Inner C Gussets
Fits TJ, LJ, XJ, MJ, ZJ and TJ/LJ Rubicon 44
*Some grinding and fitment may be required when installing this kit. Every axle varies slightly and some fabrication may be required. Clearancing on the top gussets around the coil spring may be necessary depending on coil spring thickness.
NOTE: This kit requires general welding and fabrication skills. Welding should only be done by a competent welder. Artec Industries implies no guarantees or warranties and is not liable for improper installation.
The installation of this product RequiresWelding, Fabrication, and Mechanical skills. You will need to remove the axlefrom the vehicle to perform this Job. Ifyou are not confident in your abilities Please have this product installed atan Off-road Shop.
Safety glasses, socket set, wrenches, torque wrench, Needlenose Pliers, Drift Punch set, tie rod separator, ball joint separator, Bungeecords, Ball joint press, grinder or wire wheel, Welder, Welding PPE, Jack, Tall Jack stands.
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Loosen the front lug nuts.(Do not fully remove them, Just break them free.)
Secure and properly block the rear tires of vehicle on alevel surface .
Jack up front of vehicle and install jack stands under framebehind the lower link brackets. and keep a jack under the axle.
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 the hub/axle shaft from Jeep as a unit With the hubs and axle shafts removed stuffsome rags in axle tubes.
(You can use a 36mm socket an removethe axle shaft from hub if you choose to)
Remove cotter pins on Tie rods, Then loosen the castle nuts. (Leave the castle nuts installedby a few threads ! ) Remove the Steering 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 theJeep. Now Unbolt and removethe knuckles from the axle, Using your ball joint press remove the ball jointsfrom your C’s
(Tip: If you have a smallMap gas torch heat the Castle nuts and heat the knuckle some this willhelp break parts free in the rust belt states.)
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.
Heat the knuckles to about 300-400 degrees and weld on the CGussets.
Wrap the C’s in a welding bracket and allow to cool slowly.
(The even part numbers are going tobe on the driver side, The odd part numberson the passenger side)
Apply a thin coat of grease onto your ball joints and Installinto the C’s .
(We have found if you Place your Ball Joints in freezer for a few hoursbefore you install it can help them shrink and go in easier.)
Place your coil spring on the spring bucket to verify itfits around the C Gusset.
(In rare cases the coil spring may contactthe C gusset if it does make contact mark the location on the c gusset where itmakes contact then remove the spring and grind a small relief so the springclears.)
Step 13: Move theaxle back under the Jeep and install the upper and lower control arms
(A drift punch canhelp with align the bolt holes, Do notfully tighten the bolts.)
Install the coil springs and retainers then Raise the axle ontojack stands.
Install the track bar, shocks, and sway bar end links on tothe axle
(Do notfully tighten the bolts.)
Install the knuckleson to the vehicle and install Tie rod onto the vehicle along with the steeringstabilizer.
Torque the Upper ball joint to 75ftlbs , Lower ball joint to80ftlbs , Tie rod ends to 65ftlbs , Steering stabilizer to 55ftlbs
Remove the rags fromthe axle tubes . Place some grease onthe splines of the axle shafts an carefullyslip the axle shafts and unit bearings into place .
Torque the hub bolts to 75ftlbs
(Make sure you support the axle shaftas it passes into the housing and do not force it into place this could riskdamaging the axle seals )
Install the rotors and calipers onto the Jeep torque caliperbolts to 11ftlbs . Then install the wheels and tires, tighten lugnuts.
(Do not torque lug nuts yet)
Lower the Jeep off of the Jack stands and onto the ground. Once the Jeep is on its own weight.
Torque the lug nuts to 95ft lbs
Torque upper control arm to 55ftlbs
Torque Lower control arm to 85ftlbs
Torque Trackbar to 55ft lbs
Torque Shocks to 20ftlbs
Torque Swaybar links to 75ftlbs.
After 50 Miles torque all bolts to theirproper specs