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Old 10-06-2008
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Welding axle tubes

After lots of searching I cant seem to find answers to set my mind at ease. Has anyone here welded their axle tubes to the center housing? Did you do it yourself or have a shop do it? More importantly I guess, has anyone had the need to weld them? Anyone spun a tube before? If so, what kind of welder and rod did you use and how were the results? After lots of reading I learned about heating the housing, using high-nickel rod, slow cooling, using stick or TIG... Are the 8.8 housings cast steel or cast iron? Lots of questions I know, but I appreciate the education.
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Yeah Trucks did that when they swapped a 8.8 in there Jeep Cherokee, never seen anyone on this site do it though.
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i dont understand why you think this would need to be done.
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i dont understand why you think this would need to be done.
That is one of the axle's weak points.
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^^^o ok i just havnet heard of it learn something new everyday
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You don't really need to unless you are putting serious strain on the axles, i.e. rock crawling. I don't know a lot about the axles other than they aren't very strong. By the time you will need to weld the tubes, you will probably already have a new axle.
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look in 034x4 sas thread, i know he welded the tubes.
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