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Old 04-19-2015, 04:10 PM   #1
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Weld-on Full Length Subframe Connectors

I have a set of SVE sfc that I need welded on. A local shop quoted me minimum 3-5 labor hrs. I know it won't take that much time, my torque boxes are straight and w/out any rust. I told 'em I'd remove carpet myself and prep surfaces. At that rate I might as well invest in a small used welder. My questions is would a 110v mig put out enough penetration to properly weld the sfc? A buddy has 1 that I can borrow, if not sufficient, I'll look for something bigger. Any tips or advice on the subject would be appreciated, thanks.

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I don't have an answer to the actual welding or welder question. But I did them with a friend in his garage and it took about 2-3 hours. That included jacking the car and bracing it to where full load is on the suspension, prepping the SFCs, and painting them afterward. A shop should be able to do it quicker.


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I agree w/ ya. They'd just have to drive it onto the lift, anchor a ground, tack in place, & go at it. I'd rather install them myself but it'd be quicker at a shop. I guess I'll try to see if another shop will give me a cheaper quote.

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Shop around me does it for $400 and that includes the cost of the SFCs as well as a roll on sealer to prevent any corrosion. So if your shop is at $100 per hour and does it in 3 hours and the SFCs cost $120 or so... that's about right. If you are under $100/hr then its definitely spot on.


I'd say that a regular MIG is good but SFCs are really something you want an accomplished welder to be doing with a high quality welder. You don't need the welds to be snapping on you when the body wants to flex and the SFCs are preventing it.


I also prefer Spintech or Global West SFCs for ground clearance or Steedas if you are going to go with a "typical" set.
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I have a 120v Lincoln Might welder and it seems like welding thin material is what it is best at, so yes, a 120v will do a good job. However, if you are not a very experienced welder, you should practice on some similar guage metal, and get comfortable with the welder, before working on your car.
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Lol you guys should see the knock off fluxcore welder in my garage. Its been 8 years sitting there, I have no idea if it works haha.
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MM subframe connectors are nice.

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They're good too. But if you live in a state with a lot of speed bumps/humps or potholes you have to watch out a big for "traditional" ones. I know in my old neighborhood I would probably have scraped them on all the speed humps if the 98 actually had them. I never did get around to installing subframes on that car, it had every other "bolt on"... If you look at the Spintech or Global West ones you'll see why they are better for ground clearance and you can even run sidepipes.
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I scrape my exhaust before my MM Subframes


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Yeah well yours is lowered like 2.5" or some cray cray amount lol.
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Exhaust and subframes are both connected to the same point of the car though. So when the car goes down they go evenly. So even if it wasn't lowered that much the exhaust would still be lower.


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I guess the exhaust on my Cobra tucked up a little better. The subs were lower, not much but they were.
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My SFC seem to be low profile and I have way too much ground clearance. Looks like a 4x4, imo! Starting to upgrade suspension but want to start there. I definitely need lowering springs.

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My SFC seem to be low profile and I have way too much ground clearance. Looks like a 4x4, imo! Starting to upgrade suspension but want to start there. I definitely need lowering springs.

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Stock suspension on a Mustang looks like a 4x4... its really bad. After you've had a lowered car and are used to the way yours looks the non-lowered ones just look ridiculous.
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