Repairing Cage. Need input from you welders....
I'm going to repair my rear cage (well at least one of my novice welder buddies will be). Previous owner made the mistake and cut the feet off that mount in the bed. So I'm looking to have extensions welded on. Right now, the current feet are not cut square at the bottom. So I had some questions for you welders out there.
1. Should I take the cage off, try and cut the feet square, and just butt up new pieces to existing and have welded? Will that work, or do I need like a small inner sleeve to slide into both pieces at the joint? What would your typical welder do?
2. A friend brought up the idea of taking tubing and necking it up to slide over the existing 1 3/4" OD tube feet and then welding the two together (no worry if existing feet are square at bottom). What are your thoughts on this? Would matching 1 3/4" OD tubing work to stretch it out to fit over existing? If I go this route, I'll have to go to a machine shop to have them stretch the tubing as I don't have the equipment for that.
I have posted a picture of what I'm trying to repair.
-2011 Polaris RZR-4 800 (SOLD)
-1999 Polaris Sportsman 500 ATV
-2006 AC Prowler 650XT (SOLD)-- updated bevel gears, updated oil pump driven gear, 4 wheel disc brakes, line lock E-brake, Papa Slap clutch, Xentec HID's, Dynatek CDI, Warn skid plates, Intellitronix gauges, 2010 intake/cvt duct work and dust shield, RZR seats, Bestop folding windshield, full cab kit, rear cage and rear seats (4 seater)
Last edited by out west; 04-07-2014 at 09:38 AM.