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Unread 03-01-2010, 07:29 AM   #1
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HiCountry tow mounts: welding pros, take a look..

Finally got my HiCountry D ring mounts this morning. Pulled them out of the box and...








One of my buddies seems to think that the welds are ****, and poorly done. I have no experience with welding, so I'm at a bit of a loss.

Thoughts?

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Unread 03-01-2010, 07:40 AM   #2
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Wow. It looks like it would work, but I would be ashamed to send that out if I was a professional fabricator. Call Hi Country and see if they'll send you a new set - express, with a label for you to return those to them.
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Unread 03-01-2010, 07:49 AM   #3
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That really is a pretty poor job. They were made in... ?
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WOW, those welds look like **** is exactly what comes to mind.

How much more work would it have been to weld a few more inches and clean up the spatter, let alone the fact that the actual welds are poor.

I doubt all of those would pass a stress test personally but it probably will "work" for what it was designed to do.
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maybe it was a new guy working for them, but if that was the case wouldnt someone be watching him to make sure he did a good job?
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Thinking about it more, I would send those back if you can. If not, find someone with a welder. Are those 3/16" plate???
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Yeah those welds are terrible. That would be like a grade C weld when I was learning to weld in FFA back in high school. You could at least find someone with a welder and put a whole seam on there.
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That really is a pretty poor job. They were made in... ?
They're HiCountry Offroad, out of Tennessee.

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Yeah those welds are terrible. That would be like a grade C weld when I was learning to weld in FFA back in high school. You could at least find someone with a welder and put a whole seam on there.
Yeah, the same buddy from school who thought they were pretty ****ty offered to weld them up. Now I just need to decide if we go to his place outside of Toronto, or if I cough up the money, and pay for access to the welders up on base.
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Are those 3/16" plate???
You have a good eye. Yeah, it's 3/16".
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You have a good eye. Yeah, it's 3/16".

Good, at least its not 1/8" lol.

What I would do, if it were me, would be to clean that all up with a grinder then weld between the welds that exist.

For looks. I would grind off those old ones after and cap off with new welds.
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Yah, mine weren't awesomely welded either... not quite as many boogers as your, but...

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they would work, im sure, but they still look kinda homemade to me. it wouldnt have taken hardly any extra time to just run the bead the rest of the way
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Good, at least its not 1/8" lol.

What I would do, if it were me, would be to clean that all up with a grinder then weld between the welds that exist.

For looks. I would grind off those old ones after and cap off with new welds.
Good call. Welding is WAY outside my arcs of fire, what would you suggest? Mig/Tig ??


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Yah, mine weren't awesomely welded either... not quite as many boogers as your, but...

Was it easy to get the power steering bolts off? I'm thinking I might have some difficulties with it..
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Was it easy to get the power steering bolts off? I'm thinking I might have some difficulties with it..
Getting them out wasn't a real problem (this is on my 89 Comanche, not a ton of rust issues), back in was a total pain in the butt... the kit I got came with a new inside frame bracket that fits between the steering box and the frame. Getting the holes in the bracket lined up to the bolt holes in the frame and the steering box (all while having the drag link connected) wasn't a lot of fun.
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Yah, mine weren't awesomely welded either... not quite as many boogers as your, but...

Mine look like that too. I figured they would work for what they were. They were only about $50 ($63 after shipping).
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if you are taking off any rusty parts try out the home brew penetrating oil, 50/50 mix of ATF and acetone, i mix it up in a small jar (a very small amount) and apply it with a small artists brush (you dont want to get it on paint) let it sit a few minutes. does amazing things to rusty bolts.
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