1 TON - APEX Front Superduty 60 Swap Kit for JK, JL, and JT
All the brackets necessary for the Super Duty front 60 2005+ axle
swap into a Jeep JK Wrangler ('07-'18), JL Wrangler (2018+) or JT Gladiator (2020+)
Stronger Design, Lighter Weight, Easier Install
A NEW ERA HAS BEGUN WITH THE ARRIVAL OF THE APEX TRUSS! Artec Industries is proud to announce the next generation of PATENT PENDING axle trusses. This series of trusses not only builds on our experience as the world leader in axle truss design, it brings it to a whole new level of cost savings, strength, weight savings, simplicity of installation, precision fitment, and complete axle protection never before seen in the industry.
The key feature that sets the APEX truss apart is its unique peaked shape top which provides extra rigidity to the whole truss while allowing both a reduction in weight (vs using a thicker material top) and eliminating long weld seams. Previous version with long weld seams which can be lead to extra weld warping of the axle, longer install times and can be inconsistent. Without long seams to weld, now you drop the truss directly on to the axle and weld it to the axle faster.
We started the Jeep 1 ton Revolution and now we're taking it to the next level. The NEW APEX swap kit is designed to have a simpler, faster install, with less parts and weight and lower price. We've worked hard to improve everything, from making the truss easier to weld, to less warping from welding, to optimizing the shock bracket locations and lowering the upper control arm mounts for more clearance and better geometry. The improvements made have been suggested by our network of dealer/installers who build these kits every day. Now they are a reality. The NEW 1 TON APEX FRONT SWAP KIT delivers in every way.
This heavy duty truss and bracket system is designed to take serious abuse and reinforce your entire axle while also providing the factory link, spring, anti-sway bar, and shock locations. The 3/16" thick truss incorporates a unique peaked design to strengthen both the axle and incorporate the link brackets for ease of installation and added strength. By using the truss to align the link mounts, hours of work and trial and error can be avoided when compared to other bracket systems. Simply tack weld the truss on the axle, and all the other brackets fit into place exactly where they need to be.
Choose from three different styles of upper control arm brackets:
-Single Adjustable Truss Upper Link Mount for use with 2.63" wide joints in a 3-link style suspension. DOES NOT include DIFFERENTIAL TOP CAP
-Daystar Bushings in Factory location. Includes DIFFERENTIAL TOP CAP
-Currie Johnny Joints in Factory Location. Includes DIFFERENTIAL TOP CAP
The Front 60 that works with this kit is from Ford Superduty F-250 and F-350 trucks from model years 2005+ (coil spring). This truss is not intended for older axles due to different differential offsets.
Trimming of the factory differential casting will be necessary (see instructions). Other fabrication and modifications may be needed due to variances in lift kits and other factors.
Due to the larger casting on the 60 differential, the Lower Control Arm (LCA) brackets are wider than factory location (41.5" Center to Center). Modifications to your Lower Control Arms will likely be necessary. If you have adjustable arms with flexible style joints (heims, Johnny Joints, etc), modifications may not be necessary. Upper Control Arm (UCA) brackets are also slightly higher than factory so adjustable arms may be necessary. The shock mounts are also slightly higher (1.25") than stock to clear the lower control arms.
NOTE: This kit does not include any parts for ABS sensors. It is only a bracket kit. Hooking up and configuring these sensors is the responsibility of the end user.
60 axles DO NOT MATCH the factory JK 5 lug wheel bolt pattern. New wheels will need to be purchased to do this swap. Brake and Steering components NOT INCLUDED in this product, but will be available soon.
This will likely require bumpstop extensions and a new trackbar since the steering is different on this axle from factory axle. The trackbar bracket is higher than stock location to allow proper steering geometry.
PATENT PENDING APEX Truss peaked top design provides more rigidity than a flat top truss design
CNC Precision Laser cut in-house from 1/4" and 3/16" mild steel for a lightweight yet strong solution...starting at only 30 lbs total
CNC Precision Bent in-house for a great fitment. Literally drop the truss in place on the axle and it's ready to weld. No puzzle piece assembling*
Designed used 3D models directly from Ford and Jeep for not only an amazing fit but clearances with surrounding components
70% less welding needed than previous truss designs means less warping, faster turnaround, and lower costs
All long seams are bent so you don't need to spend time welding them together
Dimpled holes provide not only weight reduction but rigidity and strength
Contours both the cast steel differential and can be welded with normal MIG welder and moderate pre-heating and post-heating
OEM location Upper Control Arms mount to an ultra high clearance Differential Bridge that hugs the shape of the casting (bushing or Johnny Joint option).
Truss extends under coil buckets all the way to inner C for end-to-end rigidity
Multi-piece truss design means smaller packaging and less shipping costs along with easy installation
Using a 1 ton axle will support larger tires and less chance of breakage in extreme conditions
Coil brackets and bump stop pads are combined to form an axle tube truss and allows for easy installment of other brackets
Includes all the brackets necessary for a complete axle swap including upper and lower control arm mounts, shock mounts, anti-sway bar mounts, trackbar mount, bumpstop pads and coil spring mounts.
Heavy duty Trackbar bracket can slide to multiple positions for steering geometry fine tuning
Shock brackets have been moved up and out (compared JK OEM position) for a slightly higher clearance for lower control arms and frame
Overall low profile design means your axle is stronger, sleeker, easier to fit into any vehicle, and less likely to interfere with vehicle components.**
NOTE: This kit requires general welding and fabrication skills. Welding should only be done by a competent welder who understand different materials. Some welding of cast and mild steel will be used. Artec Industries implies no guarantees or warranties and is not liable for improper installation.
*Some grinding and fitment may be required when installing this kit. Every axle varies slightly and some fabrication may be required. Will require brake line relocation to fit.
** In rare and extreme cases, the truss may come into contact with oil pan. Prior to operating the vehicle, remove the coil springs, cycle the suspension including full compression of both sides simultaneously and add bumpstop extensions to prevent damage to oil pan.