JK Inner C Gussets
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 lugnuts. (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 therotors on a flat surface so they do not warp), Hang the calipers fromthe body with some bungee cords (Do not let thecalipers hang freely from the 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.
Remove cotter pins on Tie rods, 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 theJeep. Now Unbolt and remove the knucklesfrom the axle, Using your ball joint press remove the ball joints from your C’s
(Tip: If you have a small Map gastorch heat the Castle nuts and heat theknuckle some this will help 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 coolslowly.
(The JK4405-1 are universal and workon either side of the top of the knuckle The JK4405-3 is driver side lower and JK4405-2 is passenger side lower)
Apply a thin coat of grease onto your ball joints andInstall into the C’s .
(We have found if you Place your Ball Joints in freezer for a fewhours before 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 maycontact the C gusset if it does make contact mark the location on the c gussetwhere it makes contact then remove the spring and grind a small relief so thespring clears.)
Move the axle backunder the Jeep and install the upper and lower control arms
(A drift punch can help with align the bolt holes, Do not fully tightenthe bolts.)
Install the coil springs and retainers then Raise the axleonto jack stands.
Install the track bar, shocks, and sway bar end links on tothe axle
(Do not fully tighten the bolts.)
Install the knuckleson to the vehicle and install Tie rod onto the vehicle along with the steeringstabilizer.
Torque the Upper ball Joints, Lower ball joint, Tie rod ends,Steering stabilizer to factory specs .
Remove the rags fromthe axle tubes . Place some grease onthe splines of the axle shafts ancarefully slip the axle shafts and unit bearings into place . Torque the hubbolts to factory specs
(Make sure you support the axleshaft as it passes into the housing and do not force it into place this couldrisk damaging the axle seals )
Install the rotors and calipers onto the Jeep an the torquecaliper bolts . Then install the wheelsand tires, tighten lug nuts.
(Do not torque lug nuts yet)
Lower the Jeep off of the Jack stands and onto theground. Once the Jeep is on its ownweight.
Torque all bolts to factory specs.
After 50 Miles torque all bolts to their proper specs.