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Old 05-21-2019, 08:57 PM   #1
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Looking for help on fixing my Penn special senator 6/0 rod, two of the eyelet rings snapped off. I have the guide rings still. I'm pretty handy, but not sure how to fix. I have a MIG welder now and was thinking to TIG weld the rings back to the ring(guide) mounts on the rod. They appear to be stainless steel but not sure,

If this will work, I'm curious if you can just buy the hookups(leads) for a TIG welder and hook it up to my MIG Welder.
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Its not clear from the original post whether the intent is to attempt this while the guides are still attached to the rod.

Im not a welder, but i would think that unless the guides are removed the heat would cause significant damage to the rod.

If the guides are going to be removed anyway, wouldn't it be easier to just replace them with new ones?


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Hey just to clarify, the rings (what the line goes through) broke off of the mounting points on the guide prongs (I guess you call them) I was hoping to attach them back on, I think you're right though. never thought about the heat aspect of it.

Can they be soldered back into place?
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I have seen a welder tig "hoops" back on to a cobia rod. These were the big bare metal eyes. That type of welding job is not for a novice. A side note, MIG is constant voltage(cv) and tig/stick is constant current(cc). You can't tig with a mig machine.
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They might have been silver soldered in the first place. Which will still scorch the threads and rod.
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I'd probably try it on my own rod, but in the back of my mind I'd be thinking of where to buy a new rod after plan A ruined the old one...more
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Dude, it's like 10 or 15 bucks an eye to replace. Don't re-create the wheel.
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before you try to welding stufff on a fishing rod its really not that hard to replace the whole guide. If you are indeed a handy guy you should have no problem with this. if you are careful to cut the old guides off and use most likely black thread this is nothing big at all. buy the guides and do some you tube videos and you have this in the bank. if you have any questions you can pm me i will give you my phone number and you can call and almost walk you through it.
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And no Mig and TIG welders are different you can't just put the leads on a MIG to make a TIG Even if you could there is no way you will be able to dial down your MIG to the level to weld on a wire guide.
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This is all very good info, I greatly appreciate the help. I was thinking it's way more expensive to replace.
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