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Old 04-21-2008, 07:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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welding high steer arms... I know, I know

ok ok, I know about welding high steer arms... but can it be done with a very healthy mig a skilled welder??

D44 flat top and ballistic arms with this machine????

http://www.millerwelds.com/products/mig/deltaweld_452/
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Old 04-21-2008, 08:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Back before you could buy toyota high steer arms, I welded up and made my own with a 220 arc welder and nickel rods. I seen my welded arms hold up to hydro steering and 40's with a v-8.

Just my ast exp.
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Old 04-21-2008, 08:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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is the knuckle forged or cast?? do I need a high nickel rod or can I use a really healthy mig?
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That was a cast knuckle, For the nickel rods. I have never had good luck welding cast with a mig. If It is forged steel I would think that a powerful mig could do the trick. However, I would try and develop a back up plan for a trail repair. possibly a extra made up knuckle.
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i want to se how this turns out
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Old 04-21-2008, 10:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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chris i meant to ask you do they make high steer arms for your application. Or are you trying to do this the cheap way. sometimes the time and effort just arn't worth it!
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Old 04-22-2008, 10:32 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I have the proper arm and knuckles but the machine shops around here are a little insane on price when it come to milling and drilling my flat tops. But i can prep and weld the hell out of these for next to nothing. I have seen D60 knuckles with welded bracing and high steer and that is why I'm thinking of cheaping out and doing it with my D44. I've seen 3 point hitches on tractors welded back onto the cast rear end housing with the same welder....
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go on ebay, or a number of venders I know the guy on ebay does it for like 40 bucks plus a flat rate shipping.
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go on ebay, or a number of venders I know the guy on ebay does it for like 40 bucks plus a flat rate shipping.
flat rate shipping means nothing when they have to come back to Canada. Turns $40 into $140 real easy. I might have to though. I might temp fate and ask this question in general and see what happens.
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you don't need to use nickel rod if the knuckles are cast steel. However if the knuckles are cast iron, which I hardly dought they are you will need to weld them with a nickle rod. Since the knuckles are probibly cast steel then you can use 7018 when welding to the knuckles, but you will need to preheat the knuckle to 500 degrees and keep it very close to that while you are welding on the knuckles. If you do decide to use a nickle rod then go to a reputable welding outlet store and ask them which nickle rod would best fit your need since there are several types of rod you could use. Best of luck.
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So your going to weld them on instead of bolting them?

Not such a good idea.

UPS rates are not that bad to Canada. But I am surprised you can't get it done for $75 near you.
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