So I just found this hair thick crack on my yoke. I am kinda pissed because I had a trip to Rausch planned in 4 weeks. I am honestly not sure if this is forged or cast. I have a welder, I have not taken a good look at it yet and have to run out. Anyone know if I cleaned this with some brake cleaner and air, then pressed the crack closed in a vice and built up a few beads on it if it would be anywhere near the original strength? Rausch is two hours from my house so if it fails it is too far to drive home with a spartan locker in my front.
Normally I would just buy a new one, but I was planning to do a rear stretch in the fall and dont want to buy a part I will be unable to use in 6 months.
As far as how bad it is, there is about 1mm of play inside the yoke, and I do know how to weld cast, I just didn't look at it very close after yelling obscenities
. I was just replacing the ujoints doing to preventative maintenance. Good thing I was.