Artec Industries Large 4-link Xmember Bracket for 1.75 Tubing
This bracket allows for triangulated lower links that meet at a 1.75" OD tube crossmember between frame rails. This bracket is for use with large joints that have a 2.625" mounting width. This includes, but is not limited to, 1.25" rod ends (heims) with misalignment spacers, and rebuildable cartridge style joints with a 2.5" or 2.625" width (Johnny, Flex, Ballistic, etc). The hole size is 9/16" and can be drilled for larger sizes. The angles are set at 22 degrees each (44 degrees total) to allow use with our angled lower link axle brackets. This bracket is made from .250" thick steel and comes in six unwelded pieces that jig together for easy assembly. We recommend using heavy wall 1.75" tubing for your crossmember for maximum strength.
Artec have made the lower plate of this bracket cover most of the joint so that rocks aren't directly hitting the joint. This not only reduces the chance of joint breakage, but increases the life of the joint since it is not repeatedly being abused. You can save alot of money when you aren't having to replace joints all the time and that's the biggest advantage to this design.
The design of the top and side pieces allows easier access to the top of the joint where a grease zerk is usually located. Having a greasable joint does you no good when you can't access the grease fitting. Again, longer lasting joints means less money replacing them down the road.