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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-14-2011, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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Welding on truck

I am in the process of installing an intercooler and for piece of mind I am going to weld in some more metal in a couple of places on the radiator support.

Are there any issues with welding like this? Problems with the ECM or sensors? Both batteries are disconnected. Just don't want to fry any of the electrical on the truck.

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As long as the batteries are disconnected you should be good.
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I weld on everything with Batt connected..never a problem..

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Never a problem yet...
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Good deal....thanks!

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Welded on a bus frame last year with batteries connected and took out 6 of the 9 ECM's in the thing. Oops! Very expensive screw up.
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we just got finished with one of the welders rigs here on the jobsite and we welded on it with everything connected. Done it multiple times on several vehicles with no issues.

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You can weld on a truck all day long and it won't hurt a thing.....IF....you remember to keep the ground close to your work and don't let any electronics get between the ground and the weld. The electricity travels in a straight line....or as straight as it can get. If you ground to the front bumper and weld on the back or vice versa, then you are asking for lots of trouble. The key is to keep the ground very close. I stretch trucks all the time with everything hooked up....no prob. My dump bed was built on my truck...no prob. I run a welding rig and weld on the tail all the time...again, no probs. It can be done and is done every day.
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You can weld on a truck all day long and it won't hurt a thing.....IF....you remember to keep the ground close to your work and don't let any electronics get between the ground and the weld. The electricity travels in a straight line....or as straight as it can get. If you ground to the front bumper and weld on the back or vice versa, then you are asking for lots of trouble. The key is to keep the ground very close. I stretch trucks all the time with everything hooked up....no prob. My dump bed was built on my truck...no prob. I run a welding rig and weld on the tail all the time...again, no probs. It can be done and is done every day.
Very true! Keep the ground on the same piece you are welding, if the ground must travel through a bolted joint there could be problems. Most of all, do not for any reason whatsoever weld on the engine with the ground attached to the frame, exhaust system, body, transmission, etc...every bearing in the engine will suffer arc damage.
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I weld on everything with Batt connected..never a problem..
Same here, I always mean to disconnect but I always remember about the same time I finish up

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