FORD FRONT 1978-79 60 HYDRO RAM MOUNT & TRUSS
(pictures shown above are of Chevy version. Ford version is inverted and will vary slightly.)
Artec Industries is excited to announce the NEW Ford Front 60 Hydraulic Ram Mount and Truss for axles from 1978-1979. This heavy duty truss system is designed to take serious abuse and protect some of the most vital and expensive components of your vehicle - your steering. The unique design places your ram in its most affective and strongest location - close to the axle centerline not high above it, and yet protects it from the rocks with the integrated 1/4" thick skidplate. Fits both PSC motorsports and Howe Performance double-ended hydraulic rams. Works perfectly with our ULTIMATE 60 High Steer Arms giving you the strongest hydraulic steering solution on the market. The 3/8" thick truss extends end-to-end of the axle tube providing not only a location for mounting your 3 and 4 links, but also truly reinforcing
the axle itself against bending and shearing. The unique gusseting design allows both the truss and ram mount to completely reinforce each other in every direction.
- Angled correctly to account for Ford knuckles.
- 3/8" thick mild steel truss top and 1/4" mild steel ram mount and gussets. Precision CNC cut and bent for great fitment.*
- Truss is low profile allowing link joints to be mounted with ideal geometry - about 8 inches from the axle centerline.
- Truss spans entire length of axle for complete reinforcement of the axle tubes - not just for mounting links.
- Truss is reinforced using interlocked 1/4 thick gussets for maximum strength and easy assembly.
- Truss is tied into Ram Mount with a 1/4" thick bridge which also further protects your ram from trail damage
- Ram Mount and Gussets feature drainage holes for easy cleaning and reduced weight.
- Ram Mount doubles as an axle skid plate, allowing protection for your ram and tie rods and spans the length of the axle tube for more reinforcement against bending and shearing.
- Ram Mount incorporates an additional 1/4" thick bolt on skid plate in front of differential to allow easy removal of gears. Skid plate is bolted using included countersunk bolts which hold up to trail damage better than other style bolts and don't get hung up on obstacles.
- Fits both PSC Motorsports and Howe Performance* doubled ended hydraulic rams.
- Clearanced to use with rotated knuckles and pinions.
- Includes additional 1/4" thick gusset for welding removable skid plate to an aftermarket mild steel differential cover. (Optional use; will require trimming)
- Overall low profile design means your axle is stronger, sleaker, easier to fit into any vehicle, and less likely to interfere with rocks or other parts of your vehicle such as your oil pan.
The Artec Industries Ford 60 Ram Mount and Truss is simply the best available on the market. Get yours today.
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.
*Some grinding and fitment may be required when installing this kit. Every axle varies slightly and some fabrication may be required.
What Axle do I have?
Chevy Kingpin has 4.5" of passenger side axle tube
Dodge Kingpin has 3.0" of passenger side axle tube
Ford 78-79 Kingpin has ~6.0" of driver side axle tube
Ford 85-91.5 Kingpin has 3.0" of driver side axle tube
Ford 92-97 Balljoint has 3.0" of driver side axle tube
Ford 99-04 Superduty Balljoint has ~1.5" driver side axle
Ford 05+ Superduty Balljoint has basically no exposed driver
side axle tube
Dodge and Chevy front 60s are very similar, and in many
cases fairly interchangeable - both parts and entire assemblies. Differences do
exist, and some are:
1) All Chevy 60s are kingpin knuckle, whereas early (79-93 )
Dodge are kingpin and later (94+ ) are balljoint (and undesirable)
2) All Chevy 60s are internal style lockout / drive flange
bearing hubs, whereas early (79-89 ) Dodge are external, and later Dodge
(90-93) are internal.
3) Dodge and Chevy outer kingpin knuckles are very similar,
and either will bolt to the other axle, but they are not identical - tie-rod
placement is different - the Dodge mounts the TRE about an inch and a half
higher. Tie rod end taper is the same for all Chevy, Dodge up to 93, and 78-79
Ford. 85+ Ford is smaller to 99, then 2000+ Ford SuperDuty is larger and
4) Chevy leaf spring pads are 3 inches wide and 32 inches
apart (center-pin to center-pin), Dodge are 2.5 inches wide and 32.5 inches
5) All SRW Chevy 60s are 69" wide
wheel-mounting-surface to wheel-mounting-surface (wms-wms). Most SRW Dodge are
67" wide, although some are reportedly 69" wide too. A Dodge DRW 60
is 75.5" wms-wms.
6) Chevy rotors are 1.5" thick, early dodge rotors are
1.25" thick, but the calipers are identical. Dodge 60s from the CTD years
(90-ish to 93) have 1.5" rotors.
7) Dodge 60s from the CTD years (90-ish to 93) have a higher
tie rod location than the older Chevy.
Information above taken from