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Unread 03-04-2013, 08:47 PM   #1
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Welding Drag Link to Shorten it.

I needed to shorten a beefy WJ drag link for my YJ SOA / front stretch.

Everything went well but I needed to shorten it two inches further than it could go. I decided to cut and welded it. I cut 4x .25" x 2" slits in the end, turned my welder up all the way and my line speed down to nothing.

It might be the hottest weld I've ever burned. It's still glowing red in the picture a while after.

Do you think this should hold up?



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Unread 03-04-2013, 08:51 PM   #2
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Better close up


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Is one piece shoved into the other (telescoped)? If so, it'll probably be okay. Weld looks hot enough..
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Unread 03-05-2013, 07:48 PM   #4
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Is one piece shoved into the other (telescoped)? If so, it'll probably be okay. Weld looks hot enough..
Yup it's telescopes about 4 inches.

I can't believe I got a response from possibly the most credible welder here.

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Unread 03-05-2013, 08:01 PM   #5
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That is an interesting way to get weld surface area. It should hold up fine unless your bad enough you can make a good looking weld with no root fusion. But I don't think that is the case.
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Unread 03-05-2013, 08:59 PM   #6
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That is an interesting way to get weld surface area. It should hold up fine unless your bad enough you can make a good looking weld with no root fusion. But I don't think that is the case.
Man I would NOT rule it out! I've done some bad welds in my short welding career. After reading a thread or two on Pirate and Classic Bronco I was a little afraid of this. I ground it down to fresh metal and had it prepped well. I was going so slow the outer sleeve was melting like warm butter under my puddle.

I really want to see how it looks inside but can't afford to lose the part for now.

The more I thought about it, this should be pretty strong. If it were to fail it should happen when I'm locked and going through trails at 5mph. Not on the highway. Others posted they have done the same and that it held up.
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