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  • Straightshot
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    Thanks guys

    Paul & Flyingpig, in that order.
    Paul, thats a good idea, I appreciate it.
    I think I could run the truss the length of the tube and right at the pumpkin, go up and over, and maybe even web it in 2 places, and gusset the webs.??

    Flyinpig, I'm running the truss up on top of the diff, I don't want to loose ground clearence, but I do appreciate the thought about stressing the axles, don't want to do that, they were pretty spendy.
    Thank you both..

    Jon

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  • Flyingpig
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    Ive heard the common add on trusses (the bars under the center out to the spring mounts) typically pull the axles out of alignment. Apparently the guys that put them on get them too tight and pull the axle tubes in a downward arch.

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  • Paul Seaman
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    I have seen several different truss designs for axles. one that I remember they used a piece of flat bar across the pumpkin and contoured it and then coped a piece of tubing to fit the shape. then on the other end it was coped to the tube and it was only welded on the two ends not in the center.

    Another design was was merely reinforcements, fitted to the pumpkin and tapered to the axle tube. Not knowing that axle I would used the top method.

    If you have a torch you can heat and beat the piece into a shape close to the contour of the pumpkin, then heat it and clamp it into position and hit it with a dead blow hammer to fit the final shape. Once it is shaped and welded to the ends it should not move. Also if your posative it has to be welded then NI99 rod can be used on Cast Iron. Its a nickle rod and it burns really soft so it takes a delicate touch.

    Best of luck,
    Paul

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  • Straightshot
    started a topic Axle Truss ?

    Axle Truss ?

    Hey guys, I'm a newb to the site and gettin back into welding after a really long break,(like high school)!
    I am working on a 94 Jeep, D44 & D30, chromemoly axles in both, ARB in the 44.
    I would like to truss both axles as a project
    If I remember right, I can't weld mild steel to the cast iron pumkin-head ?
    I've got a MM252, can it be MIG welded , can it even be stick welded ?
    Or whats the best possible may to truss these things ?
    I would really appreciate all comments.
    Thanks guys Jon
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