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Old October 27th, 2012, 08:32 AM   #1
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My question : is there any special process for welding the caps in ujoints.

This is front axle shaft by the way. I have welded the caps on my stock 44 shafts with moderate success, it worked but eventually cracked and pushed the cap out anyways, so I upgraded to chromo shafts and have had good success, but my last wheeling trip I pushed the cap out on the short side inner shaft, and before I realized what had happened it egged out the hole a little, Id like to get a little more life out of it.

I know that chromo tubing needs to be tig welded, because of the heat of mig welding causing it to become brittle and crack.

I dont want to mig weld it and end up making it weaker, and it end up breaking an ear off and damaging the chromo stub shaft.
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Old October 27th, 2012, 08:58 AM   #2
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If its already egged out then go ahead and weld it because its pretty much done. You can mig it but try not to put too much heat I to it so you jack up the ear or burn out all your grease. Do you run full circle clips? If you have cro-mo shafts and run full circle clips you shouldn't have the caps walking out.
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Old October 27th, 2012, 09:41 AM   #3
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Yes full circle clips, and I also run a spool in the front which I know isn't helping everything survive, but wheeling is alot more fun spinning all 4.
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Old October 27th, 2012, 10:42 AM   #4
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Weld a strap across the cap (welding on the ears of the yoke only).

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Old October 27th, 2012, 10:45 AM   #5
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If it's in the budget, consider running a Detroit Locker in the front. I've done it and I've had zero issues with hard steering or excessive noise. I used the Quite Locker when I did it and you could never really tell it was there. Worked great with 54" tires and a retarded driver.
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Old October 27th, 2012, 11:50 AM   #6
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Detroit is not in budget, I don't know possibly I'm not getting clip in groove all the way, seams weird I'm only having problem on short side.
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Old October 27th, 2012, 04:28 PM   #7
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Try JB weld - no heat
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