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Old July 6th, 2014, 11:42 PM   #1
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Well I finally pulled the jeep on hoist to fix this highsteer for good here some pics of it all tore apart n what it looked like before.
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Old July 6th, 2014, 11:59 PM   #2
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Gona plate the shiny area first then box the arm to the knuckle. Got a old oven in the shop gona get the knuckle as hot as it will get before welding then put it back n oven and drop temp 50 degrees every half hour till its room temp. Then get to boxing in arm.
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Is it just me or is that not actually a flat top knuckle?
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Ball joint Dana 60?
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Yes its a bj 60 not very desireable but here is the pieces I made to plate the knuckle with so when iam welding the highsteer arm on iam welding steel to steel. In one pick of highsteer arm u can see it was a violent hit it actually bent the arm at the second bolt hole because its egg shaped now. Hopefully because iam boxing the arm completely in it wont be a problem. Well my internets is down so no pics till wed.
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Yes its a bj 60 not very desireable but here is the pieces I made to plate the knuckle with so when iam welding the highsteer arm on iam welding steel to steel. In one pick of highsteer arm u can see it was a violent hit it actually bent the arm at the second bolt hole because its egg shaped now. Hopefully because iam boxing the arm completely in it wont be a problem. Well my internets is down so no pics till wed.

Ahh ok bj 60
Sounds like a good plan, looks like it should hold up
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Looked like it should've held up before it hit the woods course to lol

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Looked like it should've held up before it hit the woods course to lol

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With just 2 bolts and not much of a flat surface to clamp against?
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Nah, fully gusseted to the stock arm. That's what it was like before it broke. The weld came completely out of the lower arm. Not like it cracked but it just pulled out, like pulling a plant out of the ground, it took the roots with it lol

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cast welding does that
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Nah, fully gusseted to the stock arm. That's what it was like before it broke. The weld came completely out of the lower arm. Not like it cracked but it just pulled out, like pulling a plant out of the ground, it took the roots with it lol

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Ahh ok
That is odd
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I got pics if nick will post them lol it will be bullet proof compared to what it was just waiting to see if this oven can get my part hotter then 350 by morning if not iam pullin it out in welding it any way.
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I think whoever welded it used the proper rod half the time but they definitely did not pre heat proper or post heat at all looking at the break closely. One weld had no penatration the second weld odviously on other side had alittle better but hopefully my weldin skills are good enough to make it never break that arm again. When iam done heading to the dunes to see some air;) n when I get back ill do the other knuckle when I get home.
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You'll be further ahead if you designed up an additional bracket that eliminated the 'single shear' condition that you have now. The bracket would sandwich to the bottom bolt of the tie rod end and then offset down to the oprginal tie rod pick up point, thereby elminating the bending component you have with an unsupported joint.
For what it's worth I would NEVER weld that joint. A double shear condition will get you what your looking for.
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You'll be further ahead if you designed up an additional bracket that eliminated the 'single shear' condition that you have now. The bracket would sandwich to the bottom bolt of the tie rod end and then offset down to the oprginal tie rod pick up point, thereby elminating the bending component you have with an unsupported joint.
For what it's worth I would NEVER weld that joint. A double shear condition will get you what your looking for.
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Ya I thought that as well. Basicly runing a long bolt threw both the high steer and original tierod hole but curent highsteer arms dont even come close n iam to impatient n cheap to buy new arms because id have to have them made. So I just thought id throw metal at it. Its cheaper n quicker my way n I bet it dosent break there again. I was going to try n box it all in then try to get double sheer out of the boxing process. Hard to explain but ill takes some pics n be able to upload weds or thurs.
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Well its done finally
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Old July 12th, 2014, 04:53 PM   #17
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Well heres a couple more
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Heres dune ready
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