Inside the Shop — March 18, 2019

March 18th2019
 By Thom Kingston on 2019-03-18T10:33:18-06:00 | The Shop |

I’ll be the first to admit, it’s been awhile since we’ve posted. Things are busier than ever, so busy in fact we haven’t been posting! Going to try and get into the habit of posting on the blog at least once a week and on other platforms (Instagram, Facebook) everyday (time permitting). Oddly enough, I do find these posts helpful for my own production & product planning, so no excuse not to share what we have going on.

Production is in full swing this week. We kicked off this week on Sunday night, as our wheels spacers (Toyota in particular) have been selling like crazy. While those are running, pictured here are our IFS diff shafts which will be finding their way into a few light tactical military vehicles soon enough. The new ST-20Y is shinning with these, two opts and the shafts are ready for heat treat. Took 3 machines before to pull off the same product!

The week will round out with production starting on our Ultimate Knuckle High Steer Arms, which have been backordered too long. Chromoly material has been harder and harder to get these days, even purchasing 9 months in advance isn’t enough is some cases! Will be nice to get these machined and off to heat treat.

With that, hope everyone has an amazing week. Back to work we go!

Gun Drilled Front Axle Shafts

January 30th2019
 By Thom Kingston on 2019-01-30T13:50:26-06:00 | Spider 9 |

Two-time King Randy Slawson is well known for having one of the lightest Ultra4s on the lake bed. Pushing that theme even further, on a mission to “make the IFS guys cry” (his words), we are excited to outfit this new product into his Bomber — the all-new Pro Series 40 Splined, Gun Drilled, Front Axle Shafts. There’s something magical about having a 40 splined shaft that is both lighter AND stronger than its solid 35 spline counterpart. Learn more at http://www.spidertrax.com/Pro-Series-Gun-Drilled-300M-Inner-Shaft.

Gun Drilled Full Float Axle Shafts

December 7th2018
 By Thom Kingston on 2018-12-07T08:08:53-06:00 | Ultimate Axles |

Did you know we manufacture 7/8” gun drilled full float axle shafts? An effective way of reducing rotating weight (.13 lbs/in), boasting a superior strength to weight ratio over its non-gun drilled counterpart. Available in 40 spline full float rear shafts and IFS 33 spline mid-shafts.

The All New Pro Series Knuckle

November 7th2018
 By Thom Kingston on 2018-11-07T12:43:05-06:00 | Spider 9 |

Today we’re excited to release the all-new Pro Series Knuckle. Heat treated legs. Tig welded. Integrated double shear high steer arm. The best off-road knuckle just got better. Head over to http://www.spidertrax.com/products/Pro-Series-Knuckles for more details.

GT-36 Series 13.5″ Vented Rotor

October 31st2018
 By Thom Kingston on 2018-10-31T10:42:34-06:00 | Spider 9 |

Here’s a simple addition to our Spider 9 brake product line that will mean a lot to a number of Ultra4 racers. For over a decade, we’ve been successfully running 14″ diameter rotors. Solid rotors at first, followed by vented rotors as of recent. These larger diameter rotors work amazing for rock racing, providing excellent braking power at high speeds (racing) along with ultimate stopping power at low speeds (crawling). With small exception — caliper to wheel clearance is tight, and on some newer Ultra4 builds (IFS specifically comes to mind) it becomes a bit too tight. Enter the GT-36 Series 13.5″ Vented Rotor.

This rotor starts life out as a 14 in. Wilwood GT-36 Vented Rotor, and then finds its way into our machine shop. We take down the outside diameter to 13.5″, chamfer both sides for a clean factory finish, hold less than .005″ position tolerance between the finished OD and brake hat mounting holes, all while maintaining full caliper pad contact. In the end, it’s a simple solution for those that need just a bit more caliper to wheel clearance. Rotors and caliper brackets are in-stock and ready to ship — http://www.spidertrax.com/GT-13.5-in.-Vented-Rotor .