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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-30-2001, 10:08 AM
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Can you weld amc20 shafts?????

I've got an amc20 in my 78 cj5 right now, and I have a 9" that I'm going to put in eventually, along with a 44 front & a SOA, just don't have the $$$$ to do right yet. Also I don't want to spend a bunch of $$$$ on one piece shafts for the 20, since I'll be tearing it out next year or the year after. So my ? is, can you weld the hub to the shaft of the 2 piece shafts, and basically make your own one piece shafts? Has anybody ever tried/done this???

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Re: Can you weld amc20 shafts?????

I had a friend that did it. But I'm sure it lowers the overall axle strenght.

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Dont see why you couldnt try,the factory full size axles are welded.


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Re: Can you weld amc20 shafts?????

the factory ones are probably also stress relieved or some other type of appropriate heat treat.

stronger than welding, is to machine it for another key, or 2 even.

machine matching grooves in hub/axle then drive in a big ass woodruff key, and tighten it back down.

but if you havent broken a 2 pc yet, why risk welding them?



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Re: Can you weld amc20 shafts?????

I haven't broken one yet cause I'm scared sh##less that I'm going to 6 miles from the pavement, so I baby them as much as I can & don't do as much wheelin as I'd like, or the kind of wheelin I want to. Anyway, thanks for the info guys

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Re: Can you weld amc20 shafts?????

I welded mine once after the hub had already spun. It didn't work, but it did keep the wheel from falling off. This allowed me to limp around in 2 wheel front drive. I don't think welding them will help much. I would make sure that the hub nut is torqued down well. I can't remember the specs but I think it requires over 200 lb/ft.

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A buddy of mine welded his and broke it in the driveway, not a good Idea

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Re: Can you weld amc20 shafts?????

DO NOT weld the axle.

EVERY person I have known that has welded the 2 pieces together has broken off, usually while traveling down the highway. No matter how you weld it, it'll fail.

Do a search here, I even gave this advice about 6 months ago, and sure enough, a few miles later the tire fell right off. I got a little ticked because the question was asked, the advice not heeded, and exactly what I said would happen did.

I could care less if people weld their axles, what I don't like is them driving them on the road and having the tire come off, endangering other's lives. It's unnecessary and if I saw someone's wheel hurling towards me, I'd turn around and probably do something nasty to the driver.

Please, don't weld the axles.

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Wasn't it JoeyCJ55 that that happened to?

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Re: Can you weld amc20 shafts?????

Ya damn straight is was me!
Don't do it..bad idea
I did it because I wouldn't have enough money for another week or so..and had to have transportation.
About a week after it was welded on my way to school(finals day!) it slipped.
I locked it in my hubs and drove in front wheel drive.
On the way home while I was turning into my neighborhood my jeep slammed to the ground and I just barely made it out of a busy street.My tire however bounced out into the road..and I had to chase it like an idiot.
Luckily no one hit it..
Well my tire cracked my rear quarter panel thing and I had to spend $60 towing it about 4 blocks away!
btw..thanks again ricochet for the extra axle shafts and hub!
If you have one that is spun..


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