The installation of this product Requires
Welding, Fabrication, and Mechanical skills. You will need to remove the axle
from the vehicle to perform this Job. If
you are not confident in your abilities Please have this product installed at
an Off-road Shop.
Safety glasses, socket set, wrenches, torque wrench, Needle
nose Pliers, Drift Punch set, tie rod separator, ball joint separator, Bungee
cords, Ball joint press, grinder or wire wheel, Welder, Welding PPE, Jack, Tall Jack stands.
Inventory all parts to ensure you have all of the correct pieces.
If you are
missing parts 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)
Loosen the front lug nuts.
(Do not fully remove them, Just break them free.)
Secure and properly block the rear tires of vehicle on a
level surface .
Jack up front of vehicle and install jack stands under frame
behind the lower link brackets. and keep a jack under the axle.
Remove wheels from vehicle,
Remove front drive shaft from the axle ,
Remove the brake calipers and rotors (Set the rotors on a flat surface
so they do not warp), Hang the calipers
from the body with some bungee cords (Do not let the calipers hang freely from
the brake lines this can damage them.)
Remove the hub/axle shaft from Jeep as a unit With the hubs and axle shafts removed stuff
some rags in axle tubes.
(You can use a 36mm socket an remove
the axle shaft from hub if you choose to)
Remove cotter pins on Tie rods,
Then loosen the castle nuts. (Leave the castle nuts installed
by a few threads ! ) Remove the Steering stabilizer , Grab your Tie rod
Separator, wedge it between the knuckle and the base of the tie rod the hit on the end of the Tie rod separator
with your Big Freaking Hammer until it pops loose. Repeat this on the other
side. Remove the castle nuts and the Drag-link and tie rod should drop off the
Jeep. Now Unbolt and remove
the knuckles from the axle, Using your ball joint press remove the ball joints
from your C’s
(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.)
Remove the coil spring retainers from the axle, Remove Shocks, sway bar end links, and Track
Using a jack lower slowly lower the axle to remove the coil
springs. Raise the axle back up and
place jack stands under the axle
Remove upper and lower control arms. Pull the axle out from under the vehicle for
more room to work.
Heat the knuckles to about 300-400 degrees and weld on the C
Wrap the C’s in a welding bracket and allow to cool slowly.
(The even part numbers are going to
be on the driver side, The odd part numbers
on the passenger side)
Apply a thin coat of grease onto your ball joints and Install
into the C’s .
(We have found if you Place your Ball Joints in freezer for a few hours
before you install it can help them shrink and go in easier.)
Place your coil spring on the spring bucket to verify it
fits around the C Gusset.
(In rare cases the coil spring may contact
the C gusset if it does make contact mark the location on the c gusset where it
makes contact then remove the spring and grind a small relief so the spring
Step 13: Move the
axle back under the Jeep and install the upper and lower control arms
(A drift punch can
help with align the bolt holes, Do not
fully tighten the bolts.)
Install the coil springs and retainers then Raise the axle onto
Install the track bar, shocks, and sway bar end links on to
fully tighten the bolts.)
Install the knuckles
on to the vehicle and install Tie rod onto the vehicle along with the steering
Torque the Upper ball joint to 75ftlbs , Lower ball joint to
80ftlbs , Tie rod ends to 65ftlbs , Steering stabilizer to 55ftlbs
Remove the rags from
the axle tubes . Place some grease on
the splines of the axle shafts an carefully
slip the axle shafts and unit bearings into place .
Torque the hub bolts to 75ftlbs
(Make sure you support the axle shaft
as it passes into the housing and do not force it into place this could risk
damaging the axle seals )
Install the rotors and calipers onto the Jeep torque caliper
bolts to 11ftlbs . Then install the wheels and tires, tighten lug
(Do not torque lug nuts yet)
Lower the Jeep off of the Jack stands and onto the ground. Once the Jeep is on its own weight.
Torque the lug nuts to 95ft lbs
Torque upper control arm to 55ftlbs
Torque Lower control arm to 85ftlbs
Torque Trackbar to 55ft lbs
Torque Shocks to 20ftlbs
Torque Swaybar links to 75ft
After 50 Miles torque all bolts to their