Caught the Bug
I probably should have been more clear. The $15-20k range I proffered included new drive shafts, wheels (8 lug), and tires (40s), all of which (and probably more) would be required to move from 44s/37s to 60s/40s. They’d be required no matter which axle set you went with. There could also be sales tax, shipping, and labor costs on top of all that. Not to mention custom PSC mounts/skids, high steer, etc. So yeah, you maybe could get a crate axle set for $13k, but the $ bleeding won’t stop there. Which is why I was incredulous that someone would make the purchase choosing axles seemingly driven by instant gratification. But Bubba says it’s true, and I believe him since he’s in the business and I’m not.
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The way I see it and Bubba might be able to confirm. When it comes to jumping a Jeep from stock axles to tons there's two basic camps, some will always fall out of these, but for the most part you will see those two camps. The first one is like most of the guys on here, they do their research, they see the videos out there, they have an idea of 99% of what they want which is usually end up with a solid rig like Moby or Bubba's or Mel's. These people have 80-90% researched and stores like Exodus fill in the blanks. Then there's the other camp which is where the instant gratification hits the most. These are the ones who bought a jeep and went to a show or see the clubs and go straight to Exodus Jeeps pull up a picture of Moby or Evo 1 or some bad ass rig and says I want that. They have now idea of all the work involved, the custom stuff that needs to go into a rig like that and when you tell them it takes a month they throw shit fit and leave for the next store thinking they are walmart and they can just pick all the parts of the aisle.