JL 1 TON APEX Rear Sterling Truss Swap Kit
The new APEX Truss and Brackets for swapping in a
Superduty Sterling 10.5 rear axle into a Jeep JL Wrangler (2018+)
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.
Artec Industries is excited to announce the JL ONE TON APEX Rear Sterling Truss Swap Kit. This is an advanced truss and bracket system which can be used for Superduty Sterling 10.5 or 10.2. This kit provides the factory link, trackbar, spring, anti-sway bar, bump stop pads and shock locations all encompassed in an axle tube reinforcing truss system. The Sterling axle is a great match to the Superduty Front Dana 60 however there are some considerations to take into account (see below).
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...only 42 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
Two 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
Precision CNC cut from 1/4"& 3/16" steel for high strength and precision and CNC bent for great fitment.*
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.
Save hours of installation time with the built-in axle tube truss which is quicker to weld than individual brackets
Tracbar mount includes 4 locations for those who have aftermarket lifts. Stock height hole is not included though.
Coil Spring locator is machined from solid steel making welding to bracket quicker than previous tube and cap style locators
Shock brackets have been moved up for a slightly higher clearance lower control arm bracket
Easily upgradeable for future link geometry changes. Just trim off factory location upper control mounts and weld on a center link mount (not included)
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR STERLING AXLES: The Superduty Rear Axle (Sterling 10.25 and 10.5) is more offset to the passenger side than the factory differential and can result in contact with the gas tank at the pinion. It is likely you will need to either stretch the rear axle, or use an aftermarket gas tank. By purchasing, you acknowledge you understand potential conflict with the factory gas tank. Artec will not accept returns on modified, welded, or otherwise resell-able products.
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. We offer ABS brackets and tone rings for 14 bolt and Sterling (coming soon).
Most 1 ton axles DO NOT MATCH the factory JL 5 lug wheel bolt pattern. New wheels will need to be purchased to do this swap. Brake components NOT INCLUDED in this product, but will be available separately shortly.
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.