Ford SuperDuty Front Axle Lower Truss '05-'10
Artec Industries is excited to announce the NEW Superduty Lower Truss. This truss system is designed to reinforce the entire front axle on Ford Superduty F-250 and F-350. 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 GeneralMechanical Abilities If you are notconfident in your abilities Please have this product installed at a LocalOff-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 removethem.) Using a jack raise up thefront of the vehicle and place tall jack stands under the frame behind thelower control arm mounts. and a shorterset under the axle.
Remove wheels from vehicle, Remove front drive shaft from the axle , Remove the brake calipers and rotors (Set therotors on a flat surface so they do not warp), Hang the calipers from the body with somebungee cords (Do not let the calipers hang freely fromthe brake lines this can damage them.) Remove cotter pins on Tierods, Then loosen the castle nuts. (Leave the castlenuts installed by a few threads ! ) Removethe Steering stabilizer , Grab your Tierod Separator, 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 of any paint, rust, and debris to prepfor welding.
Place part tr6005-5 under the Passenger Side tube betweenthe Lower control arm mount and the C for the knuckle and tack weld intoplace.
Place tr6005-1 on thedriver side Axle tube between the differential and C for the knuckle. and Tackweld into place
Place tr6005-2 on theaxle tube between the diff housing and control arm bracket on the passengerside
and tack weld into place
Tack weld part Tr6005-4 in the opening on the tr6005-1 andtack weld into place .
Tack weld part Tr6005-3 in the opening on Tr6005-2 and thehousing.
Stitch weld all of the Truss Pieces to the axle tubes andhousing Move around from 1 end to theother and work your way around the axle to keep the heat down to minimize therisk of warping the axle . After the truss is welded on the axle Prime and paint the axle.
Reinstall the axle into the vehicle and torque all bolts to factory specs .
After 50 miles Check all bolts for tightness and tighten ifneeded .