Dodge Ram AAM 9.25 Lower Axle
Truss with Inner C Gussets
Artec Industries is excited to announce the NEW AAM 9.25 Truss. This truss system is designed to reinforce the entire front axle on Dodge 3rd Gen Rams 2500 and 3500 (2003-2012). With the heavy engines on these trucks, the stock front axles have suffered from bending and even breaking under hard use. This truss is designed to allow maximum up-travel while only decreasing under axle clearance slightly. In fact, there is virtually no loss of ground clearance under the differential.
Great for those who like to push the skinny pedal down and get some air, whether you're at the dunes or in the mud. Installation of this truss is straightforward as well. The whole design is CNC cut and formed to fit great on your axle, so little-to-no grinding or modifications are required.
NOTE: This kit requires specific welding and fabrication skills including welding to cast and forged steel. Lower control arm brackets gussets require removal prior to installation. May require small additional trimming on the seam between the truss and lower inner c based on rotation of inner c's which can vary vehicle to vehicle. Welding should only be done by a certified welder. 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.
Warning: This Part Requires General Mechanical Abilities If you are not confident in your abilitiesPlease have this product installed at a Local Off-Road Shop .
Safety Glasses, Gloves, Wrench set, Socket Set, Torquewrench, , Tie rod separator, Jack, Jackstands(Tall and short) , Wheel chock,, Cutting tool (sawzall , cutoffwheel, plasma cutter ect...) Welder and welding ppe.
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Place Wheel chocks at the rear wheels on the vehicle. with the vehicle on the ground break the lugnuts on the wheels free (Do not fully loosen or remove them.) Using a jack raise up the front of thevehicle and place tall jack stands under the frame behind the lower control armmounts. and a shorter set under theaxle.
Remove wheels from vehicle, Remove front drive shaft from the axle , Remove the brake calipers and rotors (Set the rotors on a flat surfaceso they do not warp), Hang the calipersfrom the body with some bungee cords (Do not let the calipers hang freely fromthe brake lines this can damage them.) Remove cotter pins on Tie rods, Then loosen the castle nuts. (Leave the castle nuts installed by a few threads ! ) Remove theSteering stabilizer , Grab your Tie rodSeparator, wedge it between the knuckle and the base of the tie rod the hit on the end of the Tie rod separatorwith your Big Freaking Hammer until it pops loose. Repeat this on the otherside. Remove the castle nuts and the Drag-link and tie rod should drop off thevehicle.
Remove the coil spring retainers from the axle, Remove Shocks, sway bar end links, and Trackbar.
Using a jack lower slowly lower the axle to remove the coilsprings. Raise the axle back up andplace jack stands under the axle, Remove upper and lower control arms. Pull the axle out from under the vehicle formore room to work.
Clean the axle tubes and C's of any paint, rust, and debris to prep for welding.
Place part tr9251-3 under the Passenger Side tube betweenthe Lower control arm mount and the C for the knuckle and tack weld into place.Set tr9251-1 on the axle tube betweenthe diff housing and control arm bracket on the passenger side and tack weld intoplace. Place tr9251-2 on the driver side Axle tube between thedifferential and control arm then tack weld into place. Set Tr9251-4 between lower control arm andthe C and tack into place .
The c gussets are the only brackets left they are a 2 peice bracket and the larger ofthe 2 brackets with the bend will slip into plce from the face of the axle the loose flat bracket will jig into placeand you will weld it from the back side of the axle.
Weld all of the Truss Pieces together then to the the axletubes and housing Move around from 1 endto the other and work your way around the axle to keep the heat down tominimize the risk of warping the axle . After the truss is welded on theaxle Prime and paint the axle.
Reinstall the axle into the vehicle and torque all bolts to factory specs .
After 50miles Check all bolts for tightness andtighten if needed .