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New ICON Products: IVD Leveling Kits for 2023 GMC Canyon & Chevy Colorado Pickups

Posted by : Evan | Posted on : Jun 5, 2024

The ICON 2" Lift Front Coilover Spacer Kits for 2023 Canyon & Colorado are designed to provide lift while ensuring that there is no ball joint over-extension or bind that can cause damage to ball joints. CNC machined 6061 billet aluminum construction and a black anodized finish mean this product can stand up to the test of time in the harshest on and off-road conditions. Backed by ICON’s...

New ICON Products: '21-'23 RAM TRX Billet UCAs with Delta Joint Pro & Rear 2.5 Hydraulic Bumpstop Kit

Posted by : Evan | Posted on : Jun 5, 2024

The RAM TRX is an amazing machine with highly capable suspension and drivetrain systems right from the factory, but ICON has identified a couple of areas where the vaunted TRX can benefit from improvement. ICON Billet Upper Control Arms provide on-vehicle adjustability to dial-in alignment for any lift or suspension modifications, along with the high-angle, serviceable, and rebuildable,...

How To Use A Dial Indicator

Posted by : Evan | Posted on : Aug 24, 2023

The keys to properly using a dial indicator are precision and patience. The payoff is a long-lasting driveline. The dial indicator is one of those specialized tools that has an intimidating reputation, but as with many things, understanding the components of the tool and how they work is half the game. A dial indicator typically measures the backlash of a ring and pinion gear. It can also be...

How To: Spartan Locker Assembly

Posted by : Evan | Posted on : Jul 25, 2023

Lunchbox lockers provide reliable 100% lock-up traction at a low cost. The simplicity and ingenuity living within the Spartan Locker makes it better than conventional lunchbox lockers. The Spartan Locker’s patent-pending design replaces the spider gears in a standard carrier case without using the thrust washers, but the unit’s most revolutionary attribute is its spring-and-pin design. This...

The Ultimate Gear Break-In Guide: Ensuring Peak Performance and Longevity

Posted by : Evan | Posted on : Jun 22, 2023

Gear break-in is a crucial process that involves controlled heat cycling of the gear set to properly season and harden the contact surfaces as well as to polish and establish the final contact pattern on the gear face. It is essentially a series of test drives that play a vital role in ensuring the long-term durability and optimal performance of the gears. Neglecting or improperly conducting...

New Product: Industry First—2012-Up Ram 1500 Gear Upgrade

Posted by : Evan | Posted on : Jun 21, 2023

Yukon Gear & Axle is the first-and-only re-gear solution for 2012-and-up Ram 1500s. Until this kit was developed owners who were considering or had already pulled the trigger on a big-tire upgrade, had no re-gear options. These Yukon Gear & Axle re-gear kits are the first to address the OEM C215 front differential which features a problematic one-piece carrier/ring gear assembly. The...

Check Your Shipment… Count Your Teeth

Posted by : Evan | Posted on : Jun 2, 2023

Before proceeding with your drivetrain project, it is essential to check your shipment to ensure that everything is in order. Conducting a thorough inspection helps identify any potential issues, verify the contents, and address any discrepancies or damage. As always, check the contents against the packing slip or order. Review the packing slip, invoice, or order confirmation to ensure all...

Understanding Thick Ring Gears & Carrier Breaks

Posted by : Evan | Posted on : May 23, 2023

A carrier break is the point where the numeric increase in gear ratio necessitates a new/different carrier be used. The act of increasing the numerical ratio of a gear set results in the diameter of the pinion gear becoming smaller. To maintain proper contact, the thickness of the ring gear must be increased. The point at which thickening is no longer viable is known as the Carrier Break,...

Tales From The Tech Line: Gear Tooth Grinding

Posted by : Gus | Posted on : May 8, 2023

This edition of Tales From The Tech Line illustrates what happens when someone sets their grinder to overkill. The fiasco starts with a Toyota Land Cruiser moving up to a 4.56:1 gear that requires a little extra installation effort. That’s right your TLC will need some TLC if you plan to run a 4.56 or deeper gear set. The catch? The Land Cruiser diff sports semi float axles that use C-clips...