the steering knuckle is cast steel.. if you weld it, it WILL snap under stress, so dont weld it
This statement couldnt be more WRONG. Cast STEEL is very easily welded and will provide a very safe weld when welded with sufficent heat. You are thinking of cast IRON which is very brittle and cannot be welded easily and if done improperly will be quite unsafe. I wouldn't hesitate to cut and weld on a cast steel part, I am however an experienced welder and I know what it takes to get a properly penetrated weld with the strength required for the stresses the part will be placed under. Ask any old time farmer the difference. They will know the whats and hows.
I agree with the Cast Steel over the Cast iron, You have to use Nickle rods for Cast iron wich would be fine for a skillet but not a steering part, Cast steel if welded at high heat has the same properties as regular steel in it so It can be welded with a 220 mig.
But an at home or ameteur welder should probably NOT attempt doing this!!
ive always had trouble when welding mild steel to cast steel. it seems to cool different at both sides the weld and causing cracks that you dont see untill later and then it can let go. i had been using my mig. the last time i tried it i preheated the area and used my arc welder with a low hydrogen rod and layed my leather gloves over the area to let it cool slow. so far so good.
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My jeep came with Scout axles. The PO cut the steering knuckle off and welded it to the top for a poor man high steer setup. Very professional looking mod... Been driving it for two years now with no cracks (I check them often).
not worth the effort to move the pics, it's a pair of D30 knuckles that I built in to a high steer set up about 5-6 years ago. They're still alive and kicking- but I switched to the WJ knuckles with cross over steering for the better brakes they give.
I asked my father in law his opinion about it last night. He's not a jeeper at all but is very mechanically inclined. He said "I think you could just bend your draglink into an S curve to get it to clear your leaf"...
Never a better time to post the silliness of how people can "improve" their steering all on their on. below is just a tiny example from the link above. I wish the guy would add more to his site ....