Stock Trackbar Bracket Replacement for TJ Front Axle
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.
THIS PART REQUIRES WELDING AND GENERALFABRICATION SKILLS. ONLY COMPETENT WELDERS SHOULD ATTEMPT TO INSTALL THIS PART.
Tools Required :
Safety Glasses, Gloves, , Socket Set, Wrenches, Wheelchocks, Cutting Tool of your choice(Sawzall, Grinder, plasma, cutting torch) Tie rod separator, Needle NosePliers, Large Hammer, Lug wrench, Wheel Lock Key (If you have wheel locks theguys at the tire shop probably lost the wheel lock key), Map gas Torch(Optional but probably Required in RustBelt States) Anti seize, Blue Loctite,Cutting oil, Welder/ Welding PPE.
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Place wheel chocks at the rear wheels of the vehicle. Break free lug nuts on rear wheels. (Do not fully loosen or remove lug nuts yet.)
Jack up the front of the vehicle and set the axle on Jackstands.
Remove the front wheels from the vehicle, An set to theside.
Remove the steering stabilizer from the vehicle , remove thepassenger side sway bar end link, Remove cotter pins on Tie rod ends and draglink, Then loosen the castle nuts. (Leave the castle nuts installed by a few threads ! ) Grab your Tie rod Separator, wedge itbetween the knuckle and the base of the tie rod Hit on 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 Vehicle.
( 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 )
With the Steering removed from the vehicle no remove thetrack bar from the vehicle. Now you cancut off the factory track bar mount on and sway bar bracket on the Passengerside of the axle .
Prep the axle the axle for welding by removing and paint/rust. in the area from the C for the knuckle over 9 inches .
Tack weld TJ2016-3 to the TJ 2016-2 . Slip the TJ2016- 1 tab into the TJ2016-2keyed slot (for proper orientation the Artec logo that is laser etched will befacing up on the TJ2016-1 . Insert yourtrack bar into position on the mount and bolt then tack weld the TJ2016-2 andTJ2016 together to set the mounting width . Then remove the track bar fromthe bracket and fully weld the bracket together.
Roll the TJ2016 Track bar mount into position on the axle,The top of the bracket will contact thebottom of the coil spring mount and the inside of the sway bar mount willcontact the side of the coil spring mount. With the track bar mount in position fully weld it into place .
Clean the part of any machining oil, Prime and Paint thepart and bare areas on the axle.
Install the track bar into the vehicle, Install Passengerside Sway bar end link. Then reinstall the steering on the vehicle . Now install the wheels. (Do not fully tighten all of the bolts yet) Jack up the vehicle and remove the jackstands so you can lower vehicle onto the ground. With the vehicle on the groundtighten all of the bolts and torque the lug nuts.
Take the vehicle to an alignment shop to have an alignmentperformed to ensure everything is in spec.
Check all bolts for tightness after 50 miles.