- 1.5" thick SOLID 7075 T6 Aerospace Aluminum links
- Machined wrench flats for easy tightening and a smooth look
- Able to be flipped to above knuckle or under
- Compatible with Right Hand Driver (RHD) vehicles
- Features Heat Treated Chromoly Offset rod ends to clear differential cover and other vehicle components
- Uses Massive 3/4" Grade 8 bolts for fastening to knuckles
- Includes 3/4" stover locking nuts for worry and maintenance free fastening
- All rod ends uses high misalignment spacers for increased rod end longevity and improved articulation
- DRILLING OF KNUCKLES TO 3/4" REQUIRED
Warning: Thiskit requires basic fabrication skills (Cutting, Drilling ) If you are not confident in your abilitiesplease have this installed at a Local Off-road Shop.
Open Packages and Inventory all of the Parts Please contact Artec Industries Immediately if you aremissing any parts or hardware @ (855) 278 3299 .
Please make sure your wheels and steering wheel arestrait, An you do not have any bent orbroken steering components This can throw off your measurements which will be critical later on.
Grab your buddy, use the tape measure. You will want tomeasure and record the lengths of your current Tie rod from center of bolt onthe knuckle to center of bolt on the knuckle. Now measure the current draglink length from bolt center to bolt center of the draglink ends.
( Reference : On our Jeep Equipped with Reid Racing Knuckles We measuredtotal length of the tie rod @ 58.5" and drag-link @ 40.5" )
Thread the Jam nuts onto your Heim Joints, Put some anti seize (a little goes a long away unless youwant to look like the tin man on The Wizard of Oz )on the treads of the heimand thread the heim into the Tie rod andDrag-Link and set aside for later.
Chock your wheels, Start to break loose the front lug nuts free while Jeep is on the ground(Do not fully remove the lug nuts)
Jack up the Jeep and set it securely on jack stands. Now continue to remove the lug nuts andwheels.
Once Wheels are off. Remove the brake caliper off theknuckles (Hang The calipers off the frame with a bungee cordor modified Metal coat hanger . Do not let the calipers hang freely you risk damaging the brake lines ) Now remove the brake rotors (You mayneed to tap the hat of the rotor if it is rusted on.) Set the rotors on a flatsurface. (Do notstand the Rotors strait up on end it can cause them to Warp.)
Remove cotter pins on Tie rods and drag links, Then loosen the castle nuts. (Leave the castlenuts installed by a few threads ! ) Grab your Tie rod Separator, wedge itbetween the knuckle and the base of the tie rod . Hit the end of the Tie rodseparator with your Big Freaking Hammer until it pops loose, Then repeat on theother side and with drag link. Removethe castle nuts and the Drag link and tie rod should drop off the Jeep.
( Tip : If you have a small Map gas torch heatthe Castle nuts and heat the knucklesome this will help break parts free in the rust belt states )
(We Highly Recommend Removing Pitman arm to ensure it isdrilled strait and makes drilling a lot easier)
If removing the pitman arm to drill it out use a 33mm socketto remove Pitman Arm Nut . Once the nutis removed attached your Pitman armpuller and start to pull the pitman arm.
Once the pitman arm is removed from the Jeep you will wantto Put it in a drill press and drill outthe drag link hole to 3/4" If you do not haveaccess to a drill press you can use a bench vise just ensure you are drillingit strait. If you do not have access toeither a Drill press or Bench vice youcan drill out the Pitman arm installedon the vehicle however we do notrecommend drilling out the Pitman arm with it installed on the vehicle.
Tech Tip : You can use the torch here to help with removal of pitman arm, Justremember if you used any type of penetration oil it could cause a fire so keep a fireextinguisher handy. You can alsogive the pitman arm a whack with the BFH when it is under tension from thepuller sometimes till pop right off. Sometimes you may have leave the pitman arm puller on under tension fora bit. walk away for a bit when you comeback its magically on the floor.
Reinstall the pitman arm it is keyed so it should only go on1 way, Use Blue Loctite on the pitmanarm nut . You will want to use your torque wrench when installing the pitman arm torque to 185ft lbs. (manufacturer spec)
Grab your drill and 3/4" drill bit or reamer and drill out the tie rod hole and drag link hole (if equipped) on the knuckle. Once the knuckle isdrilled out, Use the supplied hardware and install the tie rod followed by thedrag link. When installing thehardware you will want to have the Bolt go through the knuckle then Washer onunderside of knuckle sandwiched between the knuckle and misalignment spacer inthe heim than the nut against the other misalignment spacer. Tighten all of thehardware .
Reinstall the brakes (If your brakesare worn this is the time to replace them.)
Install the wheels on vehicle and tighten lug nuts. (Do not torque thelug nuts yet !) Lower vehicle offof the jack stands and onto ground then torquethe lug nuts to 95ft lbs.
With the Jeep back together and on the ground, Did youremember to record the measurement of your steering you took in step #3. Use your helper and a tape measure to makesure your adjustments are the same or as close as you can get. to those numbers. You will want your tires set Toe in 1/16" - 1/8" (Front of the tires closer together than therear of the tire.) Set this by looseningJam nuts on the steering and twisting the tie rod using a wrench on the wrenchflats machined onto the Tie rod. Thiswill get it so you can drive the Jeep to an alignment shop to have an alignmentperformed by a shop.
Go Wheeling and enjoy your new steering .
After 50 miles make sure all of the boltsare tight and that they have not came loose.