1 TON - APEX Front Kingpin/Balljoin 60 Swap Kit for JK, JL, and JT
All the brackets necessary for the front Kingpin (1985-1991.5) or Balljoint 60 (1992-1997) 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
-RockJock Johnny Joints in Factory Location. Includes DIFFERENTIAL TOP CAP
The Front 60 that works with this kit is from Ford F-250 and F-350 trucks from model years 1985-1991.5 (kingpin) and 1992-1997 (balljoint). This truss is not intended for newer axles due to different differential offsets, axle tube sizes and differential contours.
Trimming of the factory differential casting may be necessary (see instructions). Other fabrication and modifications may be needed due to variances in lift kits and other factors. Removal of passenger side leaf spring perch is necessary.
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.
Minor modifications to the ends of the truss that contact the inner C may be necssary for balljoint axles 1992-97.
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, Jeep and In-house 3D scanning 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.
Click image above to view Installation Instructions
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 Sales@Artecindustries.com (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.
JK JL JT 1 TON - APEX Front Kingpin-Balljoint 60 Swap Kit 1985-1997