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post #16 of 49 Old 03-01-2010, 02:12 PM
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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.
That's a pretty good blend - leaves behind more residual oil than WD40 does, too.

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post #17 of 49 Old 03-01-2010, 02:43 PM
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That's an embarassing weld job IMO

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Good call. Welding is WAY outside my arcs of fire, what would you suggest? Mig/Tig
MIG is what I would use. A good sanding wheel to get all that paint and spatter off then go to town with the mig.

From a structural standpoint, I would never sell that to someone. Those are practically tack welds.


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This makes me really glad I went with C4X4 hooks.

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post #20 of 49 Old 03-01-2010, 04:25 PM
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yeah that looks like crap, i know my rustys brackets suck, but atleast they were fully welded up. i wouldnt trust them brackets to much.
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post #21 of 49 Old 03-01-2010, 07:03 PM
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So, high-country 4x4 is off the recommended list for us here..

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post #22 of 49 Old 03-01-2010, 07:14 PM
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As soon as I opened the box and saw those I would be giving them a call.
Seems half assed and lazy to me. How hard and how much extra would it have cost them to weld it up properly
I am thinking not much
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post #23 of 49 Old 03-01-2010, 07:27 PM
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be careful if weld it up all the way. the heat can warp that metal up and pull the top of that T tward the heat.
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post #24 of 49 Old 03-01-2010, 07:31 PM
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Looks like a poor job to me. It would work, but they are selling those.... How are you going to get repeat customers, or expect to sell many if they look like crap, and half assed.

The welds are not straight, each weld has a crater at the finish, and are poor looking in general. They barely bothered to clean off the spatter. And most of all... why the heck not fully weld the damn thing. What, that might take another whole minute or two...

On their website I saw those short welds and thought it was odd, but I figured they had made it out of one piece of steel or something, and bent it, and then just stitch welded to reinforce the bend. But its totally unacceptable IMO to not fully weld the two pieces of metal together, especially on something designed for high stress applications, overkill or not.

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I was leaning toward buying those myself, but you just talked me into the IRO tow hooks.

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As a person who did 2 years of vocational-tech welding and worked as a welder someone who welded those doesn't know how to control the heat and produce a quality even weld.My teacher was a ball buster and those would have been re welded.
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I would rather them sell it un-welded....would be cheaper and less to ship....plus you would know the welds were good

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

have you had to use them?

how have they held up if so.

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An update: I finally installed them. However, I didn't touch the welds.

I had my friend's dad take a look at the mounts. He said that even though they look pretty ****ty, the welds themselves aren't that bad, and that they are structurally sound. Seeing as he's a millwright, I took his word for it.

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Well like Kettles mentioned, they did a terrible job but while those dips at the end are cosmetic eyesores at least you know they got decent penetration. Send 'em back man.

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