What’s New at RCV?

Our new website has been up and running for over a month now, and we appreciate all of the positive feedback we have received.  If you have any suggestions or questions, we would love to hear from you!  RCV Performance is also excited to announce the release of our monthly newsletter.  If you haven’t subscribed already, don’t worry, it’s simple, and it is never too late. Click the ‘Subscribe to Newsletter Link’, under the ‘News & Media’ heading.  Once you have opted in, you will receive monthly newsletters from us.  Don’t wait! Be the first to hear about new products, off-road news, upcoming events, and much more!  In addition to our monthly newsletters, we are going to keep posting blogs; so when you are not on the road, or should I say off the road, be sure to check in with us!

GM Pickup and SUV Owners with IFS. Don’t Worry. Be Happy.

Many owners of 2006 and up GM pickups and SUV’s are a bit hesitant to apply too much throttle when off-roading, and especially when the steering wheel is turned. They don’t want to blow up their CV axles. Either they have done it before, or know someone who did (“Aye..It was a cold dark day, and my cousin was at full lock…”). We certainly can’t blame them for being nervous. However, we can help. The solution is to get rid of the stock OE CV axle shafts. They need to be taken off, put on a shelf, or sold, or whatever. The key is to just take them off. Then install our Ultimate IFS CV Axles. Our stuff is ultra-high strength and has an articulation range that makes the original equipment CV axles resemble al Dente spaghetti noodles. Very al Dente.  The inner joints have 28 degrees of articulation, while the outers have 45. Hey, we’re articulate, and stuff! Even if the vehicle is lifted, has big tires, and is high powered, our axles operate smoothly, and without vibration. And they don’t break! RCV Ultimate IFS CV Axles provide the strength of a straight axle swap, while keeping the traction, smoothness and control of IFS. So, to get awesome strength one doesn’t have to hack-up their truck to install a straight axle. Our CV axles simply bolt right in place of the originals. As you might expect, our design is different than the original equipment. Instead of the tripod inner CV joint design that distributes force over three roller bearings, we use beefy 935 inner CV joints, which distribute power over six ball bearings. More surface area to handle the power = stronger. For the outer CV joint we use the same Super Duty Chromoly Dome-Mass Cage and Race with Spherical Sealing Technology that is used with our Ultimate CV axles for Dana 60. Which provides Superman type strength, and has the Spherical Sealing Technology that is far more resistant to punctures and tears than a rubber CV boot. Plus it looks really cool. These axles are basically the same units that are run by racers in Ultra4, and TORC. They are low maintenance, run really smooth when used on the street, and come with our infamous “No Questions Asked” limited lifetime warranty. So, if you GM Pickup and SUV owners are your using your rig for hard core off road action, or even as a utility vehicle (like as a snow plow): Don’t worry. Be happy.

Today is the Big Day. Johnson Valley Final Environmental Impact Study to be Released

Over the years California off road enthusiasts have seen dramatic reductions in public land available for off road use. Whether its budget cuts, legal issues, or environmental issues, the bad news keeps coming. Reduction in public land for off road vehicle use not only limits where enthusiasts can practice their sport, but restaurants, hotels, gas stations, and other local businesses that depend on visiting off road enthusiasts suffer too.

One of the prominent proposed OHV land use reduction issues is the expansion of the 29 Palms Marine Base. The Marine Corps is planning to annex approximately 160,000 acres of the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle area. This is the largest open OHV area in the US and adds over $70 million dollars to the local economy annually. Johnson Valley is also home to the King of the Hammers, the premier Ultra4 event. The expansion has been contested by the off road community for a couple of years now. As part of this effort the California Motorized Recreation Council (CMRC), an umbrella group of the eight largest OHV access groups in California, recently agreed to contract terms with lobbyists, the Livingston Group, LLC in Washington, DC to help stave off the expansion of the 29 Palms Marine Base. The next step in the Marine base expansion hinges on the outcome of a Final Environmental Impact Study (FEIS), which is to be released today April 27th, 2012.

We, along with quite a few Californians, are very interested to see the outcome of the study.

Dana 60? We don’t need no stinking Dana 60! – Or, how to make your Dana 44 as strong as a Dana 60

The Dana 60 is a beast of a front axle. The Big Kahuna. We love it, and make CV axle shafts to make it even stronger (more beastie?). Plus it’s cool to tell people your running a Dana 60. Folks often swap a Dana 60 in place of their Dana 44 because they need the extra strength when they go to bigger tires, or add more power, and especially when they do both. However, some are unhappy that the Dana 60 doesn’t have as much ground clearance as a Dana 44, and it weighs more. We found a Dana 44 can be built to be as strong as a Dana 60. Dana 60 like strength without the issues. You can have your cake and eat it too (and we bet you just love cake).

Here is how one person did it: http://www.jkowners.com/tech/axle/index.php

RCV Performance Products Supports “Topless for TATA’s” Breast Cancer Awareness Program

RCV Performance Products is pleased to support the 4th Annual Topless for TATAs Wheeling Event Benefitting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Recently, we helped to promote the upcoming event by displaying the Topless for TATA’s promotional Jeep in our booth at the 2012 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah.

Topless for TATA’s is an organization that serves to increase awareness of breast cancer, educate the public on the latest breast cancer research findings, as well as promote preventative measures that help to avoid the disease, such as regular breast exams, and doctor visits.  The 4th Annual Topless for TATAs Wheeling Event is an off road event that will be held on August 4, 2012, at the Rausch Creek Off Road Park in Tremont, PA. All proceeds will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

“The event is where Jeeps go topless, and all proceeds go to breast cancer eradication” says Topless for TATA’s spokesperson Chantelle Kern. “Four years ago we started the event to teach our children that they need to give back to society. Since then our children have started their own charities at school. We are pleased the Topless for TATA’s events have had the continued support of RCV over the years.”

For more information on the event please contact Chantelle Kern at contact@toplessfortatas.com  or 240-925-5026.