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Welding Rear diff questions!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by kpanza, May 22, 2002.

  1. kpanza

    kpanza 1/2 ton status

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    Hi guys,

    I have a buddy that is very interested in welding up his rear D60! He wanted me to ask how all of you guys did yours? What type of welding, what rod, etc?? If you could explain the process and materials used I would appreciate it! He has a neighbor that is a professional welder, but he has never welded up a diff before, so wanted to make sure he used the right stuff!

    Thanks guys!
     
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    Oops, missed that! Thanks! But what kind of "rod" was used? I think I have seen that question before and was looking for someone who might have done this to give me their feedback...
     
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    i think it was 7013 rod, mine was miged. i guess that could also work. they guy welding it(from a good reputable shop) said it would be easier and it'd be the same thing.

    He did do one with a rod and the others with mig, the mig looked like it went on beter, IMO

    ARQ.
     
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    Do it with a MIG welder. Very minimal clean up as compared to a stick. I've got a spare carrier that I welded up with a MIG. Waaaaaay easier. All I did was weld the spider gear together. Worked out good. A tip- When ya pull the carrier out of the housing, don't clean the gear oil off with a solvent or anything. Let the excess drain off, but leave the residue. It will help keep most of the spatter and boogers from sticking to everything in the carrier. It'll stink and smoke alot while your welding, but thats it. Makes clean up ALOT easier and faster. Haha, One of these days I need to stick that carrier in the truck and toss the open one...:) Also, there is no 7013 rod. There is a 6013....Could also have been 7018.
     
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    If you go to the ORD forum, there is a very complete set of instructions typed by yours truly. Someone asked Stephen about welding a diff, and he got lots of answers.
     
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    Thanks guys!! I love this place! /forums/images/icons/smile.gif
     
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    Is the procedure the same for a 12 bolt? I am thinking of welding it up if it's possible and then put a locker in my front D44.
     
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    guess i got them mess up 7018, is the one.
    glad you caught that.

    ARQ.
     
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    Haha, I was the one that asked the question on the ORD forum. And I did get alot of answers. /forums/images/icons/smile.gif
     
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    Yes, the procedure outlined in the ORD forum will work on any axle. The only thing to watch out for is don't weld the cross pin. Make sure you don't weld anything that would prohibit being able to pull the axles or the Cclips that hold them in.
     
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    Great thank you! I'll print out the procedure. Looks like I have a project to do this weekend! At least this way, I can save some money until I can afford the lockers I want front AND rear.
     

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