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Rubicon Trail with TEN Factory

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The Rubicon Trail, located between Georgetown and Lake Tahoe California, is home to some of the most breathtaking and rugged terrain available to four-wheelers. The 22-mile long Rubicon Trail began as an old Indian trade route that grew into a stagecoach trail that dates back to California’s Gold Rush days.  While the first vehicle on the trail dates back to 1908, since 1953 the Jeepers Jamboree group has been running two guided trips per year. There are other well-established groups that offer guided trips on the trail.

 

Rubicon Trail with TEN FactoryJeff Belknap, product manager for TEN Factory, joined the 64th Jeepers Jamboree run of the Rubicon Trail, with a goal of testing TEN Factory’s line of performance axles on our 2014 Jeep Wrangler JK Sport.

Rubicon Trail with TEN FactoryIn order to prepare our Jeep for the rugged trail, Jeff installed Motive Gear 5.13 ratio ring and pinion gears and TEN Factory’s chromoly axles in the front and rear axle housing. TEN Factory offers one of the longest warranties in the industry, 10-years! In addition to upgrading his axles and ring & pinion gears, Jeff also installed 37” trail-worthy tires, an aftermarket winch and bumpers, plus a lift kit.

“The Rubicon Trail is on every jeeper’s  bucket list, including mine.” says Jeff, “We discussed the upgrades in the office and decided to go with a 5.13 gear ratio, in order to balance highway driving with what I wanted to off-road.” As there is always a trade-off between increasing vehicle performance and fuel economy, TEN Factory recommends discussing your driving requirements and how you plan on using the vehicle with the company you are buying the parts from or your installer, before making any purchases.

In order to help our customers learn what their options are for upgrading their Jeeps for off-road use, TEN Factory’s customer service experts developed this list of recommendations:

TEN Factory Performance Axle Kits

Model Year Front Axles Rear Axles
JK Rubicon ’07-16 MG22155 MG22157
JK Non-Rubicon ’07-16 MG22152 MG22156
TJ ’97-06 MG22148 MG22135
TJ Rubicon ’03-06 MG22165 MG22135
Unlimited LJ ’04-06 MG22148 MG22135
Ultd LJ Rubi ’04-06 MG22165 MG22135
YJ ’87-95 MG22145 MG22138
CJ-7 ’80-86 MG22142 MG22126
Cherokee ’84-01 MG22145 MG31116

 

37″ Tire Upgrade MOTIVE GEAR Ring & Pinion Gearsets
Model Year Front Gears Front Master Kit Rear Gears Rear Master Kit
JK Rubicon ’12-16 D44-513RJK RA28RJKFMKT D44-513JK RA28RJKMKT
JK Rubicon ’07-11 D44-513RJK RA28RJKFMKT D44-538JK RA28RJKMKT
JK Non-Rubicon ’12-16 D30-513RJK R30RJKMKT D44-513JK RA28RNJKMKT
JK Non-Rubicon ’07-11 D30-513RJK R30RJKMKT D44-513JK RA28RNJKMKT
TJ ’97-06 D30-488TJ R30LRMKT D44-489 RA28LRMKT
TJ Rubicon ’03-06 D44-513GX RA28RUBMKT D44-513GX RA28RUBMKT
Unlimited LJ ’04-06 D30-488TJ R30LRMKT D44-489 RA28LRMKT
Ultd LJ Rubi ’04-06 D44-513GX RA28RUBMKT D44-513GX RA28RUBMKT
YJ ’87-95 D30-488F R30RMKT D35-488 R35JRMKT
CJ-7 ’80-86 D30-488 R30RMKT AM20-488 R20RMKT
Cherokee ’84-01 D30-456F R30RMKT C8.25-456 R8.25RMKT

 

35″ Tire Upgrade MOTIVE GEAR Ring & Pinion Gearsets
Model Year Front Gears Front Master Kit Rear Gears Rear Master Kit
JK Rubicon ’12-16 D44-488RJK RA28RJKFMKT D44-488JK RA28RJKMKT
JK Rubicon ’07-11 D44-513RJK RA28RJKFMKT D44-513JK RA28RJKMKT
JK Non-Rubicon ’12-16 D30-488RJK R30RJKMKT D44-488JK RA28RNJKMKT
JK Non-Rubicon ’07-11 D30-513RJK R30RJKMKT D44-513JK RA28RNJKMKT
TJ ’97-06 D30-488TJ R30LRMKT D44-489 RA28LRMKT
TJ Rubicon ’03-06 D44-488GX RA28RUBMKT D44-488GX RA28RUBMKT
Unlimited LJ ’04-06 D30-488TJ R30LRMKT D44-489 RA28LRMKT
Ultd LJ Rubi ’04-06 D44-513GX RA28RUBMKT D44-513GX RA28RUBMKT
YJ ’87-95 D30-488F R30RMKT D35-488 R35JRMKT
CJ-7 ’80-86 D30-488 R30RMKT AM20-488 R20RMKT
Cherokee ’84-01 D30-456F R30RMKT C8.25-456 R8.25RMKT

 

33″ Tire Upgrade MOTIVE GEAR Ring & Pinion Gearsets
Model Year Front Gears Front Master Kit Rear Gears Rear Master Kit
JK Rubicon ’12-16 D44-456RJK RA28RJKFMKT D44-456JK RA28RJKMKT
JK Rubicon ’07-11 D44-456RJK RA28RJKFMKT D44-456JK RA28RJKMKT
JK Non-Rubicon ’12-16 D30-456RJK R30RJKMKT D44-456JK RA28RNJKMKT
JK Non-Rubicon ’07-11 D30-456RJK R30RJKMKT D44-456JK RA28RNJKMKT
TJ ’97-06 D30-456TJ R30LRMKT D44-456 RA28LRMKT
TJ Rubicon ’03-06 D44-456GX RA28RUBMKT D44-456GX RA28RUBMKT
Unlimited LJ ’04-06 D30-456TJ R30LRMKT D44-456 RA28LRMKT
Ultd LJ Rubi ’04-06 D44-456GX RA28RUBMKT D44-456GX RA28RUBMKT
YJ ’87-95 D30-456F R30RMKT D35-456 R35JRMKT
CJ-7 ’80-86 D30-456 R30RMKT AM20-456 R20RMKT
Cherokee ’84-01 D30-410F R30RMKT C8.25-410 R8.25RMKT

 

POWERTRAX Differentials DROP-IN LOCKER LIMITED SLIP
Model Year Front Rear Front Rear
JK Rubicon ’07-16 – – – – – – – –
JK Non-Rubicon ’07-16 – – – – GT443027 GT434430
TJ ’97-06 2210-LR 2410-LR GT443027 GT444430
TJ Rubicon ’03-06 – – – – GT434430 GT434430
Unlimited LJ ’04-06 2210-LR 2410-LR GT443027 GT444430
Ultd LJ Rubi ’04-06 – – – – GT434430 GT434430
YJ ’87-95 2310-LR ABS = 2310-LR GT443027 GT443527
YJ  ’87-95  2311-LR ABS = 2311-LR  GT443027  GT443527
CJ-7 ’80-86 2210-LR 1710-LR GT443027 – –
Cherokee ’84-01 2210-LR 1230-LR GT443027 GT308229