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Welding shocks tabs to 14BFF

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by spearchucker, Apr 21, 2004.

  1. spearchucker

    spearchucker 1/2 ton status

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    I bought some shock mounts from Echobit some time ago and need to get them welded to my 14BFF. I was wondering if the heated generated from the welding will cause any internal damage to my fully assembled axle.
     
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    Not unless you intend on making your shock mounts from 3/4" thick steel and welding at 300 amps. /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif

    Just kidding. I doubt that it'll hurt anything. Just weld and you should be fine.
     
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    If you are worried about heat warp (a resonable concern) just weld an inch at a time and alternate sides between passes. Are you using a Mig or an Arc?
     
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    Are you using a Mig or an Arc?

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    /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif I'm not a welder so I'm paying someone to do it and I don't know what he uses, I think he said he uses a stick welder. I was mainly worried about the seals.
     
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    Seals are pretty far from where shock mounts would be welded on a 14 bolt.
     
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    Just checking. Better to be safe than sorry. Thanks all. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    Better to be safe than sorry.

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    Absolutely.

    Make sure the weldor knows what he's doing. Last thing you want is for some guy to burn through an axle tube just because he's careless/doesn't know better.
     
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    He's got 30+ yrs experience. But the main reason I chose him is because he's done countless Chevy frame crack repairs/weld on braces (the main job I need done) so I assume he knows what he's doing.
     
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    i welded on mine for the shock mounts, after buying the MOO kit for the lowers and finding out i would have to reroute my brake lines i took 2" flatbar 1/4 thick and welded them on. The piece was 7"s long, i welded in one place them heated the rest up with a torch and beat it around the axle tube then welded all the seams, worked great and cost about 5 bucks /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Make sure the welding dude puts his ground cable directly on the shock tabs before welding. I get plenty paranoid welding on diff's...the last thing I want is any sort of current flowing through bearing races. I've actually seen ground cables attached to lug nuts which is a guaranteed way to mess up all the bearings (depending on where exactly you're welding).

    Rene
     
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    I would still worry about the bearings. Depends where you put the ground I guess. I don't think heat will be a concern.
     
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    Depends where you put the ground I guess.

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    That was my point...

    I've had to replace bearings that have had welding current run through them (at work).

    Rene
     
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    I'll make a note to check that when he comes over. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif
     
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    Don't forget to drain the oil /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif

    14FF's have nice ribs to clamp the ground to...that is what I used.
     

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