Do-It-Yourself RAM MOUNT
THIS KIT INVOLVES EXTENSIVE WELDING AND GENERALFABRICATION SKILLS. ONLY COMPETENT WELDERS SHOULD ATTEMPT TO INSTALL THIS KIT.
Tools Required :
Safety Glasses, Gloves, , Socket Set,Wrenches, Wheel chocks, Jack, Jack stand. Cutting Tool of yourchoice (Sawzall, Grinder, plasma, cutting torch) Welder.
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Place wheel chocks at the rear wheels of thevehicle. Break free lug nuts on front wheels (Do not fully loosen or remove lug nuts yet.)
Jack up the front of the vehicle and set theaxle on Jack stands, Remove the front wheels from the vehicle, Withthe wheels removed Jack the vehicle up again. Securely place talljack stands under the frame behind the LCA or Leaf spring mounts atthe previously measurement of ride height. Place a 2nd sent of jack standsunder the front axle.
Prep axle To weld the Ram mount into place. Oncethe axle is prepped.
You will want tomock fitment of the ram mount against the axle ,Mount your steering ram to the mounting blocks centering the ramas much as possible on the ram mount. (Youmay only be able to run 2 or 3 of the mounts to center the ram.) Withthe ram at full lock and knuckle in full lock you will want to Tack weld the RamMount and Ram mounting blocks into position so the Ram's shaft and tie rod areinline (If they are not inline it could cause stress to the shaft and damage the ram You will also want toprotect the ram’s shaft from weld splatter this could damage the ram ) With the ram mount tacked into place ,Pull theaxle from under the vehicle to allow more space forwelding. Once the axle is pulled from under the vehicle.Remove the Ram from the ram mount. Heat the axle to about 400 degreesStart to weld the gussets to the axle and ram mount .When welding,Start on one side of the axle, Weld a small amount, Then move on to theopposite side of the axle to allow each side to cool. This will help preventwarping .Stitch welding is preferred and welding every inch of everyseam is not necessary. Grind and clean the rosette welds on the axle. (Optional) Stitch weld the axle tubes to theends of the casting for added axle strength and to prevent the axle tubes fromtwisting. Once all of thewelding is complete you will wrap the axle in a welding blanket toslowly cool overnight.
Clean the Ram mount and axle of any machiningoils and Prep for paint or powder coat.
Install the axle back under the vehicle, and place on jack stands. And install your ram Install the wheels on the vehicle andtighten the lug nuts (Donot torque them down yet.) Lift the vehicle and remove all of the jack stands and set thevehicle on the ground. with the vehicle on the ground check all ofthe bolts and lug nuts are torqued to proper specs. we recommend drawing a lineon the nut and bolt heads and where they are mounted for quick reference whenchecking for tightness after 50 miles .