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Old 09-19-2018, 01:02 PM   #226 (permalink)
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Correct. The sway bar tube itself still needs to be situated and fully welded on the sides first prior to tying into plate. Then it gets weird with the winch plate haha there's 2 outside welds that wouldn't be accessible with the sway bar mount in place. Dilemma is to weld the winch plate out of position (if I feel like I can make it look good) or wait until I pull everything apart and flip chassis on its side. There's a method to my madness most of the time haha only reason it's not fully welded right now is because of sequence of welding I gotta do
That makes sense, I appreciate the explanation. I'm always looking for the how's and why's to better understand how to not eff things up myself
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Old 09-19-2018, 07:17 PM   #227 (permalink)
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Old 09-19-2018, 07:55 PM   #228 (permalink)
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I was able to squeeze in some weld time at lunch today to button up the sway bar arms. Honestly, Im not super stoked on how they came out, but powdercoat will cover up the flaws.

***I AM NOT A TIG WELDER***

[IMG]IMG_20180919_093306505 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180919_093458782 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

Have a total of 6 passes on each arm.

[IMG]IMG_20180919_121000933 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180919_121005776 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

It was going halfway decent up until this point, then I started shaking like a dog shittin razor blades for only god knows why...

[IMG]IMG_20180919_121421028 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180919_143052852_HDR by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Old 09-19-2018, 08:05 PM   #229 (permalink)
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After i threw a fit for a bit I calmed down and worked on the rig some more when i got home haha And I decided to work on something that could wait till the very end

[IMG]IMG_20180919_171613854 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180919_175821026 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180919_180434064 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

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[IMG]IMG_20180919_180033126 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

Tossed on Sway bar arms as well

[IMG]IMG_20180919_180312060 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180919_180425911 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]
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Old 09-19-2018, 09:54 PM   #230 (permalink)
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Very nice! I enjoy checking in on this thread from time to time to check out the progress. Looks great!
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Old 09-19-2018, 10:19 PM   #231 (permalink)
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Old 09-20-2018, 04:59 AM   #233 (permalink)
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Old 09-20-2018, 06:45 AM   #234 (permalink)
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Not sure if those sway bar gussets are even needed, but they look really cool.
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Old 09-20-2018, 06:54 AM   #235 (permalink)
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It was going halfway decent up until this point, then I started shaking like a dog shittin razor blades for only god knows why...
That'll never hold. You better start over.
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Old 09-20-2018, 12:12 PM   #236 (permalink)
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Jay, rear bars will be round 2! Hopefully those ones will come out a tad better haha
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Waterhouse, you are more than likely right haha a guy at work mentioned something about them possibly twisting so figured why not. Also gave me a chance to practice more with the Tig. Glad you like them 👍
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Old 09-20-2018, 12:40 PM   #238 (permalink)
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Waterhouse, you are more than likely right haha a guy at work mentioned something about them possibly twisting so figured why not. Also gave me a chance to practice more with the Tig. Glad you like them 👍
That's true, but they would try to twist up by the pivot point, not really where you have the gusset. But it still looks totally cool.
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Old 09-22-2018, 08:49 AM   #239 (permalink)
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That's true, but they would try to twist up by the pivot point, not really where you have the gusset. But it still looks totally cool.
You're definitely right. I tend to get wrapped up in the task at hand and over look the obvious... Will the "bend" on the arm see some stress? Yes, but the end of the splines will see the majority of the twist. The glorified fish plate will at least give me a false sense of security for distributing the load to not solely on my weld joint

Appreciate the input everyone!
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Old 09-22-2018, 07:27 PM   #240 (permalink)
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Probably not the correct way to go about this, but it sorta worked. Still a little way to go

[IMG]IMG_20180921_163710054 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180921_172944063 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

Then cycled the rear suspension some more to make sure everything clears. Coil/tire was my biggest concern and needed to move the mount in about a 1/2", but needed to clearance the tube so I could still get a nut on the bolt.

One of those things that turns out to be way more complicated than it needs to be. Anyways, pics will explain.

[IMG]IMG_20180922_101504716_HDR by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

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[IMG]IMG_20180922_102122677 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180922_102607632_HDR by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180922_113051017_HDR by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180922_113058029_HDR by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Old 09-22-2018, 07:39 PM   #241 (permalink)
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Chopped down the passenger mount and go it situated where it needed to be. Fully flexed out I have about a 1/4" clearance between tire and coil with the current wheels. I have a set of aluminum beadlocks that I plan to run and they have less BS than what I'm mocking with.

[IMG]IMG_20180922_124401170 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180922_124407510 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

Welded up drivers side

[IMG]IMG_20180922_140243838 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

Added in support tube tying mount into top corner of cage

[IMG]IMG_20180922_160911709 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180922_160904756 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Old 09-22-2018, 07:47 PM   #242 (permalink)
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Fitting the tubes in the corner were actually pretty easy. The little coping guide was an absolute life saver.

[IMG]IMG_20180922_154734562 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180922_160757767 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

Rough cut and rough fit

[IMG]IMG_20180922_165051787 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180922_165125754 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180922_165132179_HDR by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

All welded up

[IMG]IMG_20180922_175359901 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180922_175349610 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180922_173510186 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180922_174557072_HDR by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Old 09-22-2018, 07:49 PM   #243 (permalink)
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That's some fancy shit right there!
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Old 09-23-2018, 05:32 PM   #244 (permalink)
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I really hope you just clear coat your incredible fab work!! Covering this up with paint would be a shame!

All of your welds are perfection! I have no idea how to make a weld look that good but sure wish I had that talent.
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I really hope you just clear coat your incredible fab work!! Covering this up with paint would be a shame!

All of your welds are perfection! I have no idea how to make a weld look that good but sure wish I had that talent.
I appreciate it! Paint is a long ways down the road, but plans are to only clear the housings. Originally I was gonna paint the cage black so didn't clean up the tubs at all prior to bending. Of course now as the cage progresses the more and more Id like to clear it, but not sure how it would look with without a uniform finish.
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..but not sure how it would look with without a uniform finish.
It'll look SEXY AF! That's how it'll look!
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You should take a video of you welding technique. Every time I look at your updates I am always amazed at your welds! Best build on Pirate.
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Beautiful work as usual...
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I appreciate it! Paint is a long ways down the road, but plans are to only clear the housings. Originally I was gonna paint the cage black so didn't clean up the tubs at all prior to bending. Of course now as the cage progresses the more and more Id like to clear it, but not sure how it would look with without a uniform finish.
No one will notice the marking from the bender. They will all be drooling over your fabrication and welding skills! Obviously by your work you are a OCD perfectionist! I am too but without the skills portion! I use paint to cover over my bad skills to prevent my OCD from going non stop!!!

Keep up the great work and can't wait to see the trail pictures!
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