Did you weld the 3 link brackets on with 110v or 220v? Just curious as Im wanting to upgrade to a similar setup or maybe even build my own come spring time. I trust my welds but seems like nearly everyone is doing that kinda stuff with 220v and idk if Ill have a 220 hookup out here by then. I see no reason why 110v wouldnt work (assuming welds are getting good penetration) but itd make me feel better if I knew someone who's done it.
Reading that back it sounds like a total ****in newbie question but I haul my daughter in this thing so cant be too safe lol
My 3 link was to be 100% bolt on, but it was a pain in the a$$ and came with "spacers" to space the brackets away from the frame. It pissed me off, so I put bolts everywhere they were supposed to go. I then took my 110 and welded up the brackets to where they mount on the outside of the frame and the front of the bracket on the underside of the frame. IF, for some reason, my welds let go, the bolts would keep it together until I got it off the road safely.
Honestly, if I was to do it again, I would build my own 3 link. I would even consider using my 110. I think that if you prepped everything well, welded to clean metal, and welded everywhere you could, it would be fine. Frame stiffeners are a must. However, I'm a 23 year old college kid that has no kids and the only people that really ride in my XJ are me and my girlfriend, and I am the only one that drives it. It also is not a DD. I'm not saying that I'm not concerned for safety, because I very much am. With your kids in your rig, you will definitely want it to not fly apart (obviously) and for extra protection, a 220 might not be a bad idea, just for that extra security. But if you have 200% trust in your welding, go for it. I trust mine, but I know it could be better. Thus, I am taking a welding class along with my other college classes this semester.
But if it makes you feel better, I welded my 8.25 with my Lincoln 110 flux core and have beaten the absolute nuts off of it and so far the spiders are still holding together. I'm afraid to check the axle shafts, the splines are probably twisted.