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Old February 1st, 2008, 11:05 AM   #1
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Default welding to chrome rims?

Can I just grind off the chrome plating and weld to the steel on a chrome rim (DIY beadlocks)? Will the heat from welding affect the chrome that is left on the wheel?
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Old February 1st, 2008, 11:18 AM   #2
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grind about an inch past where the weld will be then paint that area after weldig and try to no let it get very hot.

or just grind the chrome off the little area of weld and let it peel back so you know how much to grind off later.
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Old February 1st, 2008, 11:24 AM   #3
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You can't weld on the chrome but I don't think nearby heat will make it peel. I've got a call into our chrome plater.
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Old February 1st, 2008, 11:26 AM   #4
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hmmm, bling rims.... hmmm
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Old February 1st, 2008, 02:02 PM   #5
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I just grinded enough for the weld area on mine, didn't really affect the chrome nearby..........even if it does you can't see that area anyways, what are you building a mall cruiser?
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Old February 1st, 2008, 02:13 PM   #6
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I can't find cheap 17" 8 lug plain steel OEM backspacing rims... they all seem to be chromed.
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i just remembered, i took a set of 17" plain steels off my buddys 3rd gen a while ago, they might still be in his shop, ill check it out for you. just a warning, they are the gayest looking stock wheels ever.
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Old February 5th, 2008, 08:49 AM   #8
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Bones,
Just grind of the chrome where you are welding, inner portion of the rim if the ring sits in there, you will be fine. I have read where people say to weld them in sections so it dont worp the ring BS I welded mine right around the rim continues as long as the duty cycle would allow me too, ( I tacked it into postion 1st). No problems at all no leaks and my rig has been sitting since May and havent moved and still no leaky. Good luck let me know if you need a hand
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