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I need some welding done on wheel

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by racercrazy, Jul 4, 2003.

  1. racercrazy

    racercrazy 1/2 ton status

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    When I ordered new wheels almost six years ago, they sent me one wheel that has a bad weld. I have never been able to use this wheel.
    /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gifI want to know if someone out there can weld this aluminum wheel for me. I'll pay a small fee if needed and for shipping both ways. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
    4 pics of wheel without tire that needs welded /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif
    Weld wheel /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
  2. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    That should be easy enough to repair...it's just a bad 'tie-in'. Most any shop that does aluminum welding would be able to fix that. I gotta ask why you didn't return the wheel when it was new? That is a manufacturing defect...

    At any rate I would back cut on either side of the problem area with a carbide burr and then run a cover pass over the problem area no more than 3" long. Then dress the repair with a grinder. MIG should be fine, that's what was used originally anyways.

    Option 'B' would be to TIG weld over the bad spot...

    Either way would work.

    Rene
     
  3. racercrazy

    racercrazy 1/2 ton status

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    Thanks for the info /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif, but I do not have the resources to do what you explained.

    Can anyone out there do this for me? /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif
     
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    I'de help you out if I could. My welder is in South Carolina and I'm in Japan, sorry.

    Jon
     
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    see anyone on 44" bogers in japan?
     
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    nevercomplete 1/2 ton status

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    They wouldn't fit on these tiny roads. I have seen some interesting stuff though. One Marine here has a real nice Land Cruiser on 38's. Saw a 3/4ton Suburban yesterday, first burb I've seen over here.

    Jon
     
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    racercrazy 1/2 ton status

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    Anyone else out there that can help me out? /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Look up a welding shop in the phone book. A repair like that shouldn't run any more than $30, probably less.

    John
     
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    Does it leak air out of that weld? If not I would use it. You coule also clean the area up and use some cold weld to seal it. If the weld didnt hurt that structure you are okay.

    Dan
     

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