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Old 01-11-2013, 09:09 PM   #1
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weld on lower control arm skids. questions

Next little project is front control arm skids.

I'll be fabbing up my own and looking at the way my mounts are now I can weld a piece flat to the face and it won't interfere with the movement of the arm. All the ones I see for sale prefabricated are arched. Any ideas as to why? More strength? Or to potentially clear aftermarket arms?
What if I take the plate and give it a slight curve will that clear hemi joints when I go to them and give it extra strength? I'm thinking if I curve them I'll use 3/16 if I weld flat to the face of the mount I'll use 1/4 so that it won't bend and make contact with the arm. Thoughts from you guys who know what your talking about

Just got my first welder and figure this will be an easy enough first project.

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Im assuming they are like that to give more room and allow you to get the joint out of the mount without having to take the entire arm off.

I got mine from savvy and they have a very slight bend on the edges but not as significant as those pictured above.

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More room, and so they don't bend.
A piece of flat plate just barely cleared, so that's what I put on the first time around.
It got kinked inward though, and rubbed the joint.
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What thickness plate did you use? My current metal working tools are limited
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pretty sure I used 3/16 the first time.
I cut that all off and put 1/4" brackets on now though.
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