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Old February 5th, 2007, 03:59 PM   #1
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I was thinking about making my own brace for my 9". I've got some left over 1.5" x .120" wall from my cage. I was thinking of running it from bearing end to bearing end and tying it back to the housing by using a few little pieces of tubing instead of plate. Any thoughts?

Also where on the axle would be the most benificial? Top side or back side?
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On sheetmetal housings you really need to be carefull that you don't warp them when you weld a brace on. I have debated bracing my 8 3/4, and the bracing would probably be better on the back, unless you plan on getting airborn.
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On sheetmetal housings you really need to be carefull that you don't warp them when you weld a brace on.
yeah that's why i was thinking of doing tube tie-ins instead of plate steel.
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Check out this guys 9" build:
http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showt...=449557&page=3
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Old February 5th, 2007, 05:08 PM   #5
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that's definatley nice but i dont the time to get that crazy. i'm going to be moving soon and will be without my welder, tools,....for about a year so i'm just trying to get a few things done before that point.

I was thinking something like this. Tube from bearing end to bearing end, then a few (2 or 3) tubes running from brace back to housing. And then mabye some plate where the brace its the center section.

just to clarify this picture is a top view, brace behind the housing
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I say do it. Excellent place to tie teh m-ty beer canz
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yeah that's why i was thinking of doing tube tie-ins instead of plate steel.
The problem is that if you heat the tube in the bend while welding, it will want to open up and preload the housing. I would still go for a drag style one, and stitch weld it.
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