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Unread 10-12-2011, 08:16 PM   #1
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I want to build some parts (grill guard) in place on my buggy, but I have heard of people doing so and messing up their electronics. So what all do I need to unhook to make sure I don't have this issue?
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Unread 10-12-2011, 09:34 PM   #2
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Welding puts a positive charge into the steel used as a ground. So its the ground wires you need to be concerned with. Batt. ground 1st.
would be best if you could fab and weld off cart, then bolt on your component just to be safe.
I weld by just disconnecting the ground wire from battery and never had a issue.
But you do run the risk of blowing something. If you have a central ground for components unhook it.
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Unread 10-13-2011, 06:55 AM   #3
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If you weld on cart, place weld ground conductor/connection as close to weld point as possible . . . the CC frame is not utilized as a ground for any electronics, however the electronics are mounted to the frame . . as previously stated, disconnecting battery pack is advisable . . .
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Unread 10-13-2011, 07:24 AM   #4
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If you weld on cart, place weld ground conductor/connection as close to weld point as possible . . . the CC frame is not utilized as a ground for any electronics, however the electronics are mounted to the frame . . as previously stated, disconnecting battery pack is advisable . . .
Thats great. I will just need to fit and tack weld my parts in place, but then take them off and weld them up, off the cart. I just don't wanna blow something.
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Unread 10-13-2011, 08:51 AM   #5
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disconnect the main pos and neg battery cables...............and if its feasible i would take the controller out of the cart just to be safe.....i think someone here just went thur this and might have junked their controller..................
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Unread 10-13-2011, 09:57 AM   #6
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On the other hand there are guys who frequently weld on carts without disconnecting anything and they seem to get away with it, so ....... if you are the cautious type disconnect and if not have at it..... I worry more about damage or explosion from the sparks myself. Wet towels and welders blanket are good insurance.
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Unread 10-13-2011, 01:39 PM   #7
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Sensitive electronics can react to welding differently. Sometimes there is no effect, other times something gets fried. I've dealt with this issue many times on large equipment with PLC controls or computerized ignition systems.
If you must weld on the frame, I would recommend disconnecting the batteries and controller plus as already mentioned. Place the welding ground clamp as close as possible to what is being welded.
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Unread 10-26-2011, 10:04 AM   #8
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Stringbuilder, how did the welding go? Just found a busted weld on my rebuild in the front end at the top where my windshield frame mounts. Now I have to find an aluminum welder. I will unhook the batteries. Did you pull the controller?
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Unread 10-26-2011, 12:38 PM   #9
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I completely built my bumper and winch mount OFF the cart. I was just to scared to weld it in place. It turned out nice I think. I'll post pics soon.
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Unread 10-27-2011, 07:02 AM   #10
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He's the pics of my bumper that I built.

Transformed my 97 CC DS
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