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I'll preface this by saying that I was bored after work, had my XJ, and was just wanting to see if I could ACTUALLY do it with materials I had laying around at the shop.

I chose to use 1"x2" angle iron as opposed to flat stock for stability in both directions.

I started by examining my axle and making sure it was true, and thankfully not already slightly bent.



I then took a piece of cardboard and made a template of my mini-truss.



I transferred the template over to my stock.



Then I cut along the lines with my cut off wheel.



Back to the bench grinder I went to clean up any rough edges and burrs.



Test fit truss in place.



Cleaned off top of axle tube for a good welding surface.



Burned in name off offroad club. <---Not Required...



Tack welded truss in place and checked for proper alignment.



I then burned it on in...



A shot of rust preventative paint and good to go.




This is my first attempt, so feedback is welcomed.
Take care and be safe wheeling out there...and as always...tread lightly.
 

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Not bad, but I'm suspect of the gap on the pumpkin end of the brace. I think that overall, it would have to make the housing stronger though. I'm a stickler on weld appearance too, but I'm sure the welds are plenty strong!! Thanks for the post!!
 
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