I need to weld the bottom frame rail where the steering gear bracket is located it has a notch wore at an angle in the frame rail. My question is will welding the frame damage the magnets on the flywheel.
put the ground cable right next to the area your welding and it should be all right.
I did the frame on my '10 where some idiot had drilled 2 holes right on top of each other. The spot was just in front of the crankcase arm on the passenger side. I never thought about it affecting the mag and fortunately it didn't!
try this. put your ground close to the weld area. then take a good set of jumper cables and attach them to the frame on either of the ground cable of the welder. make sureall cables have made good contact with the frame. no stray voltage will got away.i do this all the time on equitment with thousands of dollars of electronics,never a problem. Also take the ground cable loose on the battery.
sorry for the mistake. put the jumper cables on either side of the welder ground. good thing my wife did not catch that lack of proofing.
Could someone post a photo of "two holes on top of each other"
Lenney, I would but the second one is hard to see as its smaller than the 1st.
I wouldn't worry about the arc welder, but welding a T frame with a torch and baling wire is really easy.
And it's period correct. Dave in Bellingham,WA
Glenn, It's a good practice NOT to attach the welder ground to the mag post. Seriously, though the current flow with an electric welder is very localized, so unless the magneto windings were somehow in the current path, there would be no voltage potential to worry about. Any stray magnetic fields created by the welding process would also be localized around the weld area and harmless.
~ Could someone post a photo of "two holes on top of each other" ~
But if we increase the size of the penguin to the size of a man ....
Thanks for the input, I welded and ground the frame this morning. Now it is time to pull the head and oil pan to free up the motor.
Burger, I would post a picture of the two holes on top of each other but I already welded them up! Next time!