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Old June 20th, 2011, 12:18 PM   #1
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What kind of welder do I want to do an axle swap where ill be welding brackets to the axle tube and frame?
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Old June 20th, 2011, 12:36 PM   #2
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Mig is easiest to do, but the unit is pricier then a stick.

Not to sound to much like a dick but if you have to ask, can u weld? And if you don't have experience then whatever method you use, MIG, TIG, stick, you need to practice before you start an axle swap.
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Old June 20th, 2011, 12:54 PM   #3
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So a mig would be my best bet cool. I can weld a little but I plan on welding sliders, control arms, skids etc before doing an axle swap. Need a welder so I can start practicing!
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Old June 20th, 2011, 06:41 PM   #4
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So ya, if you are getting your first welder to start practicing get a MIG. The easiest to learn.

Spend money and get a good one.
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Go to TSC and get at Hobart 187. I have one and they are a great machine for working on a jeep. I have one and use the hell outa it. Or if you can swing it get a little bigger one. Hobart is made by miller so they use good parts. If you have any other questions pm me.
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sounds good! Thanks collin ill keep that in mind!
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Old June 20th, 2011, 10:41 PM   #7
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FWIW, you'll do just fine. Look at my build thread - I never used a mig before Feb 09, and now I can't stop sticking shit together.

You're fucked - it is an addiction.
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Old June 20th, 2011, 11:29 PM   #8
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haha ya I already am buying an axle...what did i get myself into?
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Old June 21st, 2011, 08:27 AM   #9
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Go to TSC and get at Hobart 187. I have one and they are a great machine for working on a jeep. I have one and use the hell outa it. Or if you can swing it get a little bigger one. Hobart is made by miller so they use good parts. If you have any other questions pm me.
I couldn't agree more! I picked up one a couple weeks ago and I have been extremely happy with it. $580 after tax for a great 220V welder is unbeatable! If you're going to use the flux core wire, switch to 0.035, I didn't like the 0.030 that came with it. I'm converted one of my 60CF CO2 tanks from my Kegerator for shielding gas as well. Not as clean as C25, but it was free!

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FWIW, you'll do just fine. Look at my build thread - I never used a mig before Feb 09, and now I can't stop sticking shit together.

You're fucked - it is an addiction.
I have this same problem! In the 2 weeks I've had mine, I made tube fenders and a rear bumper. The tire carrier will be built whenever my spindle comes in!

You are definitely fucked, but to say it's an addiction is an understatement. Next you'll buy a torch to make some cutting easier, and then it'll be on to a plasma cutter... Why can't money grow on trees?!?!
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Old June 21st, 2011, 09:18 AM   #10
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LOL,
I did get a plasma cutter too.

Also, you'll learn where the best place is to buy steel locally.
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I did get a plasma cutter too.

Also, you'll learn where the best place is to buy steel locally.
So where is the best place to buy steel locally, since you're pretty much local to me?
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Pontiac Steel has the best price I’ve found.

6in x 20 ft of 3/16 is $53 perfect for bumpers, gussets, ect, and you can beat the price.
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Yep pontiac steel is where we go!
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FWIW, you'll do just fine. Look at my build thread - I never used a mig before Feb 09, and now I can't stop sticking shit together.

You're fucked - it is an addiction.
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Old June 21st, 2011, 01:46 PM   #15
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I grab a lot of stock from Regal recycling, since I go there to dump scrap. Decent prices, but no DOM.
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tsc has the 187 on sale right now and its defanitly a good welder.Dont buy a little 110 any welder you buy make sure it runs off 220
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what axle are you swapping into your jeep cam?
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Old June 21st, 2011, 02:26 PM   #18
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I have a Hobart Ironman 210, it's a beast.
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That's usually where I go as well. I generally trade scrap for new stock. I traded a pile of aluminum for my bumper and tire carrier a couple weeks ago.
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tsc has the 187 on sale right now and its defanitly a good welder.Dont buy a little 110 any welder you buy make sure it runs off 220
for how much? I only would buy a 220!
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