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Link Tab Tip

By: Garett On: October 24th, 2011 In: Fabrication Tips and Tricks, Garett's Blogs

Here is a simple thing some people do not realize they can do with our link tabs. You can take a medium link tab and a long link tab for building you links at about a 15 degree angle. Since one is long and one is short it causes it to sit at an angle when bolted together. This will work with any of our link tabs. A small and a large will get you approximately 30 degrees. To fine tune them just shave an inside edge.

Are you a Fabricator?

By: admin On: October 21st, 2011 In: Fabrication Tips and Tricks

Everyone that considers themselves a “Fabricator” should take a long look at Dump and his work. I am posting a link from Race Dezert…


Whenever I am having a hard time coming up with new ideas or a better way to do things I check this thread out. It will take you a few hours but it’s worth every minute and Derek answers just about any question.


True Bar

By: Garett On: October 19th, 2011 In: Fabrication Tips and Tricks, Garett's Blogs

This video shows how we build our axles straight.

The jig that the housing sits in does not clamp the housing down and hold it straight, it is a tool for adding preload and holding it in place to work on. (more…)

Basic Tig Welding Tips

By: Garett On: October 14th, 2011 In: Fabrication Tips and Tricks, Garett's Blogs
  • These are just some basic tips for tig welding steel, I am the first to admit that I am not the best tig welder out there but I know a few things about welding that I would like to share.
    There are many things that come into play when tig welding such as how clean your material is, how sharp you tungsten is, angle of tungsten, size of gas cup, gas flow, tungsten size, wire size, material size, and amperage. (more…)

RuffStuff Differential Cover Allen Wrench

By: Garett On: October 14th, 2011 In: Fabrication Tips and Tricks, Garett's Blogs

Our differential covers use a 9/16 allen wrench to tighten the fill plug. Instead of buying one you could just make your own out of a 3/8 bolt with two nuts because the nuts for a 3/8″ bolt are 9/16 OD. Its a tool you don’t need to often but it is something you can carry easily enough and make from scrap parts around the garage..

Duct Tape!

By: Garett On: October 14th, 2011 In: Fabrication Tips and Tricks, Garett's Blogs

First off I have to say that I did not think of this. I watch a lot of American Chopper and saw the guys at OCC using it a lot.
Instead of using cardboard or paper for making a template I use duct tape. It is a lot easier to use as a template because it is flexible and after you cut it off you have a good flat pattern.  I have not tried using the heavy duty tape but I use the cheap stuff because it sticks ok to steel and peels off easy. Usually I overlap the tape about half way over itself and use a sharpie to cut the basic outline out, peel it off and transfer it to steel.  Then you have a pretty close size to what you need with minimal trimming.  It is very handy when you want to make something out of one piece that has multiple bends in it.