The RWII comes with a 2' long set of battery cables that
terminate in a quick disconnect. The RWII power cable is 10' long and has
a mating connector to plug into the battery cable. This allows you easily
down power the RWII and not worry about the hot tip between welding sessions.
This also allows for Ready Welder available extension cables. A friend of
mine as a 20' extension cable which allows him to weld up to 30' from the power
A trail side photo of LarryN and myself during one of the 6AJUMR welding sessions. With plenty of helping hands, we had a green tarp being held above us for shade while we worked on the broken control arm mount. There isn't much in the way of shade in Moab and even though we were there in early May, the mid-afternoon sun warmed things up pretty good.
With a slightly green tint from the tarp, you can see the welding that LarryN did on the bracket (before it was welded back onto the axle tube). More than good enough to get you off the trail and back to the shop where some extra reinforcing can be done.
Here is a pic of RobertY getting ready to weld on Trina's TJ. We were at the top of the Z-turn, coming down, when she realized her control arm mount was broken. Notice the ratchet straps....a very handy item to have with you. When you weld the mount back on, it is rarely in the correct position due to the axle being shifted a small amount (because the arm is already broken). Several ratchet straps are handy as they can be used to pull the axle into position and thus get the bracket back into the correct location for welding. A couple other suggestions.....carry a heavy denim jacket for welding....it will help keep the sparks from hurting as much as you lay on your back (watching them fall on you).
Upon my return from this year's Moab run, I talked to a friend of mine about the RWII. He had one that he wasn't using and although it was "used", the plastic wrapper on the spool of wire had yet to be removed. I picked it up for a reasonable price and claimed it as mine.
Don't forget some kind of welding protection for you eyes. Due to space limitations, RobertY carriers a sock hood, which is essentially a leather hood that fits over your head and has a shaded welding lens built into it. The benefit of this is that it can be folded up and stored into a fairly small space when compared to a standard welding mask. It is hot (as Robert found out), but it will get the job done and that is what it is all about. Another suggestion is to carry a couple of small pieces of metal that could be used to patch a broken "something" on your TJ. Some various shapes and thicknesses will help you find the right piece for the trail fix should the need arise.
That about wraps up my comments on the Ready Welder II. It's probably one of those higher end "mods" that most folks won't get, and certainly not everyone on the trail needs one. But you will be a lot better off if someone in your group has one with them AND someone in the group knows how to use it.
Something that many folks don't remember.....the first TJs made are now almost 10 years old (as I write this). Even if these vehicles are not subjected to tough rock crawling trails, such as Die Hard, just pushing 33" tires around on 3.0 trails will take its toll on the brackets. If you are running stock brackets, then it is not a matter of IF your bracket breaks, it is only a matter of when it breaks....the metal can not take all that stress and still last for ever.
Think about it....the RWII is a worthwhile investment, in my opinion. If I didn't think so, I wouldn't have spent the money for one.
Good trails to you and remember to TREADLightly!
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