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    Artec Superduty Dana 60 TJ beta tester review and build

    First of all the pics of actual build will roll in later but for now this is more of a review for Artec and to help anybody on the fence. Look forward to having a jeep to wheel again soon lol.

    I was fortunate enough to be able to be a beta tester for Artecs tj superduty dana 60 front swap kit. I wanted to give a review in hopes people showed even more interest in this very awesome product. Makes it way easier to run with the big boys for sure. Artec has been beyond awesome to work with as they wanted all feedback in order for them to refine the product before releasing the finished product to everyone and in particular Armando Verdugo of Artec has been the main guy for me to contact and pick his brain. I can't think them enough for the chance to be one of the very lucky beta testers. Thanks to Joseph Prosise of Baja Texas Offroad for all the hard work!

    So I got a front 60 from an 09 f250...scored somewhat cheap and got to cutting everything off of it. Cutting everything is by far the worst part of everything!!! These axles are 35 spline beef throughout and just amazingly beef comparted to even kingpin axles. The hardest part of using them is the little tube provided by the pumpkin being so far over........so in comes ARTEC to the rescue.







    I went with the 3 link artec truss option but there is a bolt into stock suspension option.





    We got it under the jeep and found out I do need new shocks (not sure what else at moment til I get my new tires). Had a good bit of trouble fitting a top upper 3 link and finally decided on passenger side and redoing the exhaust.



    This is where we are at as we had to cycle the suspension on the lift but couldn't do it with the coil springs on. I do have steering to be put on and of course just a ton of loose ends. I need a set of rollers or to go ahead and purchase my 40" tires but just haven't found what I needed. Don't mind the links and joints as these are all temporary in order for time constraints of the beta tester program.







    My review.........Artec has hit a home run out of the park with this swap truss!!! Not only is it very sexy looking but it fits great!!! My buddy who did the install said there was minor grinding around pumpkin to close up a 1/4" gap and Artec is already looking into fixing that!!! Like I said Artec is on the ball and doing everything they can to perfect this truss! Their coil buckets are not flat so your coils will not bow as they made it just like factory and the swaybar brackets are beef and you can adjust them to where needed. I already was an Artec fan but let me tell you after this experience I am an artec fanboy, believer and just love the fact that they listened, refined, and have put their heart into this truss!!! Thank you to Artec Industries, Armando Verdugo for the chance for me to finally get my TJ where I dreamed!!
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    Good review may have to talk my TJ buddies into this swap when the 44s give out

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    Ill keep you guys updated. They have opened a group for us to discuss issues and i really haven't had any that i know of but sone of them have had minor issues they plan to fix.

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    Small update

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    Well we have a roller. Went a little long in the rear and it's sitting high as well. Kinda thinking I need a front stretch now to make it look better. Sitting at 105 to 106. I'm pleased but so far from being wheelable ugh. I'm keeping the steering box but it is making it harder to build around. Kinda wishing I could backhalf but that certainly adds a significant amount of money and time to build. I'm throwing it on some stock rear tj coils in hopes of getting rear lower for now. Oh and cut in rear has been finished after the rolled out pics.







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    Got it home and leveled out.





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    Looks good.. What else you have to do before you go bang it up on the rocks?
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    It has no brakes or driveshafts etc. I think most importantly for the good stuff it's gonna need gears and lockers.

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    Any pics of the lower link mount on the drivers side?

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    The front drivers?

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    Forgot about your question but I took some pics the other day of all the drivers mounts




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    I guess you could say im finally getting close to wheeling again...woohooo

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    hell yeah!
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    What's left on it?

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    Awesome.

    I like it!
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    Baller status! Dual oX lockers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Projectfreedom View Post
    What's left on it?

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    Hydro assist, full harnesses and better seats, lot of tuning of suspension and paint desperately needed. Beadlocks eventually...need to convert the front locker to air as the cable routing is questionable. I feel like I'm missing something but yeah not much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 72blazer View Post
    Baller status! Dual oX lockers
    Hey man I scored em both for the price of one... front was used and rear was new but missing cover and all kinds of stuff. It took forever to get all of it lol....hence why it's taken so long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by offroadman83 View Post
    need to convert the front locker to air as the cable routing is questionable.
    when I got my TJ it had a front OX locker and I converted it to air. I like it a lot better. the rear has an ARB and I run both off a CO2 tank
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    Well a lot of new stuff installed.....now I need to even out the front, install front driveshaft, paint everything, buy better harnesses at least, just a lot of small tedious crap now.

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    Got the steering fixed a few days back and drove it 50+ mph down the road.... drove really nice. Hoping to buy 4" coils for front to level it i hope, convert front ox to air, get proper sized anti rock links on, exhaust, front driveshaft back on, new seats and harnesses, and hydro assist bought.

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    getting closer


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    Well long time but got some mastercraft nomad seats on the way with 5 point harnesses...front driveshaft is in, hydro assist just needs to be installed if i can brave this damn heat ugh. Once all this is installed just exhaust and some bumps and limit straps needed possibly and its wheeling time!

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    Been messing with my hydro assist. Been a huge pain in the azz but it's almost there. I'd post pics but we have all seen hydro assist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by offroadman83 View Post
    Been messing with my hydro assist. Been a huge pain in the azz but it's almost there. I'd post pics but we have all seen hydro assist.

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    post em anyway :) we need moar pics moar action moar stuffs... :)
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    Well its just about there... what a huge pain in the ass this hydro assist has been!




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    Quote Originally Posted by offroadman83 View Post
    Well its just about there... what a huge pain in the ass this hydro assist has been!

    that's all part of the fun in building a rig :)


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    Got the hydro assist pretty much buttoned up. Drove it only to be disappointed as its twitchy and hitting bumps and downright dangerous. When i finally decide to look at it again im gonna try to move up my trackbar on the frame side and try it again. If that dont work...not sure what ill do. I should have four linked it and ran full hydro ugh

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