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Old 12-04-2015, 03:30 PM
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Truss/gusset install risks

Bought the Artec front axle truss and gussets, what can I potentially mess up with the install and how do I avoid this? Such as warping the axle and ruining ball joints. Anyone install these here?

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I just had mine done but with an EVO kit. Welding is an art and you are working on a $2800 canvas. You do it wrong and the axle housing is toast. I did axles and synergy ball joints at the same time to same some labor.
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If you really know what you are doing with a welder, then do it.

Watched the guy do mine for a while, took a full day to complete it.

He welded about an inch at a time on each side and used soaked rags to keep things cool like ball joints and such.

I can weld, but with it on the vehicle and chances of making a mistake, I took it to someone that had done several already.

Worth ever penny at $250.

No damage at all as I checked alignments before and after and ball joints as well.

Now have 49K miles on her still good.
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Just had gussets welded on last weekend.. Right after he finished a weld, I wrapped the ball joint in a rag that I pull from an ice water cooler. The ball joints never got anything more than slightly warm doing this.

Can't speak for the truss, but I'm going to have that done in spring as well.
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Had both front and rear TrŁss' done, the welding was mediocre, however had no issues with a warped axle or C. Have driven several thousand miles on them and some light trail riding. BUT if you were to ever install sleeves - he tore an axle seal during the install. (It's now fixed).



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