kit requires basic fabrication skills (Cutting, Drilling ) If you are not confident in your abilities
please have this installed at a Local Off-road Shop.
Open Packages and Inventory all of the Parts Please contact Artec Industries Immediately if you are
missing any parts or hardware @ (855) 278 3299 .
Please make sure your wheels and steering wheel are
strait, An you do not have any bent or
broken steering components This can throw off your measurements which will be critical later on.
Grab your buddy, use the tape measure. You will want to
measure and record the lengths of your current Tie rod from center of bolt on
the knuckle to center of bolt on the knuckle.
Now measure the current draglink length from bolt center to bolt center of the draglink ends.
( Reference : On our Jeep Equipped with Reid Racing Knuckles We measured
total length of the tie rod @ 58.5" and drag-link @ 40.5" )
Thread the Jam nuts onto your Heim Joints, Put some anti seize
(a little goes a long away unless you
want to look like the tin man on The Wizard of Oz )on the treads of the heim
and thread the heim into the Tie rod and
Drag-Link and set aside for later.
Chock your wheels,
Start to break loose the front lug nuts free while Jeep is on the ground
(Do not fully remove the lug nuts)
Jack up the Jeep and set it securely on jack stands. Now continue to remove the lug nuts and
Once Wheels are off. Remove the brake caliper off the
knuckles (Hang The calipers off the frame with a bungee cord
or modified Metal coat hanger . Do not let the calipers hang freely you risk damaging the brake lines ) Now remove the brake rotors (You may
need to tap the hat of the rotor if it is rusted on.) Set the rotors on a flat
surface. (Do not
stand the Rotors strait up on end it can cause them to Warp.)
Remove cotter pins on Tie rods and drag links, Then loosen the castle nuts. (Leave the castle
nuts installed by a few threads ! ) Grab your Tie rod Separator, wedge it
between the knuckle and the base of the tie rod . Hit the end of the Tie rod
separator with your Big Freaking Hammer until it pops loose, Then repeat on the
other side and with drag link. Remove
the castle nuts and the Drag link and tie rod should drop off the Jeep.
( Tip : If you have a small Map gas torch heat
the Castle nuts and heat the knuckle
some this will help break parts free in the rust belt states )
(We Highly Recommend Removing Pitman arm to ensure it is
drilled strait and makes drilling a lot easier)
If removing the pitman arm to drill it out use a 33mm socket
to remove Pitman Arm Nut . Once the nut
is removed attached your Pitman arm
puller and start to pull the pitman arm.
Once the pitman arm is removed from the Jeep you will want
to Put it in a drill press and drill out
the drag link hole to 3/4" If you do not have
access to a drill press you can use a bench vise just ensure you are drilling
it strait. If you do not have access to
either a Drill press or Bench vice you
can drill out the Pitman arm installed
on the vehicle however we do not
recommend drilling out the Pitman arm with it installed on the vehicle.
Tech Tip : You can use the torch here to help with removal of pitman arm, Just
remember if you used any type of penetration oil it could cause a fire so keep a fire
extinguisher handy. You can also
give the pitman arm a whack with the BFH when it is under tension from the
puller sometimes till pop right off.
Sometimes you may have leave the pitman arm puller on under tension for
a bit. walk away for a bit when you come
back its magically on the floor.
Reinstall the pitman arm it is keyed so it should only go on
1 way, Use Blue Loctite on the pitman
arm nut . You will want to use your torque wrench when installing the pitman arm
torque to 185ft lbs.
Grab your drill and 3/4" drill bit or reamer and drill out the tie rod hole and drag link hole (if equipped) on the knuckle. Once the knuckle is
drilled out, Use the supplied hardware and install the tie rod followed by the
drag link. When installing the
hardware you will want to have the Bolt go through the knuckle then Washer on
underside of knuckle sandwiched between the knuckle and misalignment spacer in
the heim than the nut against the other misalignment spacer. Tighten all of the
Reinstall the brakes (If your brakes
are worn this is the time to replace them.)
Install the wheels on vehicle and tighten lug nuts. (Do not torque the
lug nuts yet !) Lower vehicle off
of the jack stands and onto ground then torque
the lug nuts to 95ft lbs.
With the Jeep back together and on the ground, Did you
remember to record the measurement of your steering you took in step #3. Use your helper and a tape measure to make
sure your adjustments are the same or as close as you can get. to those numbers
. You will want your tires set Toe in 1/16" - 1/8" (Front of the tires closer together than the
rear of the tire.) Set this by loosening
Jam nuts on the steering and twisting the tie rod using a wrench on the wrench
flats machined onto the Tie rod. This
will get it so you can drive the Jeep to an alignment shop to have an alignment
performed by a shop.
Go Wheeling and enjoy your new steering .
After 50 miles make sure all of the bolts
are tight and that they have not came loose.