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Old July 21st, 2008, 01:05 AM   #1
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Default Suspension Bracket Welding

I am getting ready to put my dana 44 and ford 8.8 in my Jeep YJ. I bought 1/4 steel to make my Shock/Coil/Track Bar brackets. My question is my buddy has a Miller 220volt Mig welder and said he'd weld my stuff for me. I am just wondering if you can mig weld the brackets to the axle tubes or if you have to use stick welding like when welding the axle tubes to the differential housing.
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Old July 21st, 2008, 06:14 AM   #2
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mig welding is the best way to weld brackets onto an axle. tig is a better option but I wouldnt suggest it unless you know how to and have a lot of confidence in your tig skills.

arc/stick welding would be a better choice if you were welding things together that were aout 1" thick. at that point is gets more complicated than just welding, you have to have a clean chamfered joint, then do a tig root pass or 2 then go over that with the arc/stick to fill the rest of it up.

make sure there is bare metal and a nice chamfered valley to fill, the joint/weld will turn out very clean and strong.
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thanks for the input, i figured it would be fine but wanted to make sure since theres a lot riding on those welds.
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Old July 21st, 2008, 08:10 PM   #4
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..... since theres a lot riding on those welds.
For the most part the weldor’s skill, knowledge and experience is more important then the type of welding process used. Any welding process can be done poorly, especially teh squirt guns (mig).
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Old July 28th, 2008, 08:31 AM   #5
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you have coils and a trac bars in ur yj?
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