Product Review: Artec Dana 44 Axle Armor Kit

One of my favorite mods for the Jeep is armor.  I don’t think having a super capable rig is all that important if you slide off a rock and slam open your oil pan/transmission/diff cover/transfer case/gas tank/etc.

The Artec installed on my 2013 JKUR. I applied the custom paint.

So the Artec Axle Armor Kit has been on my wish list for some time now for the following reasons:

  • Appealing design will allow me to upgrade the actual axle in the future, where sleeves really limit this;
  • Price point ($249)
  • Ability to order from Northridge 4×4 (free overnight shipping)
  • I feel the truss design is stronger than a sleeve/gusset approach.

I ordered the kit in the Summer, and stalled on the installation.  This was purely due to cost and the PITA factor.  I would need to remove the entire axle, put it in our Ford Fiesta, and drive it to a shop to be welded in.

Thankfully, the guys at 4 Wheel Parts in Portland hooked me up and offered to weld it in for a great price (along with some new Alloy USA ball joints).

This kit is amazing because:

  • It is built of SOLID, thick steel plating
  • Had amazing tolerances for fit
  • Includes some great armor: Front LCAs, Gussets, AND the truss

The only real downside to installing this kit is the fact it needs to be welded in by a competent welder.  This is due in large part to the metals on the axle – the cast on the pumpkin has some sensitive welding needs.

But that downside is not due to Artec, it is just the nature of the beast!

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