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post #1 of 14 Old 01-16-2009, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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Stock shifter weldable?

I just ordered the metal off road type pegs someone posted over on Advrider.

I got a size 13 boot and the shifter is already to close to the peg for me and the new pegs will make it worse i think.

I've got a spool gun and do some alum welding from time to time but am no pro. Anyone tried to weld(extend) the stock shifter? Didn't know if it was pot alum and hard to weld or??

I really don't care what it looks like just want it longer.

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it's alumium, not pot metal, yes it can be welded, my shifter is a stock shifter cut in half and 1.5" added and welded back together, it didn't do it myself, took it to a local fabrication shop.



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I guess i'm not sure pot alum is a valid term but there is alum you can't(or they say you can't) weld so i was just seeing if anyone had done it to make sure before i ruined mine.

thanks, i'll see what i needs when the new foot pegs get here.

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Completely weldable, with the right rod and the right welder

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Completely weldable, with the right rod and the right welder

I'd using a Miller 180 with a spool gun, .030(4043) wire. Think that will be ok?
My pegs come in today.

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Interesting idea, I have run into the same situation with the same pegs. But I'm thinking about cutting the pegs from the mount and reattaching about 3/4" further back. I think the pegs are cast steel and can be welded.


I was looking at the stock pegs the other night and it occurred to me that someone could make a few bucks if the came up with an metal "bear claw" type insert that replaced the rubber. Keeping it the same width as the stock rubber piece so that the shifting would stay the same.



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I'd using a Miller 180 with a spool gun, .030(4043) wire. Think that will be ok?
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Not the right equipment. You need a heliarc, or tig welder.

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Not the right equipment. You need a heliarc, or tig welder.
I think he meant an aluminum spool gun but I agree a tig would a much nicer job



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Tig welding produces not only a cleaner weld but also has no porosity in the weld, like mig welding aluminum does. Being that the shifter is very thin, keeping porosity out of that area is necessary to keep it from breaking.

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Tig welding produces not only a cleaner weld but also has no porosity in the weld, like mig welding aluminum does. Being that the shifter is very thin, keeping porosity out of that area is necessary to keep it from breaking.

Thank you for the advice. I'll see if i can find me a reputable Tig welder near me.

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