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Unread 05-15-2013, 02:20 PM   #61
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Here's a few pictures from the rear axle. Also showing off some sick welding skills







and since I'm a man of integrity, I'll even show where I got caught changing position while running a bead and had WAY too much stick out




Anyway, point being, there is a ton of welding surface to cover. Can't go too fast or you'll warp it. Even with a really nice welding rig, you're still welding 3/8" steel when you burn the backbones to the bridge. My axle tubes are 1/2" so when burning the backbones to the tubes it's even hotter. A bit more difficult there as you're welding 1/4" to 1/2" so if you don't increase your travel speed a bit when passing over the 1/4" stuff you can burn through pretty quick. I possibly could have gotten it done quicker, but I was waiting for the welding surface to be cool enough to touch before making another pass.

Artec, thanks for chiming in on this thread. Y'all make some quality parts, everything fit together as it should. Like grown up Man-Lego's!

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Unread 05-15-2013, 04:02 PM   #62
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Unread 05-15-2013, 04:23 PM   #63
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Like grown up Man-Lego's!
This is going to be one killer ride

But; lego skills are not to messed with no welding or glue, I am a master builder of Lego.
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Unread 05-16-2013, 01:31 PM   #64
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What axle are you running that the truss needed to be trimmed?
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Unread 05-16-2013, 02:09 PM   #65
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Unread 05-16-2013, 03:33 PM   #66
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What axle are you running that the truss needed to be trimmed?
It's a Solid HP60. They machine some flat tops on the casting with some 3/8" tapped holes for bolt on link brackets.
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Unread 05-17-2013, 10:54 AM   #67
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It's a Solid HP60. They machine some flat tops on the casting with some 3/8" tapped holes for bolt on link brackets.
Cool. Just wanted to be sure. Now I know with some slight trimming the solid axle works. Thanks.
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Unread 05-24-2013, 05:04 PM   #68
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I had a few spare minutes today so I decided to do some work on the Jeep. I am not sure what form of unicorn semen they used to weld the the stock spring perches on the 14 bolt but I hope i never have to cut another set of those off.


Got the rear truss set in at 0 deg with the pinon where i want it.







Spent a while measuring and remeasuring out front and looks like the oil pan clearance is close as well

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Dude.... I got a gut feeling you will be doing a lot of grinding on "unicorn semen" down the road after you get these in.
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Unread 05-25-2013, 06:16 AM   #71
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Those axles look great, nice looking welds too. This is a stupid question but being from Michigan (generous amounts of road salt in the winter) I've been trying to wrap my head around painting the artec truss. I'm thinking of getting these for my TJ D44s and I'm just curious to see how they paint up? They are extremely beefy looking though, the axle would likely rust through before the truss!

Edit: my main question here is how do you paint in between the two vertical plates that run parallel with the axle?
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I had a few spare minutes today so I decided to do some work on the Jeep. I am not sure what form of unicorn semen they used to weld the the stock spring perches on the 14 bolt but I hope i never have to cut another set of those off.

Got the rear truss set in at 0 deg with the pinon where i want it.

Spent a while measuring and remeasuring out front and looks like the oil pan clearance is close as well
Looking good man!
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Those axles look great, nice looking welds too. This is a stupid question but being from Michigan (generous amounts of road salt in the winter) I've been trying to wrap my head around painting the artec truss. I'm thinking of getting these for my TJ D44s and I'm just curious to see how they paint up? They are extremely beefy looking though, the axle would likely rust through before the truss!

Edit: my main question here is how do you paint in between the two vertical plates that run parallel with the axle?
No different than an axle, control arm brackets, the frame, or any other piece of steel paints. Point a can and spray
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Unread 05-26-2013, 12:33 PM   #74
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You could always pre paint the inside and tape of the edges that need to be welded. Or use wled thru primer. I live in the desert so it takes a long time to rust so ill do my best to get as much paint in there as possible.
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Unread 05-26-2013, 07:05 PM   #75
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No different than an axle, control arm brackets, the frame, or any other piece of steel paints. Point a can and spray
Haha, well played
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