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Update from the Floor — April 20, 2016

April 20th2016

Update From the Floor -- April 20, 2016

From 6:30 am to 2 am the next morning, it appears we are selling product as fast (faster in some cases) than we can produce. While that’s a good thing, on the one hand, we also pride ourselves on inventory and shipping same day, so there’s the other side as well. Most likely you’re planning your next project soon, with that there’re a few “tips” worth sharing regarding back ordered items.

For Spider 9 Axles…

  1. If you find an item that’s out of stock online, rest assured we are making it in full force. Orders are placed first come first serve; no one jumps the line. Placing an order for a back ordered item will reserve your spot in line if we are selling faster than production (at this very moment a few Spider 9 products have this issue), best to get an order in rather than wait for the item show in-stock.
  2. WE DO NOT CHARGE FOR ITEMS UNTIL THEY SHIP. So, placing an order for a back ordered item reserves your spot in line, and we will not bill you until your order is ready to ship. You may also cancel your order at any time.
  3. We are militant with our ship dates. Typically within 24hrs, you will receive a ship date for your back ordered item. We meet or beat that date nearly every time.

For Wheel Spacers…

  1. Spidertrax distributors are your best place to pick up new Spidertrax Wheel Spacer Kits, as of today. Shop around; we have the best resellers in the market carrying our wheel spacers. To help get that search started, check out 4WheelParts, Quadratec, Northridge4x4, and Morris4x4 for starters. All of these distributors stock our product, and while they could be out of stock on one particular wheel spacer, they will likely have it available before ordering directly from us.
  2. Our outlet store is also a good place to look for your wheel spacers. These are new, never used, blemished products. Think anodizing color being off, something along those lines. First come first serve, you may get lucky and you may not. Worth a try.

With that, back to work we go.

Things are heating up.

March 25th2015
Spidertrax | Thom Kingston | CC BY 3.0

Spidertrax | Thom Kingston | CC BY 3.0

This month’s axle shaft run is another “big one”, so were finding ourselves getting an early start to stay ahead. I caught a small portion of those shafts starting to make their way into our shipping container for heat-treat, pictured here, and was reminded of two things that I wanted to share.

The first item that came to mind was a blog post we did back in January of 2009 regarding the heat treating of the Rock Bug Spider 9 housing. That original blog post can be found at -or- for the shorter url. Nearly lost my eye sight shooting that video, specifically due to the brightness of the Spider 9 housing as it left the furnace during Normalizing, but that post is still one of my favorites! A great read if you missed that one years ago, and after reading that post over myself I came to the second thing I wanted to share.

Our heat treating has come A LONG WAY from the early days. We’ve always prided ourselves on making great product, but the level of detail that goes into our axle shafts now is far beyond anything we could have imagined in the past. Specifically on our front & rear 300M axle shafts, we strictly follow one of the staple Aerospace heat treating standards in the industry, otherwise known as AMS2759/2F . Our 300M axles pictured here will be vacuum quenched, double tempered, snap tempered, and cryogenically treated. Every process carefully controlled, following that Aerospace standard with the tightest of standards.

Off-roading is serious business these days, with no place for compromised design & manufacturing.  Following this level of detail is what allows today’s racers to do what they do. Pull up an old Big Rock video from the early ARCA days and you’ll know what we mean when we say, things have progressed a bit in our sport :) .

With that, back to work we go.

When we say Made in USA, we mean it.

March 17th2015
Spidertrax | Thom Kingston | CC BY 3.0

Spidertrax | Thom Kingston | CC BY 3.0

We take great pride in American manufacturing, promoting our Made in USA stance since we started this college hobby business back in 1999. Taking our Wheel Spacer Kit as an example, we have manufactured the spacer exclusively in the US for over 16 years now, using only the finest grade of US manufactured aerospace aluminum on the market. This by itself is enough to make a Made in USA claim, that is by the FTC “virtually all” standard, we can claim our Wheel Spacer Kit is Made in the USA regardless of where “the rest” of the kit comes from. But why stop US manufacturing at just the spacer?

In addition to manufacturing the wheel spacer in-house while using only US manufactured aerospace aluminum, also Made in the USA is our wheel studs, lug nuts, thread locker, lug nut bubble bag, aluminum anodizing, packaging foam insert, product instructions, Spider sticker, box label, and our printed Wheel Spacer box. Every single component in our Wheel Spacer Kit is manufacturing in the USA, without exaggeration and without exception.

I find it’s one of those things that, having done for so long, becomes commonplace and doesn’t really hit home until we are giving a shop tour or writing a post like this. Felt inspired to take a quick break and share that with you today, when we say Made in USA we really mean Made in USA. With that, back to work we go.