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post #31 of 41 Old 8th March 2011, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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OT, but quick question.

I have a small wire feed welder- set up for steel, uses CO2. What do I need to start F-ing up aluminum bits? Can I just change wire and gas?

Although I'd like to think I am a passable steel welder, I am a much better 'grinder' than 'welder'.

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Using a MIG on aluminum is not easy. You need to either buy a spool kit for your welder or modify the wire feed so that you can run aluminum wire through it without it getting hung up. You also need to get the proper shielding gas for the aluminum you are welding. If you think my welds look bad, wait until you see MIG'd aluminum


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Thanks for posting. Keep us updated and I'm looking forward to the build thread.
It has been done for quite a while and I added forced induction a few months ago E39 LS1 Swap Completed


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I don't know about MIG, but to TIG aluminum you need an AC machine and they are considerably more expensive than a DC machine that will do steel. I MIG'd aluminum 25 years ago and though I was no expert, I was doing it every other night for three months and never achieved anything that approached what a decent TIG weld will look like. And as rao mentioned, getting the gun to feed the softer aluminum wire can be a pain. That's why they use spool guns alot for aluminum.

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You don't need a kit, just a few minutes with some scrap aluminum and a saw.

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They used to send you a new bushing, along with that piece of thick sheet aluminum. Did they quit?
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The "kit" that I got did have the busing; I mentioned that it was the only worthwhile thing they sent me

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The "kit" that I got did have the busing; I mentioned that it was the only worthwhile thing they sent me
Any pics of your Diff support mod?

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Page 1 has pictures of the Dinan piece and the one that I made.

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