivers!

ARB Sponsored Driver Results:
1st – Erik Miller
2nd – Jason Scherer
4th – Shannon Campbell
5th – Bailey Campbell
15th – Wayland Campbell

 

Watch Jason Scherer qualify 1st for the 2016 King of the Hammers race:

New Product: Competition Edition Ford 9″ Air Locker

AFTER SUCCESSFUL YEARS OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, ARB IS EXCITED TO RELEASE A COMPETITION EDITION FORD 9″ AIR LOCKER

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Engineered and manufactured in Australia, the RD99CE competition Air Locker has been designed around the requirements of top-flight Ultra4 racing. Each technical advancement addresses a specific concern from teams competing in the world’s toughest 4×4 events and is a direct result of testing within these same races.

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Among the many new design features is an integrated ring gear locking system engineered to prevent the backing out of Ford 9″ ‘Trac-Loc’ bolts. Fully reusable and able to resist the high torque loads applied to bolt removal, the locking tabs are designed for disassembly and reassembly for fast pit work on ring gear swaps compared to all other bolt locking systems.

Key to the design is the ability to oppose the adverse effects of axle shaft eccentricity caused by typical steering joints, thereby overcoming a common problem with front applications where the differential is offset too far toward one wheel.

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Engineered with improved internal lubrication, the RD99CE ARB Air Locker also caters for the use of load bolts (sometimes known as pegging).

Achieving new levels of load, wear and impact resistance, the RD99CE case is 290% stronger overall compared to standard lockers. Designed with deeper locking engagement, the RD99CE ensures locking functionality is retained even after sustaining significant clutch gear tooth damage from locking under throttle.

Available now, the RD99CE sets a new standard in lockers that will simply outperform the competition.

FEATURES INCLUDE:

  • 290% increased case strength
  • Deeper clutch gear engagement
  • Built to handle misalignment in steeply offset axle housings
  • Improved internal oiling
  • Ring gear bolt locking mechanism
  • Designed to integrate with load-bolt equipped drop-outs
  • Pre-loaded internal gears
  • Forged gear set
  • Manufactured and assembled in Australia
  • 5 Year Warranty