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    Using an Arc Welder on a Quad Bike

    I am replacing the front plastic bumper on my Kawasaki quad due to a family member that can't drive but a steel bracket that the bumper screws onto it broke off and is lost.
    I need to weld on a replacement bracket but I am not sure if its safe to use the arc on the quad in case it damages the electrics etc.

    Can anyone shed some light on this or what are my options?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Using an Arc Welder on a Quad Bike

    Usual advice is to disconnect the alternator and have the earth clamp as close to where you are welding as possible.
    And don't blow holes in it.

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    Re: Using an Arc Welder on a Quad Bike

    I was told once to alway have the vehicle running or disconnect the earth lead from the battery. Is there any truth in either?

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    Re: Using an Arc Welder on a Quad Bike

    I always disconnect battery!

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    Re: Using an Arc Welder on a Quad Bike

    Last spot i worked was a yamaha dealer, we used to take the battery off (had one go bang from the fumes when welding so safer to remove than just disconnect) and if required, ie its too close, take the tank off and cover the pipe to the carb.

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    Re: Using an Arc Welder on a Quad Bike

    Leave the battery connected as it acts like a buffer for any spikes,just make sure the earth lead is close to the weld.

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    Re: Using an Arc Welder on a Quad Bike

    If leaving the battery in, should I start the quad and leave it running? I was told this protects the alternator.

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    Re: Using an Arc Welder on a Quad Bike

    You'll struggle to get an arc with 12 volts.

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    Re: Using an Arc Welder on a Quad Bike

    i think if you are on a quad bike you will have a job to use an arc welder

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    Re: Using an Arc Welder on a Quad Bike

    Quote Originally Posted by MF-ANDY View Post
    i think if you are on a quad bike you will have a job to use an arc welder
    Nahhhh, 4mm rods and crank it up to about 300amps!!!! Would be easier and quicker to gas weld it!!!
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    Re: Using an Arc Welder on a Quad Bike

    Quote Originally Posted by Mur Huwcun View Post
    Nahhhh, 4mm rods and crank it up to about 300amps!!!! Would be easier and quicker to gas weld it!!!
    no i meant i would get off the quad bike before i started welding

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    Re: Using an Arc Welder on a Quad Bike

    Quote Originally Posted by MF-ANDY View Post
    no i meant i would get off the quad bike before i started welding
    Ahhhh!!!! Can't be any harder than a day spot spraying with one hand and the other having to steer and operate throttle!!!!
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    Re: Using an Arc Welder on a Quad Bike

    I always disconnect the battery & put the earth as close as possible 2 the area being welded . Was told if u have a gd earth u can keep the battery connected but don't wanna take the chance .

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    Re: Using an Arc Welder on a Quad Bike

    Quote Originally Posted by Mur Huwcun View Post
    Ahhhh!!!! Can't be any harder than a day spot spraying with one hand and the other having to steer and operate throttle!!!!
    lol its easier than a knapsack

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    Re: Using an Arc Welder on a Quad Bike

    Quote Originally Posted by Mur Huwcun View Post
    Ahhhh!!!! Can't be any harder than a day spot spraying with one hand and the other having to steer and operate throttle!!!!
    Think we can add this to the Farmer Olympics.

    OP - disconnet and remove battery.

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