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Weld On Batwings?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 3034, Nov 16, 2007.

  1. 3034
    Joined: Nov 18, 2005
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    Anyone ever used these? Is there a trick to welding to a forged ford I-beam axle? These came in a "kit" from eb*y. I'm kinda scared to use them even though I have a certified welder to do the job. I'd hate to break one loose going down the freeway...:eek:
     

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  2. fab32
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    The welding procedure should be the only issue and you've got that covered by having a "certified" welder do the welding. The axle is forged steel and the brackets are steel, a compatible combination.

    Frank
     
  3. butch27
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    Shouldn't be any problems. Be sure to put them on correctly I think the cut out notches dictate the Caster.
     
  4. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
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    from Texas

    The cut-out notches dictate the fit to the axle. The caster is set by adjusting the ends of radius rods where they mount to the batwing brackets.
     

  5. You'll still want to 'V-groove' the plates where they contact the axle. Carl Hagan
     
  6. etperf10
    Joined: Aug 20, 2007
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    from indiana

    Do not forget to PRE HEAT the forging to about 250 - 300 degrees it will be a much stronger weld
     
  7. 3034
    Joined: Nov 18, 2005
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    Thanks for all of the help! I had heard about pre-heating forgings before welding but wasn't sure.

    Caster is set by both the radius rod ends and the spring perch angle on the frame - 6 degrees...
     

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