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post #1 of 13 Old 01-19-2012, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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Cut my DOM for my steering too short what should I do?

Im making my steering out of 1.5 x .250" DOM and I cut my damn drag link 2 inches too short somehow.. I have a 1 3/4 and a 3/8" piece I can sleeve over. Now should I even attempt this and if so should I just cut it in the center and weld those pieces there. OR should I use those peices on the end and sleeve them there. Im useing weld in threaded bungs. OR should I just start over. I also have about a 1 foot piece I can use of the 1.5" dom. What do u guys think?


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post #2 of 13 Old 01-19-2012, 03:45 PM
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I'd not feel comfortable sticking it back together to get that 2". I'd get another piece of DOM and start over.

Measure twice, cut once...not Measure twice, cut once, then re-weld it.

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I'd not feel comfortable sticking it back together to get that 2". I'd get another piece of DOM and start over.

Measure twice, cut once...not Measure twice, cut once, then re-weld it.
I actually measure 4 times... I dont understand what happened, unless the tubing slipped out of the cutoff clamp while I wasnt looking .

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I'd start over. That being said, I couldn't use the stock draglink when I went to cross over steering so I got a stock XJ draglink, cut it in half butt welded it and sleeved it with square tubing, been working great for about two years. But if I shell out the bucks for DOM and all the rest, I'd want it to look better.

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Strength wise, I think you could probably get by with the sleeving as a last resort. However, if I were this far, I'd just pick up another tube and start all over.. to wind up with a cleaner product in the end.

What about using the shorter DOM for a Drag Link?

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Strength wise, I think you could probably get by with the sleeving as a last resort. However, if I were this far, I'd just pick up another tube and start all over.. to wind up with a cleaner product in the end.

What about using the shorter DOM for a Drag Link?


Well I guess I could go that way but this was my initial plan.
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I welded a 6" section in on my steering, I chamfered the edges and made sure to clean it really well before welding. It has held up, but I plan to replace that tube soon, when I redo my track bar mount.
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If it was me, and with the cost of DOM tubing I would sleeve it but on the inside rather than the outside. Get a 12" piece of smaller dom tubing (1x.120 wall), cut main tierod tube in middle, drill several holes on either side around entire circumference, also cut the extension piece out of same size of main tube with holes drilled, insert inner sleeve into one side and plug weld the holes. Slip on extension and then the other side, fill all plug welds, and weld up each butt joint. Grind welds and paint. No reason it can't be just as strong if not stronger due to the sleeving. if your technique is good plus if done right you'll never be able to tell. Just weld in small increments to keep heat to a minimum to prevent warpage
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Sleeve it with a chunk of 2" 1/4 wall, but dont cut the sleeve flush, on each end cut them at a angle and then weld them. Ive done it a few times and never broke one.
I then place my steering lug on the 2" chunk and just tell peaple I wanted it there for more strength

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Sleeve it with a chunk of 2" 1/4 wall, but dont cut the sleeve flush, on each end cut them at a angle and then weld them. Ive done it a few times and never broke one.
I then place my steering lug on the 2" chunk and just tell peaple I wanted it there for more strength

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lol nice. I actually just bought new tubeing. 31 more dollars but now I have extra DOM. Heres a tacked together shot. Its BEEFY.
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Just something to remember, sleeving a piece of tube has been done like..... forever to repair or lengthen a section so it's ok if done properly.
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Are you doing this on the beach or something??? Lol! Looks good!

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Are you doing this on the beach or something??? Lol! Looks good!
Lol nope. Wish though. Thats actually river rock we have in the back yard where we park our camper/trailers/ and other vehicles. Its were I do all my work. Its not too soft on the body though. Haha and everything is a crap shoot as far as being level on the jeep goes.

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