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Warning: Installing this product requires Welding and Fabrication skills, If you are not confident in your abilities to complete this task please have this installed at an qualified off-road shop .
While we're working on the detailed instructions, here's some tips on installing your APEX 1ton swap truss. Refer to online pictures for orientation of the truss.
Inventory all parts to ensure you have all of the correct pieces. If you are missing parts or the package is damaged Contact Artec Industries Immediately at (855) 278-3299 M-F 8:30-5pm MST If outside of those hours Email us at [email protected] (Please include picture of part number label on box as well as your invoice number Also keep the box and take pictures of the box per shipping carrier for a damage claim otherwise it could be denied )
Remove OEM bracketry from axle. Take care not to grind into the axle tube. Remove rust or paint on top of casting and axle tubes using a flap disc or wire wheel. Remove factory breather hose and barbed fitting from casting. Super duty axle swap kits require some trimming of the factory casting in order to mount all the required components on the driver side axle tube. once the trimming of the axle tube is completed Weld the driver side axle tube to the newly cut back casting.
( For Super duty Axles Please see Step 2A for reference in this link of what needs to be removed from the casting which will be highlighted in blue : https://www.artecindustries.com/assets/images/Company/documents/JK6010-install.pdf )
Once The axle is clean of all factory bracketry Insert the JL6531-18 & 19 Gussets into the Keyed slots on JL6531-1 (the -19 Part will go closest to the end) Now Place the Jl6550-1 Onto the Long tube of the axle and slide over until the edges make contact with the diff housing. This will clock the truss into position so the Upper control arms will be set into their proper position when they are added to the truss in later steps.
Slip the Jl6531-4 onto the Jl6531-2 the edges of the coil bucket will slip into the slot . then place on the Passenger side Axle tube between the truss and the C for the knuckle making sure all of the edges are inline and flush
(You can rotate the Spring bucket forward and back if you want to adjust for more or less pinion angle for your build)
Place JL6531-3 between the casting and C for knuckle on the driver side tube then set Jl6531-5 onto Jl6531-3 the Relief cut will face the front of the Jeep that is for it to clear the track bar on the frame side
(If you need to rotate for pinion angle you can grind down the 2 fins that sit ontop of the casting on JL6531-3)
Place Jl6531-6 on top of JL6531-4 the tab will Jig into a hole then set Jl6531-8 on top of Jl6531-6 Repeat this step on the driver side with Part numbers JL6531-7 &Jl6531-9 Tack well all of the brackets and truss pieces into place.
Slip JL6531-10 under JL6531-4 the tab will sit into the hole and tack into place Repeat this step on the driver side with JL6531-5 & JL6531-11
Slip JL6531-17 into JL6531-16 then Roll up onto the axle there is a key way on the -16 bracket that will slip onto the JL6531-4 to locate it on the axle once it is in position tack weld into place
(JL/JT Jeeps will want the track bar bracket as far to the outside of the axle as the bracket will allow JK's will have the bracket slid over towards the center some But if you have an Adjustable track bar that will allow the additional length you can use the JL/LT placement for a longer track bar)
Place Jl6531-15 on the back side of the axle the tall wing will slip into a tab under JL6531-2 closest to the C ,Tack weld into position. Repeat on the Driver side with JL6531-14 and JL6531-5 Then Place JL6531-12 into the 2 remaining slots on the backside of the coil mount and tack into position Complete this step with doing the same for the driver side with JL6531-13
Place the Passenger side Upper control arm mount on top of the Jl6531-1 it will Jig into place then tack weld into position.
Fully weld all of the components together . Be sure to move around on the truss so you do not work in the same area to decrease the chances of warping the axle .
( Steps 12-14 are for the 4 link Truss Options only ! For 3link Options Continue to Step 15 )
Place the JL6501 top cap on top of the differential to make sure the cap sits flat between the driver side spring perch and side of the Jl6531-1 truss, You will use the rear hole on the top cap and center the port for the breather . Using a marker mark areas on the housing where the Top cap may contact (some axles have a little finger on the top of the diff that needs to be ground flush and some have a little lip on the pinion side of the casting that needs to be shaved down . Once you have the top cap sitting level on the Truss and coil mount tack weld into position .
Assemble the Upper link mount and insert it into the Tabs on the top cap and tack weld into position.
Finish welding the top cap onto the Housing, Truss , and coil buckets followed by the upper control arm mounts.
Wrap in a welding blanket to cool slowly overnight.
Paint or Powder coat the bare surfaces.