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Doing some welding on the jeep

Looking to do some welding on the jeep tommarrow, and I was wondering is their anything I should know before I start welding?

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Ground good and solid close to the work area. gloves, mask, bare skin covered.
enough wire, gas to finish.
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If you're welding near bushings, seals, or other critical things like wiring, wrap those items with wet terry towels to keep the heat down.

Wear long sleeves, pants, and close toed shoes.

Have cold beer on hand but drink those after you weld so the beads come out straight.

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Make sure everything is clean before you start (no paint, coatings, grease, etc...)

Tack it at each corner before you start burning it all in (be aware that heat = warpage)

Take your time.

Get comfortable before you start.

If you get frustrated just stop and take a break.

Dial in your heat and wire speed on some test pieces before you are welding on the final goods.

Watch a few YouTube how to videos to get you started.
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Don't clean anything you plan on welding with brake clean

+ I've never disconnected my battery, for my whole rear cage...no issues.

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+ I've never disconnected my battery, for my whole rear cage...no issues.
Word... That stuff puts off poison fumes if heated.

I never disconnected my battery either.

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Ive never disconnected my battery either, never had a problem but I can see where it could cause some issues.
If your welding on the frame make sure its clean, I always have trouble with frame penetration.
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Oh, and you HAVE to post some pics of the welds

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Oh, and you HAVE to post some pics of the welds
Now your just setting me up for some torture


I have to fix my shittybilt tire carrier, the latch vibrated so much it wore the metal down and it doesnt keep close anymore. So I might have to extend the latch end a little farther then put on one of those 90 degree latchs. Also my piece of tubing that goes over the shaft is starting to crack.

I have to put one of these at the one end since my latch is broke


This is where my tubing is cracking.


***Cant do it today I have other plans that are going on now.
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Ground to the frame of the rack and not the bumper. It rare but you can spot weld the bearings in the hinge. I've only seen it happen when welding the Jesus nut on the old CJ two piece axle with an arc welder, but you never no.

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Take a grinder and "v" the crack out a bit then fill that do not just do a cover pass there is way less strength in a cover and if you dont take it off and do it on a bench in position start at the bottom and work up its also a much stronger weld than going from top to bottom even know top to bottom is much easier. If you mess up drink a beer then try again by the end of the night with enough beers you wont care and it will be perfect

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You don't have to disco the battery. Tons of welding on the JK and zero issues.

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