Welding steering joints

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LSX
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Welding steering joints

Post by LSX » Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:37 pm

Good day DLRA members. Just started building up my Dry Lakes race car, a VU Holden Ute.
So be expecting a lot of questions over time.
Any way first question. Is it acceptable to join steering u joints to 3/4 x .120 DOM tubing by welding (be it Tig or Mig). Looking at the Flaming Rivers site, they say there u joints can be welded.
http://www.flamingriver.com/index.php/p ... 003/FR2648

The DLRA rule book just mentions. Quote: It is recommended that all steering system welds be visually inspected on a frequent basis.
Will be a lot easy to source straight shafting without splines etc.

Johno

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Re: Welding steering joints

Post by JonB » Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:54 am

Hi Johno

Welcome aboard.

Would depend on the quality of the weld and prep mainly.
Are the Uni yokes spigoted to the DOM or just butted up?
If building a car I'd be contacting one of the car tech guys and starting to share details pics etc.
That way there's less surprises for everyone at tech inspection.

jon
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Re: Welding steering joints

Post by momec3 » Tue Dec 31, 2013 7:17 pm

Hi Johno and welcome,

Yes can be done but as Jon says its got to be done right. Contact Bob Ellis and run it by him.

I kind of specialise in the pickup and ute classes so any questions yell out.
Do you know what class you are aiming at?

Chris
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Re: Welding steering joints

Post by LSX » Wed Jan 01, 2014 12:05 am

Thanks for the welcome Jon & Chris
First of looking at running in B/BFALT.
Have only just started on vehicle, will be a 3 year project.
The steering shaft will be fitted into the bore of u joints then tig welded.(the standard holden setup where just butted up to joints and welded)
Will get in contact with Bob Ellis.

Johno

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Re: Welding steering joints

Post by Rob » Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:34 pm

If that's the case it'd be cheap insurance to drill and pin it post weld.

Cheers,
Rob
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