Axle Swaps and Rock Crawling on ’Dirt Every Day’
It’s funny how labor and skill-intensive jobs always look easier on TV. That’s certainly the case here as Fred Williams and his crew of “Dirt Every Day” swap a set of Spicer axles for an upgrade set of Dana 60s.
Now normally, an axle swap takes some brains to accomplish, but companies like Dana ship its products ready to bolt on. That makes things much simpler. But that’s not how this show works. No, Fred’s Jeep is a double front-ended Jeep Wrangler JK with a very custom linkage setup. The team attacks the brand new rear axle with grinders, cutting off the mounting brackets and connecting hardware. They then fabricate their own bracketry and bolt the sticks in place.
Fans of the show will recall the Alabama Army Truck and its massive, 40-inch ProComp tires. Since its transmission blew up thanks to the supercharged, 6.2-liter LSA V-8 under the hood, Fred borrows the knobby rubber for the Jeep build.
All the welding, bolting, and fabricating is in preparation for the annual Moab adventure taken by 4Wheel Parts and the parts suppliers that distribute through the retailer. Not to spoil the ending, but Fred’s JK does a fantastic job on the rocks, making the challenging terrain look like a walk in the park.