THIS KIT INVOLVES EXTENSIVE WELDING AND
GENERAL FABRICATION SKILLS. ONLY COMPETENT WELDERS SHOULD ATTEMPT TO INSTALL
Tools Required :
Safety Glasses, Gloves, Tape Measure, Socket Set, Wrenches,
Wheel chocks, Jack, Jack stand. Cutting
Tool of your choice (Sawzall, Grinder, plasma, cutting torch) Welder.
Inventory that you have all of the parts for your order If you are missing
parts or have incorrect parts contact Artec Industries Immediately @
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Place wheel chocks at the rear wheels of the vehicle. Break free lug nuts on front wheels (Do not fully loosen or remove lug nuts yet.)
With the vehicle sitting on the ground, Measure your ride
height at the frame and height of the centerline of the axle, Also take
measurement of your wheel base.
(Make a note of this for later.)
Jack up the front of the vehicle and set the axle on Jack
stands, Remove the front wheels from the vehicle, With the wheels removed Jack the vehicle up
again. Securely place tall jack stands
under the frame behind the LCA or Leaf
spring mounts at the previously measurement of ride height. Place a 2nd sent of
jack stands under the front axle.
Remove the existing front axle from the vehicle.
Prep axle the truss will be welded onto by removing all
mounts and paint/ rust. Once the axle is
prepped. Slide new axle under the vehicle and place on jack stands at the
measurement of what the centerline height was at ride height also make sure it is
set to the wheelbase you will be using.
Using another jack stand or block of wood set under the
Pinion of the axle, Set the Caster angle and pinion to desired angle of your build to ensure it
does not get changed . Now place the truss on top of the axle so it is level
with the ground and not tilted forward or backward (If your truss is angled it can cause upper arm
mounts or the truss to twist off under load) You may need to trim some gussets on the
truss to allow it to sit level depending on your wheelbase and pinion angle. (Ford
9” trusses will need to be trimmed to fit your axle)
With the truss set level on top of the axle tack weld The
truss ends to the axle tubes.
With the truss tacked into place Pull the axle from under
the vehicle to allow more space for welding.
Once the axle is pulled from under the vehicle. Heat the axle to about 400 degrees Start
to weld the gussets to the axle and
truss .When welding, Start on one side of the axle, Weld a small amount, Then
move on to the opposite side of the axle to allow each side to cool. This will
help prevent warping .Stitch welding is preferred and welding every inch of every seam is not
necessary. Grind and clean the rosette welds on the axle. (Optional) Stitch weld the axle tubes to the ends of the casting for
added axle strength and to prevent the axle tubes from twisting. If your
truss has a Ram mount you will place the ram mount on the axle and roll it up
into place until the ram mount contacts the gussets and weld it into place. you
will want to mount your steering ram to the mounting blocks and center the ram
as much as possible you may only be able to run 3 of the mounts to center the
ram. with the ram at full lock and
knuckle in full lock you will want to weld the mounting blocks into position so
the Ram's shaft and tie rod are inline (if they are not
inline it could cause stress to the shaft
and damage the ram) . If
you have any Control arm mounts, Shock mounts, Coil over tabs, Track bar mounts
that need to be welded on to the axle
you will need to place the axle under the vehicle on jack stands at ride
height and desired wheelbase an weld them on at this time in their proper
location for your specific build. Once
all of the welding is complete you will
wrap the axle in a welding blanket to slowly cool overnight.
Clean the Truss and axle of any machining oils and Prep for
paint or powder coat.
Install the axle back under the vehicle and place on jack
stands. Install the wheels on the vehicle and tighten the lug nuts (Do not torque them down yet.) Lift the vehicle and remove all of
the jack stands and set the vehicle on the ground. with the vehicle on the ground check all of
the bolts and lug nuts are torqued to proper specs. we recommend drawing a line
on the nut and bolt heads and where they are mounted for quick reference when
checking for tightness after 50 miles .