I'm thinking about welding my front diff. TF is a little outside my budget and welding is free since we just got a stick welder at work. My question is, is the front end (CVs, etc) strong enough that I wouldn't have to worry about breaking anything? I've got manual front hubs.

I had been thinking about this too. You would need to think long and hard before welding the front diff. Once done, you can't change your mind!

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