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Old 06-18-2014, 10:47 AM
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Best way to weld on ball joint sleeve

So far have not found instructions for welding ball joint sleeves.
Can someone with experience modifying control arms with a ball joint sleeve tell me the best way to weld on threaded ball joint sleeve?
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I have lower control arms that were designed for a downward facing bolt-on ball joints. I need an upward facing ball joint that will fit a Camaro drop spindle. I have bought Moog K719 ball joints which are "Small Chrysler" screw-in ball joints used on lower control arms of 73 Dodge Charger. They fit the Camaro spindle perfectly. I have bought threaded sleeves that are designed to hold these ball joints.
I have read to weld slowly to allow cooling to prevent warp of the sleeve.
I will have to cut a hole for clearance of the ball joint.
My question relates to the best way to weld the sleeve to the arm.
Seems like there are three options:
1) Should I cut a tight fit hole for the sleeve to fit through and then weld along the diameter of the sleeve with the sleeve flush with top of the arm?
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2) Should I cut a tight fit hole for the sleeve to fit through and then weld along the diameter of the sleeve with the sleeve positioned above top of the arm?
or
3) Should I cut slightly smaller hole that will clear the balljoint and weld the sleeve to the bottom of the control arm?
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Which picture would best represent what you have?
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The sleeve on the right with no flange is what I have.
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I put four decent sized 1/2 welds at 12,3,6,9 o'clock and haven't lost one yet. Let it cool naturally. I haven't had an issues with the ball joint not fitting or threading in. I suppose one could thread an old one in as insurance but beware the heat will have adverse effects on the socket.
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How do you position the sleeve in the arm. (See my original question)
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