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Post Help! - done!
Hoping someone on the board that's close by can help me! I recently had an incident with tearing up a drive shaft and ujoints. After close inspection, it turns out the welds on my axle perches are the culprit. I used a flux core mig welder on my new perches but the welds broke. I cleaned everything up, rewelded, and then tested with sledge, and they broke again. I am getting little to no penetration on either the perch or the axle tube. I need someone who can come and stick weld them for me (i will pay) or tell me what the hell I'm doin wrong....frustration doesn't even begin to describe how I feel...

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Hmmmmmmmmm, what about
carrying you axle to a muffler
shop or a local machine shop?


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Tue May 31, 2011 3:11 pm
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No can do, I am trying to avoid completely pulling the axle, and plus, I have no way to get it to one lol

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Sounds like you're not getting any/enough penetration and you need to get the weld hotter. That's just a SWAG, though, without actually seeing it. Or you maybe moving too fast. Are you using 110 or 220?

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Post Re: Help!
I welded mine with my Lincoln 110v gas welder set on the hottest setting. I set my wire feed on 7 and moved slowly. I could see it penetrating. I welded both sides of each spring perch.

I just have no luck using flux core. When I use one, it looks like a drunk monkey tried to weld. Make sure you have any contaminants (paint,rust, oil, etc.) removed from the area you are welding.

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After talking to Trai last night I'm wondering if preheating it real good with a torch might help too...Kevin, when you set your wire speed to 7 did it not build to heavily? At this point I'm just ready to let someone else do it and be done with it....Training, ill make a few calls today and let you know what I'm gonna do, thanks for helping :-)

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It is heavier than the stock bead, but when it was set at a lower speed, it wanted to splatter.

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Not an expert. Just know what I have read, and I have heard others talking about preheating cast iron and hardened steel before they weld so that they get good penetration. Good luck.

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Kevin I wrote:
It is heavier than the stock bead, but when it was set at a lower speed, it wanted to splatter.


Wire speed will vary from welder to welder. His settings probably won't work right for you. I have welded some thick stuff with my 100 amp Lincoln and never had the wire speed set that high, but it's probably perfect for him. That said you just have to feel it out. You can tell when you are getting too much (feel wire pushing the gun away from the weld) or not enough wire (popping and like he said, splatter). Wire speed is not going to affect how much heat your welder is putting out though (won't help penetration).

If you give it another try my advice would be to preheat and start your weld on the axle. Drag your weld/hot metal onto the perch. It's probably a difficult weld since you are welding a thicker hardened steel to the thinner perches. My .02.

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I have chaulked this up to out of my realm of doability. I called a local place and they are supposed to do it Sat. If they don't show, Trai I will be giving you a call to have your cuz come to do it! Guess this a good excuse to buy a good arc welder and learn how to do it :-)

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Got her done! Chris Ellis from Ellis came out to the house and got it done in less than 10 min, so you all for the advice and offers of help, just another reason i love this board!

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Glad you got it fixed.

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:flag: :cogratulations: Glad to hear she's fixed. :phatyo: :exit:

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